A Fork in the Road: Canadian Association for Food Studies

This weekend I have the great pleasure of spending time at the Canadian Association for Food Studies conference, “A Fork in the Road: Crossroads for Food Studies,” where some of Canada’s most respected scholars in food studies gather in collaboration with new and emerging scholars to share ideas, encourage research, and celebrate the work being done in this fascinating, interdisciplinary, and rather new field.

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Food for Thought: Breakfast Energy Crisis

An interesting infographic entitled “When We Eat Matters” from Massive Health stimulated some discussion in the PeaceMeal community this week.

The infographic asserts that for many of us, breakfast is the healthiest meal we eat all day, and as the day goes on, we are more likely to eat unhealthy items like chips, soda, etc. It also talks about how having a good breakfast jump-starts our day, and sets us up for better eating patterns throughout the day, such as making healthier choices and eating smaller portions.

Check out the infographic -do you agree?

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Changing Targets

Our friend and agrarian journeyman James Douglas now finds himself in Israel, from where he sends this article and accompanying photos.  Imagine, a garden where a shooting range once was.  Is there any more powerful example of cultivating peace?

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Pretzels for Peace

Maybe it’s my German heritage, but for whatever reason, I have always loved pretzels. Hot, cold, hard, soft, plain or with dip – in whatever way, shape, or form, I delight in the simple combination of bread and salt. So when I saw these peace sign-shaped pretzels, I could not resist!

These pretzel chips are from Laurel Hill Foods and can be purchased at Whole Foods stores. Peace sign works most effectively when eaten mindfully and with care 🙂

You Are What You Eat

Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement, often says, ” “Fridges are tombs – places where food goes to die.”  I tend to agree that it’s easy to forget what’s buried in the back, easy to purchase more than you need and count on the fridge to keep things fresh, and easy to go a little while without opening the door if you’re used to a busy lifestyle or a very whole foods/fresh diet.  The following post comes from Mark Menjivar, a photographer and artist based in Texas. This series of photographs was published in Good Magazine in May 2009.  It’s an interesting reflection of how the contents of our fridges reflect our careers, our lifestyles, and our personalities.  If you’re inspired by it, we welcome you to post a photograph of the contents of a fridge in response!

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