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  • Vegan Hummus & Falafel Tortillas in Wrocław, Poland

    Every year, from the end of November until Christmas Eve, a large Christmas market is set up in the center of Wrocław, Poland. It includes tons of little stalls selling handmade toys, handmade crafts of various sorts, clothes, food, drinks, sweets, etc. As far as the ready-to-eat food goes, there generally aren’t many options for […] More

  • Food Insecurity from Climate Change — Biggest Climate Story of the Year?

    I’ve written about the link between food security (or insecurity) and climate change several times here on Eat Drink Better this year, and others have as well. Here are 11 of our top climate change & food posts from the past year: Heat, Not Just Precipitation Changes, a Major Crop Concern Peanut Butter Prices Rising Due […] More

  • Last-Minute Christmas Gift Idea for Animal Lovers

    If you are like me, you have left Christmas in the back of your mind. OK, you probably aren’t like me, but on the off chance you are and you need a last-minute Christmas gift for someone or you just need a last-minute gift for someone, I recently ran across a nice idea that’s perfect for the animal lovers on your gift list. More

  • Café Well — Connecting Social Networks & Wellness

    We are each responsible for our own wellness. However, as anyone who has ever tried to get better from anything or improve themself in any way knows, a little friendly support, or even peer pressure, can help. It’s also helpful to have someone or a group of people going through the process with you. If your friends or family aren’t, though, where do you turn? More

  • Weed Killer Atrazine in Your Water?

    “If you want to understand all that is wrong with our government’s environmental safety priorities, you need only look at the sad story of the weed killer atrazine. Despite the fact that study after study has demonstrated its dangers, it remains one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. — to the tune […] More

  • Creating Addiction: Food Company Strategies

    Bruce Bradly, who “worked for over 15 years as a food marketer at companies like General Mills, Pillsbury, and Nabisco,” wrote a pretty interesting piece recently on the way food companies try to make their food addictive. The piece was piggy-backing on a 60 Minutes episode on this topic — “The Flavorists: Tweaking Tastes and Creating Cravings.” […] More

  • France Not Allowed to Ban GMOs, but..

    This is one thing that irritates me about the EU (which I’m generally a fan of) — France is apparently not allowed to ban GMOs inside its borders. Rather than say that GMOs are not allowed to be grown there until they are proven safe, France’s highest court decided last week that GMOs were not […] More

  • I-GO Car Sharing Launches Largest Solar-Powered EV Project

    I know sustainablog founder and editor Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is an I-GO fan — I actually learned about this Chicago car sharing non-profit from Jeff when he wrote about it earlier this year on sustainablog. Well, now, this humble little car sharing non-profit is leading the country.. in powering electric cars with solar power. More

  • Corporate Giants Bringing Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity to Developing World

    The wonderful potential of corporate globalization. Rich corporations that have compromised the health of people living in rich countries can now do so in the developing world, as well. “Diabetes, obesity and heart disease rates are soaring in developing countries, as multinationals find new ways of selling processed food to the poor,” the Guardian reports. […] More

  • Plant-Based Diet a Solution for Our Health Crisis?

    Before I get into the news, a new report on the benefits of a plant-based diet and its possible role in solving our public health crisis, I thought I’d mention something rather interesting from my life recently. A couple months ago, we were in England, to visit a good friend and then for a CNBC […] More

  • How Many Cars Were Recycled Last Year (Infographic)

    Kars4Kids just created an Infographic entitled “How many cars were recycled last year” (below). Given that we’ve covered recycling of old cars in the past, it’s an important but not widely discussed topic, and there are some pretty interesting stats here, I thought it’d be something fun to share here. Here’s a particularly shocking statistic […] More

  • Doctor Nails Cancer Risk of Hot Dogs, Bacon, Meat (VIDEO)

    This is one of the best talks on veganism I’ve ever watched (and I was raised vegetarian). The doctor, Dr. Neal Barnard, has a great sense of humor and an obviously extensive range and depth of knowledge on the topic. He doesn’t focus on animal cruelty, but, frankly, that’s not the best selling point for […] More

  • “Be an ENERGY STAR” — Top Videos

    Jeff wrote about the EPA’s “Be an ENERGY STAR” video challenge back in August, and featured a video submitted by some rather clever and cute kids.  In case you don’t remember, you can check out the link above, and the summary of the contest is that it encouraged Americans to pick up their cameras and document […] More

  • Heat, Not Just Precipitation Changes, a Major Crop Concern

    It’s long been understood that precipitation changes from global warming (i.e. droughts and floods) pose major crop problems. However, what has not been so widely discussed up to now is how much heat, itself, could cause considerable crop problems. Crops scientists are now finding, though, that this is a major problem.. already. More

  • 3 Ways to Go Solar

    With the cost of solar continuously declining and a huge solar power explosion (i.e. a ton more solar getting installed around the world these days), you might be wondering what your options are for going solar. To be honest, you have more way to go solar than ever. Let’s run down some of your top options. […] More

  • Occupy Big Food

    I think for anyone following food issues, especially food policy, knows that the same financial-political system that makes some people absurdly rich and many others poorer and poorer also makes our food less and less safe, decreases our food security, and result in a Big Ag system that hurts most to benefit a few fat cats. More

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    Best GMO Shirt Ever!

    This GMO shirt is one of my favorite shirts ever, and it is clearly based on some serious concerns regarding GMOs. More

  • Olive Oil: Health Benefits & Taste Test

    Olive oil is pretty widely considered to be good for your health. As a monounsaturated fat, it is considered to be a good fatty acid that fights bad cholesterol. Organic olive oil also contains a variety of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. More

  • GM Crops Don’t Deliver What They Promise (REPORT & VIDEO)

    You consistently hear about how GMOs can help save the world. You hear how they can help poor farmers. You hear that they are greener (more environmentally friendly). You hear that the world needs them….

    But who do you hear all this from? (GMO companies and the politicians they buy.)

    Nnimmo Bassey, head of Friends of the Earth International, *slams* these claims. He reports in the video below that GM crops are not good for small farmers at all. They are created for the large monoculture farms of agribusinesses (and chemical companies which, conveniently, also produce the GMOs). The require the use of tons of herbicides and pesticides, which is worse for the environment.

    Meanwhile, promises of drought-resistant and salt-tolerant crops have not been fulfilled. More

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    Peanut Butter Prices Rising Due to Climate Change

    Jeannie wrote about peanut butter becoming more scarce a couple months ago. As she noted at the time, incredible U.S. drought was the cause of this. These are just some of the effects of global warming that we have been warned about for decades, of course.

    Now, with scarcity, prices rise. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that several major peanut butter brands are raising prices, considerably. More

  • Pineapples! (Health Benefits)

    I love pineapples. They are one of my favorite foods. We happened to buy one this week, and it was so good I thought I’d finally write a piece about the yellow jewel.

    While I normally write about my favorites recipes when I write about a specific food, I really love pineapples in one way much more than any other — plain and simple. So, I don’t have any recipes to share that compare (in my opinion) to a freshly cut pineapple.

    BUT, I think it’s always useful to write about the wonderful health benefits of a fruit or vegetable. So, here are some of the health benefits of pineapples for you: More

  • Agribusiness Owns Your Poop (Cartoon)

    A good friend of mine on Facebook shared this cartoon recently and I immediately though, “Oh, that has to go up on Eat Drink Better!” So, here’s the cartoon, created by Marc Roberts. More

  • Non-GMO Month & New GMO Report

    Heather mentioned on Saturday that October is Non-GMO month and she has pledged to not eat GMOs (or processed foods) for the whole month. Good luck to you, Heather!

    The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is participating in Non-GMO month too, of course. It had a great intro to the month, that first starts with some highlights (and lowlights) of the year so far and then predicts how October is going to change things up. Also, Food & Water Watch has just released a big report on GMOs. More

  • USDA Encourages You to Eat Junk Food

    I wrote back in June about the fact that the USDA doesn’t follow its own dietary advice.. when it comes to food subsidies. But a new report by the US Public Interest Research Group, “Apples to Twinkies,” puts more numbers to that. Here are some key ones: More

  • Take Action: National Conference to End Factory Farming

    I’ve got some good news for all those who care about decent treatment of animals. Farm Sanctuary is hosting its first-ever National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals this year — October 27-29 in the Washington, D.C. area. Attend if you can! More

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