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The Global Kitchen

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

farmers market, produce, vegetables, groceries Vegetables on display at the farmers market at Bowling Green on July 19. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Eleanor Sterling, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, talks about the ongoing Natural History Museum exhibition, Our Global Kitchen, and how ecological systems interact with food.

 

 

Guests:

Eleanor Sterling

Comments [7]

Destiny

In response to the concern about the use of plastic containers in the hydroponic garden system: WindowFarms containers are composed of FDA compliant materials and are safe for food contact. The plastics used in WindowFarms products are free of BPA. These plastics are called polypropylene (PP) and low density polyethylene (LDPE). Being non-polar polymers, PP and LDPE do not contain phthalates, which are used as plasticizers in molecularly polar polymers. Additionally the materials are engineered to remain unharmed by UV radiation for about 3-5 years.

In order to protect WindowFarms containers from degradation, some conditions should be avoided. The planters should not be microwaved or heated above 212 F. Liquids containing more than 8% alcohol should also be avoided.

Feb. 28 2013 03:26 PM
B

I'm concerned about the guest's mention of hydroponic farming in plastic containers. With all we know now about harmful chemicals leaching from plastics into our food, culturing and growing food in plastics seems an extremely risky proposition, and certainly not in keeping up with the ever-growing research on the topic.

Feb. 27 2013 11:49 AM
B

I'm concerned about the guest's mention of hydroponic farming in plastic containers. With all we know now about harmful chemicals leaching from plastics into our food, culturing and growing food in plastics seems an extremely risky proposition, and certainly not in keeping up with the ever-growing research on the topic.

Feb. 27 2013 11:44 AM
rosalie Malone from astoria

Cuitlacoche, corn fungus

I ate in in Mexico- delicious!

Feb. 27 2013 11:43 AM
Jf from The future

Thanks for this utopian report!you should do one every day.thank you thank you

Feb. 27 2013 11:42 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

My husband is Indian and he recently introduced me to ground pomegranate seeds, which are added to cooked foods.

Also, the Indian/Pakistani diet uses far more turmeric than the American diet, and that is supposed to help prevent cancer.

Feb. 27 2013 11:39 AM
Peg

Before WW11, Latvians used to eat a lot of hemp seed and hemp butter. So high in Omega 3's. They were shocked to learn that this versatile plant was illegal to grow in the US when they immigrated here after the war.

Feb. 27 2013 11:38 AM

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