Independence from Agribusiness

At WCPT we encourage you to declare independence from agribusiness! 

The best way to get started is to shop local and buy real, natural food.

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ChicagoIL 60707
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Know Your Farmer: 

There is a lot of talk out there about food…GMOs versus non GMOs, pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers – not to mention different definitions of organic. It can be more than a little confusing.  But a simple concept might be the answer to much of our food mis-information…Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food. If we shop local, and buy food that is grown and processed locally, we can actually get to know the farmer that grew it, and ask him or her questions about how they are producing what we eat.

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=KNOWYOURFARMER


 

Whole Grain Rye: 

  Many of us have eaten rye bread but it may not have been made with true whole grain rye. The difference is important.  If it’s not whole grain, some of the life-giving nutrients may have been stripped out. There is a growing body of research that may reveal profound benefits of this ancient grain. Indications are that whole grain rye may help with metabolism, diabetes, weight loss, cholesterol, and even cancer.

www.whfoods.org

www.ryeandhealth.org

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-08-13/national/35492604_1_ancient-grains-farro-quinoa


 

Buying Bread: 

  Not all breads are created equal. Yes, most are made with some type of flour, oil, and a leavening agent…but what else is in them? There might be synthetic chemicals in the bread you normally buy, and the life giving nutrients of the grains may have been stripped out. Whole and sprouted grains, sourdough, grapeseed oil, and honey are things you might look for on the label the next time you want something for a sandwich.

http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whole-grains-an-important-source-of-essential-nutrients

http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/what-are-the-health-benefits

http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/health-benefits-of-sprouted-grains


 

Fermented Food: 

Fermented food just doesn’t sound very good. BUT, fermented foods have beneficial microbes that we need for a healthy digestive tract. Maintaining a proper balance of these probiotics is necessary for good health.  We need good microbes in our bodies to fight the bad bacteria and viruses we come in contact with that can make us sick. Examples of foods that have naturally occurring probiotics are yoghurt, kombucha, and even sour dough breads. 

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2010/03/05/food-for-thought-health-benefits-of-sourdough/

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-sourdough-bread-7206.html

http://nbwellness.com/the-health-benefits-of-fermented-foods/

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fermented-foods-health/#axzz2VSBF72u6


 

Phytonutrients:

Have you ever heard of phytonutrients? If not, you might want to investigate how these bio-active plant derived compounds may be able to enhance your health.  These compounds found in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and teas may serve as antioxidants, enhance immune response, or repair DNA damage caused by smoking and other toxic exposures.  There is a growing body of research that indicates phytonutrients, while not essential for life, may well make your life a whole lot better.  

http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/

http://www.escop.com/

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/index.html