Tiff 2013: Food, Glorious Food! Movies Get Cooking

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They know that billions of other people are better off. Television programs and the movies share images of abundance from the developed world. Bombarded with pictures of people who struggle with obesity rather than starvation, the poor parents of gaunt children become envious. Who can blame them for dreaming of a different life? As fellow humans, we should sympathize with their predicament. As Americans concerned with global stability, we should think about how to improve their lot. If we don’t, their food-security worries will become our national-security dilemmas. Children not only must be fed enough calories, they must also receive a balance of vitamins and nutrients to allow for proper cognitive development. The United States should want a world filled with intelligent people who can think and reason, as opposed to a planet populated by people with low cognitive skills who live on rumors, succumb to radical ideologies and choose violence. Food security is one of the keys to success and “feed the world” isn’t just a charitable slogan, but rather a national-security imperative. Last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization published “The State of Food Insecurity in the World.” Amid the document’s statistics and charts was a common-sense observation : “Agricultural growth is particularly effective in reducing hunger and malnutrition.” This statement may sound transparently obvious, but its practical application can be tricky.

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“During the last decade, it has maintained fiscal discipline, including sustainable debt management. The economic and fiscal indicators of Chhattisgarh have consistently been better than most other states. The annual growth rate during the 11th Plan has been 8.4 percent compared to the 7.9 percent average for all states, he said. “On the fiscal side, the ratio of revenue receipts, state’s own tax revenue, debt, interest payment as well as fiscal deficit to GSDP has been significantly better than the national average. In fact, Chhattisgarh has the lowest debt-GSDP ratio among the states,” the Chief Minister said. Raman Sing wrote that Chhattisgarh’s “overall fiscal management has also been far more prudent and efficient if you compare it with the Centre, for example”. “While the debt stock to GDP ratio of the Centre has ballooned to 40 percent, Chhattisgarh’s outstanding liability is pegged at 17 percent. Similarly, the ratio of revenue receipts to GDP of the Centre, at 9 percent, is less than half that of Chhattisgarh, he said. He went on to write that in the economic sector, there has been substantial investment in agriculture and allied activities. “In spite of the economic slowdown, industrial growth rate has far exceeded the national average. This would have been better but for the policy paralysis of the Centre, particularly in the core sector, Singh said. “Food and nutrition security, health and skill development have remained the centerpiece of our efforts. We are the first and only state to have Food and Nutrition Security Act, Right to Skill Development Act and a Universal Health Insurance Scheme. In many ways, the Chhattisgarh Right to Food and Nutrition Act is far more progressive and inclusive compared to the central Act, he said. Raman Singh noted that it guarantees nutrition security, “whereas the central Act is limited to food grain”.


Well… “Labor Day” contains a scene that should fill up pie-making classes in the same way that “Ghost” goosed pottery wheel sales. It’s straight from Joyce Maynard’s novel, which Reitman adapted, and features a lonely woman (Kate Winslet) learning the proper technique to make the world’s greatest peach pie. The teacher: an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who has forced his way into the home she shares with her 13-year-old son. “The filling is easy,” Brolin tells Winslet. That may be true, but when these two needy people squeeze and mash those juicy, ripe peaches that a next-door neighbor provided, it reawakens a sensuality in this woman that she thought had long ago died. (The son’s there, too, sensing, but not quite understanding the connection being formed.) “It’s a really nice intimate moment that’s kind of sexy, yeah,” Brolin says. To prepare, Brolin made a pie every day for three months, giving them to the cast and crew, teamsters, whoever was hungry. INTERACTIVE: Toronto International Film Festival 2013 trailers “It was purely out of fear that I wouldn’t be able to do it in the scene and it would look inauthentic,” Brolin says. Reitman, he says, “kept saying ‘The Greatest Pie-Making Scene in Movie History’ which was totally intimidating. I have a succession of pictures of the worst pies I made from the beginning, where I turned on the broiler instead of the oven and burned the top but the inside was still frozen. But I learned well. I started making good pies.” Maynard, by the way, has helpfully provided convict Frank’s pie-making expertise in an excerpt from her book. (Wiser words have never been spoken: Never overhandle the dough.) And you can even watch Maynard make a pie . Pie-making is personal for the author.

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So had my younger sisters’ lunches, right through the 1970s. Consumers did not need more milk. rBGH milk is still sold throughout the United States. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, a U.N. food-safety agency representing 101 nations, has banned it. So has Canada. Milk, butter, and ice cream remain abundant. Genetic engineering started out trying to create more of foods that were already abundant. It then tried to sell its products not to consumers, but to farmers. No labeling was involved, no explanation of the genetically engineered cow’s milk offered, no value added to what the consumer got on the plate or in the glass. The pattern of ignoring the consumer and selling to the farmer continued with genetically engineered soy, corn, canola, sugar beets, and cotton. No labeling.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh

Obviously, food is more prominently labeled than non-food products when it comes to gluten, but that may be changing. Supermarket News reported a 43 percent increase in body care products being labeled and certified as gluten-free in 2012. Here are a few of the products to watch out for. Sunscreen Certain bottles of your favorite SPF may contain ingredients derived from wheat, like vitamin E derived from wheat germ oil , for example. A number of brands do make gluten-free varieties , however, so be sure to read labels carefully and contact the company with any questions. Shampoo, Conditioner And Soap Some cleanliness products turn to compounds derived from wheat or oats for the grains’ beauty benefits. The Canadian Celiac Association shared a comprehensive list of ingredients derived from grains as they appear on various toiletries and cosmetics to help you decipher the labels. Makeup And Lotion Speaking of cosmetics: Various makeup products may contain gluten, and if it’s in something like lipstick, which we may actually ingest, it can lead to big problems. Some makeup contains ingredients like wheat or barley extracts — however, it can be tricky to find an actual ingredients list on the products or their websites, Health.com reported. As awareness increases, more and more companies have jumped on board to produce gluten-free makeup , but you may need to contact the company directly to find out for sure. Medicine Certain vitamins, supplements and even medications may contain gluten . Although many more are made from corn, potato or tapioca now , according to a report from The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, some do still contain wheat. Make sure all of your doctors, not just your gastroenterologist, are in the loop if you have celiac, and check out this list of common over-the-counter products that are free of gluten for day-to-day care. Pet Food Fido and Fluffy probably eat pet foods with wheat in them, and we trust that you’re not dipping into their bowls for a snack.