Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekend Reading - and Shopping


Ed Bruske aka The Slow Cook had a great post on his blog Better DC School Food about the rising obesity epidemic, the paradox of hunger and obesity in this country and the rising gap in the cost of healthy, fresh foods versus junk, nicely linking together some new research.

Dr. Susan (one of the Angry Moms) wrote a great post about The Myth of Brown Bagging - in which she argues it's not enough to pack your kid a healthy lunch if they are eating in a cafeteria selling junk -- your kid will be impacted.

And speaking of toxic food environments, this round up from The Daily Beast of the fat and calorie-laden "children's meals" found in restaurants across the country is appalling.

The Times had an interesting piece on "nudges" that might work in the ongoing battle against rising rates of obesity.

Back to School Shopping

The Environmental Working Group has put together some tips on buying greener school supplies. Read more here.

Food on Film - Next Tuesday - but you can look forward to it:

From Huntington's Cinema Arts Theater:

Films on Food! Co-sponsored by Slow Food, Huntington

Tuesday, August 31 at 7:30pm
$9 Members / $13 Public / Includes Reception / No Refunds

Guest Speaker: Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D., R.N., The Natural Nurse

Flowers. Trees. Plants. We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off point, The Botany of Desire, based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan, takes us on an eye-opening exploration of our relationship with the plant world – seen from the plants' point of view. Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: to make their honey, the bees collect nectar, and in the process spread pollen, which contains the flowers' genes. The Botany of Desire proposes that people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. Shot in stunning high definition photography, the program begins with Michael Pollan in a California garden and sets off to roam the world: from the potato fields of Idaho and Peru to the apple orchards of New England; from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip mecca of Amsterdam, where in 1637, one Dutchman, crazed with "tulipmania," paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price for a town house. Through the history of these four familiar plants, the film seeks to answer the question: Who has really been domesticating whom?

UUSA, 2009, 108 min.; Narrated by Frances McDormand

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