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    Thrive Market Review

    Editor’s Note: We’ve been hearing awesome things about Thrive Market, but before we plunked down the $59.95 membership fee, we needed to know: Is it better than other online and local organic food options? We decided on a two-part strategy: Our writer road-tested the service, which she wanted to try anyway. Meanwhile, we compared the […] More

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  • Is Organic Agriculture a Myth, or a Viable Reality?

    Please forgive me for the long piece. But as someone with a lot of knowledge about pesticides and their use, and organic, new and novel farming techniques, I found this article by Scientific American to be an appalling hit piece against non-conventional agriculture. It’s so laden with misdirection, half truths and outright lies that I feel the need to address it directly. More

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  • Heirloom Seeds: What Are They?

    Heirloom seeds are what our great-grandparents called โ€œseeds.โ€ My mother often complained during my childhood that you couldnโ€™t buy tomatoes like her grandmother grew. The tomatoes in the grocery stores were hard, mealy, and tasteless. When a farmerโ€™s market opened in our neighborhood, she would buy a bag of heirloom tomatoes every week and eat […] More

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    Growing Lettuce

    There is nothing more foundational to eating fresh vegetables than lettuce. It comes in many varieties and in many dishes on your table. Though usually not spectacular to eat on its own, it is a cornerstone of many beloved salads and a topping for an infinite variety of wraps, sandwiches, tacos, and so on. It’s […] More

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  • Does Monsanto Own Seeds of Change?

    Editor Note: As of 2013, Mars Food owns Seeds of Change. Does Monsanto own Seeds of Change? I hear this question a lot. It shows up on message boards around the internet. It’s even been passed to me as an email forward. The quick answer is โ€œNo, Monsanto does not own Seeds of Change.โ€ Why […] More

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  • Why Does Organic Seem Larger Than It Is?

    For a long time we have been hearing that “Organic is the fastest growing segment of the food industry.” ย Organic advocates make the claim that Organic could “feed the world” or that it could be “the solution to global warming.” ย There is definitely enough buzz about Organic to make all of this seem plausible. ย The […] More

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  • Can Someone Explain “Organic Tobacco” to Me?

    I was at a turf industry trade show yesterday talking to a salesperson from a company that markets Organic fertilizer to golf courses (they describe it as the “natural amino acids found in feather, blood, meat and fish meals”). ย There are actually a lot of better, controlled-release nitrogen fertilizer options for turf, but I decided […] More

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  • Critical Reasoning vs. Anti-Organic Backlash: Don’t Swallow the Hype!

    A May 2012 study attempted to link ‘exposure to organic food’ with ‘harsher moral judgments,’ and the popular media gleefully ran with it. Proclaiming the allegedly proven immorality and selfish jerkishness of organic shoppers, the blogosphere blew up with ‘study proves organic shoppers are smug a-holes!’ articles. But guess what? It had nothing at all to do with organic shopping! There’s a huge amount of well-funded anti-organic backlash in US media right now, and this kind of foolishness is a perfect example of why an ounce of critical thinking is worth a pound of hyperbolic pseudoscientific nonsense. More

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