Posted on November 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Rampant fraud makes eco-friendly choices difficult
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Top chefs from around the country are calling on Congress to address the problem of seafood fraud by passing legislation that would establish more accountability, from fishing boats all the way to the dinner plate.
More than 450 chefs, restaurant owners and culinary leaders, representing nearly all 50 states, are urging Congress to pass the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE Seafood) Act. More accountability up the chain of supply would enable restaurants to make better eco-friendly choices, the chefs wrote. Continue reading
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Posted on May 31, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Yummy food, people watching … what more could you want?
Sorting apples at the market in Brignoles, France.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO —Some people seek out museums and statues when they travel, and that’s fine. I’ve been known to visit a museum or three. But if it ever came down to a choice between a museum or wandering through a farmers market, the market would always win out. It’s not just because I love food. Markets are just great places to pick up the vibe of a town and to watch locals go about their business. It’s fun to see who’s going home with asparagus stalks hanging out their handbag, and to watch people sniff stinky cheese, or poke melons to find the ripe one. It’s also good to connect with the people who grow the food you eat. Finally, there’s no better place to stock up with a few good snacks for the next leg of your trip. Today’s photo set is themed for the popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, so upload your own market pics, tag them and join in the fun. I’m looking forward to seeing some pictures of markets that I’ll maybe visit on one of my next trips. Continue reading
Filed under: agriculture, Food, Morning photo, photography, Travel | Tagged: Farmers market, food, FriFotos Twitter, markets, Munich, photography, Travel, Viktualienmarkt. | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Activists have set May 25 as a wordwide day of action to raise awareness about genetically modified food issues.
Colorado joins in with demonstrations across the state
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Activists today (May 25) will try to raise awareness about what they perceive as the dangers of genetically modified foods with a series of worldwide marches and protests under the #OccupyMonsanto banner.The rallies include events across Colorado, from Denver to Grand Junction. The Denver protest at the State Capitol starts at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to continue until 4 p.m.
A worldwide list of events is posted at this Facebook page.
Grassroots opposition has been growing the past few months since Congress passed what’s been called the Monsanto Protection Act, which appears to gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least temporary authority to ignore court rulings on whether it’s OK to plant genetically engineered crops. Read this NPR report for more details on the congressional action. Continue reading
Filed under: agriculture, Colorado, Environment, Food | Tagged: Denver, Environment, food, Genetically modified food, Genetically modified organism, GMO food, health, Monsanto, Occupy Monsanto | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Nothing like a little deep-dish apple pie!
FRISCO — It’s been a few weeks since I joined in the #FriFotos Twitter chat, but when I saw that this week’s them was “dishes,” I couldn’t resist. I’m just one of those annoying people who likes to take pictures of food and share them. It bugs my family a little bit, but for me, it adds one final touch to the creative process of cooking, and it also helps me decide what to make for dinner sometimes, as in when I’m scrolling through my iPhone camera roll and I suddenly see something yummy and say to myself, “It’s about time to try that again!” To join in, upload you own favorite “dish” pictures, tag them with #FriFotos, then sit back and enjoy the show. Continue reading
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Posted on March 5, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
New potatoes and asparagus have been on sale recently at Safeway. Together, they make a fine vegetarian meal, and it’s an early season staple and classic in farmhouse restaurants in central Europe. Just boil and serve with some melted butter.
FRISCO — Stepping back from landscapes for a short food interlude today … Continue reading
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Posted on December 27, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Researchers analyze fatty acids extracted from pottery found in northern Europe
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with being a choice gourmet item for foodies, cheese has been a staple in many cultures around the world for centuries, as a transportable and digestible dairy product.
New research shows that cheese-making probably pre-dates previous estimates by quite a while. After analyzing fatty acids extracted from unglazed ceramic pottery, scientists say prehistoric people in northern Europe were making cheese as long as 7,000 years ago.
“Before this study, it was not clear that cattle were used for their milk in Northern Europe around 7,000 years ago,” said Mélanie Salque, a PhD student from the University of Bristol and one of the authors of the paper. “However, the presence of the sieves in the ceramic assemblage of the sites was thought to be a proof that milk and even cheese was produced at these sites<” Salque said. “Of course, these sieves could have been used for straining all sorts of things, such as curds from whey, meat from stock or honeycombs from honey. We decided to test the cheese-making hypothesis by analysing the lipids trapped into the ceramic fabric of the sieves,” she said. Continue reading
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