I can’t write about everything that grabs my attention during the week. Often when something grabs my attention but I don’t write about, I’ll link to it on my personal Facebook page or my South Jersey Locavore Facebook page. I realized that a lot of what I linked to this week would be of great interest to my readers here. So, in between all the fun you’ll be having this weekend, take a look at some of these stories:


  • Energy drinks and sports drinks can erode tooth enamel. WebMD reports that acidity in these drinks, which are popular with teens and young adults, showed results of enamel loss after only five days of testing. This is just one more reason to make sure that my boys have water on the sports field instead of these other beverages.
  • Are you one of those people who gets incredibly excited about seasonal asparagus? The Sun Herald has a piece with some information about why asparagus has became mostly an import vegetable in the past couple of decades (hint: war on drugs) and why U.S.-grown asparagus is becoming popular again. (Hint: people like you and me.)
  • I’ve had a Kindle Fire for about three months now, and I’m loving it, so I was very interested in this piece on Treehugger that asks if e-readers are really green. The answer might not thrill you.
  • Finally, I came across this infographic about our dwindling food diversity on National Geographic. A scary finding is that 93 percent of 66 crops that were studied have gone extinct. The data is a little old, but it’s enough to make us realize that seed saving and planting many varieties is important.

Enjoy your weekend!


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Energy and sports drinks are rotting your tooth enamel and other news to know
This weekend, before your kids hit the baseball and softball fields, read about how energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, plus take a look at a few