Hi friends! Happy Friday! As promised, here’s another rendition of my Friday Five!
As you probably know, I’m not a fan. I avoid refined sugar about 98% of the time, and as I expressed on The Rebel Grrl Kitchen facebook page last week, I feel outraged by the fact that sugar exists in practically ALL packaged food. I defended my feeling of “outrage” by framing this as an issue of food access: who buys more packaged and processed food? Poor and working-class folks, that’s who! So they are getting all the sugar because it’s cheaper.
It just so happens that there has been talk about taxing sugar in the US as a way to prevent medical issues things to sugar, like diabetes and heart disease. The Healthy Hipster shared some thoughts on this (along with this link to an article about it in The Guardian), and Keeping It Real Food also had a post about the regulating sugar debate.
Part of me feels really “pro” this idea of taxing and regulating sugar. I think the stuff is horrible and I think that there are ways to eat healthier on a limited budget, and that maybe making it less accessible would force folks to find ways to buy whole food.
But, as he tends to do, my partner reminded me that it’s a bit more complicated than that. While it might be a small step in the right direction towards the health and well being of poor and working class people in the US, it may be devastating to the sugar farmers in other nations that depend on US consumption of the export to support their economy. Darn it, Mike! Stop dropping your insightful reminders about global capitalism all over my un-nuanced opinions!
What are your thoughts about sugar regulation?
2. Chocolate Mousse Pie (::Drool::)
This recipe from Kathy at Healthy Happy Life has some stuff I usually try to avoid (soy, some cane juice in the chocolate chocolate chips), but I think it’s probably totally worth it. Think I’ll make it this weekend!
PS: I love that Kathy’s a cat person, because every time I visit the blog I know not only will I get to stare at amazing food, but also adorable kitties. WIN.
3. Trader Joe’s/Coalition of Immokalee Workers
The Coalition of Imokkalee Workers have been close to my heart for years. During my formative political years at DePaul, the activist group I was a part of worked with them on a campaign against Taco Bell, who refused to pay fair wages for their tomatoes. It was the first group that I met that really got me thinking about labor conditions in a critical way.
I was delighted to learn today that Trader Joe’s—-an affordable natural food grocery store that’s not exactly known for fair labor practices—-signed the Fair Food agreement with CIW! The Fair Food Program combines the Fair Food Code of Conduct – a set of labor standards developed in a collaboration among farmworkers, tomato growers, and the food industry leaders who purchase Florida tomatoes – with a small price premium to help improve harvesters’ wages. Very exciting!
5.”The Book of Love” (Magnetic Fields)
A beautiful song and (food-related!) video for you in honor of Valentine’s Day.