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A UC Cop once said to me; after a Bears game, you could set up a DUI checkpoint at University near the freeway and fill the jail within an hour. But then, that would piss off a lot of people with lawyers and money.
Is that really where Tupper & Reed was? Weren't they in a blander building down the street? Isn't that the former Beckett's space?
The constant evolution of consumer culture. A shop where musical people got instruments and supplies and took lessons has become a place for the urban uber-consumer to cop his or her $10 shot of juice.
It appears the process they are talking about for sourcing the milk protein is similar to the process used for sourcing insulin. In that case, using "gasp" genetic engineering, they took the genetic information from human genes that code for the production of insulin, and inserted it into a bacterial host to cause the bacteria to produce insulin. Thousands now have access to an abundant, affordable source of insulin as an alternative to having to extract it from the pancreas of slaughtered animals. Not only is the new source less expensive, but it is safer. The old insulin was effectively substituting bovine insulin for human insulin (although processes were available to minimize differences) which was not entirely efficient in the human metabolism and presented the risk of triggering sensitivities in some users. Also, the process for collecting it and purifying could not exclude the possibility that some pathogenic contaminants and other livestock hormones didn't stowaway in the final product diabetics injected. Similar situation for rabies vaccinations - less expensive and more pure source that is safer for your dog than the source of vaccine it replaces.
In the case of insulin, there is no "gmo insulin" -- there is no mysterious gmoness quality infused into the insulin. It is in fact identical to the insulin in every material way to that our own bodies produce, and at any rate far more identical than insulin extracted from animal organs. Its about like saying that if I prepare bread dough in my kitchen but bake it my neighbor's oven, that the bread is "neighbor bread" which is something different than bread.
Not sure I would buy the cheese products or home kits as I have no ethical issues with cheese made from milk collected straight from the cow. But I would have absolutely no fear in trying it because it was gmo, and if price and taste were favorable, might change my mind. But please, don't deny diabetics and our pets access to more affordable, safer insulin and rabies vaccines, and for that matter vegetarians a source of guilt-free cheese, because of some need to impose dogmatic fear of the gmo boogeyman.
Clearly there remains some confusion about what a GMO is and whether or not they are safe for consumption or safe in the environment, at least according to these biochemists. I am all about getting the facts on these 'ethical GMOs' but I'll be damned if I'll accept their word on it from the get-go.
As consumers, we can choose to buy cheese from sustainably maintained creameries where cows are ethically treated without GMOs, etc. If you're a vegan, I understand your preferences and pity you that there are hardly any decent vegan alternatives (IMHO) to real cheese, ethically or sustainably maintained or not.
As for cattle polluting the environment with their methane, well...we all fart, too, and our very existence on this planet jeopardizes its future. But cows have as much right to exist as the next species. I applaud veganism for its positive effect on the environment, though less so for many vegans who have given the practice such a bad rap.
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Looking forward to this! Nature manipulates DNA all the time, so I'm not too worried about careful lab-based genetic modification, for the cause of stopping the horrible suffering of dairy cattle.
agree with the first comment. WTF are you creating GMOs? You should be eliminating them! I, for one, will never try your cheese. Hell, I'll even stick with Daiya before I try your chemicals. Thank goodness Miyoko Schinner is going commercial with her incredible cheeses!
there are plenty brands and varieties of delicious vegan cheese already available. you can keep your greenwashed "ethical gmo" crap in the lab, thank you.
Lovely article - but you did a disservice by not printing the actual address and the hours open. Yelp has no entry yet for Cafe Nonna. Please be more thoughtful about covering the basics.
Something good in the hood..
I'll make sure I stop by when over there.
Great profile, and thanks for bringing my attention to it. I'll be there.
But ... don't forget about World Grounds on Mac in the Laurel for an excellent place to get coffee.
Also Cafe 3016, also on MacArthur
Thanks Aaron! There should be a list of the farmers markets that participate in market match. As a student, my time is valuable.
Another way to reduce farmer's market costs would be to not allow management to control costs. At my local farmer's market, the sellers are not allowed to give discounts on common products, such as grapes. I have seen the market manager come down hard on a seller who was giving a reduced rate to my wife on peaches more than an hour before closing.
Oakland residents may also participate in the Market Match program at the Grand Lake, Jack London, Kaiser, and Uptown farmers markets!
This is excellent news!
California Food Policy Advocates stance on Measure J http://cfpa.net/childnutrition/childnutrit…
@David: The bond measure is not just for school food facilities. See the ballot measure language below excerpted from smartvoter.org. http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/al…
"To improve the quality of Oakland schools and school facilities to better prepare students for college and jobs, to upgrade science labs, classrooms, computers and technology, improve student safety and security, repair bathrooms, electrical systems, plumbing and sewer lines, improve energy efficiency and earthquake safety, shall the Oakland Unified School District be authorized to issue $475 million in bonds, with an independent citizens oversight committee and annual audits to guarantee funds are spent properly to benefit Oakland children?"
If we want better schools and better school food in Oakland, we are going to have to pay for them. Yes on Measure J!
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