GMO labeling: victory for the little guy

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By Diane Adam June 14, 2016 No Comments on GMO labeling: victory for the little guy

GMO labeling debuts July 1: a victory for the little guy

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“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.” —Watty Piper, The Little Engine That Could.

 

 

In an earlier blog posted here, we championed the bravery and fortitude the state of Vermont endured for a GMO mandatory labeling law, which goes into effect July 1. The result has been gigantic in relation to the fact that Vermont, which ranks 43rd in size among the 50 United States, is the little state that could when all others refused to climb the mountain.

This is not to say that other states are not fighting for the right to know what is in our food. But rather, this act of bravado needs to be acknowledged as such—a little engine who thinks it can.

If we scale it down, the GMO labeling law is simple: our right to know what is in our foods.

If we make it political or emotional the fight turns ugly and nasty, causing sides to throw insult at whoever tries to challenge their position. I prefer to stick to the basics. We all sit down at the table three times daily to eat. Don’t you agree we have a right to know what is in that food when we pull up our chair to eat? I prefer not to guess.

But to me there is an even bigger soapbox to stand on. This is a gentle reminder that sometimes the little guy has the power just as much, if not more, to win the fight. Big corporations and political pressure can come at anyone with a forceful blow. But to me the little guy who stands—shaking on the inside—but ever so fierce and brave on the outside will prevail. A little engine who thinks it can.

In 17 days, Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect. Big food companies are scrambling out of fear that this will cause complete chaos to our food system.

Others however have taken a different approach: acceptance.

Big food companies Campbell’s Soup Co., General Mills, Kellogg’s and others have resigned and begun to label their products. I have not witnessed chaos in my community, have you?

Perhaps we need to remind ourselves of the old saying: if you can’t beat ’em: join ’em or tell ourselves—”I know I can.”

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Glacier Ice Cream is summer’s sweet treat at Fooducopia

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By Diane Adam June 10, 2016 No Comments on Glacier Ice Cream is summer’s sweet treat at Fooducopia

High summer temps call for the stupendous: Glacier Ice Cream

 

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Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time. —Charles M. Schulz

It’s officially arrived! Clear, sunny skies and high temperatures are here and that means one thing— ice cream weather. The temps are rising so be sure to stop in at Fooducopia and cool down with a pint of Glacier Homemade Ice Cream.

Glacier started in 2001 in Boulder, CO by Mark Mallen. In 2003 Ruth Templeton opened the second store on the Hill in Boulder. And she has been there ever since.

Don’t live near a Glacier storefront? Don’t despair, Fooducopians, we have a wide selection of flavors to choose from in a convenient pint size. To share or not to share is up to you?

Fooducopia, voted best brunch Denver, features eight different pint choices.

Glacier Apple Pie

pintGlacier Cappuccino

Glacier Chocolate Mousse

Glacier Coconut Stracciatella

Glacier Mint Oreo

Glacier Salted Caramel Oreo

Glacier Strawberry

Glacier Vanilla Bean

We all know the best ice cream should be rich and creamy. So we asked Ruth what are the few tricks up her sleeve that makes Glacier stand out as the finest frozen treat.

“We start with a high quality base from a local dairy here,” she said. “Our ingredients we add are unique for each flavor, plus it’s made fresh right here in the stores everyday.”

In fact, more than 1,000 flavors have been created to date, with new ones rolling out every week.

Like any treasured treat, once you’ve tried Glacier ice cream it’s hard to replace. Just ask Tami Palmer, who lived in Boulder for many years, but recently relocated to the suburbs of Chicago.

“I don’t recall my first encounter with Glacier ice cream, but have great memories attached to the place,” said Tami. 

“While we lived in Boulder, we had a Sunday night tradition of going to Glacier after dinner. If we didn’t order chocolate, our dog got to lick the spoon. She’d start squealing in anticipation as we approached the Glacier parking lot.  

In fact, Tami shared a special milestone at Glacier.  “Our daughter had her first ice cream there— birthday cake,” she said.

Finding a replacement in the Midwest, has not been easy.

Now, having since left Colorado, Glacier consistently comes up as the number one culinary experience we miss the most. On trips back, I’ve taken my rental car and driven directly down 28th Street to their location, before stopping in to say hi to friends, before doing anything!”  

So what’s the most treasured could-not-stop-myself-from-having-the-whole-pint-myself flavor?

“The Salted caramel Oreo is the biggest seller,” said Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia. “Once you try it you are hooked,” he smiled admittedly.

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The salted caramel Oreo features a mouth-watering blend of three caramels plus a touch of salt. Enough to make anyone scream for ice cream.

“Our customers enjoy the variety of flavors to choose from as well. And we think it’s great that Glacier puts an emphasis on using local ingredients,” said Lymberopoulos.

Phenomenally good on their own, Glacier pint flavors also pair nicely, with sprinkles, chopped nuts or sliced bananas. Or you might prefer to skip the add ons. Regardless, what is essential is a spoon, which will furthermore produce a smile.

The forecast calls for high temps and that means one thing—ice cream.

Happy Summer!

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What comes first the chicken farmer or corporate power?

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By Diane Adam June 7, 2016 No Comments on What comes first the chicken farmer or corporate power?

Support for chicken farmers in the most unlikely places

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HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did an 18-minute segment last year on the punishments placed upon chicken farmers from the corporate chicken bullies. Screen Grab.

“Our food system belongs in the hands of many family farmers, not under the control of a handful of corporations.”—Farm Aid President Willie Nelson.

What came first the chicken or the egg?

Debated for centuries, perhaps the question we should now be asking is what comes first the chicken farmer or corporate power?

If you don’t know by now, chicken is the most popular meat in the U.S.? Just how many chickens are there in the world for consumption? More than 50 billion. Yes, that is how many chickens are reared every year for both their meat and eggs.

So that must mean there are some extremely wealthy chicken farmers. Supply and demand, right?

No. This is where the philosophical debate takes a greedy turn. There are four powerful corporations that produce poultry. They are: Tyson Foods, Sanderson Farms, Perdue, and Pilgrim’s Pride. And what do they require from chicken farmers? Collusion. Farmers must take on massive amounts of debt to secure a contract with them.

Chicken farmers have long been unable to make a fair living due to the unfair contracts with these powerful poultry corporations, leaving many famers in dire  debt.

“Fair living is out of reach for the farmers who raise poultry in an industry where the power of a few giant corporations leaves them trapped in a rigged marketplace and vulnerable to abuse,” according to farmaid.org.

The average American consumes 84 pounds of chicken a year. But many chicken farmers’ live under the poverty line. It just doesn’t add up?

So who can protect the chicken farmer from these abuses?

This is where you start to think about the government, right. Well, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ability to protect the chicken farmers was blocked by a rider inserted into the House Appropriations Committee’s agriculture bill. Back door politics putting corporate power first.

The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is designed to protect poultry farmers, but “inside the beltway politics” caters to the large corporations, lobbyists and dollar, rather than what is fair for the chicken farmer.

Then who is the champion of fighting for chicken farmers?

Many pundits and even politicians turn to English comedian John Oliver. Time Magazine calls it the “John Oliver Effect.”

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did an 18-minute segment last year on the punishments placed upon chicken farmers from the corporate chicken bullies. Oliver with an unabashedly sharp wit and biting political discourse exposed the unfair treatment from the powerful chicken corporations to the chicken farmers.

The segment has had over six million views on You Tube. The ripple effects were even felt in the halls of Congress. For the 2016 Agricultural bill, the bill did not include a GIPSA defunding rider. And many both in and out of politics credit the wit and wisdom of an Englishman who has a beef with the chicken corporations.

I have never lived on a farm. But I admire farmers. They work with their hands. They provide meals three times a day for thousands of nameless people. They cherish the Earth—not the dollar.

So to you John Oliver. Thank you!

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Organic food status if Monsanto and Bayer merge

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By Diane Adam June 1, 2016 No Comments on Organic food status if Monsanto and Bayer merge

A global giant that could stifle organic food

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Photo by Giulia Passerini

“Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.”—Wole Soyinka

While the majority of us were enjoying family and friends this past Memorial Day weekend, global German giant Bayer announced last week that it made an offer to buy Monsanto for $62 billion in cash.

This takeover proposal would result in a mega chemical-seed company that would control 29 percent of the world’s seed market. And not to mention 24 percent of the pesticide market. And last but not least a potential blow to organic food.

So why would Bayer, a German chemical and drug company, want to hook up with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and weed-killer? That to me is the multi-billion dollar question and many experts can answer for far less than $62 billion. For those of you who don’t know, Monsanto is the most hated corporations on the planet and is the face of the GMOs.

The conspiracy theories are mounting as to the reason of this merger. Monsanto is the GMO leader and Bayer is a major player in the global pesticide market. So if you break it down to the nitty gritty, this is simply about increasing revenue—and an even larger stake in seed domination. The fight for organic food will be even tougher.

If Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto does happen it will be big. Just how big? Well, it could possibly mean that three companies would control half of the global seed markets. And that leaves them unprecedented power to decide how and what farmers grow. Not to mention putting the organic movement at an even greater risk.

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Fooducopia tops the list of Wash Park restaurants

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By Diane Adam May 29, 2016 No Comments on Fooducopia tops the list of Wash Park restaurants

Fooducopia stands out amongst Wash Park restaurants

 

There is something to be said of having 155 acres of greenery just a stone’s throw away from you. That’s right, I’m talking about Wash Park—designated in 2012 as one of the “Great Public Spaces in America.” This public urban park is home to lakes, tennis courts, flower gardens, and wide open spaces of luscious green in the summer and pure white snow in the winter.

Here at Fooducopia, voted best brunch Denver, we are proud to be neighbors to this urban oasis. In fact, of all the Wash Park restaurants—Fooducopia is at the top of the list for providing honest good food.

So what draws you to Wash Park? There are a million different reasons. Perhaps it’s a yoga class at the Washington Park Recreation Center, or croquet or tennis. Or you just simply want to be one with nature. Trust me, I get that. The possibilities are endless.

Following whatever activity you enjoy at Wash Park, consider going a little further in the neighborhood and stopping in to Fooducopia, one of Wash Park Restaurants finest.

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Grilled Colorado bison steak of the day with Parisian gnocchi and asparagus with a blue cheese and caramelized onion cream.

Here you will enjoy a meal deliciously prepared by Executive Chef Richard Glover that is filled with imagination and culinary creativeness. Take for example the new dinner menu, which features grilled Colorado bison steak of the day with Parisian gnocchi and asparagus with a blue cheese and caramelized onion cream.

Enjoy your time in Wash Park, and be sure to head over to Fooducopia after for a meal that will complement your walk in the park.

 

 

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