Tag Archive for healthy food

How to Grow Chemical Free Grapes

Grapes - Sweetness by Marina Del Castell (Flickr) | Sustainable Suburbia

Do you enjoy a glass of wine, or a bunch of sweet grapes? Did you know that Grapes make the top 10 list of most pesticide laden foods in both Australia and America? Today I am pleased to welcome Guest writer Mackenzie Fox, who describes why that is, an how you can avoid using pesticides…

Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

Healthy Homemade Dog Food by Holly Lindsey | SustainableSuburbia.net

This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…

How to Make Quark (aka Yo-Cheese)

Have you ever tried making cream cheese out of yoghurt? It’s really very simple to do, and surprisingly good. You can make it out of plain yoghurt, flavoured yoghurt, or plain yoghurt with some fruit or herbs added. (And if you don’t already know how to make your own yoghurt, take a look at this…

What’s So Special About Sprouted Wheat?

a sieve full of sprouted wheatberries. The sprouts are just sprouted with the sprout perhaps one third to half as long as the seed.

Sprouted breads are not a new phenomenon. In fact, they have quite ancient roots. The use of sprouted grains in bread can be traced back to the Essenes, a Jewish monastic group that prospered from the second century BC to the first century AD. They sprouted the grain before grinding it into dough and baking…

Vegetable Gardening Basics: How to Grow Peas

Peas grow on a trellis - seen from above

Peas come in such a wonderful variety which makes growing them a rewarding and fun thing to do.  They grow in a wide range of conditions and like many vegetables, need good rich improved soil and full sun. They are grown in the cooler months and also throughout spring which gives a good cropping period.…

Western Meat Consumption Causing Malnutrition in Africa

Western diets high in meat are coursing malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study presented recently at an international conference looking at agriculture and its effects on nutrition and health. The report, presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), finds that if people in Western countries at less meat, the price of…

Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread is a delicious snack  fresh out of the oven, served cold with or without butter, or toasted with lashings of organic butter. In our house though, it rarely makes it past the first sitting, and if there is some left over I generally freeze it in slices and use it for a lunch…

Antibiotics in Animal Feed Create “Super Bugs”

In a paper published last month in Environmental Health Perspectives, experts explain how administering medicine through animal fodder can cause antibiotic resistant bacteria to develop. “If they don’t get all their food, they don’t get all the medicine, and if they don’t get all the medicine, then the whole bacteria population isn’t wiped out, and…

UN Report: Eco-Friendly Farming Can Double Food Production Within 10 Years

“Today’s scientific evidence demonstrates that agro-ecological methods outperform the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production where the hungry live – especially in unfavorable environments,” reports Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The recent UN report “Agro-ecology and the right to food” states that small-scale farmers can double food…

Simply in Season: Buy Local, Think Global, Cook Seasonal

Simply in Season book cover

Only a decade ago I couldn’t get the grapes my pregnant body craved because they were out of season. Yet now I spend perhaps a third of the year refusing to buy my children the grapes they can see in the supermarket because they are grown in the USA and imported to Australia, where we live; we are trying to buy local at least to the extent of buying produce grown in our own country. Though when Australian grown mangoes appear in the shops in Spring, I must conclude that they have travelled thousands of kilometres south to where we are still huddled beneath our thick quilts on frosty nights.

Buy Local, Think Global. It is a slogan that represents the local food movement and is becoming well known as we consider the fossil fuels burned and carbon emissions released when we fly grapes half way across the world so we can have the convenience of eating them year round. Before the long months of nausea in my first pregnancy, when I craved juicy oranges and mandarins and the elusive grapes, I had little awareness of the seasonal nature of produce.