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  • Oxnard, California’s Café Nefola: Leading the Green Lunch Brigade

    Her name is Cynthia Neftin, and she is the owner of Oxnard, California-based Café Nefola, whose motto is “healthy, local, fresh and natural.” An additional tag line – “from fat to fit, this is it” – leaves returning customers and new visitors in no doubt as to the restaurant’s orientation. More

  • Top 10 Most Common GMO Foods

    Genetically modified food is already present in the supermarkets. We don’t always know which foods are GMO and which are non-GMO. Besides looking for label, here are 10 foods that are commonly GMO.
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  • Calcium May Help You Live Longer

    From Natural Products Insider: According to new research in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, calcium supplementation of any kind may help women live longer. The study, led by McGill University in Montreal, found that calcium supplementation up to 1,000mg daily was linked to lower risk of death in women. The study’s […] More

  • Arkansas Sues ExxonMobil for Mayflower Spill

    On March 29, 2013, a pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas ruptured, spilling tar sands oil throughout the streets. The heavy bitumen soaked into the soil and made its way into local waterways. Six weeks later, ExxonMobil is not making much headway in cleaning up the spill. More

  • Five Grossest Items in Your Kitchen

    Wondering what the grossest items in your kitchen are? No? I don’t blame you. It’s not something I like to think about, either. Fortunately, there are professionals who concern themselves with gross stuff and they’re willing to tell us about it. More

  • Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef

    The world quietly reached a milestone in the evolution of the human diet in 2011. For the first time in modern history, world farmed fish production topped beef production. The gap widened in 2012, with output from fish farming—also called aquaculture—reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with production of beef at 63 million tons. And 2013 may well be the first year that people eat more fish raised on farms than caught in the wild. More

  • Five Weird Ways to Go Green

    You care about the environment, you shop at farmers markets regularly, and you’ve even invested in low-flow toilets for every bathroom in your home. There’s more you can do… if you’re willing to get a little weird. More

  • National Drinking Water Database

    With Missouri recently posting its drinking water quality reports online, where does that leave the rest of the U.S. states? Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiled a national drinking water database and has it online. More

  • Bel Brands USA Responds To Red Wax Wrapper Question

    A few weeks ago I posted about Mini Baby Bel’s red wax wrapper and how the company could not confirm that the red dye doesn’t leach into the cheese it contains. Here is the response I received. Dear Miss Kaplan, Thank you for contacting us. Our wax is composed of fully refined paraffin wax, micro-crystalline […] More

  • China’s Growing Hunger for Meat Shown by Move to Buy Smithfield, World’s Leading Pork Producer

    Pork is by far China’s favorite protein, which helps to explain the late-May announced acquisition of U.S. meat giant Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s leading pork producer, by the Chinese company Shuanghui International, owner of China’s largest meat processor. China already buys more than 60 percent of the world’s soybean exports to feed to its own livestock and has been a net importer of pork for the last five years. Now the move for Chinese companies is to purchase both foreign agricultural land and food-producing companies outright. More

  • Farmer Sues Monsanto Over Illegal GMO Wheat

    Kansas farmer Ernest Barnes filed suit against Monsanto this week, seeking damages related to unapproved GMO wheat. Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat never gained USDA approval, but was recently found growing on an Oregon farm. That discovery prompted Japan and other countries to drop some US wheat exports like hot potatoes. In this suit, Barnes claims Monsanto’s carelessness with unapproved test crops have led to irreparable harm to US farmers. This suit marks the first action filed against Monsanto over GMO wheat — but it probably won’t be the last. More

  • Harvesting Justice 16: Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture – Reviving Native Food & Farming Traditions

    Native peoples’ efforts to protect their crop varieties and agricultural heritage in the US go back 500 years to when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds, and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands. More

  • 5 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About GMOs

    What’s all the fuss about? Even if you’re out of the loop on the GMO debate, here are five things you want to know about GMOs and the food supply. 1. GMOs are hidden in many foods. It turns out that genetic engineering is used in the production of countless products. For example, additives made from GM […] More

  • 5 Ways to Reduce Waste and Save Money at the Same Time

    You may be surprised to learn that you can produce less waste and actually save money at the same time. It may require a bit of research and a change in habits, but the rewards are worthwhile. If you want to leave the world a better place for your kids and simultaneously cash in, check out these tips. More

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