Food News: From Weed Burgers to the Caveman Diet
Headlines from the Food World
Some entrepreneurs in the Netherlands are pushing a unique burger they hope will promote a new style of sustainable agriculture, seagriculture! The burger called the Dutch Weed Burger is made from..no..not marijuana, but dutch grown seaweed. The patty is made with kombu seaweed with roasted, textured soy to give it a meat feel. The bun is filled with micro-algae, another good source of protein and other nutrients. The vegan "weed sauce" for the patty is made with Dutch sea lettuce. Mark Kulsdom, cofounder of the Dutch Weed Burger was quoted in FastCoExist dot com: "We can easily grow a nutrient-dense, protein rich food in the sea. To do that on land is becoming more of a problem. With raising animals, now we've reached a certain level where it's not sustainable anymore. We can't sustain the environment, and the environment can't sustain this industry."
A concern for many parents is how best to feed their child during school hours. Several recents studies still maintain that home packed lunched are less nutritious than the meals offered in schools which follow current nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. For example, one study, conducted in 12 elementary and intermediate schools in Houston, showed that lunches brought from home contained far less fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk than the national program mandates. A second study for pre-K and kindergarten children in four schools in rural Virginia, found that home packed lunches had far higher calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar and far less protein, fiber and calcium. The current National School Lunch Program requires ½ to 1 cup of fruits, ¾ to 1 cup of vegetables, 1 cup of 1 percent or fat-free milk (if sweetened, fat-free only), 1 to 2 ounces of grains (half of which are whole grains, to a maximum of 9 to 12 ounces a week), and 1 to 2 ounces of meat or a meat alternative (to a maximum of 10 to 12 ounces a week). A variety of vegetables — not just potatoes — must be served, and children must select at least three of these options each day, including at least one fruit or vegetable.