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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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by BytesForAll

December 28, 2010

Doesn't it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now?  Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, far

But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things? Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society. While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom. Business thrives when people feel free to live and work. When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down.

by Julie Sullivan

December 25, 2010

The laboratory tests, conducted by the Environmental Working Group of Washington, D.C., found the highest levels in the drinking water of Norman, Okla.; Honolulu; and Riverside, Calif. Bend, the only Oregon city sampled.

State, federal and local drinking water officials say they'll review the findings, one of the broadest surveys for hexavalent chromium ever conducted. Hexavalent chromium is the toxic form of chromium, which can enter water through erosion from natural deposits or from industrial discharges from the manufacture of stainless steel, metal plating, wood products or textiles. The point sources in the study were not identified.

December 25, 2010

BOSTON -- Organic food is increasingly more popular. But dietitians say shoppers have to be educated about the products because some of them are high in fat and calories, or not really natural at all.

"You need to read the label and have some idea of what your calorie boundaries are," said registered dietician Jen Reid. "Otherwise you are going to wind up with a very high calorie food despite the fact that it's organic or natural," she said.

December 25, 2010

In Western Australia organic farmer Stephen Marsh has had his organic accreditation suspended after independent testing showed his oats and cereal crops had been contaminated by genetically modified (GM) seeds.

The Liberal Party Barnett Government allowed Genetically Modified (GM) canola crops to be grown commercially early this year, despite warnings that contamination of organically grown crops was a palpable risk. The National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) is conducting an official investigation.

December 24, 2010

Washington's organic apple growers need to gain a better understanding of how much of their crop is sold without an organic label, costing them higher prices in the retail market.

Washington leads the nation in organic apple, pear and cherry acreage, primarily in the central, irrigated regions of the state. For the first time in several years, however, organic acres for apples and cherries declined in 2010 -- 6 percent for apples and 12 percent for cherries. Organic pear acreage increased 4 percent.

December 23, 2010

Britain's Health secretary Andrew Lansley created what he calls five "responsibility deal" networks with businesses, co-chaired by ministers, to write the new policies.

In the decaying British Empire, where there's a government camera on every street corner, Britain's Department of Health has decided to allow fast food companies like McDonald's and KFC, as well as PepsiCo, Kellogg's, and Mars, to craft its official government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease.

December 17, 2010

BOSTON -- There's a science to supermarket shopping, according to food marketers. And now spaces are being designed based on what they know about how we shop.

According to George, the market's next challenge is to draw the shopper further into the store. "They're trying to put the hot features in the middle of the aisle so you have to go down there and see those," said George. Research shows a lot of shoppers do a U-turn. They get what they want out of the aisle and then turn back.

by Permaculture Schools

December 12, 2010

Permaculture is a sustainable design science rooted in natural patterns. By observing the way nature works and then applying the same patterns and principles, we learn to design truly sustainable, extremely resilient systems.

Permaculture is what our ancestors instinctively knew when they lived in villages, made their own things, and grew their own food. It is the art of respecting nature and working with it, rather than against it, to cultivate land, plants, animals and people by fostering mutually beneficial relationships between them. It is also is a philosophy, one that changes you from the inside, as you see that there is a way to heal the earth, live in harmony with nature, and create abundance we can share.

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December 11, 2010

A federal agency reversed itself Friday and said lead-laced Wizard of Oz and superhero drinking glasses are, in fact, for adults -- not children's products subject to a previously announced recall.

The stunning about-face came after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said last month the glasses were children's products and thus subject to strict federal lead limits. Lab testing by The Associated Press found lead in the colored decorations up to 1,000 times the federal maximum for children's products. The CPSC has no limits on lead content on the outside of adult drinking glasses.

by Alex Berezow

December 10, 2010

Maybe "scam" is a strong word, but "hyped" probably isn't.

More and more scientific research is showing that organic and green products don't live up to expectations-- or even to the label, for that matter. This post by Melinda Moyer describes how so-called "green" household cleaners aren't any less toxic than regular household cleaners. In fact, almost any product can claim to be "green" because there are no laws regulating that.


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