How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Two great videos to watch, shared via RSA.

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Can you really have your cake and eat it?
According to Michael Pollan, you can.

In this fun RSA Short, Pollan explains how to eat well by following one simple rule without the need for fad diets or deprivation.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation: Michael Pollan

In defense of food - Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan - THE OMNIVORES DILEMMA

Michael Pollan is an award-winning food writer whose books include, “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation“, “In Defense of Food” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. The event was chaired by Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Below, watch the original speech the animation was created from:

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The story of stuff: bottled water

The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand — how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap.

Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

The production partners on the bottled water film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.

And, for all you fact checkers out there: The story of stuff project.

Visit the Youtube channel: Story of stuff project

Multipurpose fruit cake

Back to Basics: Multipurpose fruit cake

Here’s how to make a healthy, low sugar fruit cake for daily use. Note: this cake is really low on sugar. You can adjust to taste. This procedure makes clever use of the same top-down procedure used for the much more known French Tarte Tatin (see here Jamie Oliver’s take on this cake). The reason […]

Walnuts

On questions and good answers!

While I was picking a few items up in my local Whole Foods, I grabbed my usual bag of organic walnuts that are the 365 brand (WFM’s label). For the first time, I noticed there wasn’t the USDA Organic certification on the front and I turned it over and nope, not on the back either. […]

ecogal Challenge of the MOnth

Challenge of the month: apples

Pick an organic apple, take a big bite and enjoy its healthy sweet juice! “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” so we say… not without good reason. The malic and tartaric acids of the apple particularly benefit people of sedentary habits as they neutralise the acid products of indigestion. It is a very […]