Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kelis Serves Up Cooking Show and New Album, 'Food'

from time.com: Can you smell what Kelis is cooking? In her 15-year career, Kelis Rogers has been hard to pigeonhole: She got her start as Pharrell’s go-to vocalist in The Neptunes’ posse, released four albums of spacey modern R&B and, following the birth of her son, entered the futuristic dance diva stage that motherhood so often inspires in pop stars. With Food, her first album in four years (out April 22 on Ninja Tune Records), Kelis celebrates two more reinventions. One is culinary: The bossy saucier (literally — she’s a Le Cordon Bleu-trained sauce-maker) has her own condiments line and a Cooking Channel show that premiered in February. The other is musical: She ditched the raving beats of 2010′s Flesh Tone for producer Dave Sitek (known for his work with TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and served up an organic batch of vintage American soul inspired by — what else from the woman whose milkshake brought all the boys to the yard? — the kitchen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Lure of Forbidden Food

from well.blogs.nytimes.com: How hard will your child work for food? In an experiment, researchers at Pennsylvania State University gave preschool children the opportunity to “work” for a food reward. All the child had to do was click a computer mouse four times to earn a cinnamon-flavored graham cracker. But earning additional treats required progressively more effort. A second treat required eight clicks. Then 16. Then 32. Some children were satisfied after one cracker, while others kept clicking for a few additional crackers. Most of the preschoolers were done after about 15 minutes, but some children stayed with it, accumulating as many as 2,000 clicks before the researchers ended the task after 30 minutes.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

#Happy420 Holiday Goes Mainstream on #Easter in #Colorado

#Happy420 Holiday Goes Mainstream on #Easter in #Coloradofrom theepochtimes.com: Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup at a trade center north of downtown, to 4/20-themed concerts at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater — acts include Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg — to a massive festival in the shadow of the state capitol...

Open Source Comes to Farms With Restriction-free Seeds

29 crop varieties are now distributed under an open source license.

from arstechnica.com: There are now 29 kinds of plant varieties that are available under an open source license, reports NPR. On Thursday, a group of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison debuted the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), a set of seeds that can be used by anyone so long as they don't restrict use by others through patents or IP protection.

The initiative is one answer to the heated battle between farmers and companies like Monsanto, which holds patents on plants that have features like resistance to certain herbicides or seeds that produce slightly different plants if they are resown from a first-generation crop. Soybeans in particular have been a point of contention, with both organic farmers who want to keep Monsanto's products out of their farms and commercial farmers who want the right to multiple generations from one soybean seed purchase.

The OSSI includes 14 different crops with 29 total varieties, including carrots, quinoa, kale, and broccoli. The open pledge that growers must make to use the seeds covers both the current and future generations. NPR notes that the initiative is likely to have more impact for plant breeders, particularly at educational institutions, than for farmers.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Let Them Eat Hemp

from realnewsaustralia.com: Food regulation in Australia can be baffling sometimes. It’s so easy to walk into a supermarket and fill your trolley with foods that can potentially undermine your health like litres of soft drink and cheap doughnuts. Yet if you want to buy hemp seed, a source of vitamins and minerals and a rich source of protein and healthy omega-3 fat, it’s still officially banned for use as a food.

However, as the man behind the counter in a health food store selling $12 packets of hemp seed explained to me recently, he was legally able to sell me the product providing I only used it for non food purposes – as a body scrub perhaps- and didn’t accidentally sprinkle some on my muesli.

Yet hemp seed’s nutrition credentials are excellent, says Dr Trent Watson, an accredited practising dietitian and spokesman for the Dietitans Association of Australia which has been involved in trying to have both hemp seed and hemp seed oil approved for sale as a food in Australia – just as they are in the US, Canada and Europe.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Map Shows Food Access Disparities

from nbcnews.com: In some counties, many of the residents don't know where their next meal is coming from. This new map from Feeding America shows "food insecurity" from state to state. The darkest areas are the ones with the least access. To learn more, visit the Map the Meal Gap project.

Three More Vaccines Now Mandatory for Ontario Children

from theglobeandmail.com: Ontario is making three more vaccines mandatory for schoolchildren, a move that cements the province’s hard line against parents who decline to immunize their children. As of this September, Ontario students will need to be vaccinated against whooping cough, meningococcal disease and, if they were born after 2010, chickenpox. All three are already publicly funded and part of the province’s immunization schedule. Ontario already bars students who have not received their shots for six diseases, including measles, unless their parents apply for an exemption on religious or philosophical grounds – something fewer than 2 per cent of families pursue, according to Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

h/t - Ann Benson

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rising Food Prices Pinching Consumers

from usatoday.com: Two months of sharp increases in food prices show grocers are starting to pass along their higher wholesale costs to consumers. Retail food prices rose 0.4% in March, the same as in February and the largest amount since September 2011. By comparison, the prices of all consumer goods rose 0.2% in March and 0.1% the month before, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Environmental Activists Murders 'Have Soared Dramatically'

from ibtimes.co.uk: More than 900 environmental activists have been slain in 35 countries over the past decade with very few of their murderers ever likely to be brought to justice, a survey by London-based Global Witness group reported.

Global Witness, which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, said the death toll has soared dramatically and has largely gone unpunished.