Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Just In From Organic Consumers Assn

Forward on Climate: Cook Organic, Not the Planet!

If we’re serious about heading off a climate crisis, we better start paying attention to what’s on the end of our forks. As it turns out, factory farms are one of the biggest culprits in the climate change calamity.

On inauguration day, President Obama promised to "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” Empty words? Or did he mean it? On Feb. 17, OCA will march with nearly 80 other organizations in what promises to be the largest climate rally in history, Forward on Climate. We’ll join hands and voices with thousands of others in Washington D.C. to pressure Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and enact tough carbon limits on our nation’s dirty power plants.

But we’ll bring our own message, too: Cook organic, not the planet! Because while new, green technologies have their place in solving the climate crisis, a simple tried-and-true technology to restore carbon to our soil and keep greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere has been right under our noses – and our feet – for centuries: climate-friendly organic farming.

Click here to read the essay-

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Perfect Garlic Press

I love it when designers get it right! And the designers at Dreamfarm get it right most of the time.
Now they've designed what I consider to be the perfect garlic press and they cleverly call it Garject.
I love Garject. Clever name too: it's a garlic gadget that ejects the skin...

I love Garject because it works. We eat a lot of garlic. Who wouldn't if they knew all the health benefits it provides? So I've tested and destroyed a lot of garlic presses over the years– one literally fell apart in two perfect pieces the first time I test-pressed it!

Garject is heavy-duty and strong enough to hold and squish Simon's (my local organic garlic grower) fresh organic garlic cloves. Here's what it does:
presses unpeeled garlic
scrapes itself clean
ejects the peel

In fact, the peel comes shooting out like a bullet. So have the composting bin ready!
Best (well not best, but up there) of all? It rinses clean and is dishwasher safe.

Now that's a new spin on an essential tool.
Check out some of my other Dreamfarm favourites: scizza, tapi, smood or teafu...


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