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Employee Spotlight: John Bashant

AS RED RABBIT'S IN HOUSE NUTRITION COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR, JOHN KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT SPOODLES.

Describe your role(s) at Red Rabbit.

My first role was as nutrition compliance and accounts coordinator. In this dual-role, I was lucky enough to speak directly with parents and schools, while sharpening my skills in nutrition and gaining insight into the ins and outs of government reimbursement programs.

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Protein!

ALMONDS, EGGS AND LENTILS ARE ALL EXCELLENT SOURCES OF PROTEIN.

Off of the heels of popular diets such as Atkins, Paleo and South Beach, Americans are as enamored with the little groups of nitrogen containing building blocks as they have ever been. And why not? Protein is used for creation and structure of every cell in our bodies, protein’s enzymatic reaction allows for many essential chemical processes to occur, and protein antibodies, are one defense (usually), which keep us free from illness, among other things. Even the word itself derives from the Greek word protos, meaning first, or of primary importance. In a recent International Food Information Council (IFIC) survey, 48% of respondents stated that they are currently trying to eat more protein. Reasons given vary from perceived increased satiety, to beliefs that it will aid in weight loss. There is no doubt that eating enough protein is paramount to good health. But what is enough protein? What do you hear people saying about protein?

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Certified Naturally Grown: Clever Marketing or Legitimate Labeling?

PHOTO COURTESY OF H. LUTZ

Finding a way to blaze our own trail by creating a sustainable business has long been a part of the quintessential American success story. For generations, the agriculture business has been a major factor in the success of many American families. While our country took a turn to the industrial for the past several decades, there has been an upswing in the establishment of smaller, family-run farms that eschew what has become the conventional, pesticide-laden industrial way.

Even though these small farmers are devoting their land to producing what are, by definition, organic crops, they are not able to use the “organic” label. To be able to market their crops as organic, they must embark on what can be a lengthy, expensive certification process through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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