By Jennifer Ruffing
Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, is a clear, odorless, organic compound derived from petrochemicals that is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. It is widely used in food containers in its polycarbonate form and used as an epoxy liner in canned foods and beverages. If you have consumed canned foods or beverages (with a few notable exceptions), you've been exposed to BPA.
In my opinion, BPA in canned foods is the most pernicious source of this plasticizer, as heating the cans during the canning process causes the chemical to leach out in greater quantity than if it had not been exposed to heat. As reported by CBS News1, a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that "people who consumed one serving of canned soup a day for five days had a more than 1,000 percent increase in urinary BPA over people who consumed fresh soup for five days." Granted, the study used one brand of soup, Progresso, and had a cohort of 75 volunteers. Still, it's probably fair to extrapolate the data and assume that any canned food with BPA in the liner that has been exposed to heat during the canning process will deliver a whacking great dose of the chemical.
`We all know that food can nourish us in more ways than one. Those that feed our emotional well-being we call comfort foods. Sometimes they call up positive memories of childhood (think macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes), and other times they soothe via indulgence (chocolate, anyone?).
More often than not, comfort foods are home-cooked foods (not gourmet) and, well, they're not always wholesome. But that doesn't mean they can't be made more nutritious while still satisfying. Upgrading begins with choosing or adding healthful, quality ingredients.
By Kristie Snyder,
Coffee tends to be a passionate subject, and Ithaca's newest coffee roasters are passionate about offering a great product. For Danny Burns and Mary Loehr, longtime friends and owners of Silent City Uprising Coffee, roasting coffee complements their lifestyles as peace and justice activists. They state right on the product label: "We are pro-worker, pro-farmer, pro-union, peace and justice roasters, and we're not ashamed to say it!"
Roasting coffee offers a way for the pair to work part-time, allowing them time to travel, participate in protests, be arrested and go to jail if need be in support of their causes, while at the same time supporting organic, Fair Trade coffee farmers abroad and local causes closer to home. A percentage of profits from each batch goes to a cause such as Veterans Sanctuary or Loaves and Fishes. Recently they sent six pounds of beans to the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Silent City was named for a historic area of Ithaca along the inlet that was populated by mostly immigrant families, who lived in shacks made of gathered materials and supported themselves by poaching, fishing, day jobs and whatever else they could cobble together – and by supporting each other. "They supported each other and looked after each other," Mary says, "and that's why we chose the name."
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Organic pizza in great new flavors? Yes, please! And check out local dryer balls and applesauce from two area farms.
Have you found Hudson Valley Flat Bread pizzas (83 percent or more organic) in our freezers? Look again: they're there at a lower price and in several new flavors (Roasted Goat cheese, anyone?). Next, from Fibers N Creations of Willseyville, NY, we've got dryer balls made from local hand-felted wool, an all-natural way to soften laundry and decrease drying time. (Lace them with drops of essential oil!) Think local for applesauce, too. We've just added one from Crooked Carrot Farms, straight outta Danby, made from a delicious mix of apple varieties and packed in a handsome 24-oz. jar. Then there's Black Diamond Farm applesauce from Trumansburg, which includes homegrown heirloom apples. Their pint-sized option has a great texture, and no sugar. In the sweetness department, we've added Madugno A4 maple syrup, family made and family run, from Deposit, NY. GreenStar is their first retailer outside of their own farm stand! Finally, beat Ithaca heat with an Ithaca innovation: Celia's Ice Pops come in awesome flavors (apple cider rosemary!).