Posts from the ‘Food Industry’ Category

A bit on buying fish…

If you go into your local fish market looking to supply yourself with some fish for dinner tonight…smell it before you buy it…if it smells like an anchovies armpit, its safe to say that fish is not fresh and certainly not delicious. Try to find another fish from the green list on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch pocket guide below. If you can’t find any available fish that doesn’t smell gross, put your money away and figure out something else to eat…its seriously not worth spending your money on fish that isn’t fresh, seriously!!

(To download the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Guide for your pocket, click HERE)

In general, use your senses and your judgement, they are your best tools.

If the fish looks pale and sad, its probably not fresh.

If it looks soft and mushy, its probably not fresh.

If it says “Organic” then its probably been swimming in its own shit for its entire life and won’t taste good.

If the people working at the market are not helpful and don’t seem like they care about you or don’t know what they are talking about, find another place to buy fish. Fish mongers should be knowledgable and helpful and if they aren’t, they probably aren’t dealing with good, fresh fish to begin with (and they suck at their job).

Always ask what’s really fresh today. If its a trusted fish market, you’ll be pointed in the right direction.  If your fish monger immediately suggests the most expensive fish and it fails your judgement and senses test, just leave the store. If they seem annoyed by your questions, again, leave the store. They should be more than willing to answer your questions and educate you. After all, that is their job.

Eqiuped with the Monterey Bay Seafood Guide and a few of the tips listed above, you should enjoy a life full of delicious seafood and void of stinky anchovy armpit seafood…

**Side Note** Just read the FDA is considering approval of genetically modified Salmon (as I type these words…steam is erupting from my ears in frustration)…more on this B.S. as the story develops…FML

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UnFuck the Gulf!

I’m so fucking pissed at BP for ruining so many amazing things in the Gulf, especially all that delicious seafood. Instead of expressing myself, this video pretty much says it all!

As much as I love the content of this video…it’s pretty lame they are only donating 5 fucking dollars out of a $13 shirt.

Who said GMO’s are the only way to feed the world?

Monsanto (I hate you), does this piss you off?

For awhile now, I have felt this dread that someday the food system would become so genetically modified and corrupt that there would be little chance we would ever be able to salvage it. After reading this article on Grist.org by Tom Philpott, that dread was replaced with hope.

For years, the evil doers at Monsanto (while not busy suing innocent farmers out of business for “infringing” on their “intellectual property”) have been touting their genetically modified seeds are the answer to the worlds growing population and subsequent issue of how to feed everyone. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not be viewed as a science experiment for heartless corporations trying to modify the gene structures in my food so they can make a bazillion dollars on enslaving farmers to grow their crops. Besides, industrial agriculture has not even come close to feeding the world so all you supporter of it, please just go stuff your faces with some corn doused in Round Up (its good at killing weeds and greedy, ignorant capitalists).

Well, it looks like the U.N. finally has got its wits about them. Based on the concept of “agroecology”, we now have the endorsement of the U.N. on the side of good food and good food production practices. We, as individuals can only go so far in our efforts to change the rapidly deteriorating food system that surrounds us…unfortunately we have to rely on Government policy to ensure the safety of our food system. That being said, we are stuck in a waiting game to see how this issue pans out, but at least we have hope on our side.  Read the following piece from Tom at Grist.org.

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U.N. panel says sustainable farming practices can “feed the world”

The planet is due to add an additional 3 billion people by 2050, and only chemical-intensive agriculture, goosed with novel transgenic seeds, can possibly hope to feed them all. That’s the agrichemical industry’s mantra, anyway, and it has congealed into conventional wisdom.

But among ag experts, the premise is widely disputed. In fact, many experts think the ramping up of industrial agriculture will be disastrous for the environment, and instead promote “agroecological” practices that can produce plenty of food while also polluting much less.

That was the message delivered at a meeting in June convened by U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter.

So what is agrocecology? According to a U.N. report on the event, agroecological techniques include “agroforestry (planting trees and crops on the same parcel), biological control of pests and diseases through the use of natural predators, water harvesting methods, intercropping, green manure cover crops, mixed crops, livestock management, and a range of additional practices.” In other words, essentially what we think of as organic agriculture, without the rigorous codification.

Such farming styles don’t have a PR machine behind them, unlike patented biotech seeds. Yet their success has been proven, as the U.N. report shows:

The widest study ever conducted on the subject found that agroecological approaches resulted in an average crop yield gain of 79 per cent. The study covered 286 projects in 57 developing countries, representing a total surface of 37 million hectares.

Such “agroecological success stories” abound in Africa. In Tanzania, where the western provinces of Shinyanga and Tabora were once known as the “Desert of Tanzania,” agroforestry techniques and participatory processes allowed some 350,000 hectares of land to be rehabilitated in two decades. Profits per household rose by up to $500 a year. Similar techniques are being used successfully in Malawi.

Advocates for agroecology don’t lack success stories; they lack the sort of political power that comes with a multi-billion-dollar industry like agrichemicals. You can’t patent a technique like cover cropping; and if you can’t patent something, you likely can’t leverage it for cash to hire lobbyists. As De Schutter put it, “What is needed now is political will to move from successful pilot projects to nationwide policies.” Which is precisely the point of my own recent post about “why eaters alone can’t transform the food system.”

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If you hate Monsanto…like I do…tweet “I hate Monsanto” to @thefoodfreak. I wanna know who cares about this!

I’ll be writing more on this issue and more on how much I hate Monsanto as things develop.