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Benefits of farming vertically

MANY FOODIES pin the blame for farming’s ills on “unnatural” industrial agriculture. Agribusinesses create mono-cultures that destroy habitat and eliminate historic varieties. Farmers douse their crops with fertilizer and insecticide, which poison streams and rivers—and possibly human beings. Intensive farms soak up scarce water and fly their produce around the world in airplanes that spew […]

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What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

The European Union prohibits or severely restricts many food additives that have been linked to cancer that are still used in American-made bread, cookies, soft drinks and other processed foods. Europe also bars the use of several drugs that are used in farm animals in the United States, and many European countries limit the cultivation […]

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Donald Trump’s Big Macs, bacon and Doritos – deconstructing his diet

You’re the world’s most powerful man, moving into the world’s most famous address. Your staff includes five full-time chefs, which is four more than most cafes. So what’s top of president Donald Trump’s shopping list? Lay’s potato chips and Doritos, that’s what. Ah, crisps! Just the ticket for powering through a day of dubious decision-making […]

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Roast potatoes and toast that’s a bit too brown may cause cancer, say authorities

Eating potato chips, well-browned roast potatoes and toast that is more than lightly grilled can increase the risk of cancer, according to a public health campaign urging people to change their eating and cooking habits. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK says people are consuming too much acrylamide, a chemical produced naturally as […]

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Cheesey Americans – Illegal food

Last week, the United States put a blockade on mimolette, the brightly colored orange cheese that traditionally hails from Lille. To refine the flavour of the cheese, mites are deliberately introduced, a practice that up until now has not caused a problem. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has claimed, however, that the tiny organisms […]

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Conservatives kill a profitable 77 year-old food protection program

Governments around the world are scrapping programs and staff to get their fiscal house in order, so I’m dumbfounded when Stephen Harper cancels a program returning 200% profit and protects prairies against drought. Mr. Harper must have his head up the east-end of a westbound moose. Under cuts to Agriculture Canada, the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation […]

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Most Canadians not informed about GMOs, experts say

Trinity, 4, holds up an anti-genetically modified alfalfa during a demonstration outside the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. While farmers and other interest groups rally against genetically modified organisms, does the average Canadian consumer really care what’s in their food? (John Rieti/CBC) Thousands of products in Canada’s food chain contain some form of a genetically […]

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A Cookbook by Ted, Volume 2

My second cookbook contains 38 new recipes, mainly from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Oyster stuffed halibut steak, Pineapple Pie, Fish liver pâté, Uncooked rosehip jam, Baked salmon with mustard-dill sauce, Macédoine salad, Sourdough applesauce cake, Almond and Raisin Sauce, and Broiled chicken marinade are some of the recipes in this cookbook. Also includes […]