2/24/11 Nourishing News Roundup

Our weekly roundup of  links to tasty headlines we think you’ll want to read…

Sustainable Seafood Victory

Casson Trenor of Greenpeace just announced some big news: Costco has finally agreed to remove a dozen red-list fish from its stores and implement more a responsible seafood policy.

In other seafood news, Chef Barton Seaver tells SustainableSeafood.com how he defines sustainability, including the importance of encouraging diners to eat lower on the marine food chain. (Our Curried Mussels are a delicious way to do just that!) Also check out National Geographic’s site The Ocean, which teaches consumers about the impact of seafood choices on the marine food chain.

Do Junk Food Taxes Work?

Municipalities all over the country have started to tax junk food in an effort to encourage healthier choices. Does that work? It might. Reuters Health reports on a new study in which college students were offered hypothetical lunch choices on a computer model. Each time, prices for burgers, chips and other goodies went up. Half the students were also shown caloric info for food. The results? As prices for junk rose, calorie counts for meals went down. Caloric info had less influence on the students’ food choices.

Joe Salatin on Small Farms

If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s books or seen “Food, Inc.” you know Joe Salatin of Polyface Farm. Hobby Farm magazine has a Q&A with the delightful advocate of sustainable agriculture. In it, he discusses how environmental efficiency is crucial to making a “farmette” economically viable. If you want to learn more about small-farm meat and poultry, check out Lia’s story about meat CSAs.

What if Michael Pollan is Wrong?

Zester Daily‘s opinion piece by Louise O. Fresco about Michael Pollan’s “misguided” message stirred up some, uh, controversy. Check it out, and add your 2 cents.

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Happy Year of the Rabbit!

That’s right–today marks the start of 4709 in the lunar Chinese calendar and the Year of the Rabbit. After the wild ride that was the Year of the Tiger, this year promises a chance to stop and catch your breath. Celebrate with good-luck foods like tangerines and oranges, which you can turn into a tasty–and festive–granita.

Where Shouldn‘t You Buy Seafood?

Sustainable seafood expert and author of Sustainable Sushi Casson Trenor reveals four places where you shouldn’t purchase seafood, starting with retail giant Costco. AlterNet

USDA, You Suck

Sheesh, we’re starting to sound like a broken record, yammering on about the USDA continuing to say it supports organics and sustainability. But in an actions-speak-louder-than-words move last week, the agency announced its decision to fully deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup-ready genetically engineered alfalfa. “After conducting a thorough and transparent examination of alfalfa through a multi-alternative environmental impact statement (EIS) and several public comment opportunities, APHIS has determined that Roundup Ready alfalfa is as safe as traditionally bred alfalfa,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Guess that depends how you define “safe.” The Center for Food Safety notes widespread use of the GE alfalfa will increase herbicide use (and give rise to herbicide-resistant weeds) and potentially contaminate organic crops. And the Organic Consumers Association notes that in a case of very strange bedfellows, Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm have come out in support of USDA’s latest move with the caveat that the government fine Monsanto if (and when) organic crops are contaminated. We’ll see how that one nets out.

Win a Free Copy of “Sustainable Sushi”!

Confusion over seafood sustainability comes to the surface whenever you eat sushi. The names of the fish are different, and it’s difficult to know whether they’ve been sustainably caught (if it’s wild) or farmed. Casson Trenor’s book, Sustainable Sushi (North Atlantic Books) makes it easy to dope out whether you should order the awabi (abalone). (Yes, if it’s farmed; no, if it’s wild.)

This week, we’re giving away a free copy of Sustainable Sushi!

Trenor is just the guy to write this guide. He has dedicated his career to marine stewardship, including efforts to end illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean. He has been named a Time magazine Environmental Hero and an Ocean Protection Hero by Save Our Shores. He’s also a serious sushi lover. Sustainable Sushi tells the story behind the fish on the sushi menu and offers clear guidelines for what to order so you can continue to enjoy your shiromaguro (as long as it’s troll-caught from Pacific waters) and other fish.

But, friends, you have to play to win this clever guide.

So here’s the deal. Only NOURISH Evolution members are eligible to win, so now’s the time to join if you haven’t already! Then, head on over to the Thursday Giveaway group in our community area and leave a comment to be entered to win (important: be sure you’re signed in to NOURISH Evolution so we can find you).

Lia will announce the winner in next Friday’s Friday Digest!

Kouun (good luck)!