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It’s been weeks since I posted here and during the intervening time we’ve moved from 36°N to 57°N, from Durham, North Carolina to Newport-on-Tay, Scotland.   The view from up here is astonishing. As Rob says, “Don’t you just feel like you have to pinch yourself and check if this is real?”. I do. I most certainly do. Or, as the Scots say, Oh, aye.   The Scots say lots of interesting things, actually. Like when we bought the car, the salesman said, I’ll just show you under the bonnet. He took out a key and opened up the hood, […]

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By Riki Shore Earlier this month marked the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit the Tohoku region of Japan. Mass evacuations and ruined homes disrupted lives and created support communities across Japan and abroad. Tens of thousands of people remain refugees, living in encampments that no doubt stopped seeming temporary long ago. Some will never return home. People across the world strained to offer help in any way they could. In her Tokyo apartment, cookbook author and educator Elizabeth Andoh, born in the US but making Japan her home for more than 40 years, resolved […]

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Eggs on Our Doorstep

January 17, 2012

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By Riki Shore As a good friend of mine says, we rocked a move this weekend. Last week we packed all our belongings – even the spices and hangers and every last pillowcase – and got on a plane from Los Angeles to Durham, NC. For a lot of reasons, it made sense to come back to Durham. We’ve lived here (twice) before, once when Rob was getting his Masters and once when he was getting his PhD. I know some people do that in one swoop, but we’ve always chosen the more complicated road, as another friend reminded me before […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder I was fortunate enough to join Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other local leaders and nutrition advocates in Sacramento on September 26. Secretary Vilsack launched the first of seven themed messages in support of the MyPlate food icon at Farm Fresh to You, a California producer, and at a roundtable discussion later in the day. The first themed message is Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables, and you can show your enthusiasm by participating in the MyPlate Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge. USDA is encouraging all individuals and teams to submit inspiring and instructive videos that provide innovative, easy, and practical […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder President Obama’s administration, especially the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has consistently supported the growth of sustainable local and regional food systems. Recently, USDA increased funding of a program that supports sustainable local food systems and, they believe, also addresses the issue of food deserts. Food deserts are areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious foods, and they can be found in urban, rural and tribal neighborhoods. This USDA Locator shows where the currently identified food deserts are found. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will competitively award grants to projects that develop producer-to-consumer market outlets, […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder “If you’re eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.”  Yikes! That sounds horrible. This was the opening for a CNN article that was published June 1, 2010. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit focused on public health, publishes an annual list of fruits and vegetables, frequently referred to as the “Dirty Dozen,” suspected of carrying a high number of pesticide residues. In 2011, the No. 1 Dirty Dozen item changed from celery to the all-American apple. This prompted the Huffington […]

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By Riki Shore By now you’ve probably heard of the arrests of Sharon Palmer and Virgina Bloch of Healthy Family Farms in Santa Paula, CA, and James Stewart of Rawesome in Venice, CA. The three were taken to jail following a multi-agency armed raid and a year-long investigation of the production and sale of raw goat milk products. We buy all of our eggs and poultry from Healthy Family Farms at the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market. The guy who works the stand, Juan Carlos, is always friendly and professional, and we’ve never been disappointed in the products. It caught my eye then to […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder Every day, I worry about the nutritional balance of the meals I give my family, and I work hard to ensure that they get plenty of fruits and vegetables. I don’t think about whether I am going to be able to get the food, just whether it will be the right food or if I have enough time to prepare it. Recently, however, I have learned that over 40 million people per month in the U.S. participate in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food and nutrition programs – and the estimate for how many people qualify for the food and […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder The MyPlate icon is part of a comprehensive nutrition education and communication initiative that is meant to help Americans make healthier eating choices. There is a new USDA website with more information, tools, and resources available for consumers. The basic recommendations to accompany the MyPlate graphic are: Balancing Calories Enjoy your food, but eat less. Avoid oversized portions. Foods to Increase Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Make at least half your grains whole grains. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. Foods to Reduce Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder I don’t watch the NBC show, The Biggest Loser, but I have seen enough teasers, previews and snippets of the show to get the idea. Overweight contestants compete against each other to see who can lose the most weight during a specific period of time by improving their fitness levels and diets. I also understand that there have been opportunities for couples and even families to compete together against others on the show. This show has become so popular that countries around the world have adapted it and now televise their own version. The goal is […]

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