Summer Links and Inspirations

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Summer Sky in the Bahamas

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee.
~Emily Dickinson

Summer is officially here – a playful season of long days and warm weather. With each new season I’ll be sharing favorite links to educate and inspire.  This season includes a roundup of ice cream recipes, upcoming movies you don’t want to miss, and some real food for thought.

Ice Cream Recipes

Nothing is more refreshing on a warm summer day than a bowl of ice cream. Get out your ice cream maker, or invest in one, a homemade version is by far more nutritious than anything you can buy at the store.

At home you control the quality of ingredients and the amount of sugars and avoid harmful additives like propylene glycol, a form of antifreeze added to commercial ice cream. Have a favorite recipe? Share (or link) yours in the comments section.

Summer Movies

Farmageddon, The Unseen War on American Family Farms


Farmageddon – Movie Trailer from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

Farmageddon, a documentary about the escalating fight for food rights in America, tells the story of small, family farms that provided safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by government bureaucracies.  As the movie tells this story, it seeks to figure out why this is happening to American farmers.

If you live in Los Angeles or New York, please attend a showing which can help the movie go nationwide and could help the issue of food rights be on the forefront of American consciousness  (it already premiered in Washington DC).
Los Angeles, CA:  June 24th to 30th  Monica 4plex Santa Monica, CA.  http://www.laemmle.com/ (showtimes TBA)
New York City, NY:  July 8th to the 14th Cinema Village, Union Square (showtimes TBA)

Listen to an interview with filmmaker Kristin Canty at Underground Wellness Radio hosted by Sean Croxton.

Sushi the Global Catch

Sushi: The Global Catch – Trailer from Sakana Films on Vimeo.

Sushi has become a worldwide phenomenon in the past 30 years. Sushi: The Global Catch explores the tradition, growth and future of this popular cuisine.

This hunger for sushi has led to the depletion of apex predators in the ocean, including bluefin tuna, to such a degree that it has the potential to upset the ecological balance of the world’s oceans, leading to a collapse of all fish species.

Special Jury Award Winner – 2011 Seattle International Film Festival

Real Food Links

Speaking of fish – in previous posts, like my Beginner’s Guide to Healthier Eating and How to Buy Real Food, I have linked to downloadable shopping guides to help you choose sustainable and low-toxin seafood. Though the high content of mercury in fish is something to be concerned about, read Chris Kresser’s detailed post on selenium content in fish, if a fish contains higher levels of selenium than mercury, it is safe to eat fish with mercury; Is Eating Fish Safe? Alot Safer Than Not Eating Fish at the Healthy Skeptic.

I’ve also linked to EWG’s downloadable guide to pesticides in produce, a list that helps you reduce your pesticide exposure. Tom Philpott reminds us that though this list helps consumers reduce pesticide exposure, it ignores the health dangers to farm workers and residents of rural communities. Read more from Philpott at Mother Jones, Is the Clean 15 Just as Toxic as the Dirty Dozen? We should strive for all organic to protect everyone’s health and its effects on our environment.

The best analysis on USDA’s revised food guidelines, MyPlate, has come from our comedians. Don’t miss Tom Naughton on his Fat Head site; USDA Explains my Plate and Stephen Colbert’s MyPlate coverage.

HAZON Food Conference

I’m excited to be attending the Hazon Food Conference for my second time this coming August at UC Davis, California.

The only place in the world where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores, and foodies of every stripe come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish tradition and contemporary life.

I’ve been involved with Hazon since heading a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) in my community. Hazon’s CSA program is the first ongoing effort in the American Jewish community to support local, sustainable agriculture.

Some of the featured presenters this year include Joan Nathan, Oran Hesterman, author of Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All (next on my reading list), and Sue Fishkoff, author of Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority (just finished reading it).

For more information check out the Hazon website and let me know if you’ll be there!

Have you found a great summer recipe? Read an insightful article? Learned something new in health and nutrition? Share your links in the comments section below;

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