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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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m.disclose.tv

October 28, 2015

The stories became far too frequent to ignore. Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children but not at other times. The bottom line is that avoidance of conventional wheat in the United States is absolutely imperative even if you don't currently have a gluten allergy or wheat sensitivity. What about other crops where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant such as barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets? Will you only be buying these crops in organic form from now on to avoid this modern, man-made scourge?

eatlocalgrown.com

October 28, 2015

Before all of the blueberries disappear, I had to get one more summer dessert in. Take a look at this beautiful Paleo Blueberry Lemon Bread. It's loaded with protein-rich almond flour, nutrient-dense eggs, and oh-so-good-for-you coconut oil.

I'm a creature of habit, and the small rituals of life make me happy. Every Sunday morning I wake up, eat breakfast, and head to my local Farmer's Market. The first place we go is the gluten free bakery booth for Pao de Queijo (or Brazilian cheese bread.) My little one gets one plain and one olive. She eats the plain one right away. If you haven't tried these chewy little breads made with tapioca flour, you are seriously missing out. (Hmmm, I feel a new recipe post coming on!)

lohud.com

October 28, 2015

In the late 1800s, one of every four trees in our forests was the American chestnut. These stately native trees provided valuable and handsome timber, excellent firewood and plentiful, nutritious nuts for both people and wildlife.

The two dozen tiny trees (12-inch "plantlets") were planted in May at a 1-acre site on the Camp Fire Club's 232-acre grounds and will be monitored closely by federal officials over the next few years. "The trees are 99.9 percent pure American chestnuts, with the addition of one wheat gene" to protect the tree from the killing fungus, says Preston Bruenn, the club's Conservation Committee chairman who is also an ESF alumnus. The main lodge of the Chappaqua club was built from American chestnut in the early 1900s.

washingtonpost.com

by Steve Volk

October 28, 2015

A prominent Agriculture Department scientist is alleging that he was suspended after complaining that the agency was blocking his research into the harmful effects of pesticides on pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

In a whistleblower complaint filed Wednesday, Jonathan Lundgren, an entomologist and 11-year veteran of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, says his supervisors retaliated against him by suspending him initially for 30 days before reducing it to 14 days.

motherjones.com

by Tom Philpott

October 25, 2015

A federal appeals court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of a pesticide called sulfoxaflor. Marketed by agrichemical giant Dow AgroSciences, sulfoxaflor belongs to a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

In a blunt opinion, the court cited the "precariousness of bee populations" and "flawed and limited data" submitted by Dow on the pesticide's effects on beleaguered pollinating insects. In a blunt opinion, the court cited the "precariousness of bee populations" and "flawed and limited data" submitted by Dow on the pesticide's effects on beleaguered pollinating insects.

bakeryandsnacks.com

by Kacey Culliney

October 25, 2015

The global cereal market was valued at $29.1bn for 2011 and is estimated to surge to $29.5bn for 2012. But what companies are soaking up the profits?

Kellogg's, whose cereal brands include Corn Flakes, Crunchy Nut and Frosted Flakes, eats up the lion's share of the market representing 32.1% of the global retail value. The US cereal giant recently struck a joint venture with Chinese agribusiness Wilmar International to drive its market penetration in China deeper.

naturalsociety.com

by Christina Sarich

October 24, 2015

Still think GMOs and their non-GMO counterparts are equivalent? Think again. Unlike GM corn, non-GMO corn doesn't cause sterility.

A new study released by Egyptian scientists found that rats fed a GMO diet suffer from infertility, among other health issues. Researchers from the Food Technology Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Anatomy and Embryology, and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt, have found that several unsavory changes occur when rats were fed GM corn.

politico.com

by Jenny Hopkinson

October 22, 2015

en. Debbie Stabenow wants to see the Senate pass a GMO labeling bill by the end of the year, but there are a lot of questions that have to be answered before that can happen.

The Michigan Democrat and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee used Wednesday's hearing on biotechnology to call for legislation that must prevent the creation of a patchwork of state laws and inform consumers without stigmatizing the science. But that could arguably be applied to the industry-backed bill from Rep. Mike Pompeo, or, depending on whom you talk to, the mandatory labeling bill from Sen. Barbara Boxer. Stabenow told reporters she doesn't back Pompeo's Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, but she isn't signed on to Boxer's Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act either.

rodalesorganiclife.com

by Jean Nick

October 21, 2015

Put the wonderful world of yeasts and bacteria to use to make your own wholesome, dark breads.

Before commercial dried yeast was invented, bread bakers just saved a bit of the finished but unbaked dough from each batch and mixed it with more flour and water to start the next batch. They didn't know why it worked, just that saved dough seemed to jump-start the transformation of a mixture of flour and water into a flavorful, spongy mass that could be baked into a delicious bread.

washingtonpost.com

by Christopher Ingraham

October 19, 2015

Georgia police raided a retired Atlanta man's garden last Wednesday after a helicopter crew with the Governor's Task Force for Drug Suppression spotted suspicious-looking plants on the man's property.

The officers eventually apologized and left, but they took some of the suspicious okra leaves with them for analysis. Georgia state patrol told WSB-TV in Atlanta that "we've not been able to identify it as of yet. But it did have quite a number of characteristics that were similar to a cannabis plant."

      

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