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by Rob Schick “My name is Johnny Hake. I’m thirty-six years old, stand five feet eleven in my socks, weigh one hundred and forty-two pounds stripped…” From “The Housebreaker of Shady Hill,” a short story written by John Cheever in 1958. In 1995, fisheries scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly, of the University of British Columbia, published a landmark paper in Ecology’s top journal entitled “Anecdotes and the shifting baseline syndrome in fisheries.” The premise of the paper is that a scientist’s understanding of the decline of fisheries stocks worldwide is tied to when he or she started their career. For me, […]

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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 Riki Shore Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen of the Root Simple blog just published their second book, Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, which features DIY projects for anyone interested in moving even part of their life off-grid. Coyne and Knutzen live smack in the middle of Los Angeles, a city that has more inhabitants than 23 of the states in our country, yet they have managed to live as though they were pioneering on the North Dakota plains. They make their own bath soap and household cleaning products; they raise their own chickens and keep […]

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By Riki Shore I was asked to chaperone a field trip with my daughter’s Kindergarten class. All the kids brought sack lunches – and there was a pretty decent variety of foods. This is the one snack that got passed around. Everyone wanted some of these. Can you guess what this is? Can you determine if it’s gluten-free? Do you know why the manufacturers chose to point out Yellow 6 as one of the artificial coloring agents? The answers are below. Corn Meal Ferrous Sulfate Niacin Thiamin Mononitrate Riboflavin Folic Acid Corn and/or Sunflower Oil Whey Salt Cheddar Cheese Partially […]

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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 Riki Shore We at Three Squares like buying high quality meats and fish, and we like supporting local businesses. A visit to McCall’s Meat and Fish Co. in Los Feliz allows us to do both. Owned by the husband and wife team, Nathan McCall and Karen Yoo, the store has been open for a little over a year. Drawing on extensive professional kitchen experience, the two stock their store with the highest quality products, everything from the mundane to the extraordinary. You can find ground chuck, farm fresh eggs, and whole chickens. If you’re looking for something more exciting, […]

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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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Joel Salatin, the self-described “lunatic farmer”, who’s been made famous by Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary film Food Inc., stopped in San Luis Obispo recently to give a talk to the Cal Poly students’ Real Food Collaborative. Three Squares was able to catch up with Mr. Salatin after the talk to ask some more in-depth questions. Buying Food from Small Farmers Raising Cattle in California Small Farm Food Processing Feeding Families More Resources Buying Food from Small Farmers TS: You’ve said that you have a love-hate relationship with farmers’ markets, and that right now, you’re not participating in […]

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By Jin Ju Wilder Honey, We’re Killing the Kids is a show the U.S. adapted from a BBC show and it airs on TLC.  I have seen it a couple of times and felt the premise was a worthwhile one as it takes a look at the parents’ responsibility to model and teach their children how to live a healthy life by exercising regularly and eating the right foods in moderation.  It scares the parents into correcting behaviors and habits by showing computer generated age progression photos of their children.  The photos show how their precious child will look as […]

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