For The Love Of Food

by | May 27, 2011

For The Love of Food

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

This week I found a surprisingly in depth and thoughtful piece on genetically modified foods, an even more impressive food commitment by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and a few good signs that the politics of food labels are headed in the right direction—truth.

Also, for you geeks my thesis work is finally published. Here’s the deets.

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8 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. I saw that cholesterol link and had a few thoughts.

    Not surprisingly, doctors thought that if they could raise H.D.L. levels, their patients would benefit. So far, that assumption is not panning out. Nobody knows why.

    Maybe not, but a whole lot of people suspect they know why. They just can’t get the funding to prove it.

    What if cholesterol was not the causative agent but a marker for the causative agent? This is exactly where we get the analogy of fighting fires by disabling fire alarms.

    What is remarkable about the study is that niacin seemed to be working. Patients taking the medicine along with Zocor had higher levels of H.D.L. and lower levels of triglycerides, a fat in the blood. Despite these seeming improvements, the patients fared no better and may have done slightly worse than those taking Zocor alone.

    How does that count as “working”? Oh right, the drug companies said that it raised H.D.L., which of course had to be good, right? Except that no one has ever proved that conjecture. Studies showing a correlation had always been observational studies.

    • Darya Pino says:

      That’s absolutely right, and it seems they’re going out of their way to prove it. It’s also why I don’t pay attention to studies that impact biomarkers in unnatural ways. Without endpoints that directly effect health, and not numbers, we still don’t understand the disease.

  2. Summer says:

    I love the mark zuckerberg article. It’s great when high profile people use their influence to get other peole thinking about what they eat. And not just “don’t eat meat”. I came across the cornucopia institute in looking for reviews about organic valley milk. Darya, do you think the cornucopia institute is reputable? The website was really helpful but you never know who you can trust.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Great question, and I actually haven’t been following them long enough to give you a good answer. Feel free to send me any thing specific you see from them and I’m happy to look it over.

    • Brian says:

      I share similar concerns about the Cornucopia Institute. Their decision to rank farms that refused to participate in their project with the lowest rating is unfortunate. Also, from the main page of their site it’s clear they have a major agenda: “Seeking economic justice for the family-scale farming community.” Given that, it seems virtually impossible that they’d treat anything other than small family farms in a fair manner. I’m not making any judgments about right and wrong here, just observing that their published rankings deserve to be taken with a massive dose of skepticism.

  3. Jared Blake says:

    If you have room for an outdoor garden, definitely do it! Nothing like growing your own veggies and fruits. You don’t have to put up with the chemicals and additives in your food. Homegrown is the best! Good video, thanks.

    Jared Blake
    [link removed]

  4. Just about half way through the Alice Waters interview. I love her, but wish she didn’t come off so ditsy. The heart of what she says is right, but it’s going to take a complete paradigm shift in the mentality of family life and our entire culture (as a whole). Attacking the problem at the school system level (or at childhood obesity) will never do it. The parents are the number one cause of childhood obesity. In Italy, my friend’s children are served a beautiful school lunch with a first and second course. But, it reflects the culture and slow food movement (invented there) as a whole.

    Timely article on organic eggs. I bought my first and last dozen at trader joe’s just this week, (having missed my trip to the market).

  5. Erix says:

    Thanks for the recipe I’ve had a Mason Jar full of Quinoa in the pantry for years, but was never able to make anything good enough to bother cooking it. It was a hit at several parties this weekend and very easy to make.

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