The NAACP has joined the ranks of those opposed to New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary sodas. The organization’s New York chapter claimed in court on Wednesday that while obesity is a significant problem in the black and Latino community but the ban would “would disproportionately hurt minority-owned small businesses, which faced competition from larger convenience stores like 7-Eleven that would be exempt from the soda restrictions because of a quirk in New York’s regulatory structure.” Continue reading →
Watch Making the Connection, a short film by The Vegan Society, so you won’t have to wonder about the benefits of a plant based diet. Vegetarians and vegans, you still might learn a thing or two and everyone please share this if you find it informative!
Description: “This 30 minute film explores an exciting lifestyle which combines delicious, healthy food with tackling many of the ethical and global challenges facing us today and into the future. It is divided into 8 chapters and features a dietician, an MP, chefs, farmers, an elite athlete, environmental groups and the wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah. It explains how becoming vegan is good for your health, good for the environment, good for the animals and can help to feed a growing world population. Will you make the connection and become part of the solution?”
Did you miss Soul Food Junkies on Independent Lens/PBS this week? Fear not! It’s free online for a limited time. In this documentary award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. Watch it today! It will be gone by February 11th.
When was the last time you bought a product claiming to be made with blueberries that actually had blueberries on the ingredient list? Did you read the ingredient list? Well, it’s time for you to start doing that because you may have already participated in ‘The Blueberry Deception’, created by crafty marketers and food companies to get you to eat a cheaper, less perishable product at the price of a product that has real fruit in it. Did you not notice the taste? The texture? Are you really surprised by this? Maybe you did. Maybe you noticed this in Nutella and Tropicana orange juice too. Did you also know these fakeberries are made from chemicals and petroleum byproducts? Yuck! Watch this video and learn more about ‘The Blueberry Deception’.
Where this video fails for me, and where many others do too including Food, Inc., is leaving the consumer to a market solution as their only recourse. Surely buying something else isn’t the only thing someone can do to stop fake, unhealthy blueberries. You can write to manufacturers, call them, draft and circulate petitions, and actively boycott them, including spreading the news about your boycott.
Maybe you’ve never gone to a film festival or none are in your town. Maybe you’ve never heard of filmmaker Byron Hurt and his work including Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. Either way you’re in for a treat. Hurt focuses his lens on African American cuisine and its affects in the lives and health of the black community. Best of all it will be airing on PBS‘s Independent Lens, which showcases independent film. Since we’re talking about diets you should consider detoxing from big budget Hollywood affairs with some indies. Enjoy the preview below and check your local listings for when it airs here. Continue reading →
“That is not ‘soul food,’ [it is] destroying souls. A lot of people think a real good, wholesome meal is when you sit back bloated and full and nod off. To me, soul food is food that adds to your spirit, gives you energy, gives you life, and helps you feel vibrant.” -Ishmael Shakur, black American and 6 year vegetarian
Black Americans are trending towards becoming vegetarians and vegans more now. Have you noticed this trend? Surely, you’ve had to notice the health statistics that show alarmingly high rates of heart disease and other food related illnesses in the United States, with Americans of African ancestry in or near the lead among racial groups. According to Toledo Blade it’s not just meatlessness on the rise, more Black folks are also skipping the dairy, fish, eggs, and honey too. Continue reading →
You did know the animals you eat are given antibiotics on a regular basis didn’t you? Well, on Wednesday “the Food and Drug Administration announced the new rule Wednesday after trying for more than 35 years to stop farmers and ranchers from feeding antibiotics to cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals simply to help the animals grow larger.” Those animals are NOT sick, they are perfectly healthy to begin with before being drugged. Continue reading →