SciAm: The Gut’s Microbiome Changes Rapidly with Diet.
Modern Farmer: Venomous Spiders Are Hiding in Our Grapes.
Erm, perhaps I simply go for wine and raisins instead …
Serious Eats/The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables.
SlashGear: “Christmas Tinner” goes viral: authenticity unconfirmed.
Hilarious, even if theoretical.
The desert apres-dessert.
Nature: Study linking GM maize to rat tumours is retracted.
Wow. Now virtually half of the internet’s New Age/health segment is due for collapse. The type of rat this study used, the Sprague-Dawley rat, has been known to have significant spontaneous tumor issues since 1973. Their use for any long-term study guarantees invalidity. Given the date, one can’t argue a pro-GM conspiracy.
Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine: It’ll Clear the Clouds.
Reputedly a moonshine overindulgence cure. Gluten-free, too. I’ll have to look for it.
Guardian.UK: Ancient wine found on jars unearthed from 3,700-year-old cellar in Israel.
They found “… a blend of ingredients that may have included honey, mint, cedar, tree resins and cinnamon bark.” Seems wines of the past were quite a bit more flavorful.
Mumanu: Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”.
“The nutritional benefits of the diet are not what the grievance is about, said Dr. Britta Hoyes, who organized the event. She agreed that a high-carbohydrate diet can have a detrimental effect on long-term health, as many studies have demonstrated. Instead, the group’s protest is a reaction to the biological and historical pediments of the diet, in particular the contention that pre-agricultural societies were only adapted to eat those foods existing before the Neolithic Revolution.” Personally, I’ve not met a single person going ‘paleo’ who gives a rat’s bum about what cavemen ate. It’s all about reducing carbs, and the digestive benefits thereof. Nasty gut bugs love sugars and carbs, and the diet’s very helpful to many. How about we call it the ‘Pretend Paleo’ diet instead, and all get on with our lives?
Later: More studies linking carbs to obesity, sans name-argumentation.
IdiotPull: Compost Today! [Screenprinting with spices?!]
Cinnamon and Paprika. Sounds a bit sneezy.
Open Culture: Christopher Hitchens Names the “Best Scotch in the History of the World”.
Easy to get, but hardly the best. Sorry, Hitch.
Foodbeast: Canned Wine is the New Boxed Wine.
“No word yet on how the canning process will actually affect the taste, but we are definitely excited to give this a try.” Just … no. No. Not excited.
In These Times: Kaua’i Says No to GMOs.
Misleading title. Disclosure, not ‘no.’ And it’s a special case - “GM behemoths” (their terminology) use the island for year-round tests, and have clearance from the EPA for special pesticide use. If pesticides are truly dusting people’s homes, then this needs more action than just disclosure. I expect sprawl is happening, homes are encroaching on formerly distant fields.
MailOnline.UK: Before dogs became ‘man’s best friend,’ humans regarded them as ‘vermin.’
“The average hunting dog, he said, could bring in 40 pounds of meat every month.” And were decidedly delicious at the end of their productivity. Read Lewis & Clark’s journals.
SciAm: GMO Labeling, I-522, and Why This Debate Sucks for Progressive Scientists Like Me.
“If a scientist bombards a corn seed with radiation to introduce hundreds or thousands of mutations, and then selects for mutants with beneficial properties, that would not warrant a label, whereas a targeted insertion of a single gene would.” More within.
NotCot: ‘Breathable Tea.’
I did a double-take at ‘skin tea’ before my brain resolved to the obvious. Not enough caffeine this morning!
Bushel and a Peck Market.
Dixon’s was wiped out by the Las Conchas fire and the subsequent floods … they’ve up and moved to Wisconsin.
And yet I still see locals blogging about this year’s crop of “Dixon’s Apples.”
The Economist: Genetically modified food—Warning labels for safe stuff.
“At least 70% of the processed foods in American supermarkets contain GM ingredients.” So much argument over such a little bit of ink. Noone’s griping about the latest trend in labelling things ‘gluten free’. A lot more ink in ‘gluten free’ than ‘GM’. (To be fair, the GF label is probably a clear moneymaker, given the fad popularity of GF stuff.) I like having more information. I lean towards labelling because I bet folks will finally realize how ubiquitous GM is, and no longer care. For an average family, I doubt it is possible to avoid it and still maintain a reasonable food budget (unless you run your own farm).
There will be problems in the ‘healthy’ food sector. I’ll use energy/protein bars as an example. The majority of bars in that huge section at your local Whole Foods use soy protein isolate as the go-to cheap protein boost. More than 85% of US soy production is GM, and US Agriculture doesn’t differentiate GM/conventional during processing. How will protein bar manufacturers handle the fallout of truly accurate ingredient reporting? Will the public turn away from the huge protein bar market that is virtually drowned in low-cost GM soy protein isolate? Somehow, I don’t think so. It may drive a return to whey protein, which would be a shame. A mix of soy and whey proteins has been shown to be more beneficial than either alone.
Later: I should point out that soy, after processing into isolates, is so highly refined that no scientific test can detect any GM/conventional differentiations. So, for such a case, is GM labelling actually misleading? And yet, on the flip side of labelling/information, Mother Nature gifts us with peach, cherry, apricot pits and apple seeds containing cyanide. The dose a peach pit contains is not fatal for an adult, but deadly for a young child. You never feed a child a peach with a pit. Ever. Remove the pit, it’s safe. Yet we don’t label these — in anti-GMO parlace — ‘deadly foods’. Far more dangerous than any GM soybean.
New Mexico Mercury: KOAT picks up our Glyphosate story.
A couple of local news agencies quoting the infamous rat study. There are serious, serious doubts about this study … anyone quoting it at this date should be excluded from your RSS reading unless they point out the controversiality of the study. It’s not just pro-GMO folks who proverbially ‘smell a rat’ over this bit of research, but sustainable agriculture scientists as well.
CNN: Furloughed workers turn to food pantries.
I sincerely doubt Republicans are winning any voters this way.
Kotaku: Japan’s Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable.
Fantastic and fun.
CBC.CA: Stone Age hunter-gatherers lived beside farmers, didn’t interbreed.
Who lived longer, or healthier, I wonder? The farmers or the hunter-gatherers. Perhaps they fear to say - whole health/food niches could collapse at the news.
NBC: USDA threatens to shutter Foster Farms plants tied to salmonella outbreak.
Close ‘em down. Unless the government shutdown brouhaha ends.
Gizmodo: There’s a Massive US Salmonella Outbreak Amid the FDA Shutdown.
“Speaking to Wired, an official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went as far as admitting that his organization ‘will not be conducting multi-state outbreak investigations.’” My italic emphasis.
SF New Mexican: Bourdain spotlight sparks wider interest in Frito pie; sales boost at Five & Dime.
Ooooh, he dissed our Frito Pies. Them’s fightin’ words.