Category Archives: Food and the Environment

Chipotle Admits Use of GMOs

why GMOs are scary

Since its inception in the early 1990s, Colorado-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has carved out a niche for itself among health-conscious and sustainability-minded consumers.

It has become quite successful by filling a previously under-served market: those who wanted convenient, nutritious food at reasonable prices, and didn’t want to feel guilty for eating it.

Unlike lots of fast food burger chains where the less you know about what you are eating, the better, Chipotle has decided to offer transparency in place of the smokescreens put up by other chains, and pursuing a percentage of sustainably sourced meats and produce instead of always opting for the cheap, but often environmentally disastrous ingredients found on most fast food menus.

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Profile on Mustard Seed Farm From Portland

Where Does All That Amazing New Kale Come From?

lacinato kale

With the recent addition of a beautiful kale salad to the menu at Laughing Planet, we thought our fans and customers might be wondering exactly where we are currently sourcing the goods from. With every bit of the Highway to Kale salad coming from local purveyors, the kale we’re currently using finds its roots at home in the Mustard Seed Farm, not too far away in St. Paul, Oregon.

So who exactly is behind the growing of this amazing kale? David and Nancy Brown, that’s who. And they’ve been doing their cultivation in St. Paul (Newberg) for decades, all the way back to 1965, in fact. With organic certification coming as early in the process as 1991, the Brown’s farm has more than eighty total acres falling under organic certification. Not bad for a family farm operation here in Oregon. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Locavorism vs. Globavorism

Does Locavorism Really Have the Impact on our Cities That We Think?
What happens to tomato lovers living in the U.S. when the fall hits, and the last few heirloom beauties disappear from the market for a couple of weeks? If you’re one of these people, do you then turn to a winter vegetable, and substitute in beets or parsnips in your dinner rotation, adding onions to salads and sandwiches instead? Or do you wait until the new tomatoes begin to show up in the market again, strangely enough about October or November, making their way thousands of miles from places like Mexico and Chile?
Farm to table has been a big deal up here in Portland and elsewhere, and for a lot of good reasons. When you take a look at the locavore movement, which dictates that one shouldn’t eat food that has been culled from outside of a 100-mile radius (in many cases, while other locavores are even more strict in their sourcing limitations), you can see the positive impact that it can have on a community. Take a look at this handy infographic, and compare the two styles of eating: locavorism versus globavorism. Continue reading

Fast Food and the Environment

Short Term Solution, Long Term Problems

fast food and the environment

When you’re in a hurry and you stomach is growling, it’s easy to succumb to the temptation of fast food. It’s easy, cheap, and for those with a taste for it, delicious. We all know we shouldn’t, but sometimes even the most fitness-conscious among us gets the urge to roll up to the drive-through, order a double cheeseburger and large fries, and wash the guilt down with a large, icy cup of soda.

One problem with eating fast food is the negative effects it can have on our health. Fast food is high in fat and calories, which aren’t bad in and of themselves, as long as we burn them off. The problems is, we often don’t. Just take a look at the regulars at your nearest fast-food burger joint. Fitness enthusiasts? Well, maybe not. Continue reading

VIDEO: Using Recycled Materials for Survival Container Gardens

Recycling Isn’t Just About Throwing Things in the Blue Bin

In this great little video, we find a backyard farmer showing us a few handy tips for turning containers into recycled survival garden boxes. Sure, it’s great to amass tons of your paper, tin foil, plastic and more, and to make sure it ends up in the recycling bin, but recycling to re-use materials is one step further. You increase the lifespan, avoid having to purchase new materials, and get creative in the process. Check the video out below.

[Video Via: You Tube]