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a Time Magazine article you should read

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 23, 2009


Please read this article about the high price of the cheap food we eat.

I am extremely unhappy with our president’s health care reform plan.   (My health care reform would include disincentives for prescription drug use and incentives for healthy living “preventive” measures.)   But I’m a big fan of Michelle Obama’s organic garden producing 225 lbs. of produce this summer, and all the media attention it has gotten.

My garden is  outta control.     This year I planted a 6’x’4′ square foot box entirely full of amaranth.   Then I forgot what  I’d planted  until I saw it somewhere else last week.   I’ve been putting it in smoothies and freezing it, too, but 80% of it is going to go to compost–I just can’t keep up.   I have eggplants nearly ripe–the first time I’ve planted that, and also turnips and purple cabbage and grape tomatoes and several other things.   It’s fun to try new stuff in the garden.   Eggplant parmigiana later this week.   (No, I don’t know how to make it.   I’m going to figure it out.)

Posted in: Food Industry, News, Standard American Diet

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    We just returned from Italy and were given an original family recipe for Moussaka that is really great! If you would like it I have permission to share so I can post it if anyone is interested. FYI – I just leave the meat out of 1/2 of it since I am vegan.

    Baba ganoush is a great way to use eggplant too!!!!! Also, the July 2007 issue of Bon Appetit magazine also has a recipe for Eggplant Caprese With Grilled Tomato And Basil Vinaigrette but I just found it last week and have not tried it yet. You can find the recipe at epicurious.com website.

    I had a bit of the same problem with my garden this year… I planted collards and let me tell you….. we have supplied half the neighbors… filled the freezer and eaten what we could and they still keep coming!!! LOL!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Michelle Obama’s organic garden is not organic since it was planted where another President term allowed gardeners to dump animal waste to fertilize the grounds in the past and a whole bunch of sludge came up in the middle of that so called organic garden. Good try though! They didn’t know at the time of planting.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would love the above recipes! Thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree with your opinion on the president’s helathcare reform plan & I too, would like to see more incentives for preventive living!! Those of us who are NOT hypochondriacs deserve some reward in the way of a reimbursement of some kind on our healthcare plans when we DON’T habitually run to the doctor every time we feel less than spunky! Furthermore, I would like to see Big Government butting OUT of ALL PARTS of our private lives! THEY DON’T BELONG THERE IN THE FIRST FRICKING PLACE!! Career politicians were NEVER part of the plan when our forefathers sacrificed to make this country what it USED to be! Everyone needs to inform themselves better & they could start right here, as I plan to do, learning more about organic eating, then progress to learning more about how to have better control again over the rest of our personal decisions.

  5. Just a quick point, composted animal manure (primarily herbivore, but also chicken) is allowed in organic agriculture and is a natural input to increase the health of the soil. I’d certainly rather see them use composted manure on the white house grounds than synthetic fertilizer.

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