June 12, 2012 |
When Chester police raided a former drugstore in May 2011, what they found gave new meaning to the term high tech. In the basement was a hydroponic marijuana farm of serious sophistication. Nearly 100 pot plants, from seedlings to lush, 4-foot bushes, flourished in large tubs of water. Faux sunshine from dozens of commercial-grade grow lights powered by industrial generators shone down on a crop worth at least $43,000. The confiscated equipment typically would have sat in a warehouse until it could be auctioned or destroyed.
June 5, 2012 |
What does it take to get people to change unhealthy behavior? Some cynics would say nothing works, but researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine got good results with Palm Pilots (OK, the study started five years ago), remote coaching, and money. A team led by Bonnie Spring, a health psychologist and professor of preventive medicine, worked with 204 people with bad eating and exercise habits. The study, published in last week's Archives of Internal Medicine, targeted specific behavior — eating too much saturated fat and too few fruits and vegetables, plus watching TV too much and exercising too little — that are associated with health problems and shorter lives.
May 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The notion that Congress could consider pizza a vegetable may be just too much to digest. The SLICE Act, for School Lunch Improvements for Children's Education, has been introduced in response to congressional action last fall ensuring that two tablespoons of tomato paste slathered on pizza could continue to be classified as a full vegetable serving in the federal school lunch program. "Pizza certainly has its place in school meals, but equating it with broccoli, carrots and celery seriously undermines this nation's efforts to support children's health and their ability to learn because of better school nutrition," Rep. Jared Polis (D., Colo.)
May 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Is it really more expensive to eat healthy? An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal. The government says it all depends on how you measure the price. If you compare the price per calorie - as some previous researchers have done - then higher-calorie pastries and snacks might seem like a bargain compared with fruits and vegetables.
May 15, 2012 |
With all his talk about sugar cane, corn, casaba, and fungi, Jeff White sounded like someone with a food obsession. But the ingredients he enumerated during an interview last week had to do with manufacturing, not a meal. His is an unconventional view of the world, where vegetables and other crops are the base materials for such durable goods as cellphone covers, DVD trays, and shipping containers. But the success of Ecospan L.L.C., the bioplastics company he now leads that aims to replace petroleum-based plastics with those made from natural resources, depends on White's perspective becoming widely held by consumers.
April 19, 2012 |
Upscale vegan eateries in the Philadelphia area have a dirty little secret: "I'd say at least two-thirds of our clientele are not vegetarian," says Ross Olchvary, chef-owner at New Hope's Sprig & Vine . "I think most of them are just looking for something different. " Rich Landau, chef and co-owner of Center City's Vedge , with his wife, Kate Jacoby, has observed a similar pattern. "With so many celebrities like Bill Clinton, Mike Tyson, and Ellen DeGeneres talking about eating vegan, people realize that it's not just some cleanse, and it's not some hippie-dippy diet of steamed beans and lentil loaf.
March 8, 2012 |
My husband and daughter do not get my emotional attachment to stuffed food, which I find to be as exciting as getting a package in the mail. They like the culinary genre well enough, but roll their eyeballs heavenward when, on occasion, I deify pork chops, grape leaves, squash blossoms, vegetables, or any other type of food that performs as a duffel bag. They take for granted the forethought, imagination, knife skills, and care needed to...
February 23, 2012
"A LOT of people might be very surprised at the number of African Americans who are health-conscious and who are vegan," Evelyn Redcross said. She wasn't kidding. I've been told, straight-faced, that "black vegans" are nonexistent, since the "veggie" thing is just spoiled white college kids acting out. But there are many reasons and rationales for eating vegan and vegetarian. Redcross believes a more health-conscious attitude in her own community is helping bring people out to the vegan brunch she and her husband, Mercer, throw nearly every Sunday at the 7165 Lounge, their banquet facility in the former North by Northwest on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy.
January 12, 2012 |
Growing up in a meat-and-potatoes Midwestern family, my familiarity with greens was limited mainly to lettuce, spinach, and brussels sprouts, and those tiny cabbages became fodder for long-running dinner feuds with my father. Many a night, he'd order me to sit and finish the bitter, mushy, boiled knobs that I despised. Usually, my mother would rescue me by stealthily swiping most of the sprouts off my plate and making me eat only the remaining few. That was before I (or my mother)
December 29, 2011 |
We've seen farm-to-family, farm-to-school, even farm-to-office programs. Now it's time for farm-to-freezer. Winter Sun Farm Greater Philadelphia ( wintersunfarmsgp.com ) is the region's first farm-to-freezer Community Supported Agriculture program. Launched by Adam and Sara Gordon of Doylestown, the December-through-April CSA offers once-a-month pick-up at locations in Philadelphia, Elkins Park, Swarthmore, Newtown, Doylestown, and Ottsville in Pennsylvania and Collingswood and Stockton, Hunterdon County, in New Jersey.