You know all that stuff you've been told for years not to eat–like animal fat, eggs and butter? Well, Nina Planck, the author of "Real Food: What to Eat and Why," wants you to know that it's actually all okay. In fact, the founder of London Farmers' Markets believes that our society is less healthy because we have eliminated many of these kinds of foods from our diets in favor of industrially processed alternatives.
Planck's concept of "real food" is grounded in her mother's lessons on the farm in rural Virginia where she grew up: food should be whole, nutritional, simple and unprocessed–and it shouldn't require lots of ingredients. Essentially, we should eat the kinds of foods our ancestors did, she says, instead of settling for less-healthy, industrially engineered "ersatz food."
Planck is a big proponent of dairy and, in particular, unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk, which she says is safe as long as you know (and trust the hygiene standards of) the farmer you get it from. In fact, she thinks that raw milk is like a "gateway drug" to better eating, generally. And while industrial meat production is often blamed for environmental damage, Planck says that eating grass-fed meat can actually help the environment.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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