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Green Cuisine, Some Awesome Information March 08, 2005 5:41 AM

Green Cuisine
Adapted from The Green Kitchen Handbook, by Annie Berthold-Bond and Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet.

Simple Solution
Eight Steps to the New Green Diet  

Step 1: Eating Organically Produced Food
Organic agriculture strives toward being sustainable – sustainable meaning that which can be continued indefinitely, without depletion of resources beyond a rate such that they could be renewed.

Step 2 and 3: Eating Local, Seasonal Food
Eating local, seasonal food saves energy from transporting food from many miles away and needing less refrigeration, and supports local farms.

Step 4: Eating a Variety of Food
"The loss of genetic diversity – silent, rapid, inexorable – is leading us to a rendezvous with extinction, to the doorstep of hunger on a scale we refuse to imagine," writes Kenny Ausubel in the book Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure." Organic farms grow a wide variety and diversity of plants to keep the soil healthy and preserve diversity. Industrial farms, on the other hand, monocrop, meaning they grow nothing but a few commodities.

Step 5: Eating Low on the Food Chain
Humans can eat both high and low on the food chain and be adequately nourished. Residues of persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, dioxin, and many pesticides concentrate in animal fat.

Step 6: Eating Whole Foods with Adequate Fiber
Whole foods are nutritionally complex and complete. Refined foods have had much of their nutritional value and fiber removed.

Step 7: Avoiding Processed Food
The average American eats 150 pounds of additives a year, much of which is sugar and salt, but by no means all. Three thousand additives are intentionally used in processed food. Many of these additives, such as hydrogenated oils, can cause health problems.

Step 8: Reducing Packaging for Public Health and the Environment
Chlorine and dioxin are just two chemical compounds that are released in the manufacture of many packaging materials. Toxic chemicals can also migrate to your food from packaging.

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 March 08, 2005 5:46 AM

right now my favourite green cuisine is chickweed! it's always the first thing i can forage in the late winter/early spring. i love it soo much. muy delicioso! here's a link with some great information about the benefits of chickweed.
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anonymous  March 08, 2005 6:18 AM

Thanks Elva!  Organic veggies are hard to find around here, but I'm still looking.  I especially agree with Step #7 - no processed foods - I work at a large bakery and once you see what goes into some foods, you'll never eat them again.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
 March 10, 2005 2:32 AM

In the northern hemisphere, it's also the best time of year to start looking for dandelions! Towards summer, most of its energy and resources go into making flowers. The spring root is best for making dandelion coffee, which I've been meaning to try for a while. (Why is it so expensive in the shops?!)  [ send green star]
 
Foraging and Wild Foods Links, Medicinal and Culinary Herbs March 29, 2005 9:49 PM

A site of lots of good links. Click here.

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Wild Food Foraging March 29, 2005 9:53 PM

Violet blossoms and leaves make a tasty addition to a spring salad.

 As I browse through bookstores, both online and off, I am amazed at how many books have been written on the subject of foraging for wild food ...particularly in the past 5 years.  There are several of my favorites below.......

This site is full of info for foraging even in urban areas. Enjoy!

click here

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 March 30, 2005 2:49 AM

Wonderful links, Daphne! I think I'll pass on the insects and road kill, but I'm a definite fungus fan. My foraging "bible" is a UK paperback called 'Food For Free', by Richard Mabey. But I wish I could take my computer with me, next time I'm hiking! There seem to be so many species to try ... and what better way to appreciate the great outdoors, than to eat it?  [ send green star]
 
Yummy Freebies March 22, 2006 4:46 AM

I love dandelions and daylilys.

To make an easy dandelion salad. Make a dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Add some finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper. The daylily blooms are wonderful eaten straight or added at the last minute to salads or stir-fry.

If you can find any "Egyptian"* garlic bulbs you will have a perennial source of garlic which needs no replanting.

*not too sure if that is the real name...how you can identify them is that the garlic bulb grows on the top of the stalk and not underground.

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My problem March 22, 2006 5:50 AM

Living in a small city, it's very difficult to find a safe place to forage for food.  I know the city treats the parks with various chemicals, and dogs and cats do their thing there too.

With no safe, wild land close by, I can't enjoy early spring greens, etc.!

But I love the other suggestions in the thread.

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 March 22, 2006 8:04 AM

Yesterday on the news I heard (not sure of the details I wasn't paying attention till I heard this) that some woman tired poisening the woman she was babysitting for. She used chemicials she had gotten at a meat packing plant where she worked. They used the chemicals to preserve the meat. OK how scary is that? It floored me think that they are putting that much poisen in meat. Living in the country we can grow our own meat or buy from someone we know who runs the cattle on grass. The rest of you might check to see if anyone knows farmers who raise cattle in patures. My brother in law sells it by the half and some people drive a hundred miles to pick there half or whole cow up but it would be worth it not to eat the poisen.

Also as for living in the city you can still have fresh salads. Just take a shallow planter or anything that will work as a planter and put soil and lead lettuce seeds in it. Lettuce likes it where it is cooler and if you keep it picked back will produce till the weather gets hot and it gets too much sun. Then it will bolt and produce seeds.

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 March 22, 2006 8:11 PM

Thanking everyone for the great tips on wild foraging, I am doing it here in the Oachita Mountains of Arkansas.....

Hey, very sorry to learn that people are still eating cow by the half....why?  when all of our fresh live food is available by foraging gardening and supporting organic markets....

Always your Friend,  Deb G.

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 March 23, 2006 1:02 PM

Oh I am still eating cows and loving it. A choice I guess. My daughter refused to eat meat and her hair started falling out. Yes she was getting plenty of calicum form other sources. A nuturianists explained to us it is a different form of protien from red meat. When she agin began eating meat it stopped.

Why beef on the half? It is cheaper ($1.98 per pound processed and less if we process our own. That is for the hamberger and even the T-Bones. Where else you going to get t-bones for $1.98 a pound). I know it is grass fed and has no aditives. It helps our local ecomony as we buy here instead of the junk shipped in from who knows were and sold in the stores. AND I LOVE THE STEAKS!!!!!

Anyone who has studdied the native american religion will tell you that life is a circle and the animals were put here as part of that cycle. Thank the animal for substance and the Great Spirit for providing it and live a well balenced and happy life.

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Oysters March 23, 2006 6:00 PM

I've been vegetarian for years. Last Thanksgiving my daughter prepared stuffing with oysters and I had a few bites, nothing major, and no bad reactions. I took a few oysters home, thinking my cat would like them, but he turned up his nose, and I threw them out. I realized that, after all these years, eating animal flesh just isn't right for me, and even my cat is vegetarian! To me, animal flesh is just downright unhealthy for many reasons, and I thrive by eating low on the food chain. Moreover, as GBShaw wrote, "Animals are my friends. I don't eat my friends." Namaste, ND  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 23, 2006 7:32 PM

In Reply to the posting regarding the "Great Spirit" justification/rationale for eating dead animal flesh.....The "Great Spirit" did not factory farm innocent animals...in the time of the "Great Spirit" there was no Mad Cow/Bird Flu diseases (which are the result of Humankinds abuse of Nature)  indeed, all ancient cultures mostly were vegeatation foragers....and cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. were not part of the picture....So!!! you go on and eat your $1.98 a pound of ground up innocent cow/chicken/pig flesh....and pray to the "Great Spirit" for that animal that died for your taste.....Always your Friend, DEB G.

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 March 23, 2006 11:05 PM

You both hold very passionate personal beliefs on this issue. If anyone here wants to investigate it further, it's worth checking one of the many vegetarian or dietary groups on Care2. There, you can find a goldmine of nutritional and spiritual advice and information to help you decide.

This group is specifically about living more simply and frugally, and learning to be healthy and happy that way. It would be useful if we could all focus on that when we post in this group, regardless of what we're discussing.


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Violets March 24, 2006 12:15 PM

Thanx for this info...you can eat rose petals as well, actually!

And lavender...

Try this, if you can obtain it...

"Cooking with Flowers" by Jekka McVicar

(ISBN 1856264831) 

http://www.jekkasherbfarm.com/index.htm

I have a copy signed by Jekka herself!! (she is THE leading grower and seller of herbs in the UK).

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Dandelions March 24, 2006 12:17 PM

Ah, yes...in London we have to be a bit careful about dandelions, because...er, dogs wee on them!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 25, 2006 6:50 AM

Elva,
May I post your information on my veggie group? It has great information!
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 March 26, 2006 1:40 PM

May I also post this in one of my groups?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
To Eat A Deer. March 26, 2006 1:48 PM

http://www.crimethinc.net/node/1049 (I didn't write this nor comment on the page.)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 27, 2006 8:09 AM

Thank you Clashical. That was a great article and made me feel less like I was being attacked for my beliefs on the food chain.

Back to the orginal topic which I really did find fasinating. If you want dandilions and don't want to chance picking them in the towns where you don't know what has been sprayed on them you can get seeds (either gather them this year from the plant or find a cataloge that sells them). I am planning on planting a small patch on the shady side the house. I am hoping the neighbors do not shoot me for this.

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