2 Articles: Pesticides: Our Children in Jeopardy + Link to: Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

Article 1:  Pesticides: Our Children in Jeopardy

*Don’t be scared off by the name, this was written in the US and they go for shock value, but it does point out some major research that has been happening around pesticides and adverse effects on development.  Click on the link below 🙂

Pesticides and autism article

The author comments on a 2012 report released by  Pesticide  Action Network North America, titled “A Generation in Jeopardy.” The said report examines health risks posed by  pesticides  to children. It cites studies showing a link between  pesticide  exposure and an increasing rate of cancers, birth defects, and neurobehavioral disorders, especially attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and  autism. The impact of  pesticide  effects on costs and the economy is discussed.


Campbell, Andrew W.

Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine. Jan/Feb2013, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p8-10. 3p.

Article 2:  Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

*This is more of a general discussion about a study done in California recently.  It got people talking and has some good points.  Copy and paste the web address into your browser to check it out


In a new study from California, children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have mothers who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy. Proximity to agricultural pesticides in pregnancy was also linked to other types of developmental delay among children.

Ref:  By  By Kathryn Doyle  June 23, 2014 8:37 AM

Thanks for reading, be aware and eat with care 🙂


Resource-based Economy?

Resource-based economy.  Its a theory, but it is already being seen today among people that are pushing for organic foods, local farming efforts, decreased use of pesticides, recycling initiatives, union support, and changing mentalities about health and wellness.  The URL above brings you to a perspective changing movie, and makes you question the system more then ever, while bringing hope for change.  Its logical and plausible.  Keep an open mind and be apart of the movement.

Thanks, be aware and eat with care 🙂

Low and Slow: Lamb and Root Veg Winter Stew!

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Hardy Winter Lamb and Root Veg Stew!   *all organic if possible (serves 2 + veg leftovers) Time: 1/2 hr prep time (max) and 3 hours cooking time

-2 medium sized lamb shanks (or any stewing beef, even chicken thighs or breasts)

-2 cans organic crushed tomatoes

-2 tbsp of organic tomato paste

-1/2 bulb of garlic (peeled) (*about 6-8 cloves)

-2 brown or yellow onions

-1 medium sized leek

-1 large parsnip

-2 medium sized turnips

-3 medium sized carrots

-1 tsp of paprika

-1 tbsp of chilli flakes (optional, makes it mild spicy)

-3 tbsp of organic vegetable bouillon powder, or 3 bouillon cubes (can be beef or chicken)

-4 bay leaves

-2 tbsp of Worcester sauce (gluten-free if you have it)

-cold water to just cover the shanks

-1 tbsp of rice bran oil for browning meat

-deep pot, stock pot if possible, or large enough pot to fit meat and veg +plus liquid and able to cover with lid

-frying pan

Meat Preparation:

Start by heating the frying pan on med-high heat until hot enough to sear.  Add rice bran oil and the lamb shanks (or whatever meat you choose) in the frying pan, you should heat a sizzling sound. Brown each side for about 1-2mins.  When all sides are brown, add the shanks to the deep pot.

In deep pot with shanks:

Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, bouillon powder and water (just covering the shanks).  Pop on the lid and bring to a boil.  When boil is reached, turn down the heat to low and let simmer with lid on for 30 mins.

Veg Prep:

While the lamb shanks are simmering cut the veg.  Cut off the end bits (root end and stem) and discard.  Then cut each vegetable into 1 to 1.5 inch cubes.  Put the veg into a bowl all mixed together or a plate, which is to be added after the initial 30 mins of lamb cooking.

Lamb and veg together:

After the 30 mins of lambing cooking is done.  Add the veg and stir in so that all the meat and veg is covered with liquid.  If it is not covered then add more water until just covered.  Bring to a boil.  When boil is reached, lower temperature to low and simmer with lid on for 1 hour.  After 1 hour take lid off and simmer for another 1.5 hours.  The liquid will reduce slightly and the sauce will become thickened without the use of flour! Then eat!

This dish is a favourite of mine in winter because its hardy and warming.  It reminds me of winter in Canada and I love that I can share it with people here in Australia.  You can add whatever meat you prefer, as long as you cook this recipe low and slow, but a crock pot or slow cooker is not necessary.  Its super simple, and you can adjust the seasoning to taste.  Add spices like cumin and  dried coriander to give it a Moroccan flare (also add dried apricots within the last 30 mins of cooking, this adds a great sweetness if Moroccan spices are used).  I hope you enjoy this hardy winter warming dish.  Be aware and eat with care 🙂