For Those Interested In Sustainable Living - 5 foods to avoid in 2010 (if you are not one of them, just don't click on this thread)

  • metta

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    Dec 31, 2009 8:57 AM GMT


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    Dec 31, 2009 9:18 AM GMT
    just a small bone of contention about Foie Gras, not all Foie Gras is made the same, you can buy duck/goose liver that hasn't been force fed, it has the similar texture/taste, it's not exactly the same however originally Foie Gras wasn't made from ducks/geese that were force fed and you can still get it from places that believe force feeding animals is a cruelty that shouldn't be done.

    It's a little tiring constantly hearing about people always going on about talk about Foie Gras being cruel and lumping everything into the one basket when it doesn't deserve it.
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    Dec 31, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
    I'm very lucky to work somewhere that most of this doesn't even touch me. It took a few years to get used to conscionable choices in my shopping, not to mention my eating. But once I learned, by way of training, what happens to conventional meats, dairy, seafood, etc.; that was all the motivation I needed.

    I'll occasionally get on the food soapbox with friends that won't even listen or give it a try. I understand "to each, his own". However, if you can keep from being too preachy about it (which is actually what it takes sometimes), it can make a difference. I've had more than a few friends emphatically thank me for introducing them to truly clean foods, natural meats, hormone-free dairy, sustainable seafood, fair-trade goods, etc.

    So I'll stop there, since I'm lookin around for my soapbox as I type this...




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    Dec 31, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidjust a small bone of contention about Foie Gras, not all Foie Gras is made the same, you can buy duck/goose liver that hasn't been force fed, it has the similar texture/taste, it's not exactly the same however originally Foie Gras wasn't made from ducks/geese that were force fed and you can still get it from places that believe force feeding animals is a cruelty that shouldn't be done.

    It's a little tiring constantly hearing about people always going on about talk about Foie Gras being cruel and lumping everything into the one basket when it doesn't deserve it.


    There was an awesome chapter about this in Omnivorous Dilemma.
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    Dec 31, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    Sorry I'm not giving up my Foie
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 31, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    As a vegetarian, only two pertain to me. I don't like corn syrup, and I try to stay away from it from the grocery store, but I assume I'm getting it from restaurant food.

    Out of season produce.....hmmm. Well if we are to "buy local" I get it, but some seasonal veggies can be grown year'round in hot houses, and of course the right climate.
  • delthespaz

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    Dec 31, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Ahhh politically incorrect duck liver... yum.
    I also enjoy calf in a box = veal
    castrated roosters = capon
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    Dec 31, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    Wow, that's a tall order. I need to raise my own beef, pork and chicken. Don't eat any fruits or veggies that I don't find in my garden at the appropriate seasonal time. No fish from the ocean (over fished) or farmed (bad for natural fish due to increased disease). No ducky livers (that ones easy) and nothing with HFCS. Wow, my apartment will be pretty full with all that livestock and garden area, guess I'll use the aquarium as a holding tank for watering the veggies and fruit trees. Does beer have HFCS in it? LOL
  • JP85257

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    Dec 31, 2009 5:00 PM GMT
    Im not changin my eating habits because some hippie website says I should


    I dont drink anything that has the corn syrup in it because it gives me the shits. So there ya go.

    Other than that I'll eat whatever I want in whatever season I want while driving my gas guzzling SUV.
  • jokbod

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    Dec 31, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    While I am definitely not one of the 5 foods to avoid, I was still tempted to click on this thread ;)

    Interesting note on HFCS, whenever I live in Europe, I end up losing 3-5 useless pounds because of the quality of food here. Very little HFCS, more seasonal produce, good meats, etc. Much higher quality overall, even in a "typical" grocery store.

    That said, as a homosexual, I constantly chide my straight friends that I'm infinitely more ecologically sound than they are - because I'll leave no carbon footprint when I die. No kids = greener than thou.

    Good info, nonetheless.

    Happy New Year!

  • Cypherz22

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    Dec 31, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    for the most part this list is pretty easy to follow...

    the duck liver, that just sound disgusting hah. if you haven't watched Food, inc, then ya should to understand the meat issues. There is also good fish information in the doc The Cove (this one might be about dolphin slaughtering but it tells an entire tale on food chain and mercury poisoning). HFCS is just a Duh. and out of season veggies well, thats pretty much tons of stuff right now where i am from haha, i'll have to check into that one :0
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    Dec 31, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    I only eat foie gras once or twice a year. There is no way I'd give it up though. It's one of the greatest foods known to man.

    I'm on board with only eating seasonal fruits and vegetables, but if everyone did that, wouldn't it cause California's industrial agricultural complex to collapse?

    Which reminds me, shouldn't the writer of that article encourage people to buy fruits and vegetables from places where the land and water supply can support agriculture. Should rivers really be diverted and used up to grow plants where nature didn't intend? (*looks at California again*)

    Munching Zombie already mentioned it, but Omnivore's Dilemma is a great book that deals with the moral implications of our food choices (Spoiler: the author argues that eating meat is morally acceptable )
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    Dec 31, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidIm not changin my eating habits because some hippie website says I should


    I dont drink anything that has the corn syrup in it because it gives me the shits. So there ya go.

    Other than that I'll eat whatever I want in whatever season I want while driving my gas guzzling SUV.


    It's easy to be egocentric and ignorant. Being compassionate and intelligent about our choices is hard work. Seriously.
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    Dec 31, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidIm not changin my eating habits because some hippie website says I should


    I dont drink anything that has the corn syrup in it because it gives me the shits. So there ya go.

    Other than that I'll eat whatever I want in whatever season I want while driving my gas guzzling SUV.



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    Dec 31, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 said
    JP85257 saidIm not changin my eating habits because some hippie website says I should


    I dont drink anything that has the corn syrup in it because it gives me the shits. So there ya go.

    Other than that I'll eat whatever I want in whatever season I want while driving my gas guzzling SUV.



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    Haha...beautifully expressed!