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U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

hmmmm... And which university is it you work for? Your profile page tells me absolutely nothing about you, and your response and total lack of documentation for your claims suggests to me that you may have a vested interest in spreading ill-informed support for GMOs... OR... that you may be an ostrich with your head down a gopher hole?

I am not unfamiliar with universities and how they work. If the information at the MIT link I have provided was seriously flawed, as you suggest, the link I've provided would not be there. Period!

Would you please provide reliable links from equal academic entities that convincingly refute the MIT provided information? No direct responses from Monsanto on the subject, please, should they exist, because Monsanto has a long established history of misrepresenting facts to the world in order to preserve their corporate bottom line regardless of the impact on the world.

Please, where are the respected academic links that viably support your claims?

about 2 hours ago
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

Thank you! :-)

about 12 hours ago
Caroline1 in General Topics
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U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

Here is a link to what I consider unbiased information on the technology: http://web.mit.edu/demoscience/Monsan...

For me, the most damning part of the problem is this: GMO seeds have a genetically modified device within them to make second generation GMO plants sterile. But they DO NOT have anything genetically modified within them to prevent them from propigating with their non-GMO counterparts when grown out in the open. One of the impacts of this problem is that Canadian farmers can now only grow GMO canola because of this factor.

Monsanto CLAIMS it is making it easier for the farmers of the world to meet the dietary needs of this poor overpopulated planet. Can someone please explain to me how turning a major portion of the world's foodcrops sterile, thereby ultimately forcing all farmers who want to grow those specific crops to buy their seed from Monsanto going to help feed the world? I refer you to Caroline's law in my last post to this thread and rest my case.

about 12 hours ago
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

About 15 or 20 years ago I wrote what I called "Caroline's Law." It states that "ALL bureaucracies function at a cognitive level that is at least 10 IQ points lower than the stupidest person who works there." And what is Congress if not a bureaucracy?

Now the question is, how do we get the cretins to stop messing with our food?????

about 12 hours ago
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

Sitka & Spruce (2nd Visit): Delicious Wholesome Food that You Actually Feel Good Eating

You can buy it from some on-line wine shops, and I'd be dumfounded if Seattle doesn't have several shops that stock it.

It's not unusual for non-Greeks to dislike it, but I developed a taste for it when I lived in Greece. Greek friends bought their very old fashioned and very traditional retsina by the big open plastic "amphora" from "bootleggers" who brewed it on Mount Olympos. When they got it home to Volos, they stored it in a cool corner of the kitchen with about an inch of olive oil floating on top to prevent it from turning to vinegar. Gregoris used a syphon hose to fill a decanter for the dinner table. He told me that the original retsina from a couple of thousand years ago had pine sap oils floated atop of it for that same purpose; to prevent spoilage, but who knows whether that's just a folk tale Greeks made up to counter the complaints that their favorite wine tastes like turpentine?

Today's retsinas aren't nearly that piney. Its not an expensive wine -- about $9.00 a bottle in most U.S. wine shops. I do love it with lamb! I hope you find a bottle and enjoy it too. Hey, if it was good enough for Socrates, it's good enough for me! '-)

about 13 hours ago
Caroline1 in Greater Seattle
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Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

Hey, with a motto like that, quick! P
atent it!

about 14 hours ago
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

Hey, I NEVER claimed that man (or mankind) is smart!

about 14 hours ago
Caroline1 in Chains

Sitka & Spruce (2nd Visit): Delicious Wholesome Food that You Actually Feel Good Eating

Thanks for sharing! Love the name of the place AND your discription of the food, but for me, I would want a glass of Greek retsina wine with the lamb dish. But maybe that's just the geeky Greek in me? '-)

about 17 hours ago
Caroline1 in Greater Seattle

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

There is no such thing as "ok" radiation! NONE! Melanoma is the direct result of exposure to the "natural radiation" of the sun.

As for radon exposure anywhere on the planet, if you are building a slab floored house in an area that does have radon gas leaks in that geological area, a plastic radon barrier should be lain beneath the concrete slab when that foundation is poured. Basementless houses built the old fashioned way that have a crawl space under them are secure from radon gas exposure within the house. If they have a basement, then the same rule for using a gas barrier when building applies.

about 17 hours ago
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

"The truth is that there have been no real cohort studies done on the total health risk from ongoing consumption of foods with lower levels of contamination."
............................blackpointyboots

Actually there have. Lots and lots and LOTS OF THEM, but the pragmatic government approach is "Don't talk about what we cannot change." And that's pretty much a global consensus. As a very small sample of such information, the hydrogen bomb (fusion) taught us that its fallout will cause a huge upswing in radiation induced leukemias whereas "meltdown" fallout such as Chernobyl will cause a massive upswing in thyroid cancers.

The bottom line is that if people quit eating ALL foods that now range from "sickening" to "a helluva way to die" we're living under Damocles' sword, so it's pretty much a case of, "you pays your dime and you takes yer chances." I do not like the odds, but hey, I was NOT asked for permission from the U.S. government to develop radiation spewing weapons, and nuclear power plants are the world's ultimate Rube Goldberg machine! Man does not require the heat of the sun to boil water! But "man" has done it anyway. <sigh>

I'm not certain whether it is true of cesium, but I am absolutely positive that there was no strontium 90 on the planet prior to the first thermonuclear test in the pacific (H-bomb) in 1952. Some was blown into the stratosphere and some was carried around the world by wind currents that dissipated and spread the fallout from the stem of the mushroom cloud.

This new-to-our-planet contamination from this particular radio-isotope is particularly damaging because the human body recognizes it as calcuim, therefore grabs and stores it in our long bones and teeth, particularly our marrow bones which are the heart of our immunie system. It is the primary reason for so many more cases of leukemia today than there were prior to to the first detonation of a thermoclear device (H-bomb) over the Enowetok atoll in the Marshall Islands on November 1st, 1952.

However devastating and foolish the development of these weapons is, there is an interesting side "benefit" for forensic science and archaeology: whether plant or animal, if there is a presence of strontium 90 in vegetation or animal remains, that plant or animal died BEFORE November 1st, 1952.

For the record, I don't plan to respond to any arguments that what I have stated is untrue, but I will add that there truly are cooks today who DO use a geiger counter as one of their standard kitchen tools.

Hey, I'm about to turn 81 in a few more weeks, so I can pretty much feast on nuclear waste and not worry about it, BUT...! I do worry greatly on behalf of my children, their children, and ALL of you!

about 17 hours ago
Caroline1 in Chains

What can I do with pork collagen?

Depends on what you intend to do with the pork belly. I do a fair amount of sous vide cooking for beef. You get the same "juices" from all meats that are cooked sous vide over a long slow cooking time. I drain the juices and frequently put them in little 2 ounce lidded plastic sauce cups I buy at Walmart and then freeze them to use exactly like a demi-glace, but it is much richer. It also makes a fantastic base for pan gravy when thickened with some buerre mannier. I NEVER salt beef (or pork) prior to cooking, whether I'm roastin, grilling, or sous vide, so there is no problem with a possibility of a demi-glace becoming too salty during reduction. And of course (obviously!), you can never reduce a stock to the concentration of the meat juices from a sous vide emission of all of those fabulous proteins, collagen, and all that jazz!

Enjoy! Your options are endless.

about 18 hours ago
Caroline1 in Home Cooking
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Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

<blush> Time for a remedial reading class!

Jul 31, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

Oh, if only it was that simple. I had my first mandatory training on eating radiation contaminated food in June of 1960 under the auspices of the Strategic Air Command and the Central Intelligence Agency. I lived in Adana, Turkey, where my husband was a USAF air traffic controller at Incirlik Air Force Base, and Francis Gary Powers had been shot down on an espionage mission in a U-2 aerial photograph spy plane over the Soviet Union. Chairman Kruschev of the USSR threatened Power's home base (me, my husband and all of our friends) with a direct hit with a Hydrogen Bomb if one more U-2 aircraft took off. And of course, they had been taking off daily. Hence the mandatory training on nuclear survival techniques and how to use contaminated food with a modicum of safety. ALL military dependants were required to attend the entire nuclear survival series.

Trust me. You SHOULD avoid radiation contaminated food when it is possible. How dangerous the food is and how long it will remain dangerous depends on the half life of the radiation source. The ONLY viable method of limiting your intake of radiation-active foods in today's world is to avoid radioactive food WHEN YOU CAN. I seriously doubt it is possible to avoid such foods completely.

Unfortunately, it is NOT a matter of "what you don't know won't hurt you." It is a case of "what you don't know can seriously hurt you."

For what it's worth, the bottom line is use common sense and better to err on the side of caution. And yes, I'm fully aware of the problems with radon gas.

And yes. I do enjoy Kewpie mayonnaise. Thanks (seriously!) for your concern. :-)

Jul 31, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

I've been using ajinomoto/msg for around 60 years now. It doesn't seem to be a problem for me. NO guarantee it won't be a problem for you. Such is life!

Jul 31, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but depending on where and when the tuna was caught, it very well could be a lot more radiation contaminated than the Kewpie mayonnaise.

Jul 31, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

Thanks for swiping! '-)

Just don't get me started on congressional ineptitude when it comes to logic and the good of the people! :-(

Jul 31, 2015
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

You have no idea how much I wish you were right!

Jul 30, 2015
Caroline1 in Food Media & News

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

"Are you seriously suggesting people knowingly eat foods that are contaminated from Fukushima or Chernobyl?" (blackpointyboots)

I didn't say that, but it is true that all of us are most likely buying foods UNKNOWINGLY that are contaminated by Fukushima and Chernobyl. I think that too many people, INCLUDING ME!, don't really think things through about nuclear contamination of our food supply. It is a problem that is very much with us today and will NOT go away any time soon! A few of my own recent purchases that I am now questioning are naturally fermented saurkraut (rich in probiotics) and condensed organic borscht from Poland (Chernoble fallout) and a container of chanoyu-grade matcha tea from the Tokyo prefecture in Japan (Fukushima fallout). Is a geiger counter the new smart "chef's tool?"

In today's world of international food at your local market, it's getting more and more difficult to make wise food choices without extensive on-line research before heading for the market.

Jul 30, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains
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Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

I always keep a container of real wasabi powder on my spice shelf. It m akes a fabulous "shake on" condiment for many foods, adding a half tsp or so to a batch of mashed potatoes makes a great side for steaks, etc. And of course, it's quick and easy to mix (needs to age though) and can keep me safe from the harseradish crap when I have sushi. Yes! I would absolutely smuggle some into a sushi bar in my purse just so I have the "good stuff"! '-)

Jul 30, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains
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U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

Exactly. And this is just one more way that congress is trying to shepherd its citizen sheep into the pastures of ignorance.

Jul 30, 2015
Caroline1 in Food Media & News
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U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning GMO Labeling

Oh, yeah! Protect Monsanto's profit margin at any cost! Don't you just love a government that obfuscates important information so the public cannot make informed decisions about what and what not to eat?

Jul 30, 2015
Caroline1 in Food Media & News
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Chopped/Diced white Onions

Ooops! Never mind. The frozen option has been covered.

Canning Question: Is There Any Reason Not To Chill After The Water Bath?

The pragmatist in me has to ask what you think this might gain *because* I can't remember ever having a "mushy" dill pickle, store bought or home made.

As others have pointed out, the risk of thermal shock does not rest in your favor!

There is a method of naturally fermenting pickles that has an added benefit that "canned" (heat processed) pickles do not have: Natural probiotics!

Here's a website with pretty clear directions on how to do it:

http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/2013/0...

In today's world of "off the grocer's shelf" living, this type of "natural" pickle is pretty hard to come by.

Have fun AND stay safe!

Jul 29, 2015
Caroline1 in Home Cooking

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

Thanks! They don't mention it in their weekly ad. Time to stock up!

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

ewwwwwwwww...! Maybe REAL wasabe? That might be pretty yummy.

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

I guess it depends on how far back your personal relationship with sushi goes. Mine reaches way way back to *PRE*- World War Two. "Philedelphia" and "California" rolls and anything with cheese in it, cream cheese or otherwise, is not classic Japanese sushi. It's the kind of sushi that Jiro (san) has NEVER dreamed of! Nightmares? Probably!

But you're right in that much of Japan has now embraced such stuff. I say "Pity!!!!!" '-)

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains
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"MY BOARDS"

THANK YOU!!! '-)

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Site Talk

Things you might not know about Walmart and/or Kewpie Mayonnaise!

I'm not a Walmart basher, and if people REALLY want "Mom and Pop" grocery stores back, the ONLY way to do that is to get rid of the internet! Which I'm very willing to do on this particular morning, because I greeted today by finding out that at least one of my bank cards has been hacked! Bummer! But anyway...

For those of you into Japanese food and all that jazz, I've been hearing about Kewpie brand Japanese mayonnaise for years! Did you know you can now order it on line from Walmart? I got mine here:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/36120978

Kewpie really IS different! For price comparison, at Walmart Best Foods runs about 12.8 cents an ounce and Kewpie is 33.9 cents an ounce, or almost 3 times as expensive, but boy, what a flavor difference! So I thought some of you might be interested because I've even seen "hacks" to make a mayonnaise that purportedly tastes like Kewpie on the web. But my philosophy is, why settle for cubic zirconia if you can afford diamonds? Same principle.

I also have a LOT of food allergies so the longer I live, the more expensive it gets to eat "real" food. I needed some naturally fermented saurkraut for it's probiotic factors (if you have to boil it, don't bother because it will kill all of the probiotics!) so I was doing some "on line" grocery shopping with Walmart and found a wonderful naturally fermented saurkraut FROM POLAND! that is fabulous because it is grown in a part of the world where GMOs are not as common as they are in the USA, so "organic" from Poland MEANS organic! Good stuff! (Well, there is a higher risk of "genetically modified" everything from Poland (proximity to Chernobyl) as well as foods from Japan (Fukushima!), so I guess it all boils down to the type of genetic modification we're trying to avoid. <sigh>

Just thought you should know about these shopping options. It ALSO means that if I ever get a yen (pun intended!) to bake myself some "authentic" Japanese pizza, I can now do it with Tater Tots and Kewpie Mayonnaise as part of the toppings!

Just kidding on that one because I've never found Japanese pizza in the least appealing, but it also occurs to me that the Japanese have done to "American" pizza what America has done to sushi!!! I guess turn about is fair play after all! '-)

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains

"MY BOARDS"

I have to admit I don't hang on every post ever posted to Site Talk, BUT.... Is there some reason I cannot find a way to add another board to "MY LIST?"

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Site Talk

Hot dog fast food chains

Not only that, but just try finding a Nathan' natural casing hot dog today! Good luck on that one!

Jul 28, 2015
Caroline1 in Chains