Over the weekend, I attended the Atlanta Underground Market, a monthly private event showcasing food from a variety of different vendors – mostly home cooks and small businesses. The particular theme of this month’s event was brunch and it featured delicious food from over 20 different vendors. Some of my favorites were the Arepa with winter Vegetables, roasted Butternut squash, eggplant, collard greens, caramelized onions, black beans and Strawberry Margarita cookie. With all this great food, there was only one problem: my eyes were much bigger than my stomach.
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While many large grocery chains have offered rebates to shoppers who bring their own reusable grocery bags in the past, they are learning that discounts alone are not enough to reinforce this environmentally friendly habit. While 50% of consumers in 2010 stated they “try” to bring reusable bags from home to the supermarket, half of those shoppers report actually using reusable grocery bags never or less often than once a month. Read full article…
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Recent allegations of unacceptable lead levels in some reusable grocery bags has led many retailers to pull their bags off the shelves as a precautionary measure. The Tampa Tribune discovered through a series of laboratory tests that some local reusable bags had lead levels greater than federal limits set for paint and in conflict with pending regulations about children’s toys.
While lead has been linked to learning disabilities in children and fertility problems in adults, it is important to consider the purpose of these reusable grocery bags and the quantity of lead which they actually contain. The substance in question is not in a form that could easily rub off on food or penetrate the skin, such as the lead found in some types of wet paint, so does not pose an immediate threat to consumers. However, over time, the bags can deteriorate and the paint used in their manufacturing processes can flake off and threads can fray, thus releasing the lead and becoming a health hazard. Keep reading…
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