Archive for December, 2009

Understanding Your Egg Choices

December 30th, 2009 | george | Comments Off on Understanding Your Egg Choices

When I was growing up you had one choice when buying eggs. An egg was an egg was an egg. Today, there are significant differences and choices at retail when choosing a brand of egg. In addition to size, eggs are now produced with emphasis on both environmental conditions of the hens as well as […]

Apples or Pears?

December 18th, 2009 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Apples or Pears?

I love apples and pears. Of all the amazing varieties of available fruit there are to enjoy, these two stand out as my favorites. Even during the summer months when the luscious soft fruits emerge, I still like a pretty heavy dose of apples and pears. It’s a tough call as to which is my […]

Organic vs. Conventional Nutritional Debate

December 15th, 2009 | Simcha Weinstein | 2 Comments »

Over the past 10 years (and certainly before then) there have been quite a few studies comparing the nutritional value of organic and conventionally grown foods. The results tend to vary, with some studies showing a favoring towards organic, while some results showing absolutely no difference in their nutritional values.

Organic Soil – Making a Difference

December 11th, 2009 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Organic Soil – Making a Difference

After twenty-three years of ongoing research,The Rodale Institute Experimental Farm provided strong evidence that organic farming has helped combat global warming by capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and incorporating it into the soil.

The Amazing Flavors of Ecuador!

December 8th, 2009 | melody | 2 Comments »

One of the highlights of visiting any foreign land is to experience their cuisine. The culture of eating can be so different in another country. Not just in the food itself, but in the way people eat and the time of day that is considered mealtime. It’s not only about the food; as you break […]

Journey to Ecuador – Organic Fair Trade Bananas and Much More

December 2nd, 2009 | melody | 1 Comment »

Machala is one of the poorest areas of Ecuador but one of the richest in the production of bananas by small producers.

Day Two in Ecuador . . . and it’s Getting Even More Amazing

December 2nd, 2009 | melody | 1 Comment »

Greetings from Machala, Ecuador. It’s the second arduous day of visiting small banana producers in Southern Ecuador. The producers have joined together to create associations to improve their prosperity. The associations help the producers to obtain Organic, Fair Trade and Euro Gap certification, so that their bananas will be worth more in the marketplace. I […]

Day Three – Magnificent Mangoes!

December 2nd, 2009 | melody | Comments Off on Day Three – Magnificent Mangoes!

Wednesday morning, (day three) near a smoky town called Quevedo, where the natives use slash and burn agronomy; three brothers have a vision of another kind of agriculture. Four years ago they took a nearly abandoned farm, surrounded by luscious wet rice fields, and converted it to organic mango production. The brothers planted 40 hectares […]

Day Four – Pinas in Ecuador!

December 2nd, 2009 | melody | Comments Off on Day Four – Pinas in Ecuador!

On day four we were an hour outside of Santo Domingo. We traversed down a very bumpy road into massive fields of pineapple to find the largest exporter of Ecuadorian pineapples. The fields were interspersed between valleys of native rain forest that were preserved simply for the love of nature. The shape of the pineapple […]

Day Five – Modes of Transportation

December 2nd, 2009 | melody | Comments Off on Day Five – Modes of Transportation

Driving to Guayaquil on day five, I reflect on the myriad modes of transportation offered up by this equatorial state. From a wooden truck filled with today’s harvest of choclo (corn), to state of the art containers stuffed with bananas, to burros laden with agricultural burdens. It is a clear visual depiction of tradition meeting […]