For The Love Of Food

by | Sep 24, 2010

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Many thoughtful stories on the internets this week. I love JC’s piece on clean eating and food dogma. And if you’re curious about genetically modified salmon or other foods, I’ve included some very informative links. Enjoy :)

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4 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. baahar says:

    Love the post about clean eating :) Thanks for sharing.

    And the eggplant recipe looks delicious. We have a similar one with meat filling. You can search for “karniyarik recipe” and see the pics .. yum :) Most people fry the eggplants first, rendering the dish to a unhealthy fat sponge. But it can be prepared in a healthier way too.

  2. Satu says:

    I enjoyed the article about gluten-free diets. I have noticed the trend and wondered why it’s suddenly all over the place. :-)

    I think I’m too old (read=seen too many things to get excited) and lazy for this trend – if it’s too difficult to implement I won’t bother.

  3. William says:

    I haven’t read the articles, so forgive me if I’m jumping to any conclusions here.

    But.. I see no reason to be opposed to genetically modified food simply on the basis that it is genetically modified. That seems to be a dogmatic stance in and of itself. And in so far that the modifications provide only beneficial aspects to food production and/or health, I see no reason to not be using as much genetically modified food products as is deemed safe with regards to maintaining proper large scale ecosystem function. I applaud the use of genetically modified fruits, vegetables and now animals, as long as it is done in a manner that respects the magnitude of the possible consequences.

    Instead of seeing a general uproar at the use of genetically modified foods, I would prefer to see a concern in creating and implementing the procedures and policies that will guide us as researchers and as consumers to develop the food products that will contribute to our optimal health as individuals and as a society. There simply is not enough research being done on how to best develop and enhance the food industry.

    Food science needs to advance, our understanding of biochemistry needs to advance, and I hope that these advances help us to develop more beneficial products that can provide healthy food to the growing population of our world in an economical manner. Food science and processed foods are not the enemy, the specific food industry practices and policies of governments that are harmful to health – as well as our lack of understanding regarding these issues – are the enemy.

    I’m hardly opposed to organic and natural foods – and given the state of the science and industry – I feel that it is currently the safest way to incorporate an optimally nutritional diet if you have the time, energy, knowledge and money. However, it seems to me that the food situation is much more complex than that, and despite the many people who embrace the practice of eating healthy foods, there will be an even larger number that simply want to consume food in as simple and efficient manner as possible. It is our obligation as food scientists and nutritionists to understand this reality and to work on developing the products that will meet all of these demands in a healthy manner.

    • Darya Pino says:

      You bring up some good points William, but you should read the articles. I agree there may be potential use for GMOs in food. Disease resistance genes, for example, might be a good idea. But in the case of salmon there are a number of problems. First, we are talking about growth hormones, which are scary business. Hormones are associated with cancer and can disrupt the human endocrine system. Also, with GMOs there is a risk of messing up an ecosystem. According to a link in one of the articles the salmon are supposed to be infertile, but a very serious 5-10% of the eggs may indeed be fertile. If these GMOs were to somehow get into the environment it is impossible to predict the consequences, but they would not likely be good and may deplete our wild salmon stocks. It is a shame that most people don’t know what they’re talking about when they argue one way or another against this issue. But personally I think we are too eager to push this kind of stuff though the FDA without sufficient data to determine safety.

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