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Food, Nutrition, Organics, GMOs




Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

Vitamin E Basics — Nutrition Diva covers Vitamin E—how much do you need, what are its benefits, and what is the best way to get it.
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GP comment:  Go nuts over nuts and seeds. But read up on soaking and roasting to keep the tannins and lectins down.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

Nanomaterials In Soil—Our Future Food Chain? — Steve Suppan of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy discusses a new report on the presence of nanomaterials in soil and water, as well as their effects on soil health and, ultimately, the safety of food and drinking water.
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GP comment:  For nanotechnology and GMO technology, the profiteers have been given a license to use the world as their laboratory and us as their guinea pigs.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Jun.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Lifeboat Hour

Reclaiming the Future of FoodMichael Brownlee Michael Brownlee, founder of Local Food Shift in Colorado, explains what we're not being told about our food. Topics include the unholy alliance between Big Food, Big Ag, and Big Pharma; the systematic suppression of local food options; water issues; radical climate shift and agricultural output.
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GP comment:  This is generally good, though I find it rather laughable that he promotes agriponics—a growing technology that is solidly in the "industrial agriculture" basket—as part of the solution to food sustainability.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Truvia—Sweetener or Insecticide? — The sweetener Truvia is touted as natural, but one of its major components comes from GMO corn and acts as an insecticide on certain bugs. Is Truvia OK for humans?
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GP comment:  Sweeteners—there's always a catch.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Chain Radio

Waste, Want Not — Caroline Snyder talks about the toxic chemicals that are found in sewage sludge and the conspiracy of corporations and municipal treatment operations that hides the truth from the public and attacks anyone who dares question their practices. Snyder is professor emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology and founder of Citizens for Sludge-Free Land. Joining the conversation is Patty Martin, a former town mayor in California and co-founder of Safe Food and Fertilizer.
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GP comment:  Just one more reason to eat organic—no sludge allowed on the fields.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.May.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! What Women Must Know

Jeffrey Smith The Truth About GMOs and Your Health — Top GMO watchdog Jeffrey Smith offers a flawless review of the politics, science, and dangers of genetically modified organisms in our food supply. Topics include gut disease from GM Bt toxin and from glyphosate, the top GMO pesticide; risks for infants and children; multiple tipping points that suggest consumers are winning the battle against GMOs, despite the political clout and dirty tricks of Monsanto and the rest of the GMO specters.
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GP comment:  Must-listening for anyone who eats food.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Nutrition Diva

Fructose Malabsorption and Gut Issues — Fruit is usually a healthy choice, but for those with fructose malabsorption, the wrong kind of fruit (or too much of it) can cause painful consequences. Nutrition Diva explains how to deal with fructose malabsorption.
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GP comment:  I suspect a related issue is the amount of FOS in some of these foods, like artichokes. FOS is not necessarily your friend.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Glyphosate—Either It Goes Away or We Go Away — Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT. She's been studying the effects of GMOs Dr. Stephanie Seneff and glyphosate, the primary herbicide used with GMOs, and what she has discovered is devastating: Glyphosate is ubiquitous and exposure is toxic, leading her to conclude that we either ban glyphosate's use or we prepare to die off. Topics include ... glyphosate and gut bacteria; glyphosate as a cause of fungal infections; glyphosate vs. bees, bats and other animals; Europe, Russia, China, and others pushing back against GMOs.
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GP comment:  GMOs are bad, bad, bad. And now they even spray glyphosate on non-GMO wheat as part of the harvest process? Eat organic!

Original Show Pub Date: 20.May.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sierra Club Radio

Green Coffee — Helen Russell of Equator Coffee discusses the reasons we should care about sustainably grown, fair-trade coffee. Russell also talks about how she went from two coffee shops to a $9M green coffee company.
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GP comment:  Shade-grown. Organic. Fair-trade. Bird-friendly. Try to get at least two of those in your choice of brews.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Canola Oil—A Hidden Source of Trans-Fats — Nutritionist Dee McCaffrey discusses the unfortunate truth about canola oil. The only way to get canola oil out of its source, the rape seed, is to press it using high heat. That destabilizes the oil, makes it go rancid, and produces trans-fats. Manufacturers then use chemical deodorizers to make the product usable. This is a problem even in organic and non-GMO canola.
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GP comment:  Yikes. Canola was already fairly low on my oil list, but I guess it's gone for good now!

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Apr.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

tomatoes Guide to Pesticide Residues on Produce — The Environmental Working Group has released its annual "dirty dozen" list of the twelve fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticide residues. This clip lists many of the top 12 and reminds us that extra washing of non-organic produce is not a solution.
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GP comment:  PROCESSED organic foods are quite expensive. But the extra cost to get fresh organic veggies and fruits and other basic commodities is not huge—and is well worth it.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.May.2014

CATEGORY:  GMOs — 07.MAY.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Hail Vermont! ... the First State to Require GMO Labeling — California and Washington voters failed to approve GMO labeling laws in their states. Several Northeast states passed laws that only kick in if a sufficient number of other states pass similar laws—that is, they want strength in numbers when they get sued by the GMO lobby. But now the Vermont legislature has struck a blow for food freedom—it has passed a GMO labeling law. The governor has said he will sign the bill. Dee McCaffrey talks about the victory and the reasons we should not be eating GMO food.
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GP comment:  Gentlemen, start your lawyers! Hopefully, Monsanto and their ilk will ultimately be beaten into submission with sticks and stones and sensible legal decisions.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Mar.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Don't Fear the Saturated Fat — A new meta-study finds that there is insufficient evidence to recommend consumption of saturated fat only in moderate amounts. Simultaneous consumption of simple carbs with saturated fats is, however, something to be avoided.
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GP comment:  The artery-clogging reputation of saturated fats is undeserved. Rancidity is much more of a problem, and saturated fats are very resistant to going rancid. That said, with all that delicious saturated fat, eat your vegetables!

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Pesticide Residues Found to Contaminate GM SoyNon-GMO Project label A recent study found “extreme levels” of the chemical pesticide glyphosate in genetically modified soybeans grown in the US. Glyphosate, which is the typical herbicide farmers use with GM crops, has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and birth defects. The study also found samples of organic soybeans and non-GMO soybeans to be free of glyphosate residue. ~~ Also in this clip, a new law in Vermont will require labeling of genetically modified foods starting in 2016.
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GP comment:  Buy organic or make sure the label specifies non-GMO soybeans.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

A Processed-Free Diet—Good for Your Brain! — A new study finds that processed foods and certain other foods—including industrial-milk products, salted fish, eggs, sausages, sugary drinks, candy and desserts—increase incidence of dementia and certain other diseases. Conversely, the protective/helpful foods include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish; broccoli, kale, beets, red pepper, and other dark-skinned veggies; and blueberries, cherries, prunes, and raisins.
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GP comment:  It takes time to obtain and prepare fresh food, but the investment in time now will pay back in years added to your life.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Apr.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Connect The Dots

Update on GMOsFood Democracy Now Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke, co-founders of Food Democracy Now, discuss GMO labeling laws at the state level, industry efforts to influence food safety standards, new science on the risks of GMOs, and more topics related to genetically modified crops and faux foods.
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GP comment:  Starts off a little unfocused but soon finds it's groove, and there is a lot of good info here on the battle to protect organic and defeat the scourge of GMOs.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Diet Science

Natural Flavorings—Possibly Gross, Possibly Not Natural — Food chemist Dee McCaffrey explains why when you see the word "natural" applied to the flavorings in your food products, you should pause. Vaguely described natural flavorings can come from literally anything that isn't manmade, gross or not. And the language rules here are tricky, with important differences to be found in "flavor" vs. "flavoring."
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GP comment:  Weird animal and insect parts may be off-putting but are not really a health concern. The one valuable piece of info here is that "natural flavor" may or may not be OK, and "natural flavoring" is almost never OK. Damn food lawyers.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Study Links Pesticides and Lowered IntelligenceCAUTION - pesticide spraying in progress - proceed at own risk Studies conducted in the Salinas Valley and New York City have found that the effects of pesticides on development in children can be similar to those of lead, including lower IQs and slower mobility. Journalist Susan Freinkel discusses the findings.
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GP comment:  Freinkel soft-pedals on her recommendations. Forget that "wash the pesticides off" nonsense—washing reduces but does not eliminate pesticide residue. Buy organic, or grow 'em yourself. And for heaven's sake, if you are still using lawn chemicals or "Turfbuilder" type products, STOP!

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

The Carageenan ControversyCarageenan Carrageenan is a seaweed extract widely used in the food industry, mostly as a thickener and gelling agent. You'll find it in ice cream, cottage cheese, non-dairy milks, jelly, pudding, and infant formula. Some scientists have presented evidence that carrageenan is highly inflammatory and toxic to the digestive tract. Equally respected scientists have detailed the reasons that this evidence is flawed and misleading, concluding that there is no valid reason to ban its use. The Diva dives in on the controversy.
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GP comment:  Probably better to not eat it regularly.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Mar.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

The Skinny on Evaporated Cane Sugar — The health food industry routinely—and intentionally—misuses the terms like "evaporated cane sugar" to allow consumers to incorrectly infer that the ingredient is essentially "sugar cane squeezin's" and better for you than white sugar. Dee McCaffery explains the nuances of cane sugar—and why you should beware the "evaporated" moniker.
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GP comment:  Oh, those rascally corporate foodies, what will they think of next? That said, let's all take personal responsibility for our sugar habits.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Mar.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Food Sleuth Radio

Chuck Benbrook on the Benefits of Organic and Grass-FedChuck Benbrook Agricultural nutritionist Chuck Benbrook talks about why organic foods typically have better nutrient profiles than conventional foods; why grass-fed dairy is far superior to grain-fed, regardless or whether it's organic; and why the advent of GMO crop technology has ultimately meant MORE herbicide use, not less.
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GP comment:  My only complaint here is that it was too short!

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Mar.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

FODMAP—Change Your Carby Food, Change Your Bloaty Life — Patsy Catsos discusses the FODMAP diet—which is really more of a "problem-food elimination scheme." Many people have a gut imbalance that causes certain types of sugars, alcohols, and fibers to ferment in the large intestine, causing problems that range from simple bloating and discomfort to full-blown bowel disease. By eliminating the whole complement of fermentable foods and then reintroducing them one at a time to monitor symptom reoccurrence, a person may be able to design a permanent diet that allows their gut to heal and their life to return to normal.
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GP comment:  Problems with inappropriate fermentation of foods in the lower gut is no doubt a problem for a great many people. Just don't forget that it may combine with other gut issues and make the diagnosis and cure less than simple.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Mar.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Chain Radio

The Modern Diet and the Jungle Effect — Dr. Daphne Miller once had a patient. The person was originally from a jungle area south of the border but had lived in the US for many years, acquiring the subtle ill health effects of modern living. When the patient returned to her jungle home for an extended visit, all the nagging health complaints that had crept up on her vanished. The patient—and the doctor—wanted to know why.
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GP comment:  Two words: Industrial food.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Mar.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

Farm-Raised vs. Wild-Caught Fishfish dinner Eating at least two servings of fish or shellfish per week appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, delay the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia, and (if you're pregnant) make your baby smarter and healthier. Although meat, poultry, and fish are all good sources of protein, seafood is low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fats. But when you get to the fish counter, does it make a difference whether you buy wild-caught or farm-raised fish?
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GP comment:  She blows past a couple of standard industry canards and loopholes and, shockingly, does not include radiation when discussion contamination issues. But she pulls it out at the end by recommending the useful Seafood Watch guide.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

The Safe Food Movement vs. the Agrochemical Giants — Campaigns attempting to label genetically engineered food have swept the US, from California to Washington and on to Connecticut, Maine, Alaska, Oregon and Vermont. But the right to know about the food we put into our bodies is always challenged by a powerful and extremely well funded lobby that represents the interests of biotech/chemical corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, and BASF, as well as junk-food manufacturers such as Kraft Foods, Pepsico, and Coca Cola. Vandana Shiva and Andy Kimbrell update us on the evidence against genetically modified foods and the war with the corporations that profit from them.
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GP comment:  This is very good overall, though I do find it rather amusing that environmentalists worry about "super-weeds," which by definition are only a problem for industrial agriculture. True, their rise does cause use of more toxic pesticides, but super-weeds are really a small sidebar compared to other GMO issues.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Mar.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

"Calories In, Calories Out" Formula is Flawed — Dee McCaffrey explains that the "Calories In vs. Calories Out" concept of weight loss is flawed because it ignores the dysregulation of metabolism-related hormones that is driven by many food additives and overloads of simple carbs.
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GP comment:  An unmentioned aspect of this is the use of healthy fats to buffer glycemic overload of high-carb meals.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Mar.2014


Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Diet Science

A Predictably Cheesy Move by Kraft — Kraft has pledged to eliminate the artificial preservative (sorbic acid) they use in some of their sliced "cheese products." But will the new preservative really be any better?
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GP comment:  If you're eating "cheese food slices" and you're worried about the preservative, I think you've missed the point.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Mar.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Chain Radio

GMOs and “The Stomach Study” — Howard Vlieger, an independent crop and livestock nutrition consultant, discusses the troubling results of his study on the long term consumption of GMOs on the stomachs of pigs.
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GP comment:  Vlieger is a well informed commentator on the ills of GMOs, though his message gets a little lost here because of the awkward interviewing style of the host.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Feb.2014


Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Diet Science

Chocolate, Tea, and Berries Found to Reduce Insulin Resistance — New research has found diets containing compounds found in chocolate, tea, and berries can help protect people against diabetes and other diseases.
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GP comment:  Surprise, surprise—a study has found phytonutrients to help improve the body's functions.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Feb.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in 50% of Raw Chicken — Urvashi Rangan of Consumer Reports discusses a recent study that found resistant bacteria on 50% of raw chicken samples from supermarkets nationwide. Topics include corporate practices that lead to contamination and drug-resistant bacteria, including overuse of antibiotics in animals; how organic chicken fared against conventional chicken in the tests; and ways to improve food safety.
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GP comment:  Glad to see Consumer Reports is finally recognizing the consumer advantages of going green.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jan.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Nutrition Diva

Does Coconut Oil Raise Your Cholesterol? — Despite reports of coconut oil's "miraculous" powers, there is scant evidence that coconut oil will melt off the pounds, balance your hormones, boost your immune system, or raise your IQ. On the other hand, coconut oil is a very stable oil. It doesn't easily oxidize, spoil, or go rancid, and it has a high smoke point and does not produce harmful chemicals when heated. But that's because coconut oil is a highly saturated fat. Does that mean coconut oil will raise cholesterol levels and increase heart disease risk?
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GP comment:  Her conclusion is right: Coconut oil is a good choice as part of a suite of go-to oils.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Feb.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

woman blending vegetables Does Juicing or Blending Destroy Beneficial Fiber? — Smoothies are all the rage, but how does liquefying fruits, vegetables, or even grains affect their nutritional benefits? Nutrition Diva gets to the qnswer at the bottom of the glass.
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GP comment:  The Diva handles the question expertly, but I guess I have to ask, what ever happened to just eating great salads using raw, fresh super-veggies?

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Feb.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Progressive Commentary Hour

"Organic Cannot Feed the World" is the Century's Biggest Liekale David Montgomery discusses a variety of farming related issues, including soil health, topsoil loss, monoculture vs. polyculture farming, and the role of failing agricultural models in the collapse of civilizations. Jeffrey Smith discusses the role of genetically modified crops in making our agricultural system—and us—ill. Though GMOs are still going strong, we may be on the verge of a tipping point, as natural foods companies join the Non-GMO Project labeling campaign.
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GP comment:  You can rid your own diet of GMOs by following the steps at the Non-GMO Shopping Guide.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Feb.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

Does Dairy Weaken Your Bones? — The milk industry would have us believe that dairy is essential for good bone health. Some in the alternative health community think milk is fit only for baby cows and, specifically, that it actually diminishes calcium deposition in bones. Which is it?
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GP comment:  My info says that magnsium deficiency, not calcium deficiency, is the biggest problem with bone loss.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Jan.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Diet Science

Study Shows Chocolate Can Help Reduce Body Fat — Dee McCaffrey talks about a new study that shows eating chocolate can reduce your body fat. Of course, there are some catches.
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GP comment:  It's good that she recommends dark (minimally sweetened), organic chocolate, but her practice of putting cacao nibs in her smoothie could reduce digestion and uptake of the chocolate's nutrients since the chocolate would bypass salivary interaction.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Dec.2013


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Diet Science

The Healing Power of Carrot Juice — Dee McCaffrey talks about the many healing properties of carrot juice. The orange nectar includes live enzymes and antioxidant compounds called carotenes; promotes clean livers; builds bones and blood; and helps your eyesight.
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GP comment:  Their site recommends the Champion juicer. Had one; didn't like it. Got an Omega—much better because it puts less froth in the juice.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jan.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Chain Radio

Is "Natural" a Food Con? — Consumers spend an estimated $40 billion a year all natural label on foods labeled "natural." What does that even mean? Is it regulated? Can consumers trust the labels? Stephen Gardner of the Center for Science in the Public Interest discusses these topics and his organization's legal actions against food manufacturers that label products "natural" when they contain ingredients that the general public does not consider natural.
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GP comment:  The "natural" label is always a distant second-best to organic. And as is made clear here, in some cases "natural" on the label is indeed a con. Beware especially when something contains any of the following ingredients and they are not labeled organic or non-GMO: soy; corn or high fructose corn syrup; sugar; cottonseed oil; summer squash and zucchini; milk.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Dec.2013


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Diet Science

Low-Heat Pasteurization vs. Raw Milk — Dee McCaffrey talks about the various approaches to milk, from raw to low-heat pasteurization to ultra-pasteurized, as well as organic and grass-fed.
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GP comment:  With Fukushima radiation continuing to be a problem, I'd love to know if anyone has assayed milk products for contamination. Milk was a big problem after Chernobyl.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.De.2013


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Sea Change Radio

Meat—From Livestock to Lab-Stock? — "Cruelty-free" products abound in our 21st Century market place, from cosmetics to fake fur. But can you imagine a cruelty-free filet mignon? Food journalist Tom Levitt discusses recent advances in lab-grown meat.
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GP comment:  This is good—a balanced, sober assessment of the status and potential of lab-grown meat to eventually reduce the environmental problems and animal suffering associated with livestock operations.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Dec.2013

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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

Chocolate vs. Carob — 22 Nov 2013 — What is carob? Is it related to chocolate? How do its nutritional characteristics compare to chocolate? Nutrition Diva serves up answers.
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(GP comment:  Not mentioned here is that chocolate is highly acidic whereas carob is alkalizing, which for some people means it will be easier on the intestinal tract and body overall)

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

Ways to Reduce Food Waste — 05 Nov 2013 — The production and distribution of food is significant source of environmental pollution and resource usage. Reducing food waste helps reduce these impacts. The Diva offers numerous tips for reducing food waste, including: plan meals before you go grocery shopping; and strategize ways to easily identify and eat leftovers in the fridge.
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(GP comment:  She also identifies composting as a way to get value out of unusable food, but she should have mentioned growing more of your own food, too.)