Sunday, April 15, 2007

Jeremiah’s Farm & Food News

“On average, 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy are used in producing, processing, transporting, and preparing every calorie of food we consume in the United States, according to studies by David Pimentel of Cornell University.”

“A recent report from the Worldwatch Institute estimated that food in the United States travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to table.”
Grist Magazine

This brings us to the subject of Carbon-Footprint. Please add this word to your vocabulary, and to your food shopping habits.

Whole Foods Market has a dedicated goal of putting more locally grown food on their shelves. Coyote Creek Farm is a product of this effort to foster small, sustainable family farms near all their stores. They have even instatuted a $10,000,000 loan program to put their money where their mouth is.

Check your egg carton to see where the eggs were produced, and all other things being equal buy the eggs, or other food, that are closest to your home. In doing so you are helping to lower the use of fossil fuels, and lowering the nation’s Carbon-Footprint.

At Coyote Creek Farm we do a number of things to further reduce the Carbon-Footprint of our eggs; things like no-till farming, compost tea for fertilizer, organic practices, even down to compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent. Idealists? Yes, that, but these days the “Idealist” of yesterday is today’s Realist. Our shopping habits can make a difference in our planet’s atmosphere.

Amazing Omega-3 Eggs

From Jordan Rubin’s, Biblical Health Daily

High omega-3 eggs are nature's nearly perfect food. Eggs contain all known nutrients except for vitamin C! They are good sources of fat-soluble vitamins A and D as well as certain carotenoids that guard against free-radical damage to the body. They also contain lutein, which has been shown to prevent age-related macular degeneration. When possible, buy eggs directly from farms where the chickens are allowed to roam free and eat their natural diet, or purchase eggs marked DHA or high omega-3 eggs (they contain a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6). Despite the unfounded cholesterol scare during the past 15 years, eggs can be a healthy addition to anyone's diet; they can actually help reduce the risk of both heart disease and cancer.
From Jordan Rubin’s, Biblical Health Dail

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