Rethinking the Politics of Food by Fred Kirschenmann

An alternative food politics means that we must begin by expanding the circle of decision-making and ensuring that multiple and varied voices are heard. This is not accomplished through symbolic events or publicity stunts. New stakeholders must participate at all levels from the local to the international. It is time for a new politics of food, one that starts from the bottom up, not the top down.
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Lesson For Schools: Sweetened Junk Shouldn't Count as Food

Reporter Ed Bruske spent a week working in a Washington, D.C. public school lunchroom. His series of articles that resulted are fantastic reading for anyone following the ongoing debate regarding school lunches and the challenges for enacting real reform.
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Top Ten Toxic Products You Don't Need

It's become so common in our culture to assume we need things – a lot of things. Over-consumption is not only a strain on our bank accounts and environment, it can also be harmful to our health. Whether there's a warning label or not (usually not), many of the things we buy have associated health risks.
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With the cost of food recently skyrocketing – hitting not just shoppers, but the poor and hungry in the developing world – genetically modified (GM) foods are once again being promoted as the way to feed the world. But this is little short of a confidence trick. Far from needing more GM foods, there are urgent reasons why we need to ban them altogether.
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"Health is worth more than learning." –Thomas Jefferson

Wheat-Free Buckwheat

Despite the name, buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum is not related to wheat and is gluten free. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon words, “boc,” meaning beech, and “whoet,” meaning wheat which refer to buckwheat's blackish-brown pyramid seeds called groats that resemble a beechnut of the beech tree, although much smallerOrganic Concord Grapes. Native to central Asia and Europe, buckwheat is one of the most ancient grains, domesticated over 6,000 years ago. Dutch settlers introduced 'boecweite' to colonial America planting it in New York State and Pennsylvania where it gradually became known as buckwheat and universally popular.

Superior Nutrition

Although buckwheat is not a member of the Gramineae cereal grain family, it is eaten and used as grain and called a pseudo-grain. For centuries buckwheat has been appreciated for its strengthening, warming, and rejuvenating qualities. Research shows buckwheat protein is superior to every other cereal grain, providing all amino acids including the essential ones, making it a rare and desirable 'complete protein' grain. It is rich in the amino acid, lysine, which is so deficient in other cereal crops. Buckwheat also tops all grain in polyphenol and antioxidant value exhibiting neuro-protective qualities. It is Nature’s richest source of rutin, a valuable quercetin flavonoid much studied for its benefits in berries. Pure buckwheat is gluten free, high in fiber, and ranks low on the glycemic index. As recently as two generations ago buckwheat mills were extremely common in rural settlements, even more common than breweries. This shows the esteem that buckwheat had; everyone knew it was bracing, healthful, quick cooking, and so very versatile. Now, it's fairly rare as monoculture agriculture has become pervasive. The health of America would benefit greatly from a resurgence in popularity of buckwheat. And on top of everything – it is delicious.

Quick and Easy Meals

With EDEN Organic Buckwheat and Organic Soba noodles in your pantry, it’s quick and easy to enjoy and share the benefits of buckwheat. EDEN Buckwheat is a mild tasting, 100 percent whole grain that cooks in 20 minutes. It’s rich in fiber, thiamin B1, and magnesium. Ideal as a entrée grain or porridge, in salad, soups, croquettes, grain burgers, pierogi, and stuffed cabbage. It’s also great for sprouting.
EDEN's three organic sobas are made only of the finest North American organic grain: buckwheat that is blended with wheat, kamut, or spelt. They are crafted using traditional techniques at the Sobaya Company in Montreal; North America’s only certified organic manufacturer of soba, udon, and somen noodles. The four varieties of EDEN Traditional Soba are hand crafted in Japan with a bit more salt using traditional methods by the Tanaka family, who have been making these noodles since 1906. EDEN 100% Buckwheat Soba is made in Japan from only 100% whole grain buckwheat flour with no salt added. EDEN Soba is energizing and versatile. Serve it in traditional dashi noodle broth made with shoyu soy sauce and kombu sea vegetable, or in salads, stir-fries, casseroles, soups, and in making noodle sushi. Try dozens of free, easy recipes at


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Buckwheat Noodle Stir Fry

Serves 5 |  Prep. Time 10 minutes |  Cook Time 10 minutes

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• 8 oz EDEN 100% Soba (Buckwheat Pasta)
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 TBSP EDEN Toasted Sesame Oil
• 1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, stems removed and sliced into quarters
• 1 cup carrots, julienned
• 1 1/2 cups kale, chopped
• 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
• 1 1/2 TBSP EDEN Shoyu Soy Sauce, or to taste
• 3 or 4 TBSP water

Cook the pasta as package directs, about 8 to 9 minutes. Do not over cook as the pasta tends to fall apart easily. Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, carrots and 1/2 tablespoon shoyu soy sauce. Sauté for 2 minutes. Place the noodles on top of the vegetables. Set the kale on top of the noodles, add the water and remaining shoyu. Cook about 3 to 5 minutes until the kale is tender, but still bright green, and the soba is warm. Toss gently to mix and sprinkle the scallions on top for garnish.

Nutritional Info Per serving
241 Calories, 7g Fat (24% calories from fat), 7g Protein, 40g Carbohydrate, 3g Fiber, 0mg Cholesterol, 380mg Sodium

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