"Don't eat any foods you've seen advertised on television"
For "Foodie Friday". You may be so full of food this day after Thanksgiving, but do you know what you actually ate?
Michael Pollan on Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
"Best-selling author Michael Pollan explains how food marketers have turned his critiques (like don't eat anything with more than five ingredients) into another way to sell consumers more food.
His new rule of thumb? "Don't eat any foods you've ever seen advertised on television.""
Another rule: Eat off a smaller plate.
Another: Don't eat unless you hungry enough to eat an apple."
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/01/23/Michael_Pollan_on_Food_Rules_An_Eaters_Manual
This is an hour long video, so either watch some of the 17 segments separately, or turn up the volume and listen to the whole talk and discussions while you are doing quiet chores.
01. Introduction 02 min 47 sec
02. People Are Confused About Food 07 min 10 sec
03. Don't Buy 'Nonfat' or 'Lite' 05 min 35 sec
04. Cultural Wisdom About Food 05 min 05 sec
05. Rules for Finding Real Food 04 min 33 sec
06. Food Marketers Respond to Pollan 04 min 53 sec
07. Making Better Choices 04 min 45 sec
08. Don't Eat Too Much 04 min 01 sec
09. Q1: Access in Poor Communities 02 min 40 sec
10. Q2: Difficulty Subsidizing Fruits and Vegetables 04m 03 sec
11. Q3: A-Ha Moment 03 min 17 sec
12. Q4: Research on Food Cultures 03 min 00 sec
13. Q5: Fat and Cardiovascular Health 05 min 03 sec
14. Q6: Citizens United Supreme Court Decision 01 min 30 sec
15. Q7: The Body Craves Food it Needs 02 min 38 sec
16. Q8: Scaling Up Healthy Lifestyles 04 min 38 sec
17. Q9: Eating Well on a Low Budget 02 min 45 sec
Watch Full Program 01 hr 08 min 36 sec
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Making Turkey Less Foul
"It is estimated that more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the US during Thanksgiving meals."
"As Americans stock up on Turkey meat for Thanksgiving dinners, farmers scramble to feed those families. When its all over, they will be left with not only some profit but also with mounds of a less heartwarming byproduct: turkey litter.
In Michigan, year-round turkey farm Sietsema Farms was the recipient of a $500,000 energy grant and $700,750 energy loan from USDA Rural Development to build a $3 million waste to energy system. When its completed this December, the gasifier system will take approximately 70,000 pounds of turkey waste every day from the 1.5 million turkeys on the farm to a unit where it will be superheated and turned into gas. The gas will heat water in a boiler which will spin an electrical turbine.
The system will produce about 12,000 kW of power a day from about 206,400 pounds of steam. Electricity produced will be cycled directly back onto the farm to power the feed mills which carry feed to the turkeys and also carries waste back out to the gasifier."
"Anthony, a college student, was writing a paper on quality of life. He wanted to know what made people happy and if they were content with their lives. He did not want to question common people on the street, but sought the advice of someone who had lived an entire lifetime. At a local nursing home he asked who was the wisest person there and everyone pointed to Joe.
Joe was an elderly man in his eighties with a body to match his age, sitting in a wheel chair, back slumped and head down, drooling from the mouth. But he had a sharp mind and tongue. Old Joe had fought in a World War before founding a manufacturing company and retiring a millionaire. He once bought a yacht and sailed around the world. Anthony knew he had found the man who could explain happiness and quality of life.
Joe reached in his pocket and pulled out a tape measure and handed it to Anthony and said "this will explain life." Anthony was confused. How could a tape measure explain life? Was Joe senile?
Then Joe said to pull the tape measure until 72 inches were showing. He explained each inch represents one year of life and the average person has 72 years of productive life. Many people are active after 72 years but many also die or are disabled before that time. He told Anthony to run his finger from the end of the measure to inch number 6. That is the first years of a person's life when they learn to walk, talk and tie their shoes.
Next, inches 7 to 22 is the years a person is getting an education and preparing for life. Then from inches 23 all the way to 62 is when a person marries, raises a family, works a job and hopefully saves money for retirement.
The remaining inches, 62 to 72, is the time when a person can do all the things he wants to do in life but never seemed to have time to do them. Anthony looked at those 10 inches and they looked small compared to the 62 inches already consumed. The more he looked, the more he understood what Joe was trying to say.
What will you do with those 10 inches or years? Did you always want to see the Grand Canyon, tour Europe, ride a motorcycle to Key West or write a book? Ten years is a short period in a person's life and those are the years you can full fill your life long dreams. So get going. What are you waiting for?"
Was spent quietly being thankful for what I have, and thankful that I have been productive for several years more than my 72".
"De turkee is gon!"
I hope y'all had a very happy Thanksgiving Day.