Edible: Now in Print!

Edible: Plant-based, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Naturally Sweetened Wholefoods. By Angela Flack.

As of November 2014, Edible: The book is now in print and available for purchase from ediblethebook.com. 426 pages, full-colour recipes, referenced to journal articles. We ran crowdfunding via kickstarter Sept-Oct of the year, which was eventually quite successful, and I completed many of the book deliveries in person through November and December. Membership of the Facebook recipe & discussion group is growing, and feedback is good so far—it’s very rewarding to see Edible embraced by people from all walks of life! I’ve now begun work on the cooking videos ordered through the kickstarter and will be uploading these in the coming weeks (are you subscribed to the youtube channel?).

Edible is now stocked in over 30 stores up & down the East coast of Australia (for stockists, click here). In the coming months the Edi-van will be hitting the road, so keep an eye out for us! Join the mailing list for information on upcoming events in a town near you.

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Hope to see you soon!

Angela.

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‘Hungry for Change’

Okay. So it’s about time. And I’m just gonna come out and say it.

I’m offically a foodie. An organic buying, locally grown supporting, ideologically committed foodist. It’s not just something I like. It is crucial to me. The soft drink aisle has been dead to me for longer than I remember, and my food shelves are filled with a range of organic grains and seeds. I’m happy this way.

I suspect this will come as no great revelation to anyone except myself; similar to when I came home from Morocco and solemnly announced to my mother that I am a vegetarian- she rolled her eyes. My mother had been carefully coercing me into more mainstream animal consuming behaviour for the 21 years that I was in the closet.

Today, I ticked off an entry of my post-university to-do list. I watched Food Inc. And I kid you not, I cried. Tears of compassion, but also relief. First hand reporting of real-life experiences is what I require, as heart-wrenching as it can be. Things are the way they are because everyone is doing their best within a system that is inherently flawed. The people working within the system wish for change as well. And it is possible.

Here are some of my favourite quotes:

‘A culture that just views a pig as a pile of protoplasmic inanimate structure to be maniuplated by whatever creative design the human can foist on that critter, will probably view individuals within it’s community and other cultures in the community of nations with the same type of disdain, disrespect and controlling type mentality’.

‘Is cheapness everything that there is? [Work goes into] creating the mystique of cheap food.. when actually, it’s very expensive food. When you add up the environmental cost, societal costs, health costs… the industrial food is not honest food. It’s not priced honestly, it’s not produced honestly, it’s not processed honestly’.

‘To eat well in this country [America] costs more than to eat badly. It will take more money, and some people simply don’t have it. That’s why we need changes at the policy level, so that the carrots are a better deal then the chips’.

‘Imagine what it would be if as a national policy we said we are only successful if we have fewer people going to the hospital next than last year. The idea then would be to have such nutritionally unadulterated dense foods, that the people who ate it actually felt better, have more energy and weren’t sick as much. That’s a noble goal’.

‘You have to understand that we farmers are going to deliver to the marketplace what the marketplace demands. People have to start demanding good, wholesome food of us. And we’ll deliver. We’re very ingenius people, we’ll deliver’.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to feel this way about one American, let alone three… but I have so much love and adoration for these beautiful, smart men. I want to hug them.

If you are even remotely curious about why the world is the way it is, do yourself a favour and check this out. I am not sure there are many other things that could be considered as important.

www.foodincmovie.com

I am very curious to find some information relevant to the legislation and farming practices here in Australia. No doubt as with many things, America in this instance serves as a warning for the smaller countries considering following in their massive, corporate footsteps.

God forbid.

If I were Queen of the World….

Let’s begin.

Decree 1: Stop being pansies
You will use so called ‘recycled’ water, and you will like it. All water is recycled; it was wee and poo, and mushed up carrots, and dead animals, and pieces of tree, it fell from the clouds and flowed in a river;  now it comes from your tap. The clouds usually recycle it, now humans do instead. It has been this way forever and forever it will be!

Shower as long as you like, and grow a beautiful veggie garden. As Dorothea Mckeller wrote ‘I love a sunburnt country.. of droughts and flooding rains.’ There is no water shortage. There is only chronic water mismanagement. Water is not a precious resource or a scarce commodity, look around. We must suck it up and clean up after ourselves, and then we will find we already have plenty.

On Desalination: It is irresponsible to take clean water out of the ocean for our use, only to pump dirty sewage, storm water and industrial waste back in. Eventually this will end in even the water of the ocean being too polluted for us to use, not to mention the fish, whales and dolphins being poisoned.

(As a side note, the two biggest water users (above household, fruit and veg) are the meat and dairy industries. It takes 4000 litres of water to make one glass of milk. Which leads us to…)

Decree 2: Leave the milk for the baby cows
It is time for all people to stand on their own two feet. Every other animal in the animal kingdom stops suckling on their mother when they are weaned by adolescence. Why do you have your mouths on the udder of cows in paddocks?

While hitching in New Zealand, I was informed by a cattle truck driver, that for you to drink milk the mother cow has to have a baby every year. As these cows are bred for milk (not meat), the baby boys are killed within the first week and used to make blood and bone fertiliser. (A small percentage are eaten as a ‘delicacy’ or have their fourth stomach used to make parmesan cheese.) The mothers bellow continuously for their babies, when they are seperated soon after the baby is born. This might make you feel sad, but what will really turn you off is knowing that up to 50% of dairy cows suffer from lameness due to mastitis. (A major cause of this is the mechanical suckers which continue sucking at the delicate front teats after they are emptied.) Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary gland in the udder, causing it swell and the cow to not be able to walk. The risk of mastitis increases 30% with each baby the cow has. The reason this will turn you off is that infection can cause blood, pus and antibiotic residue to get into the milk- only 40-45% of lame cows are detected.

In answer to your questions ‘But where will we get our calcium’- think again. Where did you get your calcium before someone decided it would benefit them to have you drinking cows milk intended for baby cows? 70% of the worlds population do not consume milk and those people have a low to nil incidence of osteoporosis. Excess animal protein makes the human body highly acidic- the body then leeches calcium from the bones to alkalize the blood. This is the reason the first thing to go when you ‘detox’ is dairy. Replace milk with coconut milk, and for calcium there’s sweet potatoes, leafy greens in stir fry, oranges, strawberries, cucumber, prunes, figs, almonds and tofu.

Decree 3: No Nuclear Power for you.
People have recently become aware of and concerned about climate change and ‘global warming. Continue reading