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

Reasons to Hire a Birthday Party Catering Company

There are many people who would choose to organize a birthday party and do the catering themselves. The biggest reason for doing this is that it seems like a more affordable option. However, there are reasons why you may want to consider hiring a catering company for a birthday party.

Enjoy the Party

A birthday party is supposed to be fun. People interact, share jokes, have small talk and sometimes play games. When catering you will not be able to interact with your guests as you will be busy in the kitchen either trying to prepare a meal or serving the guests.

The people in attendance will also want your presence. Sometimes the guests may not have been acquainted and may not interact unless you are there to facilitate that interaction. You may kill the mood and liveliness of the party with your absence.

Save Money

You will need tables, decorations and cutlery for the birthday party. You can either buy or hire. Buying is a more expensive option. Hiring is cheaper but it may still be easier to get it through the caterers.

When you hire a caterer, the catering company will provide all these things. It may be cheaper than hiring them by yourself,

Naman Wakil – A Food Lover

Mouth-watering dishes are the things that a foodie thinks about all the time. People who love to eat sometimes get so much obsessed with their food love. This passion keeps the people motivated explore new recipes and dishes. Therefore, when it is about food, many food enthusiasts sometimes turn their passion into profession establishing a new restaurant. Naman Wakil is a food enthusiast who loves to travel different places in the quest of tasty foods and cuisines. He wants to create a repository of cuisines of different cultures. Due to his passion, he is planning to open his Mediterranean restaurant.

How does a food enthusiast explore new recipe?

The first and most important factor that people need to understand is difference between a person craving for food and a foodie. A foodie loves to explore new recipes of different culture travelling to different places, he/she never get tired of traveling to discover new recipes. However, a person craving for food would never go far places in the search of the good taste rather he/she will satiate desire of food in nearby restaurants. Therefore, a food enthusiast sometimes turns out to be a great food critic or a restaurant owner.

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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