Food Safety

Transglutaminase: A Delicious Story of Meat Glue

by Almira June 23, 2011

[image source] In March, Australian TV show Today Tonight did a story on a supposed meat glue scandal. Transglutaminase, known as Activa in the culinary world, is a blood-clotting enzyme being used to “glue” small scraps of meat into what looks like prime cuts to sell for a high price. Pork, lamb, fish and chicken [...]

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Liquid Candy: Is Soda Making You Fat?…Even Diet Soda?

by Almira May 24, 2011

“You’ll end up fat, toothless, and dying of cancer. But seriously, regular and diet sodas increase your rise of pancreatic cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, dental problems, and weight issues.” – Lauren Slayton, Nutritionist [image: The Lunch Tray] Sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, soda has been called Liquid Candy on documentary King Corn. As cases of [...]

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Water Series: The Incredible, Edible…Fluoride

by Almira February 17, 2011

In 1950, the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed fluoridation of our municipal water systems.

Fluoride is a toxic waste product complimentary of the phosphate fertilizer industry. The fertilizer industry had this fabulous idea to cheaply rid themselves of their production waste by selling it to the government with the idea that hydrofluorosilic acid helps prevent tooth decay if used as a water additive. Hydrofluorosilic acid is an industrial-grade, un-purified and corrosive form of fluoride, and yet, despite the increasing evidence of its negative effects on human health, the American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control continue to promote, and in some cases, mandate water fluoridation.

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The Odd World of Kombucha

by Almira July 22, 2010

When I was a girl, I remember peeking into a bowl which housed contents that I considered gross-looking. Inside of this bowl was a rather transparent brown liquid with a floating squishy ‘blob’ on its surface. Underneath the blob, was its ‘baby’ that would soon be moved to its own bowl to start a new [...]

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Fora.tv, Food Inc. and Food Matters

by Almira July 13, 2010

Enjoy this Fora.tv with Pulitzer Prize winner for his E Coli story, Michael Moss, on food safety (1 hr): Michael Moss: Inside The Food Industry

“Food companies are increasingly reaching overseas for lower-cost ingredients that can keep their product prices down.” —Michael Moss

Michael ends his speech at 16:41 minutes where they begin the question and answer, so it’s really not too long if you’re just looking to hear his lecture.

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