Posts tagged "food"

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’
Urban gardening, or as some call it, urban farming is taking root in low-income areas across Chicago, as green plots spring up on the thousands of acres of vacant lots that dot the South and the West Sides. And with it come skills, revenue and a greater sense of community. The growth of urban agriculture... Read more »

Food calculator shows food spending takes bigger bites out of poor people's income than the rich's

If you were to add up the money you spend on cereal, juice, bread, vegetables, coffee and the occasional late-night fast-food binge, how much would it cost? And how would you compare to other people in your income bracket or age group? Mother Jones’  food calculator allows you to tally what you spend and compare... Read more »

"We have affordable calories. Nutrients are expensive."

"We have affordable calories. Nutrients are expensive."
Back in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture described the lack of potassium, calcium, fiber and Vitamin D in American diets as a public health concern. Too many people were deficient of these four nutrients, the department’s new set of dietary guidelines said, with real costs to health and well-being. Take what you can miss... Read more »
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Why we need "fair food" not just "whole foods"

Why we need "fair food" not just "whole foods"
The difference between the Lakeview Wholefoods and the 59th street food mart in Englewood is striking. In the first, lemons come in varieties–conventional, organic and Meyer. In the second, I saw a single bag of them on a counter in a dimly lit room with several turned dark yellow and caved in with rot. Food’s... Read more »

News Roundup: Seventeen million American children can't get balanced diet

Fifty million people, including 17 million children, don’t have access to a nutritious diet, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twelve percent of Illinois households were “food insecure” at least some time in the past three years, the report says. More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news… Federal prosecutors are... Read more »

Happy Meal bans, vending machine labels miss a point when it comes to the obesity crisis

Most people would describe me as a healthy eater. I carry a cart of veggies home from the farmer’s market each week, and there isn’t a day when you can’t find an apple (or an apple core) in my purse. So you might think that congressional moves like putting calorie labels on vending machine or... Read more »
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Poor kids may be getting a better lunch, but less dinner

More fruits, vegetables and whole grains in school lunches – what could be wrong with that? Quite a bit if the U.S. House of Representatives passes a revamped school lunch bill. The legislation would give schools more money for lunches, but would do so by cutting funding for food stamps. That equation is raising the... Read more »