How do you find the balance between healthy and convenient meals?

I was watching "Recipe Rehab" this morning, the cooking show where chefs take a family's favorite dish and rehab it to make it healthier. Two chefs come up with recipes, and then the family makes both, deciding which tastes better, is easier to make, and is healtheir (determined by Everyday Health). One chef is crowned the winner.The new recipes usually include ingredients the families don't usually cook with or steps that they don't normally have to take.  It's always fun to watch families l … [Read more...]

Honey bees, pesticides and why you should care about them both

When the news came out this week that researchers now believe that pesticides are causing what is commonly referred to at Colony Collapse Disorder, my guess is that most people scanned the headline and moved on.But I read the story with interest, because ever since I watched two documentaries on bees I've been more and more intrigued with how our food supply - and the overall health of the nation - is tied to those buzzing little insects we take for granted.Both films - "Colony" and … [Read more...]

Chipolte’s “Back To The Start” video – what’s the big deal with factory farming?

As always, I'm a bit behind this week on pop culture topics - other than the death of Davy Jones. I am, after all, a fan of bubble gum pop, and quirky, cheesy TV from the 60s.So I missed the video that's making the rounds from Chipolte Restaurants, an animated short called "Back To The Start", which depicts a family farmer who moves to a factory farming operation and then back to a family farm. The music is Willie Nelson performing Coldplay's "The Scientist."I suspect that most Americans … [Read more...]

Meat consumption down, fur sales up?

This is a mink. Someday he'll become a coat. And maybe some lipstick. (Photo credit Jesper Clausen/Fur Commission USA)

Last week, I stumbled upon an editorial New York Times' columnist Mark Bittman did for American Public Media's Marketplace questioning whether America is still the land of "meat and potatoes". In the commentary, Bittman cited a Department of Agriculture statistic that predicted meat consumption in America will be 12 percent less for 2012 than it was in 2007.I've been mulling that over for the last week as I contemplated why that might be - more people aware of their food choices? Meat too exp … [Read more...]

McDonalds and Hormel to end use of gestation crates

Do you know where your bacon come from? Click the image to watch the video from the Humane Society of the United State's undercover investigation at two of the nation's largest pork suppliers

McDonald's Corporation and Hormel both recently announced that they will phase out the use of sow gestation stalls in favor of more humane treatment of pigs that become our food.A gestation create is a 2 x 7 crate in which a pig lives its entire live, virtually immobalized and unable to even turn around. impregnated over and over and over. A recent undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offered an inside look Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms; Seaboard is t … [Read more...]

Readers speak out on the Gorham dog breeding facility

2/4/12 ** PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS UPDATE: What you can do about animal cruelty in your community (whether you live in Gorham or not) * * * * * * * * When I posted this week about the plans for a large scale wholesale dog breeding facility in Gorham, NY, I had no idea it would spark the flame it has. I'm sure there are lots of other bloggers covering the story, but readers here at Heavenly Creatures have brought up some interesting points:The term "puppy mill" is a super charged … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: our varying attitudes towards animals, from James Serpell

With the hot discussion this week about the wholesale dog breeding facility approved for Gorham, NY (or as it's otherwise known, a puppy mill), I thought this quote might provide someting to ponder on this weekend regarding the different way we view animals we eat and animals we live with, and how that differs around the world. It's from the preface to James Serpell's very thought-provoking book, In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships: "Human attitudes to animals often … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #1 – Think before you eat

This is where your bacon comes from.(photo FarmSanctuary.org)

As 2011 comes to a close, you're probably making a few New Year's resolutions. Lose weight, exercise, stop smoking, the same old, same old.If you're an animal lover, how about making a resolution that'll benefit both you and your favorite animals? This week, we'll look at 5 resolutions that are perfect for animal lovers. Since yesterday was a holiday (translation: I didn't get off the couch all day) we'll do two today and one every day for the rest of the week.Our first resolution: Think … [Read more...]


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