Author Archives for Sarah LeMieux

F.D.A. Suggests Voluntary Guidelines for Produce Growers


Spurred by numerous recent food-borne illness outbreaks, the ever-prescient F.D.A. decided to give the fresh-cut produce industry some helpful advice on Monday, in the form of non-binding “guidelines” for safe handling practices. Non-binding, meaning processors can choose to follow the advice or not, unlike the mandatory rules for safe handling the meat industry has to […]

10 (Fairly) Easy Ways to Eat Healthfully, Save Money and Save the World!


With so many choices, and so much conflicting advice about food saturating our culture these days, it can be tough to figure out how to eat right. Not to mention, the rising cost of food leaves most of us cringing at the cash register. Throw in the state of the world today, the politics of […]

Eating Locally


I first encountered the term “locavore” in the in-flight magazine on my way home from vacation last week. No, it’s not a homebound dinosaur. A locavore is someone who chooses only to eat foods that are grown within a certain distance from their home – many people use 100 miles as a starting point. Like […]

Raw Milk: Tonic, or Toxic?


As a nursing mom, as well as a health nut, my interest was doubly piqued when I read a recent article about raw cow’s milk on Salon.com. I already know all the miraculous health benefits of human milk - it confers immunities, prevents allergies, protects against infection - it’s even antimicrobial. Weird anecdote: I applied […]

Not So Fast, FDA - Cloned Food Not Quite in the Clear


The FDA cautiously announced last Thursday that meat and milk from cloned animals is safe for human consumption. Some farmers, like rancher and vet Donald Coover of Kansas, see this as a boon: they’ll be able to produce a fairly standard, high-quality “product,” demonstrating the very best characteristics their stock has to offer, without depending […]

Label Watch II: Nasty Additives


Okay, so now everyone knows, trans fats are really bad for you. New York recently banned restaurants from using trans fats in cooking, and a number of cities, both in America, and internationally, are considering following suit. This trend has not escaped the notice of food manufacturers, and many, including Frito Lay, Lipton, and KFC, […]

The Jungle Revisited: Food Safety in America


When I was a senior in high school, our dragon lady history teacher forced all us unsuspecting girls to read “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, the watershed 1906 expose of the meat-packing industry. It’s a pretty foul read - think maggots and rats. A few girls in my class complained that the book made them […]

Germ Warfare: Give Your Immune System a Holiday Boost


Eggnog. Fruitcake. Stuffy noses. These are all fairly reliable signals that the holidays have arrived. Cold and flu season usually peaks right around holiday time, in late December, and a bunch of winter-related factors put our immune systems at a disadvantage. Stale, dried-out air, holiday stress, and overindulgence all lower our resistance to the germs […]

Morningstar Farms Veggie Bites


When I first saw Morningstar Farms Veggie Bites advertised in a magazine, I was excited. Honestly. As a mom, I like anything that manages to be convenient AND healthy AND kid-friendly, or at least kid-tolerated. Plus, those bites looked pretty tasty. As soon as they started carrying them in my local grocery chain, I snapped […]

A Mom’s Guide to Decoding Food Labels


It can be very scary going to the grocery store when you have young children. Danger seems to lurk in every aisle - sugary cartoon breakfast cereals and “juice” drinks with no real juice in them are just mild offenders compared to the killer hydrogenated oils lurking in the pastry case and pesticide-laden everything. Fortunately, […]

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