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Sustainable Agriculture

The principle of sustainable agriculture is that we must meet our present needs without compromising the future generation’s ability to meet their own needs. Integrating the three main goals of environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic justice, sustainable agriculture is the responsibility of farmers, laborers, policymakers, researchers, consumers and retailers.

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Food Security

Food security: when all members of a household have access and ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe foods on a regular basis.

Recipe Jillena Hernández

Grandma Kaye’s Matzo Ball Soup

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Glycemic Index

Using a scale of 0 to 100, Glycemic Index (GI) ranks carbohydrates on their rate of conversion to glucose within the body. Higher values are given to foods that cause blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise the most rapidly in the body. Pure glucose is used as a reference point and is given a GI of 100.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids) are considered essential fatty acids; they are necessary for the body to function normally but the body can’t produce fatty acids. You can get these fatty acids through eating foods like fish and other seafood such as algae and krill, some vegetables, and nut oils. There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids: EPA and DHA are found in certain fish including salmon, sardines, tuna and halibut, and ALA is found in flax seeds and vegetables like kale and collard greens.

Recipe Heather Teoh of Eat the Wind

Spicy Korean Chicken Stew (Dak Bokkumtang)

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Complex Carbohydrates

The main function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body. There are two types of carbohydrates – complex and simple. Complex carbohydrates are found in vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, whereas simple carbohydrates are found in table sugar, honey, milk, white flour and fruits.

Recipe Amber K. Stott

Potato & Roasted Garlic Soup

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Trans Fat

Trans fat, also called trans-fatty acids, is the product of adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through hydrogenation, which makes it solid and extends its shelf life.

Recipe Heather Teoh of Eat the Wind

Vegetarian Thai Coconut Soup

Recipe Heather Teoh of Eat the Wind

Singapore Fried Rice Noodles

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Farm to School

The Farm to School Network is a program based in Chicago that connects K-12 schools with local farms to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias; improve student nutrition; provide agricultural, health, and nutrition educational opportunities; and support local and regional farmers. The program also helps students understand where their food comes from and how their choices affect their bodies, the environment, and their communities.

Recipe Amber K. Stott

Warm Spiced Nuts

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Asian Chicken Salad with Pomelo

The pomelo adds a sweet and sour citrus flavor to the salad, which complements the vinegar and soy sauce–based dressing. This recipe is inspired by my good friend and amazing home cook Kari Murphy. Check out the fun facts, history and nutrition of pomelo.

Serves 4 to 6

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GMO

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) refers to any plant or animal that is genetically engineered. In the U.S., it is legal for farmers to produce and sell GMO products, whereas in Japan and Europe, it is illegal until further tests can prove that GMO products are safe.

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Tossing for Good Luck: The Chinese New Year Salad

The Year of the Rat strikes on January 25 and Chinese people around the world will celebrate it for 15 days. During this time, they will wear brand new clothes, visit family and friends, and have auspicious meals together. In Singapore and Malaysia, friends and families will mark the occasion by tossing together a large plate of Yu Sheng, a salad of raw fish, fruits and vegetables, to ensure a lucky, prosperous and healthy year for all.

Recipe Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules

Start the Day Right with Müesli

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Foodshed

Coined in 1929 by Walter Hedden in his book How Great Cities are Fed, foodshed refers to the physical area defined by a construct of food resource–where it is produced, how it is transported, where it is consumed. Your backyard tomato patch is a personal foodshed. So is the farm in Mexico that produced the bananas you bought at the grocery store.

It’s important to know the foodshed of what you eat so you can make informed decisions regarding where your money goes.

Recipe Ann, Grange Contest Winner

Meatless Monday: Panade Soup

 

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA, or community supported agriculture, has become a popular way for consumers to buy local and seasonal produce directly from a farmer. The consumer purchases a “share” (or membership) from a farmer and in return, they receive a box of fresh produce (or coffee, meat, or whatever else the producer chooses) each week throughout the farming season. Some CSAs allow you to choose every-other-week schedules, adding extra things like handmade pasta or nuts, or even different sizes of boxes.

Recipe Ann Martin Rolke

Nutty Pumpkin Lasagna

Recipe Amber K. Stott

Soft-Boiled Eggs

Recipe Amber K. Stott

Baked Mexican Sopes with Fresh Corn Flour

Recipe Heather Teoh of Eat the Wind

Kabocha Squash Thai Red Curry

Recipe Amber K. Stott

Fast Enchilada Sauce

Recipe Amber K. Stott

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Recipe Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules

Dad’s Homemade Granola

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Basil Guacamole

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