Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Falsie Awards

Check this link and read number four... heck read the whole thing but definately read number four. This world need watch dogs - watch cats, watch birds , etc...


Monday, November 05, 2007

Christmas instead of Chinamas

In light of all the hugely bad press about toys from China I thought I would share a couple of links I found to a online toy company that has divided its toy stock up by country so you may shop "Made in the USA" if you like.

Certainly it is helpful to know that you can shop local in lis global ecomony. I can certainly see a lot of future growth happening for some small US toy companies - and that is just wonderful. Visualize big Christmas bonuses going into some woodsmiths pocket. While you are at it, try and buy lots of locally made baked goods and locally grown foods this holiday season - and visit a local farmer.

Willow Tree Toys - Made in the USA

Willow Tree Toy - Shop by Country

A Farming Friend of Mine in PA

Friday, November 02, 2007

Ucky Trans Fats

While shopping with my husband I have been puzzling over new food labels all over the store shelves these days. We've all heard about the dangers of trans fats. So it would seem great that foods we loved are now free off it. Hold on to you hats but this "zero" thing in a lie.

Partially Hydrogenated soybean/cotton seed/vegetable oils will still be listed in the ingredients and these things are trans fats. Thanks to the FDA, as of January 1 of 2007 food manufacturers can declare a food trans fat free as long as the serving sizes have less than 0.5 grams of Trans fats (or partially hydrogenated *insert oil here*).

Feeling down? Wanna binge? The tricky label isn't meant to protect you from bad snack food, it is intended to protect the manufacture of the "food". Though I can't prove it I wonder just how many cracker adn cookie makers changed the number of treats in a serving just to get that little number under 0.5 grams. How hard to you think it was on their conscious to say maybe make a serving two cookies instead of three just so they could tell you it was "Tran Fat Free" and sell you the box of tainted treats?