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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #80 Watch Out - The Almond Industry is Changing!
October 05, 2007
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...about the food industry we shop in as parents and educators...and family nutrition and health issues today.
I wanted to make you aware of what is happening with the Almond Farm industry....Under pressure from industrial agriculture lobbyists, the USDA has quietly approved a new regulation that will effectively end distribution of raw almonds, while putting many family farmers out of business.
The rule requires pasteurization of almonds, including organic, yet allows those same almonds to continue to be labeled as "raw". As a Registered Dietitian, I have always taught that raw, organic almonds are far superior, in terms of nutrition, than pasteurized almonds.
One of the FDA-recommended pasteurization methods requires the use of propylene oxide, which is classified as a "possible human carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and is banned in Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Organic and family-scale almond farmers are protesting the proposed rule, saying it will effectively put them out of business, since the minimum price for the pasteurization equipment is $500,000.
The USDA claims pasteurization is necessary, since there have been two
food contamination incidents with raw almonds since 2001. But both of
these incidents, in fact, were the result of blatant mismanagement on
large industrial-scale almond farms. Hmmm, definitely something to think about as it influences our almond purchases in the future for our families.....
Shrimp and Roasted Pepper Pizza
1 pound fresh or frozen peeled, cooked medium shrimp
1 recipe Pizza Dough (see Recipe Center)
1 12-ounce jar Alfredo pasta sauce
2 tablespoons purchased dried tomato pesto
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into strips
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen; set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Prepare Pizza Dough as directed, using the Individual Size Pizzas directions.
2. In a small bowl, combine Alfredo sauce and pesto. Spread evenly over dough in each pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Top pizzas with roasted peppers and the shrimp. Sprinkle with pine nuts.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until crust bottom is crisp and brown. Serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.
Check out a new water drink company that was founded by Kara Goldin, a mother of four who cares about providing healthy beverages to families....she talks more below about Hint..
The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor.
No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great.
Sound good? It tastes even better.
We thank you for trying Hint, hope that you and your family enjoy it, and wish you excellent health.
Hint is available in many specialty markets and is also sold in fine spas and hotels. If Hint is not yet available in your favorite store, please ask for it.
Hint is adding new stores, spas and hotels every week and are also interested in school and corporate lunch programs.
What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?
Celebrating Healthy Families 2007
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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