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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

If you aren't aware of the danger genentically modified corn and soy products present to your families diet, continue reading. Find out the latest news and commentary on GMO food sources, eating and buying organic foods, nutritional news, food related health issues and much more.

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November 18, 2014

One alarming aspect of the whole GMO debate is the fact that so many Americans are going about their daily lives completely unaware that they are consuming genetically modified organisms at just about every meal.

So what are GMOs and why should we be concerned about them? GMOs are unhealthy: Since the introduction of GMOs in the mid-1990s, the number of food allergies has sky-rocketed, and health issues such as autism, digestive problems and reproductive disorders are on the rise. Animal testing with GMOs has resulted in cases of organ failure, digestive disorders, infertility and accelerated aging. Despite an announcement in 2012 by the American Medical Association stating they saw no reason for labeling genetically modified foods, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has urged doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for their patients.

November 16, 2014

If you care about your health and want to avoid chronic disease, then I recommend that you avoid vegetable oils as if your life depended on it... because it really does.

You've probably heard of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids before. These fatty acids are polyunsaturated, meaning that they have many double bonds in their chemical structure. They are often termed the essential fatty acids, because the body lacks the enzymes to produce them.

November 3, 2014

We know, it's so hard to resist walking by any Cinnabon, especially at the mall or airport, where your healthy food options are already limited. Just one whiff of the sweet frosted, melted cinnamon can draw you in.

One Cinnabon contains as much sugar as a 100 Grand chocolate bar plus nine Hershey's Kisses with almonds and, 11 Pixy Stix! Skip the sugar-laden bun and avoid the horrific sugar crash that would surely follow after ingesting it.

November 2, 2014

Big-food manufacturers are relentless opportunists and will jump on any nutrition trend that provides them a profit. In this case, the underlying issue is not the gluten-free diet itself, but with gluten-free packaged foods these companies are selling.

Update: we know where the candy came from and it was an accident. The candy has been stored with moth balls. The moth ball vapors have permeated into the candy. Moth balls and their vapors are VERY TOXIC and can even kill you when ingested, touched, or breathed in. The candy that was given out was the miniature Reese's cups as well as Milky Way bars. This candy was given out in the subdivision above providence (the place where all the lots for sale are). Again, this candy is now very toxic.. DO NOT EAT IT! If you trick or treated in that area just be sure to check your candy. This is a distinctive smell. It's a strong smell. You will notice it. Just so glad to know someone wasn't intentionally trying to harm children.

November 1, 2014

A coalition of U.S. farm and environmental groups has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4-D, before granting approval Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide.
 The groups are asking the court to set aside the EPA's approval.
 Widespread use of 2,4-D carries risks to human health, animals and the environment, the groups allege. They claim the EPA's approval violated the Endangered Species Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
 "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with the Center for Food Safety, which is a plaintiff in the case. 
 "This was a rubber stamp. They acted illegally in approving this."


November 1, 2014

Panama fined a US biotechnology company's local facility that "repeatedly violated" the nation's permitting and regulatory laws as it worked to develop the world's first genetically-modified salmon. The 2012 infractions were first made public on Tuesday.

AquaBounty Technologies, a company licensed by the US government to foster what could be the world's first genetically-modified (GM) meat, is carrying out GM-salmon research in Panama. Neither Panama nor the US has given clearance to sell GM salmon, but, if regulators approve its application, AquaBounty may become the first to sell GM meat in the US. "AquaBounty is really out front on this - the current case will set an important precedent," Dana Perls, a food and technology campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency. "From what we know, there are about 35 other genetically modified species in the development pipelines in other companies. So depending on what happens in this case, we'll likely either see a flow of other permits or this will demonstrate that there isn't room on the market for GM meat or seafood."

October 4, 2014

Why has Nestlé, who owns a baby-formula producing company called Gerber, removed GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from baby foods and formulas in South Africa and not in the United States?

Perhaps because South African parents are more vocal than Americans. Or it might also be because corporations conducting business in the U.S. are protected by government agencies who don't seem to give a hoot about public health - not even of our most fragile citizens. Maybe it's time we speak out for the sake of children's health.

October 2, 2014

Biotechnology corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and marketing each year. Monsanto, one of the leading biotech companies, spends from $87 million to $120 million annually on advertising, much of it focused on GE crops.

The frame of this particular article presents Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., as the leader of an international movement in opposition to GE crops at the expense of science-based solutions to feed the world's poor. However, it is the failure of this technology- not Luddite fear mongering-that has prompted scientists, academics, policymakers, governments and regular people to question the biotech industry. Rather than fully examining important scientific literature on genetic engineering, the author reasserts some of the most common-and most debunked-myths about the technology. Here are a few of the myths that The New Yorker perpetuated...

September 28, 2014

This is such a beautiful plant (changing colors throughout the seasons) that they make wonderful landscaping plants. Each type of blueberry has a different height.

If planted in a suitable sunny site, blueberry bushes are almost completely pest free. However, this plant will not thrive or often even grow in the wrong soils. They must be grown in soils that are highly acidic (pH levels of 4.5-5.5), uniformly moist (not wet), and nutrient-poor. The soils must be high in organic matter because this provides a slow-release of nutrients to the plant.

September 28, 2014

Do you grow your own potatoes or buy in bulk from a farmer market? Follow these 5 easy steps to storing potatoes for winter to keep your potatoes fresh.

This corner stays dark, cool, and performs like a root cellar. I have added a good-sized shelving area where I store the food preserved during the growing season. The shelves are filling up with baskets of onions, garlic, and canned tomato sauce, jelly, salsa, beans, carrots, grape juice, pickles, and applesauce. I can't help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment as I look over the jars and baskets of homegrown bounty. Not only because we have this food to feed us but I also feel good knowing exactly where my food comes from and that it was grown with no chemicals.


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