Today Toronto’s City Hall released a statement by Mayor John Tory, with his plan to address food inequality in this city. His plans sound ambitious but the fact that this conversation is being had is an excellent step forward. We credit organizations like the STOP Community Food Centre and Local Food Plus for being at the forefront of opening our eyes to the concept of not just food for all, but good food for all. Continue »
Perhaps you’ve seen the late night infomercial in which Cindy Crawford shills something called Meaningful Beauty, a skin product (?!) that contains fairy-dust derivatives of some exotic melon found in the nether regions of France. Hogwash! You want the benefits of melon, eat some; don’t slop this goo on your skin. It’s good ol’ vitamin A that does the trick, and 1 cup will give you over 100% of your daily needs.
At one point in time, not too long ago, the only place you could purchase things like granola, natural peanut butter, stone milled whole wheat flours and local organic produce was in a “health food store”. These stores catered to what was then a slightly alternative crowd, discriminating members of the purchasing public that were tired of canned goods, highly processed foods and convenience based products of dubious provenance and even more questionable nutritional value. These hippies were on the fringes for a time, but thankfully things eventually started to change.
As more consumers became more aware, supermarkets began to stock “health food” and whole, fresh and local foods to meet the growing demand. Nowadays it is common to be able to buy an organically raised free-range hen, some chia seeds and kale chips in the same store where you get your Kraft Dinner and Fruit Loops. Continue »
It is now officially warm enough outside to do some serious spring cleaning, and there is one area we visit several times a day that deserves some love too. If you have already tackled your stove, good for you, but spring is the perfect time of year for a good cleaning and overhaul of your pantry and fridge too.
Why not strike while the iron is hot and the weather is lovely. You will feel better about it, you won’t shudder in horror every time you avoid that certain area that has the unofficial science experiment lurking, and your life will be transformed into one of health, happiness and efficiency. Continue »