June 5, 2012
New York CityMayor Bloomberg's decision to ban super-sized sugary sodas has resurrected the age-old debate over the role of the state in protecting the public health. In recent years, this debate involved bicycle helmets, car seat belts, tobacco, trans fats, saturated fats in meat and dairy products and sugar (or more aptly, high-fructose corn syrup). Public subsidies for tobacco, meat and dairy and corn production added fuel to the debate. I would argue that society has a right to regulate activities that impose a heavy burden on the public treasury.
May 11, 2012
The number of Americans considered obese is expected to rise from the current 34 percent to 42 percent by the year 2030, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and discussed at Monday's "Weight of the Nation" conference in Washington. Diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease, and other obesity-related ailments account for countless premature deaths and as much as 18 percent of the $2.6 trillion national cost of medical care. The leading causes of obesity are consumption of fat-laden meat and dairy products and lack of exercise.
April 4, 2012
You think you're all set for Passover -- but maybe you forgot about your pet? You do not have to remove your cat or dog's food and dish bowl as you begin prepping for Passover this week if you switch to Evanger's kosher dog and cat food . Established in 1935, Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Company is endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and offers highly-inspected kosher certified products. By not mixing meat with dairy products and offering chometz-free (grain free) food, Evanger's allows your dog or cat to eat with the family during Passover.
May 24, 2009
By the time you read this, Bobby Prigel, the only organic dairy farmer in Baltimore County, should have a few thousand more bucks to help catch up on his legal bills. His friends and neighbors - at least the farm-friendly neighbors who think that a dairy farmer ought to be able to sell his cows' milk on his own farm - will have thrown a party to defray some of the $130,000 Mr. Prigel has had to spend to get his Long Green Valley creamery open. Other neighbors have not been so generous; they've tried to grind Mr. Prigel down and stop him from processing his milk in the big, barn-style building across the road from where his cows graze.
October 6, 2008
Suicide bomb detonates during U.S. raid in Iraq BAGHDAD: Eleven Iraqis, several women and children, were killed yesterday when a suicide bomber set off explosives during a raid by U.S. forces on a house in Mosul, the U.S. military said. A military statement said the bomb detonated as U.S. forces exchanged gunfire with suspected insurgents and stormed a building in search of a wanted man. The military said it was unclear whether those who died, all believed to have been from one family, were killed by the explosion or by gunfire.
September 28, 2008
Anyone who travels through Baltimore County's Long Green Valley on a regular basis has to stop now and then so that Bobby Prigel's cows can cross the road. Prigel is a dairy farmer who produces milk the old-fashioned way, moving his herd from pasture to pasture, on both sides of Long Green Road, letting the cows actually walk and chew grass at the same time. Prigel's fourth-generation family farm, Bellevale, is the only organic dairy farm in the county. Unfortunately, you can't buy Prigel's milk.