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Is Organic Food for Elitist Jerks?

It is unfortunate that elitist jerks espouse the virtues of organic food and farming methods (and drive up the prices at markets such as Whole Paycheck) when the people who suffer the effects of conventional farming are the most marginal people in our society already. The people who can only afford conventional foods are the ones least likely to have or afford health care, and eat more processed, nutritionally empty foods because they are cheaper, which tends to lead to obesity, among other problems.
The environmental effects of conventional farming also affect marginalized people disproportionately, be they minimum wage farm workers exposed to toxins or residents drinking water polluted with pesticide run-off.
So I suppose the ultimate irony is, the people who can least afford organic food are the ones who need it the most.

Aug 29, 2011
miadistasi in Features

Oatmeal Is the New Cheeseburger

I've only had the oatmeal from Starbucks, so I can't say whether or not this is true about all the brands mentioned, but the sugar (and all the other toppings) comes in a packet, so you can add as much or as little as you like. Therefore, the 33 grams of sugar per serving is accurate only if you dump the entire packet into the cup. In my opinion, the oatmeal is perfect with the nuts, dried fruit, and the equivalent of about 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Plus a few drops of milk and sprinkling of cinnamon, of course.

Aug 29, 2011
miadistasi in Features

Chocolate-Dipped Salted Caramels

I tried to make caramels this weekend with another recipe, which calls for heating the mixture to only 244 degrees. Even so, my caramels turned into toffee.
The candy thermometer, this recipe, and my recipe all seem to indicate that the mixture should have remained pliable, but it definitely didn't! Any idea what went wrong?

Dec 21, 2010
miadistasi in Recipes