November 8, 2009

Tofu Twice-Baked and a Movie

Easy peasy dinner last night (hence the photos!).

Baked Potatoes
Crumbled Tofu & Extra Sharp Cheddar, with diced Vidalia Onions
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes
Enjoy with broccoli!
But YJDKIY doesn't recommend watching Food, Inc. over dinner. I do recommend watching it though. Everyone.

It pretty much makes you not want to eat again.

I knew the awfulness of the meat industry, I knew the vast awfulness of how corn has conquered the world, and I know I've written about added ingredients, shelf life and trucking. In fact, I do try to avoid these. But what I didn't know was...the soybeans and the statistics. I do know it looks like I will be in the market for new soy milk, as Silk (I only hope what their website says about sourcing is true), produced by White Wave Foods, which does have a pretty good philosophy on GMOs and corporate responsibility is owned by Dean Foods, which doesn't quite have the same record. Unless it says organic, the soybeans in Silk are probably part of the percentage mentioned in the movie.

If you're curious about my Silk abandonment, go take your bottle of RoundUp to a hazardous waste facility and check out this movie tonight.

I'll get you started with a great top ten from

Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
Eat at home instead of eating out. Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
(YJDKIY is doing meatless weekend..or longer!)
Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market.Farmer's markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.
Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

In case you are lazy and don't want to read up on this on your own, maybe some of these facts will motivate you:

-- 70 percent of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.
-- In 1972 the Food and Drug Administration conducted 50,000 food safety inspections; by 2006 that number was down to 9,164.
-- One in three Americans born after 2000 will contract early-onset diabetes; among minorities the rate will be one in two
--According to USDA, 26 federally-inspected packing plants process 500,000 cattle or more per year. Together, these 26 plants process 76 percent of the cattle harvest.

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