Healthy eating, good nutrition, tasty and satisfying foods: this is a constant conversation and for some, a struggle to accomplish. There seems to be a health crisis surrounding us in this modern age, it is in the news on a daily basis. Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and so many more health issues that plague mankind, what is the cause of so much illness. Many believe this crisis can be attributed to our environment and many also add our current food system to the blame list.
Where do you get information and advice on the best food companies to shop for to feed your family. With all the buzzwords and marketing tactics that the food industry uses, see our blog from January, how does one really know what is truly healthy and will support good nutrition.
We would like to share with you a place to go to find some answers, an independent research group that doesn't have interests in any corporation or represent any agricultural business. It is The Cornucopia Institute www.cornucopia.org Here is the description from their web page that explains what they do:
"The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community - partnered with consumers - backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food."
The articles on their first page at this time are about the Farm Bill in Congress, which just got voted down, read their article to find out why this is a good thing. Also they reveal more reasons why roundup is so bad and also discuss why grass fed beef is better for the environment.
Another really great thing about The Cornucopia Institute is they review and give scorecards to many different foods that are available in our stores. Consumers can learn which products are safer and why, and learn more about the farming practices of the foods they buy. Every product is given a score.
We are so please to say that Kimball Brook Farm has been given a 5 Cow score by Cornucopia, the best score possible. Please visit this link to see our rating and what parameters are used. www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey
There are many other articles of interest dealing with such topics as organic farming versus factory farming to name just one. That is another great conversation to have; we will discuss it in another blog post.
Thank you for supporting local, organic single-family farms. Enjoy the bounty of Vermont!