“Real Cheese From A Lab, No Cow Necessary” [#geekgirl]
[From this article at TechCrunch] “Vegans who miss the creamy taste of real cheese, rejoice! A group of biohackers from Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, Calif., and BioCurious in Sunnyvale, Calif., are using baker’s yeast to produce the world’s first cheese that did not originate from milk in the udder of a cow.
Most vegan cheese is soy or nut-based and doesn’t taste much like cheese at all. If you’ve been vegan for awhile you may not remember the creamy, salty, delicious taste of a good sharp cheddar or the pungent stink of Limburger or Brie. That’s all about to change for you, thanks to science.”
“How Cooking Can Change Your Life” [#geekgirl]
Speak Easy at Critical Animals [#geekgirl]
“Speak Easy: A participatory art research project through facilitated conversation and dinner, leading discussions around the ideas of Possible Futures…
As part of Critical Animals Festival, Speak Easy is a participatory art and research project presented by the Socio Creative Trust, a collective of artists with the core members being Susie Anderson, Melissa DeLaney, Beck Pope and Gemma Robertson.
Speak Easy incorporates art, wellness, sustainability and is a curated conversationdinnerperformance. Festival goers are invited to anonymously sign up to the dinner to take part in a curated discussion. The Socio Creative Trust will facilitate conversations around the festival’s key theme of “Possible Futures”.
This performance will be broadcast online and the audience encouraged to participate through social media. A publication documenting the conversation will be created post-event and distributed to both attendees and the virtual audience members….”
“Domino’s Pizza Complaints” [#geekgirl]
GM contamination test case [#geekgirl]
[Via the ABC's Radio National] “The West Australian Supreme court will commence hearing a test case that has farmers around Australia and even across the world on the edge of their tractor seats.
It involves a farmer Steve Marsh who lost his organic certification when GM canola seeds from his neighbour’s crop sprouted on his land.
Steve Marsh has sued his neighbour for the economic loss that accompanied his loss of certification.”
“Total ban on GM food production mulled in Russia” [#geekgirl]
[From an article at RT.com] “A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.
The initiative is backed by Evgeny Fyodorov of the parliamentary majority United Russia and a group called Russian Sovereignty, which unites MPs from various parties and parliamentary factions.
The politicians want to amend the existing law On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products with a norm set for the maximum allowed content of transgenic and genetically modified components. The powers to establish that norm go to the government and products with excessive content of GMO components should be banned for turnover and imports.”
“Expired” Food is Good for You [#geekgirl]
[Via salon.com] "Last September, a major report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School squashed the long-standing myth surrounding “sell by,” “best by” and “use by” dates on food. It revealed how those dates, which are mostly unregulated and surprisingly arbitrary, tell the consumer next to nothing about how long a product will stay fresh. Yet 90 percent of Americans are under the mistaken impression that they do – and that they are inviolable – causing us to needlessly throw away food.
The problem, however, begins even before such food reaches people’s refrigerators: It’s against most supermarkets’ policies (including that of Trader Joe’s) to sell food once it’s aged past these mystical dates. Dana Gunders, who co-authored the NRDC report with Emily Leib, sees Rauch’s project as the logical next step in freeing us from the tyranny of date labels. “Just the fact that he’s doing it, I think is a huge proof point to indicate that what we’re calling ‘expired food’ is in fact still good to eat,” she told Salon."
Monty Python Reunites! [#geekgirl]
“John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite 30 years on to talk about The Meaning of Life, comedy, fish and their own mortality.”
Helping Bees: Plant Borage, Lavender, Dahilas and Marjoram [#ecology] [#geekgirl]
[I can supply lavender and borage seeds free of charge to geekgirl readers in the next month or so. The seeds are all organic, with no pesticides or herbicides used. Let us know if you want any.]
Know Where Your Food Comes From [#geekgirl]
“A crowd-sourced nationwide food guide. We enable you to trace your food back to the farm it came from, whether staying in or dining out, so you can find food you feel good about eating.”