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Food Literacy

Food Literacy
At the FRidge, we believe in a natural, whole foods approach to nutrition.

Rather than obsession over calorie breakdowns or the condemnation of some foods and promotion of others, the FRidge seeks to educate to a deeper understanding of the importance of balance and variety in order to promote health. By exposing students to the diversity and abundance of nature, we hope to inspire commitment to a lifestyle based on the consumption of un-processed, fresh, whole foods from a variety of sources, as this is the most powerful way to maintain a healthy relationship with our food, our bodies, and the earth.
                                                                    -Chef Ron Askew

Food Literacy Articles

List of 3 news stories.

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List of 3 news stories.

  • Salvestrols

    Eating organic is not only good for the environment and your body, but it’s the only way to absorb food’s natural cancer-fighting agent—salvestrols.
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  • Understanding Organic Food Labels

    What do the food labels such as “organic,” "natural," "free-range," and "non-GMO" really mean? Understanding this terminology is essential when you’re shopping for organic foods.
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  • Organic FAQ

    Organic foods are all the talk right now. But what does it really mean to be certified organic?
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List of 3 news stories.

  • Genetic Modification

    The Future of Food: Why GM crops threaten the sustainability of the human race.
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  • Compost or Reuse?

    What could be more sustainable than composting? It turns out reusable silverware and plates do more to preserve the environment than biodegradable products.
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  • Eating a Low-Carbon Diet

    The global food system is responsible for one third of global greenhouse gases. What effect can your daily food choices have on creating a more sustainable system?
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Certified Organic: Certification given if not genetically modified (Non-GMO), grown without conventional pesticides and fertilizers.
Certified SustainableCertification given if farmers maintain their farm as an ecosystem, minimize pollution, build healthy soil, and practice humane treatment of animals. 
CLA: Conjugated linoleic acid--found in dairy and meat products, CLA has anti-cancer properties. Grass-fed animals produce 300-500% more CLA than grain-fed.
GMO (or GEO): Genetically modified organism (or Genetically engineered organism).
HeirloomA variety of plant or animal that was commonly grown or raised in earlier periods of human history, but is not used in modern industrial agriculture. 
MonocroppingThe high-yield agricultural practice of growing a single crop year after year on the same land. While economically efficient, monocropping damages the soil ecology and increases crop vulnerability.
rBST/rBGH: Recombinant bovine somatropin/recominant bovine growth hormone is given to dairy cattle to increase milk production. It has significant negative effects on both the health of the cow and the consumer. 
Whole Grain: Contains all three parts of the grain kernel (bran, germ, endosperm) as opposed to refined grains which contain only one (endosperm). Whole grains have more protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
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