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Honeybee Losses, Colony Collapse, And The Four 'P's

Jun 10, 2019
Muhammad Mahdi Karim

The Food Guys, Jon Jackson and Greg Patent, discuss the recent large-scale disappearance of European honey bees, both wild and managed.  Although the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder probably peaked in 2007, twelve years later, honeybee losses remain high, thanks to the “four p’s” — poor nutrition, pesticides, pathogens and parasites.

The Hidden Costs Of CAFOs

May 26, 2019
Beef cattle factory farm.
Flickr user SRAProject (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs) are often credited with being an efficient and cost-effective way of raising animals. "The Food Guys" disagree, pointing to hidden costs such as heavy antibiotic use, a staggering amount of waste produced by CAFOs, and poor treatment of the animals. "The Food Guys" delve into these issues in the first of their two-part series on CAFOs.

Recipe: Asparagus Quiche

Apr 28, 2019
Flickr user, Edsel Little (CC-BY-2.0)

Greg Patent's recipe for asparagus quiche combines the elegant flavors of eggs, custard and asparagus - which Greg calls the "queen of vegetables" - with the ease of a low-fuss, press-in, quick-mix pastry dough. Mix the dry ingredients with vegetable oil and milk and press the dough into a pie pan. That’s it. For a buttery taste you can put in ghee instead of oil. Why ghee and not just plain melted butter? Butter is about 18 percent water. Ghee is clarified butter and, like vegetable oil, water-free. Less water means less gluten development, so you’ll get a crispier crust. Ghee gives the crust a rich, buttery flavor, but the texture is crumbly. Great tasting, though.

The Lordly Avocado

Mar 31, 2019
Flickr user, enbodenumer (CC-BY-2.0)

You won't catch The Food Guys, Jon and Greg, curbing their enthusiasm for "the lordly avocado," as Jon calls it. What other fruit's versatility, taste, and high fat qualifies it as a "super food?" They're amused but not surprised by its sudden hipness among throngs of Millennial avocado toast-eaters.

Marco Verch (CC-BY-2.0)

The Food Guys, Greg Patent and Jon Jackson, discuss a 2013 New York Times article by Kenneth Chang titled "More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk." Chang writes: "Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk...Nonorganic cows that graze in pastures also produce milk with greater amounts of omega-3s." 

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