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2011 Organic Produce Shopper’s Guide Released

Environmental Working Group released their 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides yesterday. Each year, they review pesticide use data and compile two lists : the “Dirty Dozen” features items highest in residues that you should buy organic if possible (apples, celery, strawberries). Those that land on the “Clean 15″ turn out to have very low pesticide residues (onions, sweet corn, avocado) and are not as important to go organic. Click here for the complete list.

Integrating information about sustainable food into this blog was always part of my master plan and this news item was the perfect place to start. Be on the lookout for a new page called “Sustainable Ingredients” where over time I will compile  content related to sustainable food. We are living in a time of profound awakening to all food-related matters, and there is no better place to contemplate these issues than in your own kitchen and at the family dinner table. My goal is to share useful information about food labels, how to stretch your food dollar when it comes to organic/sustainable purchases, where to find your nearest farmers’ market, and much more.

Don’t forget to post questions/requests you may have on this topic in the comments section!

Preschool kids know what they like: Salt, sugar and fat

Preschool kids know what they like: Salt, sugar and fat.

This recent article published in Science Daily really caught my attention. To me, it drives home the importance of prioritizing home cooking as much as possible and exposing kids from their early months to a variety of flavors outside the salt, sugar, and fat triumvirate. And though it does seem possible to think that if this hasn’t happened by preschool, it will never happen – don’t fret! Plenty of additional research on the impact of school gardens and improved school lunch programs shows that food preferences do change in older children if they are exposed enough to good food.