Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Is Sugar Toxic?

The article "Is Sugar Toxic?" ran in the Sunday New York Times Magazine on April 13, 2011. Gary Taubes, the author, cites Robert Lustig's lecture called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," which has had a zillion viewings on YouTube since the May, 2009 lecture was posted in July of 2009.

Here's a link to the Times article - but - if it doesn't work for you - you can just google the title or title and author and you'll come up with the article:

Anyone who has been reading the Weston A. Price Foundation's journal "Wise Traditions" has been learning about the danger of sugar for some time. But it's great to see a well-respected mainstream newspaper like the NY Times giving some prominent coverage to this important topic. And it's interesting to learn a bit about the history of the question "is heart disease caused by a high fat diet or a high sugar diet?"

Professional researchers have to extremely cautious about the conclusions they draw from their studies, which have to be very narrowly focused. But Taubes's article concludes with personal comments from two main researchers into the effects of sugar: one says he avoids it as much as possible, and the other one says "Sugar scares me."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Two new CSAs near Andover

Many of us who have belonged to a Community Supported Agriculture farm for years have found that it works so much better when the farm is real close to your home or work. Here are two newish CSA's (one and two years old) that may not have shown up in your web browser searches.

And - as of early April, 2011, they both have shares left to sell.

In Haverhill:
Fletcher Community Farm
595 East Broadway, Haverhill MA 01830

Season is approximately mid-June until mid-October. Pickups are Tuesdays 11am -2pm and 5pm - 7pm OR Fridays 3-7pm.
Half share: $350, Full share: $575; one time enrollment fee: $50
Working on organic certification.

In North Andover:
Gaouette Farm
Marbleridge Road, North Andover MA 01845

Season on average is mid-June - mid-October. Pickups are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm - 6pm.
Farming organically.