GRUYERE CHEESE

A perfect storm of sweet, savory, nutty, pungent, salty, all combined in an unassuming little piece of cheese. Gruyere is a PDO cheese from Switzerland. 

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WRACKED OVER RACTOPAMINE

Interested in a nice dose of asthma medication with your next fast food burger or serving of bacon? If you’re eating conventional meat raised in a CAFO then chances are that’s just what you’re getting.Ractopamine is a type of beta-agonist. Beta-agonists are drugs initially used as intervention for asthma sufferers. As an inhalant they stimulate dilation of the smooth muscle of the lungs and allow for ease in breathing. When injected into the body rather than inhaled beta-agonists decrease smooth muscle activity in the body.

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HEIRLOOM FOOD

The term “heirloom” typically applies to fruits and vegetables. Heirloom is defined as “a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals”. Heirlooms are hardy (quality) strains of older cultivars that are open pollinated. While there seems to be some disagreement how old a cultivar has to be to be referred to as “heirloom”, there is a general consensus that it should be older than the 1950’s which is when agribusiness began introducing the first inbred hybrid plants and seeds.

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SUGAR SMART

We warned Food Fight would be returning to the vexed subject of sugar in food but the fast changing situation in the UK means we’re revisiting it sooner than expected.

Within a couple of days of our last dispatch from the sugar bowl more initiatives hit the headlines. The big shock we reported was the decision by UK supermarkets to back laws intended to half the amount of sugar contained in the food they sell.

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OUR NIGHTMARE – A GMBEE!

Bohemian Mojo has been following the nightmare unfolding in our fields, pastures and orchards with the terrifying collapse of the honeybee population.

Like others we’ve watched it happening with a sense of despair and disbelief. How could mankind do this we ask ourselves? We realize the implications this collapse holds for the human food chain will be dramatic. After all around a third of our fruits, vegetables and cereals depend on bees for fertilization. A third is a lot; a hell of a lot. But here we are again.

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PDO HALEN MON ANGLESEY SEA SALT

Dark Chocolate, sea salt, ooey gooey caramel innards, locally produced, small batch...I never miss a chance to get my hands on a Welsh NomNom bar when the opportunity arises.So, imagine my absolute delight when the opportunity arose as I wandered through the Hey Deli in Hay on Wye, Wales. Now imagine, if at all possible, and even larger delight as I perused the label of my delicious, small batch, NomNom chocolate bar and found a PDO designation on the Anglesey sea salt! Hooray Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt!

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HERITAGE FOOD

If you’ve been paying attention in the marketplace, you may have noticed food labels like Heirloom or Heritage in your produce section and at the meat counter. It might be tempting to discount these labels as yet one more trendy fad but don’t do it.The term “heritage” in the food marketplace typically refers to animals and meat products. Preserving heritage breeds not only provides variety in the marketplace but also generates diversity and variety in the animals which as indicator of health.

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