Category Archives: Plants
Gloria Steinem summed up one of the challenges of life very well when she said, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to what we choose to eat. Our food choices are influenced by a range of factors that make it almost impossible to entertain change. Growing up, I was told that I needed to consume dairy for calcium, eat meat to get strong and fish to get smart. Imagining food without animal products on my plate seemed almost unimaginable.
Eating loads of fruit and vegetables – 10 portions a day – may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year. The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and heart disease. The analysis showed even small amounts had a health boon, but more is even better. A portion counts as 80g (3oz) of fruit or veg – the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas.
Leather made from pineapples? You better believe it! Launched by socially-conscious textile company Ananas Anam, pineapple leather (or “Piñatex”) is an “innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile” derived from pineapple leaves.
The “leather” comes from the tropical fruit’s waste plant fibres and is both durable and biodegradable, making it a great alternative to animal leather.
It was first discovered by Spanish designer and Ananas Anam founder and CEO Carmen Hijosa during a business trip to the Philippines, where she was introduced to the barong talong, a traditional Filipino shirt woven together with fibres of pineapple leaves. After five years of research between the U.K. and Spain, Piñatex was born.
Along with being socially conscious, Piñatex actually comes at a low cost. According to LifeGate, the pineapple leather is “about 23 euros per square metre versus 25-38 euros for the leather,” and is already being looked into by big companies such as Puma and Camper.
Not only will the introduction of Piñatex (and vegan leather for that matter) provide more opportunities for farming communities with the harvesting of pineapples, but it’s also a big step for the outing of animal textiles in fashion. With a tropical fruit making waves in the leather industry, we could be in for a major change.
Protein is important to our health, our workouts and recovery, and our brain function; without it, we wouldn’t function at our best and our bodies wouldn’t be able to support us long-term. However, the problem with the view of protein in our country is where we’re getting the majority of our protein from: animals. Regardless of different opinions out there about including meat as a part of our regular diets, we can’t ignore the fact that meat consumption is causing our major environmental, health, and humanitarian problems. When you put all the pieces together, it is stime we start looking for a real sustainable alternative. Say hello to plants!
Every culture has its own traditions surrounding the birth of a child. While we celebrate newborn girls by sending pink dresses and dolls, in the village of Piplantri in Rajasthan, India, they celebrate by planting 111 trees. That’s right, every time a little girl is born in Piplantri, 111 trees are planted in her honor! In most Indian villages, the birth of a daughter was historically considered a burden for a family. Rural villages operate on the dowry system which contributes to the high cost of marriage for households with daughters. As a result, daughters were often regarded as lesser than their male counterparts and many were married before they reached the age of 18; few received a proper education. Violence against women derived from these attitudes is still a heated topic in India. The documentary “India’s Daughters,” was recently banned due to its upfront portrayal of rape and abuse in the country.
If you’re walking through a forest in Southeast Asia, look up. Chances are good that you’ll spot a massive, green-yellow orb covered in spikes. While it looks like a prehistoric wasp’s nest, it’s actually jackfruit—the largest tree-borne fruit in the world that can grow to weigh up to 80 to 100 pounds (read: don’t get bonked on the head with one).While superlative, jackfruit is of increasing interest to the natural industry not for its potential to flavor cookies and cakes with its Juicy Fruit-esque flavor, but because young jackfruit has a near-identical resemblance to pulled pork or beef, if stewed in barbecue spices or marinades.
Protein is a necessary dietary staple. In the body, amino acids, the building blocks of life, are made by ribosomes located in the endoplasmic reticulum of cells. These proteins then form tissues, organs, organ systems, and make up the entire human body. Proteins also play a key role as enzymes, catalyzing or speeding up chemical reactions by reducing the amount of activation energy a given reaction requires. But, humans can only create 10 of the 20 essential amino acids, and amino acids are not stored like fat and starch in the body, which is why consuming protein is so important.
Like selecting the best fruit, being able to choose the freshest and tastiest vegetablesis a combination of seasonal knowledge, asking farmers and shop owners for advice, and using your senses. This guide has the last part covered. Get ready to use your eyes, nose, and hands!
This crop has been a nutritious staple for hundreds of years in the United States. It is time to bring this nutritious plant back into our gardens and into our kitchens.
Broad beans, also known as fava beans are quite possibly the oldest cultivated plants around. They have been steady staples in nearly every international cuisine for hundreds of years.
The new mayor of Turin has provoked much debate with her decision to make vegan diets a priority in the northern Italian city over the next five years.
Chiara Appendino, who defeated the incumbent Democrat Piero Fassino in June, belongs to anti-establishment party, Five Star Movement which was founded by Italian comic Beppe Grillo in 2009 and has come out of nowhere to become what appears to be a dominant force in Italian politics.
The party’s 62-page manifesto stated: ‘The promotion of vegan and vegetarian diets is a fundamental act in safeguarding our environment, the health of our citizens and the welfare of our animals.’
Chiara Appendino (pictured, centre) who defeated the incumbent Democrat Piero Fassino in June, belongs to anti-establishment party, Five Star Movement which was founded by Italian comic Beppe Grillo in 2009 and has come out of nowhere to become what appears to be a dominant force in Italian politics
Children will also be educated about the benefits of veganism over the coming five years.
‘Leading medical, nutritional and political experts will help promote a culture of respect in our schools, teaching children how to eat well while protecting the earth and animal rights,’ the programme – announced on Tuesday – continued.
But not everyone sees eye to eye with the new mayor. There are numerous famous meat dishes in the Piedmont region such as brasato al Barolo, beef braised in the area’s most famous red wine and Carne Cruda – raw beef mixed with lemon juice and olive oil, and the public are unwilling to be dictated to.
On Twitter Appendino has been accused of attempting to create a nanny state.
‘If you disobey [the mayor’s agenda] in Turin you’ll go to bed without dinner,’ one social media user wrote.
Turin resident Elena Coda told English-language news site The Local, ‘Great foods like wild boar ragu and Chianina steak are already disappearing from the menu once famed for its meats, wines and cheeses.’
Children in Turin will also be educated about the benefits of veganism over the coming five years (file photo)
But not everyone sees eye to eye with the new mayor. There are numerous famous meat dishes in the Piedmont region and the public are unwilling to be dictated to (file photo)
‘I’m not sure if the trend will continue and expect there will be an inevitable backlash sooner or later,’ she added.
But vegetarianism is undoubtedly on the rise in Turin with the city now boasting 30 vegetarian or vegan restaurants, most which have opened in the last few years.
31-year-old Giacomo Gambone, who hails from Turin, sees Appendino’s plan as a positive thing. ‘I like it,’ he said,’ It’s raising awareness among a crowd that is used to uniform thinking.’
He also points out that many of the traditional meat dishes in the region are kept for special occasions and Sundays, so doesn’t believe the move will make a major impact.
‘I think people will still be encouraged in eating the odd meat specialty,’ he admits.
Stefania Giannuzzi, a new councillor for the environment appointed by Appendino, has been a vegetarian for 20 years and maintains that promotion of a plant-based diet is not meant offend Piedmontese meat producers.
‘I would not want to create a contrast with the meat industry. We do not want to close the small shops or ruin the people who have worked for years to develop the Piedmontese food and wine heritage,’ Giannuzzi told Corriere della Sera.
On Twitter Appendino has been accused of attempting to create a nanny state. ‘If you disobey [the mayor’s agenda] in Turin you’ll go to bed without dinner,’ one social media user wrote
Appendino became the city’s third female mayor following in the footsteps of Maria Magnani Noya, who was elected in 1987, and Giovanna Cattaneo Incisa, who became mayor in 1992.
She a multilingual businesswoman, helps run her family’s laser equipment company and is married with a young daughter.
The mayor counts her interests as reading, travelling, visiting the mountains and sea and playing football.
In an online profile she reveals how she can speak, English, Spanish and German and studied international economics and management at university.
After her mayoral victory, she said: ‘We have made history. This was not a protest vote, it was about pride and change.’