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A resolution worth keeping

Hatched: Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By now, most individuals have already made New Year’s resolutions – some of them, which have already been broken. Instead of resolving to lose that last 10 pounds, the folks at Cluck Nation challenge you to commit to something bigger that will have long-term implications – educate yourself on where your food comes from.

Think about it…


Food is a basic need. Everyone eats. And, it’s the only arena where consumers get three votes a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. So make your vote count. But, first, do yourself a favor and learn about the farmers behind the product, where it comes from, and how it was produced.

Coming to a town meeting near you…

Hatched: Monday, December 13th, 2010

Activists take to local governments in pursuit of their agenda.

 

Brookline Town Meeting passes veal ban resolution

 

Brookline, Mass. —Brookline Town Meeting passed a resolution that asks grocers, restaurants, caterers and other food vendors to stop selling or serving crated veal  in a 163-4 vote.

According to petitioner Rachel Baras, many veal calves are separated from their mothers within a few days of being born and put into restrictive crates that do not allow them to easily lie down or move, in order to achieve a pale and tender piece of meat.

“The purpose [of Article 21] is to motivate food purveyors and consumers to think critically about what they’re buying and supporting just has they did with trans fats and smoking,” Baras said, referring to two previous Brookline bans. “You’ll be a part of a movement to improve lives. They are animal lives, but they are lives nonetheless.”

Baras received support from both the Board of Selectmen and the Advisory Committee. Five states have passed measures outlawing crated veal calves, and similar legislation is pending in New York.

Note to school cafeterias: get creative, not political

Hatched: Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Here’s a smart article taken straight from the playbook of common sense. Want kids to make better food choices at school? Concerned about childhood obesity? Then rethink how food is presented.

It’s not exactly rocket science, but recent results from some school cafeterias could go a long way to quell unrealistic and agenda-driven food policies that attempt to police menus and force feed our kids with foods that they just won’t eat (here’s looking at you, meatless Monday).

With no-cost or low-cost solutions that feed into the idea food choice, consider these surprising results highlighted in the article:

-One school increased salad purchases by nearly 300 percent
-Another school amped up its fruit consumption by 105 percent

Imagine that. Choice over a vegan agenda actually increases the consumption of fruits and vegetables by large margins, while still allowing the ham sandwich and the turkey club a secure place on the menu.

Read the full article to understand the tactical changes to food presentation in the lunch line, then consider these wise words at the end of the article:

Food isn’t nutritious until it is eaten. We don’t improve school lunches by making children take healthier items. When healthy foods are forced upon them, children will resist and dislike not only the heavy-handed approach but also the food associated with that heavy hand.

Now that’s good food for thought.

USD-WHAT?

Hatched: Monday, October 25th, 2010

The A in USDA is supposed to stand for Agriculture, but these days, it might more appropriately stand for Absence.  Touting a desire for healthier school lunch choices, the federal agency responsible for the nation’s farms and farmers, which includes farmers who raise animals for meat, is sponsoring a recipe contest that excludes…wait for it…meat.

Categories available for this national contest?  Kids can choose from the following tasty choices:  whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, or dry beans and peas.  We’re not suggesting there is anything wrong with any of these not-so-child-friendly choices – but on the plate, not at the center of it.

So is the assertion that USDA believes meat protein is not a healthy lunch selection?  Or is USDA abandoning its commitment to farmers of all shapes, species and sizes?  When you consider the great protein and nutritional assets of meat, and the essential role that protein plays in children’s ability to learn, it seems implausible that USDA would promote a non-meat recipe contest for schools.

And for USDA to leave out meat – when our nation produces nearly 27 billion pounds of beef, more than 21 billion pounds of pork, almost 37 billion pounds of chicken and about 6 billion pounds of turkey – seems like more than just a mere promotional oversight for the nation’s only federal agency dedicated to farming.

What the cluck?

Want to learn more?  To take a chance and submit a meat-based protein recipe to the agency?   Visit www.recipesforkidschallenge.com for full contest details.

Don’t ban the bird!

Hatched: Friday, July 2nd, 2010

United States chickens are allowed to cross the pond over into Russia again.

Since January, Russia has blocked American chickens from being imported into the country. What a foul decision! Previously the largest importer of U.S. chickens, Russians have seen no trace of Yankee-born chickens during the past five months—and that’s a mighty long time to go without a good ol’ American chicken dinner.

Thankfully, this all changed last week when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with President Barack Obama in Washington, and the two scratched out an agreement to reinstate chicken entry into Russia. As outlined in this article, chicken travel into Russia will likely resume quickly, even within a matter of days.

It’s great news that American chickens have been cleared on Russian border control list. But, it does seem rather ironic that all this productive chicken-squawk between Medvedev and Obama happened while the two shared a hamburger lunch.

Where the cluck were the tasty drumsticks to celebrate this victory?