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  • Children’s Book Review: Allergies, and Awesome You!

    Allergies are one of the most common afflictions of Americans today, especially in children. “My allergies are acting crazy today!” “Here, have one of my [insert allergy drug here].” As an ex-child with asthma and allergies, now a fully-fledged adult with the sniffles and wheezes, I was drawn to review Dr. Atul N. Shah’s book for kids, Allergies, and Awesome You! More

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    The Organic Watergate Dilemma

    Dubbed “The Organic Watergate,” this revelation might be fighting words for some, but for those invested in the safe food community, it might mean enhanced scrutiny on our food system. More

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    Soybean of the Sea

    Soy is being touted as a “sustainable” alternative to fish feed. But in reality, it is not sustainable for the fish, the environment or for those who consume them. More

  • Recipe: Vegan BBQ “Pulled Pork”

    This recipe from the blog Eating Appalachia is a great one for cookouts, and is gourmet enough for the 4th of July foodie in you. (Because who doesn’t love an excuse to use rhubarb?) Additionally, this recipe doesn’t rely on fake meats, which are great in their own right, but it’s always nice to see someone get creative with unique ingredients! More

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    Recipes: Happy Herbivore’s [Vegan] Maque Choux

    I recently invested in a new vegan cookbook, The Happy Herbivore, and I could not be happier. Not only do I have hundreds of new recipes to choose from, but the author, Lindsay S. Nixon must be a Southern girl… …because the pages of Herbivore are filled with Southern and Creole-style dishes (veganized) that would make […] More

  • LiveWell Project Singles Out Western Diet

    The United States isn’t the only country in which food is a hot topic. In fact, other areas of the globe are looking at the typical Western diet as a “what not to do” when it comes to revamping their own health and nutrition programs. But, are they actually making good recommendations after all? The […] More

  • Giveaway: PLANEAT Documentary, Real Food for the World

    PLANEAT is a documentary making the food awareness circuit that discusses the global impact of the food we eat on a personal, environmental and economical level. Upon first receiving the PLANEAT DVD for review, I was a tad bit skeptical. There are so many food-based films out there — exposé-type documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Fat, […] More

  • The Staying Power of Dairy Hormones

    A new study by researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center found that hormones injected into dairy cows during the “production” phase may stick around much longer than expected. Much like that couch surfing friend who has overstayed his welcome, wastewater near dairy farms “contains significant concentrations of estrogenic hormones that can persist for months or even years.” What goes […] More

  • Book Review: Main Street Vegan

    I had the opportunity to read Victoria Moran’s newest book, Main Street Vegan, which, as filmmaker Michael Moore puts it, “isn’t preaching to the vegan choir, but to the people in the pews — and the ones who can’t fit in those pews.” More

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    Get Juiced: Lean and Green

    For whatever reason you might be drawn to upping your all-natural juice intake, and for whatever duration, it is a great way to get a high volume of nutrients in a small package. More

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    Vegan Macaroni Salad Recipe

    If you find yourself excited about attending a cookout this holiday, want to bring a vegan dish, but also want something on the traditional side for those patrons unfamiliar with tofu or seitan, vegan macaroni salad is a winner. This recipe has become my go-to party dish, and it tastes so close to the macaroni salad I grew up with! Plus, it takes very little prep time and minimal ingredients. More

  • Mad Cow Disease Comes Back to America

    A dairy cow in central California was recently diagnosed with BSE according to USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford. But Clifford also said, “at no time” did this dairy cow present a risk to the food supply or human health. More

  • Urban Gardening: St. Louis Sweetens the Pot(ato)

    On May 23rd, The Sweet Potato Project will be hosting a fundraiser to garner awareness and hopefully monetary donations to get the project off the ground. If kids can learn skills that keep them busy and have long-reaching effects, perhaps the betterment of urban areas nationwide is only a yam away. More

  • ALEC’s Influence Over U.S. Food Policy

    According to, more than 98 percent of ALEC’s revenues come from corporations, corporate trade groups, and foundations, not membership dues. In other words, ALEC is nearly entirely funded by people with a highly vested interest in making sure their profits are not taken away by legislation. So, how does ALEC relate to the issues presented in Eat Drink Better? Well, as it turns out, the growing number of “ag gag” bills being passed state by state actually stem from model legislation prepared by ALEC. Ding ding ding. More

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    Mobilizing for Environmental Change

    This post is my last of three entries for the World Environment Day blog competition. I am now a top ten finalist — every vote counts toward the grand prize of becoming the correspondent for WED2012 in Brazil!

    So you’ve decided to become an environmentalist. First, I think it is helpful to know that this label doesn’t have to come with a lot of baggage. I believe it represents a certain mindset or inclination toward feeling compassion for our planet. This is in contrast to the common misconception that environmentalism only includes those who take extreme action in the name of the environment, though these actions are certainly on the spectrum of environmental engagement. More

  • Would You Dumpster Dive for Food?

    Many dumpster divers utilize urban foraging as a sort of protest against the established corporate food system and as a means to eliminate unnecessary waste. Basically, it is the practice of sifting through trash (mostly commercial, sometimes residential) in search of salvageable food, clothing, and other discarded, but still useful, items. Dumpster diving is an intentional action against a materialistic and wasteful society. More

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    Vegucated Brings Health (and Puns) to New Yorkers

    Now, there is a new vegan documentary on the block. Vegucated makes more apparent the tie between eating vegan and making a conscious decision not to support industrial agriculture. But it also shows that eschewing meat and dairy isn’t just a walk in the park. It can be a really trying experience, even if you strongly feel it is the ethical choice for you. More

  • Is the FDA Farm Antibiotics Ban Too Good To Be True?

    For years, food purists, evangelists, activists, you name it, have been fighting to get the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce oversight into the mega-food industry. The concern that arose thirty-five years ago pertained to the dangerous misuse of antibiotics in food, which scientists feared would lead to drug resistance.

    Now, reports are saying the FDA might finally seal the deal — banning antibiotics by court mandate. The ruling, issued by Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York, may make antibiotic use in livestock much less prevalent. More

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    How To Take Control of Your Food

    This post is my second of three entries for the World Environment Day blog competition. I am now a top ten finalist — every vote counts towards the grand prize of becoming the correspondent for WED2012 in Brazil!

    Make sure to vote on the official site (the only place voting counts). Thanks to Eat Drink Better and Important Meda for the support! More

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Found in Food

    A study led by East Carolina University, with compadres from the University of Maryland, Oregon State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Geological Survey, (but not any universities from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida or Mississippi?) confirmed that oil has affected the Gulf’s ecosystem not only during the blowout, but is also still entering the food system. More

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    Finding the Oasis in a Food Desert

    Let’s get real with ourselves for a minute. Food stamps are not for some generalized, stereotypical single-mom family with 5+ kids. As it stands, about 42 million Americans are currently getting food aid, which includes recent grads, middle class families, basically anyone earning below a certain level, and where monthly expenditures nearly or actually outweigh income. […] More

  • How Can We Ensure Clean Water For All?

    Today is officially World Water Day 2012. Eat Drink Better and the Important Media network have decided to participate by providing written works on water issues around the world. Find more World Water Day pieces here. Most of us could probably say we don’t drink as much water as we should every day. But imagine […] More

  • Butt Cancer Billboards Get Noticed (Duh!)

    PCRM’s controversial new billboard was prompted by a recent survey stating that “39 percent of Americans do not know what the colon is,” particularly that “colon” is another name for the large intestine. One in three Americans does not know what part of the body is more likely to get cancer as a result of eating processed meats in the first place. More

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    Trans Fat Maybe, Kind of Linked to Aggression

    A new study from the journal PLoS ONE claims trans fats might be linked to aggressive behaviors. And now a collective, “I knew it!” First of all, New York knew it first, by banning trans fats ages ago, as did some other countries. Secondly, this doesn’t mean you can go on a rude spree and then get a free pass. More

  • Pink Slime: It’s What’s for Dinner

    ABC News posted a story this week about an additive in ground beef called ‘pink slime,’ as originally reported in The Daily and then Huffington Post. The scandal is that pink slime, or ammoniated beef trimmings, is wildly prevalent in school cafeterias. More

  • Foodie Profiling: Monsanto Lobbying Makes Bank

    U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter recently asked 60 food businesses last week to release details about their policies on antibiotics in meat and poultry, but more than half of do not employ Washington D.C. lobbyists. More

  • PETA Enters the Fast Food Fight

    The fast food industry is taking on PETA’s attempts to demonize them, and has unleashed a series of documents regarding some unethical behaviors of the nonprofit. A few months ago if you Googled PETA, you probably would’ve been greeted with images of supermodels in cages wearing nothing but body paint, or some controversial billboards shaming overweight children. Now, a PETA search turns up some pretty damning stuff. More

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