Food and Recipe Links
* Downtown Grocery offers links to information and articles about food.
--- Allrecipes has more than 40,000 free recipes
--- Thousands of recipes created and tested by culinary professionals
Alternet, "Why What's For Dinner May Be About to Change" (PDF)
--- Article from Alternet.org, 4/25/09
--- Excerpt from article: "Industrial Agriculture is sooo 20th century. As America moves forward with a new agenda of change, our food system is getting a green, healthy makeover that promises to leave thousands of food and farm advocates with nothing to do."
American Conservative, "Renewing the culinary culture should be a conservative cause" (PDF)
--- Article from The American Conservative, 6/30/08
--- Outlines the idea that the local food movement can be a conservative cause.
--- Excerpt from article: "...our attitudes toward food which nourishes and sustains us, which binds us most fundamentally to place, family, market, and community provide a measure of our respect for what Russell Kirk called the "Permanent Things." We are not just what we eat but how we eat. The cultivation and consumption of our meals are activities as distinctively human as walking, talking, loving, and praying. Learning to regard the meal not merely as something that fills our bellies and helps us grow, but as the consummate exercise of beings carnal and earthbound yet upwardly and outwardly drawn, is a crucial step in the restoration of culture."
--- "...Renewing the culinary culture, and restoring the kinds of values that are necessary for the proper functioning of a healthy republic, is not the sort of thing that can be left to activists, environmentalists, and government bureaucrats. This is a conservative cause if ever there was one, and it is going to have to begin at home. The revolution is coming. And it's sure to be delicious."
American Heart Association and Vegetarian Diets
--- What is a vegetarian diet?
Boston Vegetarian Society
--- Seeks to make a better world for people, animals and the earth
Buy Local Central Wisconsin, Is This Really a Challenge?
--- Article from Buy Local Central Wisconsin, 09/30/09
--- An article about the east in eating locally for the annual Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge.
Capital Times, "Madisonian wins White House Farmer Race" (PDF)
--- News Article, Capital Times, 1/1/2009
--- Claire Strader wins greatest number of votes for proposed "White House Farmer" position.
--- Food & Wine Basics
--- Midwest Board: Central Wisconsin
--- Source for grass-fed food and facts
--- Simply Recipes
--- For people who love to eat
--- Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
--- Promotes food produced in environmentally and socially responsible ways
Food and Nutrition Information Center
--- USDA National Agricultural Library
Food and Water Watch.org
--- Creating an economically & environmentally viable future
Food and Wine.com
--- Website for "Food & Wine" magazine
--- Website for the cable TV network "The Food Channel.com"
--- Nutritional information on fast food for dieting and weight control
--- The Institute for Food and Development Policy
--- Good Food. Good Energy. For Life.
--- Connecting people of all ages with the essential subject of food
--- Food news from the Environmental Working Group
The Food Project.org
--- Youth and adults creating social change through sustainable agriculture
Food Recalls from the FDA
--- Online resource for food recalls
--- Comprehensive reference about food
Food Reference.com Quotes
--- Quotes about food
Food Reference.com Humor
--- Humor about food
--- Where does your food come from?
--- Gateway to Government Food Safety Information
The Future of Food.com
--- Investigative film on genetically engineered foods
--- The gourmet food and cooking source
--- Best Vegeterian Resource
Gristmill "...Organic food is better for you" (PDF)
--- Article from Gristmill, 10/30/07
--- An article about micronutrient content, such as antioxidants and phytonutrients, in organic food.
Institute for Food Science and Technology
--- Nonprofit scientific society with 22,000 members
--- Take care of your body, eat healthy, and stay fit!
--- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
--- Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community
Mayo Clinic and the Vegetarian Diet
--- Vegetarian diet: A starter's guide to a plant-based diet
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
--- East Troy, WI
--- The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Nation, "Wendell Berry's Wisdom", by Michael Pollan (PDF)
--- News Article from the Nation, 9/02/09
--- Link to article at The Nation website.
National Public Radio "The Beet Goes On" (PDF)
--- News Article from the NPR, 6/05/06
--- "...an old-world vegetable...known around the world as beetroots, are beginning to get some respect."
New York Times, "A Locally Grown Diet..." (PDF)
--- News Article from the New York Times, 7/22/08
--- An article about "...eating locally is a growing trend, but who has time to...plant a garden?"
New York Times, "Farmer in Chief", by Michael Pollan (PDF)
--- Letter from the New York Times, 10/12/08
--- A letter about food and farming addressed to "Dear Mr. President-Elect".
New York Times, "Why Bother?", by Michael Pollan (PDF)
--- News Article from the New York Times, 4/20/08
--- An article about asking questions to choose to ride a bike to work or plant a big garden.
Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
--- 12 easy to read reasons to eat Local & Organic
Organic Consumers Association.org
--- Campaigning for Health, Sustainability, Democracy
Orion Magazine "Pesticide Drift" (PDF)
--- News Article from Orion Magazine, July/August 2008
--- An article about residents in California's Central Valley that are sick from breathing poisoned air.
Organic Trade Association
--- Article: "Top 10 reasons to choose organic"
--- Expanding awareness through conscious eating
--- Educating the World about the powe of Living and Raw Foods
--- Home of SOAR: The Searchable Online Archive of Recipes
--- 255,000 recipes - 105,000 photos - 18,000 cookbooks
--- Regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods
SFGate, "It all starts with diet Federal 'guidelines' are too fatty" (PDF)
--- News Article from SFGate at the San Francisco Chronicle, 03/17/2009
--- Excerpt from article: "Today's health care debate has very little to do with what makes us sick. It is centered almost entirely on who gets covered and who pays. Extending coverage to more people is a good thing. But Americans who already are covered are suffering rising rates of chronic disease. Lack of coverage is not causing their disease, and expanding coverage won't cure these diseases in others. We have to do more than increase coverage. The No. 1 cause and cure of America's health care crisis is right under your nose - it's what you put in your mouth. Unfortunately, the scientific findings on diet and disease are marginalized by the political power of huge, mutually reinforcing commercial interests - meat, dairy, sugar, drugs and surgery."
--- Support for vegetarian diet & lifestyle
--- Nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization
Slow Food USA.org
--- Taste, Tradition and the Honest Pleasures of Food
Smart Set "Veg-out" (PDF)
--- Book Review from Smart Set from Drexel University, 4/2/08
--- Reviews "The Compassionate Carnivore" and how to make informed decisions about buying meat.
Sustainable Table's film, "The Meatrix"
--- Film from SustainableTable.org "...serving up healthy food choices."
--- The Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food.
--- Their film, "The Meatrix", concerns "...the problems with factory farming while finding healthier food for you and your family."
Times Online, "Farmer insists health benefits of organic food production are clear" (PDF)
--- News Article from the Times in London, UK, 7/30/09
--- Link to article and reader comments at TimesOnline website.
True Food Now.org
--- Working to create a socially just, democratic and sustainable food system
--- The whys & hows of vegetarian eating
20 Questions About Vegetarianism
--- Some of the most common questions about vegetarianism
Union of Concerned Scientists, "Failure to Yield"
--- Abstract of a Report, "Failure to Yield - Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops"
--- Excerpt from report: "For years the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields. That promise has proven to be empty, according to Failure to Yield, a report by UCS expert Doug Gurian-Sherman released in March 2009. Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields."
--- Click link above to read abstract or click here to download PDF of the report
UW-Madison, CIAS, "Coming in to the Foodshed" Abstract only (PDF)
--- Abstract and the first paragraph of page 2 with a quote from Wendell Berry.
--- Article from the Journal: Agriculture and Human Values 13:3 (Summer): 33-42, 1996.
--- Read full 17-page article.
Veg Kitchen with Nava Atlas
--- Recipes and nutrition tips for vegetarian/vegan kids and teens
Vegetarians in Paradise
--- A Los Angeles Vegetarian Web Magazine
Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom
--- The oldest vegetarian organisation in the world
--- Good Food, Good Health, Smart Living
--- Online community and resource, a place where vegetarian women
Wendell Berry, "The Pleasures of Eating" (PDF)
--- Essay by Wendell Berry, poet-farmer-philosopher, about eating local foods.
--- Sourced from the St. Joan of Arc Eco-Spirituality Committee.
Wisconsin's Eat Local Challenge
--- A state-wide eat local competition held each Summer.
World Food Programme
--- Food program from the United Nations
World's Healthiest Food.org
--- Scientific information about benefits and nutrients of healthy foods