November 13, 2013
Re "The toil in Mexican tomatoes," Nov. 11 The United States is the land of liberty, opportunity and happiness. In complete contrast are parts of Mexico. Last year, $1-billion worth of vegetables was exported from the state of Sinaloa, including nearly half the tomatoes Americans consume. The people who pick those vegetables should live like kings, yet they live like peasants. We contribute to their destitution. They produce their most prized resource for us, and we cheat them by not ensuring that they receive proper wages.
November 11, 2013 |
A Canadian study has challenged the use of corn and safflower oils as healthy substitutes for saturated animal fats, saying the oils may increase the risk of heart disease. In a paper published Monday in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal , researchers concluded that polyunsaturated vegetable oils that were rich in omega-6 linoleic acid, but relatively poor in omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, were not associated with beneficial effects on heart health. Specifically, authors said a review of recent research suggested that though omega-6 linoleic acid lowered serum cholesterol levels, it also seemed to increase the risk of coronary artery diseases.
October 25, 2013
Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 8 to 10 Note: This is adapted from a recipe by Alexandra Panousis. 5 medium artichokes Juice of 2 lemons 2 onions, cut into 1/2 -inch lengthwise slices 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 cup olive oil 5 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped Salt 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed 1 cup water 1 green bell pepper, diced 2 Japanese eggplants, cut in 1/2 -inch...
August 23, 2013 |
The gig: Alex Weiser, 49, of Weiser Family Farms grows some of the Southland's most sought-after fruits and vegetables on three farms in Kern and San Bernardino counties. Weiser potatoes can be found on the vaunted Providence restaurant menu in Hollywood. His melons are picked ripe and sold at Whole Foods Markets. You can find him every Wednesday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Family business : Weiser is co-owner of a family operation started by his father, Sid Weiser.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 |
Los Angeles residents who grow fruits and vegetables near their front curb will get a respite from the city's code enforcement officials, under a measure approved Tuesday by the City Council. The council voted unanimously to ask city agencies to temporarily suspend rules that restrict the cultivation of gardens in the parkway, the area between the sidewalk and the curb. While enforcement is suspended, city officials will continue to work on new rules governing parkway landscaping, said Council President Herb Wesson.
August 1, 2013 |
Giants Garden, the edible garden that's planned for AT&T Park in San Francisco and billed as the first of its kind at a major American sports facility, is already generating an early public reaction that has its designers a little overwhelmed. The cold and foggy San Francisco weather has skeptics convinced that the edible garden, announced by President Obama earlier this week , will be problematic when it opens next season. “People think tomatoes won't grow in the fog,” lamented Silvina Blasen, the plant expert who designed the landscape with her husband, Eric Blasen.