Food

SNAP: Helping Seniors Pay for Healthy Foods

SNAP: Helping Seniors Pay for Healthy Foods

March is National Nutrition Month—and what better time to learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?

SNAP helps many low-income seniors pay for the foods they need to maintain good health. However, a staggering number of older adults—approximately 2 out of 3—who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on the benefits. With an average monthly benefit of $122 for a senior living alone (in 2011), a variety of healthful food options may be purchased. Click on the link below to learn more:

http://www.virginianavigator.org/sn/buying-food-with-snap/article-30453.aspx

Cultivating Community: Web Resources

Cultivating Community: Web Resources

"Cultivating Community" is a community-wide program designed to share information in the Fredericksburg region about farm-to-table and sustainable food communities. These web sites support those goals by exploring how you can assess the sustainability of your community and your home, finding locally grown foods or growing your own, cooking, and sustainable gardening.

Community Sustainability Assessment: gen.ecovillage.org/activities/csa/English
A comprehensive checklist that anyone can complete to get a basic idea of how sustainable their community is. While it requires good knowledge of the life-styles, practices and features of the community, it does not require research, calculation and detailed quantification. This assessment takes about three hours for an individual to complete, or a series of sessions if done as a group experience by community members.

Food and Cultures

Food and cultures

If you are like me, you probably enjoy exploring different cultures through food. I am a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain's show,  No Reservations

I would love to be able to go to all these countries and taste their cuisines one day. But for now, I do it through reading. It is truly amazing to learn that many famous cooks and food writers were ordinary people and had to endure many struggles on their quests to find a niche for themselves. In these books, we will travel and experience cuisines both in the USA and around the world.  

Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer--and What You Can Do About It

By Karl Weber

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Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "more than a terrific movie-it's an important movie." Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? How can I feed my family healthy foods affordably? Expanding on the film's themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world. (From the publisher)
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Food, Inc.

By Robert Kenner

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Lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation. (From the catalog summary)
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Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

By Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung

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A Buddhist leader and a Harvard nutritionist offer cutting-edge science and deep Buddhist wisdom on the subject of eating with one's health and the welfare of the planet in mind. (Catalog summary)
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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

By Michael Pollan

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Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century may determine our survival as a species. (From the publisher description).
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The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget

By Leda Meredith

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With practical, down-to-earth advice Leda Meredith guides readers through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into their meals. In a concise book designed for mainstream readers, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth. (From the catalog summary)
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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

By Michael Pollan

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Humans used to know how to eat well but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." (From the publisher description)
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Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat

By Temra Costa

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Profiles 26 women in the sustainable food industry who are working towards a more holistic food system in America and shows how you can join them, whether you want to start a farm or simply become a better consumer. (Catalog summary)
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