Peanuts are good for you, but peanut butter is not!? That’s the crazy item we saw on the news this week. It’s another example of confusing scientific studies on food, combined with hasty media coverage.
I was alerted to this item by my observant and analytical husband, Harley. He was amused to see television hosts enthusiastic about research showing that peanuts are healthy but disappointed that the research didn’t show the same for peanut butter.
I’ve been thinking about the meat debate after seeing a new academic paper revealing the predominant reasons meat-consumers give for their food choices. These reasons are what the researchers call ‘the 4 Ns’ — that meat-eating is Natural, Normal, Necessary, and Nice. (1) It’s natural (Evolutionarily and historically, humans have probably always eaten some animal flesh and byproducts); (2) It’s normal (Most people eat animals, and the majority are raised to consume meat); (3) It’s necessary (For health it is important to take in some meat and fish); (4) It’s nice (Beef, pork and chicken are tasty, and most of us know how to prepare it).
Canadian consumers are sufficiently keen on organic foods that demand is growing faster than supply. This fascinating market trend came to me by way of a thought-provoking article in The Western Producer agricultural newsmagazine, ‘Consumers want organic, so why are farmers wary?’ by Robert Arnason of Winnipeg. The link is below, and here are some key points.
You don’t see adults on tricycles very often. So I was struck by the confident woman gliding ahead of me on the 8th Avenue bike route in Kitsilano a few weeks ago. Despite the perception of tricycles as slow-motion recreational vehicles, this rider clearly had somewhere to go. But I couldn’t resist engaging her in conversation, and she willingly complied.
When government leaders talk about improving food systems, they often don’t breathe a word about meat, dairy, and fish. That’s because animal-source foods are controversial, as I discovered in researching my book High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat (New Society, 2012). http://www.newsociety.com/Books/H/High-Steaks http://tinyurl.com/cwrryqz