Category Archives: Health

EWGs 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

STRAWBERRIES, about to come into high season in our South Bay, have jumped above apples for the first time in a few years.  Buy them ORGANIC (along with the other ‘Dirty Dozen’ listed) to avoid multiple pesticide residues in your food choices.  Follow the link for more of the research and to print a copy of the lists for your next shopping trip.

Check out @EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce! #DirtyDozen #CleanFifteen

Source: EWGs 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Stanford’s REAL FARM: Ag Ed by School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Stanford farm-infographic copy

Stanford’s six-acre site is to be as much a laboratory as a classroom for students to learn theory and evolve best practices in sustainable agriculture.  The goal is to educate future leaders who can address our environmental and food system challenges in the 21st Century.


Source: A new educational farm on the “Farm” | Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Consumer Reports Study: The Bacteria in Conventional Beef

Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. 82% of conventionally produced and processed beef samples were found to have at least 2 types of bacteria.  CONVENTIONAL SAMPLES WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE BACTERIA WHICH WAS RESISTANT TO 3  OR MORE CLASSES OF TYPICAL ANTIBIOTICS. 


Source: Ecocentric | The Bacteria in Our Beef

What’s an Agrihood? Check Out Davis, CA’s The Cannery for Housing+Farmland Community


The Cannery agrihood in Davis, California, will place an educational incubator farm in the middle of a planned community.  Morphing from last century’s model of housing surrounded by a golf course, this new development seeks to transform an industrial site into a 21st century organic farming and living experiment.

Source: Northern California’s First Agrihood Will Bring Organic Veggies to Former Industrial Land | Civil Eats

$51M spent by Big Food in 2015 to Lobby for Less Transparency in Food Labeling 

From GMO labeling to pesticides to the source of the meat you buy, a handful of companies are spending heavily to keep information off your food labels.

Source: Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

4 Tasty Little Seeds with Big Nutritional Benefits | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Whether they are topping yogurt, ice cream or a salad, seeds of many kinds offer our bodies additional vitamins, minerals and many healthy nutrients that are often hard to find in other ingredients.  Read the details about pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and sesame seeds.


Yogurt as Elixir? How ‘Good’ Bacteria Might Help Lessen Everyday Stress in Our Bodies

In recent years, a body of research has shown that beneficial microbes play a critical role in how our bodies work. And it turns out there’s a lot of communication between our gut and our brain.

Source: Prozac In The Yogurt Aisle: Can ‘Good’ Bacteria Chill Us Out? | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Michael Pollan Update: More About Microbes and Your Health

In a New York Times article a few months back, our local sustainable food system advocate-rockstar, Michael Pollan wrote about his journey in learning about how the microbial organisms in our intestines impact our overall feeling of health – or not.  With references to the crowd-sourced American Gut Project and other research activities afoot in our land, Pollan links food’s nutrition content to our digestive systems so we can ponder our next meal from a new vantage point.


Do You Know Which Foods Store Better, Longer in a Fridge?

As temperatures climb through the summer months, we all think about putting more in the refrigerator for cold storage and that planned picnic a few days away.  Here’s an article that offers tips for which foods fare better and how to package them for best results.


Source: Food Storage Tips: 9 Foods That Fare Better in the Fridge | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food