China arrests thousands for environmental crimes as U.S. continues allowing heavy metals in food supply

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It’s no secret that, while many people in the United States continue to forge on with harmful agricultural sprays, unnecessary deforestation and creating foods loaded with heavy metals, other parts of the world are dedicated to stopping such horrors in their tracks.

For example, France just announced a ban on the private sale of Monsanto’s glyphosate. Many areas in Europe have also banned certain junk foods — namely citing health-harming ingredients — which are still sold in U.S. supermarkets. And in China, Environment Minister Chen Jining recently told members of the National People’s Congress’s that, if people commit environmental crimes, they’ll receive violations, or will be arrested, fined or jailed. It’s that simple.(1,2)

People in China face unlimited fines, jail time for environmental crimes

In fact, during this recent bi-monthly session, he informed members that, just last year alone, 3,400 companies and 3,700 construction sites were in violation of environmental laws. In addition to these violations, over 3,100 workshops were forced to shut down after inspections deemed it necessary. Tired of China’s mounting problems with air pollution and issues with soil and water, Jining has vowed not just to express concern about these problems but to actually do

New Zealand government takes further steps to ease raw milk prohibition

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It’s not exactly a complete scrapping of the country’s antiquated prohibition laws governing the production and sale of raw milk, but the government of New Zealand has responded to consumer demand and made it at least somewhat easier for individuals and families to access this highly sought-after food product.

A recent announcement by New Zealand’s Ministry of Food Safety explains that beginning on March 1, 2016, raw milk will be legally available for purchase in unlimited quantities directly from the farm or via home delivery. This is a step in the right direction; earlier restrictions limited sales to only five liters of raw milk at any one time directly from the farm.

The policy change came after the New Zealand government received an outpouring of support for raw milk reform. New Zealanders wanted greater access to the product, and they made their voices heard. After much deliberation and public commentary, health officials decided to lift some of the restrictions and make it easier for folks to access this functional, living food.

“After extensive consultation and review, the government decision will allow farmers to continue to sell raw milk directly to the public from the farm and via home deliveries,”

How to avoid inadvertently poisoning your food when making home cooked meals

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When it comes to cooking at home, most health-conscious folks would probably say that their aim is to prepare wholesome, savory meals in the cleanest way possible for their families. However, unless these foods are cooked properly at the right temperatures and for the appropriate lengths of time, they could still be harmful to your health even if they are organic.

In addition to the more obvious precautions such as choosing only chemical-free produce and pasture-raised meats and cooking with only healthy saturated fats at higher heat, home cooks also need to pay attention to the ways in which they cook these foods. Certain foods — carbohydrates in particular — can release toxins when they are cooked at too high of a temperature or for too long.

When cooked improperly, potatoes are one such food that can generate a poisonous substance known as acrylamide that animal studies have shown can cause cancer. This white, odorless, water-soluble chemical is generated when starchy foods are cooked at temperatures higher than 250 degrees Fahrenheit or 121 degrees Celsius. Potatoes (including sweet potatoes), grains, and even coffee all generate acrylamide during cooking and/or roasting.

Temperature is not the

Metallic Vacuum Seal Bags, tips and tricks

When choosing a long term storage method for food, mylar bags outperform most other materials when it comes from protecting from light, air, insects, and moisture.

Traditional canning methods using expensive canning equipment or pressure cookers can provide a good long term food storage solution but you lose a lot of your flexibility since the sizes of cans and jars are fixed. Storing in tin cans required bulky and expensive equipment. Glass does not protect from light, is prone to breakage and the seals tend to leak when stored for longer periods of time. The glass jars and tin cans used in this storage method are also more expensive.

Using metallic vacuum seal bags and rolls you can quickly store just about any kind of food allowing you to buy in bulk and from restaurant supply stores and a significant cost savings, even when the cost of the mylar bags are factored in. Anything you could use traditional canning methods for with tin or glass jars can be stored in a metalized bag and because of the flexibility of sizes of the bags and rolls, you can make portions that fit your specific needs. Be it camping, emergency

What does Food Consumption have to do with my Sleep?

Fast food!  Too much food!  The type of food!  Food sensitivities!  Eating too late!  They all have one thing in common – eating the wrong food (and beverage), too much food or too late at night can wreak havoc with your sleep.  Did you have any idea that just changing your diet could really improve your sleep?

Let’s start off with when you eat your last meal of the day.  If you eat too large a meal, too late at night, you can almost be guaranteed you’ll wake up mid-night feeling the digestion process and the effects of over eating, or at least, eating that biggest meal too late in the evening.  For most people, eating smaller portions in the early evening is best. I think the Europeans have the right idea.  They eat their main meal somewhere between noon and 2 PM.  Then for their evening meal, it is usually lighter fare, like soup and sandwich.  Oh, this makes so much more sense and is so much easier on your digestion process.  Eating the bigger meal midday, gives an opportunity for you to digest it while you conduct the rest of your day, instead of taking the weight of the

What does Food Consumption have to do with my Sleep?

Fast food!  Too much food!  The type of food!  Food sensitivities!  Eating too late!  They all have one thing in common – eating the wrong food (and beverage), too much food or too late at night can wreak havoc with your sleep.  Did you have any idea that just changing your diet could really improve your sleep? 

Let’s start off with when you eat your last meal of the day.  If you eat too large a meal, too late at night, you can almost be guaranteed you’ll wake up mid-night feeling the digestion process and the effects of over eating, or at least, eating that biggest meal too late in the evening.  For most people, eating smaller portions in the early evening is best. I think the Europeans have the right idea.  They eat their main meal somewhere between noon and 2 PM.  Then for their evening meal, it is usually lighter fare, like soup and sandwich.  Oh, this makes so much more sense and is so much easier on your digestion process.  Eating the bigger meal midday, gives an opportunity for you to digest it while you conduct the rest of your day, instead of taking the weight of the

Culinary Review of the Culinary Olympics

Competing Against Other Chefs

As you read the culinary review about the 1996 Olympics, you will learn just what it takes to be an executive chef. You have to know the food. You have to know how to prepare a food that will dazzle even the fussiest of guests. For example, an Italian entry that will delight the guests is a catfish filet in a tomato basil sauce with some Parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese, just broiled until it is golden brown. This entry is served with a mixed vegetable sautéed to perfection. Top chefs learn what it takes to make their own recipes. They learn that taste is the only way to bring perfection to the table.

Culinary Reviews of the Instructors

Chefs that competed in the 1996 Culinary Olympics where trained by some of the most prestigious chefs in the world. When you read a culinary review, you always learn about the schools and the chef. Most chefs will demand perfection from their students. This is what makes a great chef that is ready for the world. It is not uncommon for students to dislike their instructors because the instructors are strict. These chefs have succeeded in their careers and want

Why Culinary Education

If you are thinking about a career in culinary arts then studying in a culinary school is a must. You may be a great cook but you will never become expert learning culinary arts yourself. Farther taking up a job as a chef in a good restaurant demands a professional qualification, which comes only after attending a regular culinary school.

There are many myth surrounding culinary arts. For example people say culinary is an art and art cannot be taught. This is not true. First culinary is not just an art, its science too. You must know about the ingredients you are using while cooking. You should also have through knowledge of the contents of the ingredients or additives you use to cook food. It helps you to be an informed chef.

Another myth is that culinary education is very costly. You see, any education is costly. Culinary is not an exception. But if you compare, a Bachelor of Engineering Degree is much more costly then a diploma/degree in culinary.

One of the worst myths is that chefs live a great life – full of glamor and no work. This is not at all true. Most of a chef’s time is spent in