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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Breadmaker

Last week I went on a rant about the so-called ingredients that I feel are lessening the nutritional value of our food, soy and high fructose corn syrup in particular. The subject was bread and I vowed to buy a breadmaker so I could bake my own bread. Nothing too labor intensive, since I really can't add too much more to my Suzy Homemaker workload. Then I started reading The Coming China Wars and had another rant, albeit a mini one, about Brand Name or Country of Origin.

The breadmaker I originally ordered was on back order so I canceled it, my primary motivation being that it was made in China. I have been looking for a breadmaker that is NOT made in China but have found this to be an impossible task. There doesn't seem to be such a machine.

As I briefly mentioned the other day more and more of our food is coming from China as well, and the growing conditions in that country are less than pristine shall we say. Polluted streams, rivers, and lakes, filthy air, antibiotics injected into fish farm pond water and animals, viruses galore, and ironically, terrific environmental regulations nearly on par with the US, but sadly, rarely enforced. The more I read about China, the more I am determined to eat local and eat organic. And sorry, I won't eat organic vegetables or fruits grown in China (Cascade Farms for one--check the label because they list country of origin).

As uneasy as it makes me feel, I guess I have no choice but to order a breadmaker made in China. I just don't know which one yet.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Back to Natural Ingredients I Say

I haven't been keeping up with this blog and for that I sincerely apologize! I have however, been working on my other blog, The Eco-Modernist, Modern Design with a Conscience, as well as Marigold Lane, but as I tell my kids, "I can only do 18 things at once!" Just kidding of course...sort of.

At any rate, I rarely rant about anything with the exception of an essay I wrote about soy that I titled, Soylent Green: Invasion Of The Soybean. You can read it here if you wish. What brought me to rant today is yet again the mighty soybean. I rarely eat bread but I've been buying Pepperidge Farm Sandwich loaf for my kids' grilled cheese sandwiches. I know, I know...wheat or multi-grain is better for you but it just doesn't taste like grilled cheese if you know what I mean.

So today I opened up a fresh loaf and noticed that the bread had a different consistency to it. Immediately I became suspicious and checked the label. Sure enough more soy! Grr. Our food sources are being contaminated with bacteria like E. coli and salmonella every day--spinach, tomatoes, and cantaloupes. Our foods are being contaminated with useless ingredients and fillers. I feel like we are being poisoned all in the name of the almighty dollar. I decided then and there I would learn how to bake my own bread, even if I had to use a bread maker. One more thing to add to my list but definitely worth it, don't you think?

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