Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales.
Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)
Also worth highlighting is this section:
“Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)
So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.
don’t tell my pets to shut up. only i can tell my pets to shut up. you shut up.
October 20, 2014.
Jacket: Varsity Jacket Shop - $78
Shirt: Aspecd Apparel (c/o) (similar)
Pants: Skinny Chino in Tundra - Aeropostale - $17.50
Shoes: Charlie - J. Shoes - JackThreads - $80
Tie: Crown Royal - The Bentley - JackThreads - $24 (similarish)
Tie Bar: Wood Inlay (C1083) - The Tie Bar - $15
Watch: Stillwell - Jack Spade (c/o)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster - $87 (cheaper)
there is no one expecting dick to taste good though. i’ve never ever once met a cis dude paranoid about his genitals tasting weird or salty or sweaty or whatever. but of course pussy has to taste like fruit and whatever. OF COURSE.
Girls, romanticize yourselves. You are a queen. You are a warrior. You are an enchantress. You are a mermaid. You are a goddess. You are all of these things and more, you are the stuff of fairytales.
Women, traumatize others. You are a dragon. You are a wolf. You are a bump in the night. You are the last thing they see in the darkness. You are all of these things and more, you are the heart of their fucking nightmares.
One box store, two standards of constitutional protections.
Context: 1.) Open Carry proponents enter WalMart with assault rifles and are provided their second amendment protections. 2.) Activists with HandsUpUnited are arrested at a WalMart after raising their hands symbolically above their heads in protest of the slaying of Ohio WalMart shopper John Crawford.