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  • THUMB DOWN FOR WHOLE FOODS

    Date: 2012.01.24 | Category: vegan news | Response: 0

    The largest retailer of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ foods in the US just gave up fighting against GE crops (a.k.a Genetically Modified organisms or GMO). Now, why would a giant like Whole Foods, the champion of all things natural and healthy would do such a thing? Well, they say, because 2/3 of the products they sell contain some form of GMO products and that they are not labelled as such. Many products touted as natural are actually conventional products, processed like the others. So why fussing about this! Great, if the bar wasn’t low enough, now let’s take the bar down completely!

    So what are we talking about? Mainly GMO Corn, soy and canola are the
    main culprits here and they have found they way into so many products these days. So if Whole Foods were to be a no GMO store, they would have to get ridd of lots of products and that doesn’t bid well to the bottom line. We get that.

    But as “leaders” of all things natural, they could lobby for GMO labelling as a start like the European Union did. They not only fought againts it but succeeded in kicking it out for the most part. You may

    GMO labeling

    non-GMO labeling

    be surprised to know that there is moratorium on GM Organisms in France, Germany, Greece, Austria and Luxembourg (meaning it is outright banned) and for the remaining countries in the EU, labels must clearly indicate GMO ingredients. We are far from this in the US. So it is
    feasible.

    Considering the billions of dollars the bio-tech industry (mostly
    Monsanto) pours into buying public officials, seats in the USDA, the media and the scientific community, it has flat out failed in Europe (they know what is good for them and what is not!) but giants don’t take no for answer, so they set shop elsewhere, like Brazil, China, Spain, Africa, where greedy, gullible and desperate people bought their lies.

    Don’t take my word for it, check the map below to see who is growing GMO crops! Start with the US, then look around. Not so popular anywhere else where people seem to care about what they grow and ingest ! What’s wrong with Americans?

    GMO land use worldwide

    There are no magic seeds, folks! Mother Nature already provided us with
    all the magic we need. It is the scientific mind in all of its arrogance that thinks it can do better. But when you look closely, all you will see, is a trail of tears and blood. Tears, because farmers using these seeds end up bankrupt from all the chemicals they have to buy just to be able to grow these seeds (and these are good size agro-businesses, the little farmers are on the extinction list!) And blood because thousands of farmers in India, for example, have committed suicide, because a slight drought devastated their crops and nothing was produced year after year (but they still need to pay the loan for the seeds and the fertilizers). Not so magic after all but who is talking about this? The picture isn’t pretty. Wait, the horror movie doesn’t end here, GMO contamination can also take you to court because these GM seeds are patented! If your neighbor happens to be growing GMO seeds and the wind happens to blow them in your fields, then you owe money to the seed manufacturer for growing their franken seeds. How did we let this happen?

    So as we get sicker, fatter and more tired, when are we, the American people, going to fight for what is right for us and our children? I hate doing the “us” and “them” game, but if the multinational corporations had a ounce of conscience and responsibility, we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place, would we?

    Billions of people Vs a handful of powerful corporations.
    Don’t you think that we could do what Europe did? What do we have to
    lose? Let’s see, what is left of our health and that of our children, local food safety and our right to healthy and nutritious food.

    Guide to non GMO Guide

     

    In the meantime, you can download a free guide to GMO free food.

    Here is a list of non GMO seeds companies in case you are looking for non-GMO seeds for you garden.

    Another great book to read on this is Seeds of Deception, by Jeffrey Smith.
    More articles on this.

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  • TOFU SCRAMBLE, the Breakfast of Champions

    Date: 2011.03.01 | Category: Gluten-free, heart healthy foods, RECIPES, Vegan Breakfast and Brunch | Response: 0

    Tofu Scramble
    Sleeping in!

    When Sunday comes and we get to sleep in a little and start the day more slowly, we usually feel a bit more hungry than usual. And the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is a nice tofu scramble. You can serve it with toasted bread (rye is great with it), some fresh vegetables on the side or if you have more time, make some pan-fried potatoes for a true American classic. And if you really want to be decadent, serve both bread and potatoes!

    This is truly the easiest dish you can put together without even being fully awake. Which could easily happen on a Sunday morning… There is no way you can mess this one up.

    Pretty much any vegetable you have in your refrigerator can be added to it (with the exception of root vegetables like carrots that would need a little tenderizing first). The trick is to dice everything pretty small so that you barely cook your vegetables, get a nice crisp texture and get most of the nutrients in the process. I like to have different kinds of greens and red veggies for the visual effect and whatever fresh herbs I have on hand (dried will work fine too). The usual culprits we have at home are zucchinis, snow and snap peas, green onions, green beans, mushrooms, tomatoes… we usually stay away from bell peppers because a lot of people don’t digest them well.

    BASIC INGREDIENTS:

    •    1 package of organic* firm tofu drained on a towel
    •    2-4 Tbl nutritional yeast
    •    1 tsp or more of turmeric** for color (turmeric does have a unique flavor, so experiment with a little at first,  then add more if you want a deeper yellow color).  
    •    1 tsp or more of garlic and onion powder
    •    1/2 cup green onions minced
    •    1 tsp ground flax seed (optional)
    •    Vegan cheese like Daiya (optional)
    •    Combination of vegetables finely diced
    •    Fresh herbs (Basil or cilantro) optional 
    PREPARATION:
    1. With clean hands, break the tofu in a bowl to loosen up the pieces.
    2. I prefer not leaving large chunks as they tend to not absorb as much flavor and come out bland. We like all our bites to be equally flavored!
    3. Sprinkle the yeast first and mix,  then the turmeric, garlic and onion powder and salt, mix some more.
    4. Add the green onions and other dried herbs of your liking.
    5. Heat up a large frying pan with 1 tsp of oil, making sure the oil is evenly coating the pan
    6. Pour the tofu mixture and gently stir over medium heat.
    7. You can start toasting the bread or preparing the salad while this is cooking because it doesn’t take much time to finish the scramble at this point.
    8. Now add the finely diced vegetables, mix well and cook a few more minutes. Taste and add seasonings if you want. Sprinkle some vegan cheese, turn of the heat and cover with a lidd.
    9. Serve as mentioned at the top. Chop from fresh herbs available and place on top.

    Bon appétit! So, this isn’t a Julia Child fancy dish but it does the trick every time, plus depending on what vegies I have in the fridge, it is never the same.

    SOME VARIATIONS:
    If you are in a Mexican mood, add some salsa and chilis and serve with corn chips or a warmed tortilla and a side of black beans.
    If you feel like adding an Indian touch, you could add some curry to the spices and eat with chapattis.

    * Organic tofu is really important because a good part of the soy grown today is fed to livestock along with the all-pervasive corn (I swear, a cob of corn should be added to the American flag for the amount we are growing and consuming). So much of these two crops have been genetically modified and no serious clinical study was ever done on human population prior to introducing these new seeds. The reason being that since it would ‘mostly’ be given to animals and they seem to handle it just fine! I love the FDA’s (Food and Drugs Administration) logic. If they can take it, why shouldn’t we! The problem with GMO corn and Soy, but mostly corn is that it is in so many by-products today, that if the manufacturers were to label GMO ingredients on their products, the vast majority of the products sold in stores would have to list GMO ingredients and traces on their packaging. So Stick to organic when it comes to soy/tofu and for corn, good luck, this may be a little more difficult.
    If you want to find out more about the largest producer of GMO products and how to protect yourself, click here.

    ** The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. It is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, stomach-soothing, and liver-and heart-protecting effects.
    In India, it is used to aid for digestive disturbances and as a treatment for fever, infections, dysentery, arthritis, jaundice and other liver problems
    In China it is used to treat liver and gallbladder problems, stop bleeding, and relieve chest congestion and menstrual discomforts
    Given that it not only improves blood circulation but also helps prevent blood clot, turmeric offers some protection against heart attacks and strokes, the biggest killers in the US.
    For more information on this herb and how to use it, go to: http://www.nutritional-supplement-educational-centre.com/turmeric-benefits.html

    Tofu scramble delivers an impressive 4.8g of dietary fiber and 24.2g of protein per serving. Not bad for a humble bean!

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