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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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3fatchicks.com

January 18, 2010

High fructose corn syrup remains as one of the most controversial health topics.

The facts continue to pour out, and you have the ability to understand why corn syrup, and the variations of the substance, extremely hinders the health of people across the world.

Center for Food Safety

January 15, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has repeatedly introduced two bills related to GE crops and foods in the House of Representatives.

The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act would require mandatory labeling of all GE foods; the other, The Genetically Engineered Food Safety Act, would require mandatory, pre-market safety testing of GE foods. We need you to contact your Representatives and encourage them to support these important bills!

The Center for Food Safety

January 15, 2010

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a first-time case about the risks of genetically engineered crops. Named Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475, the case before the high court in an ongoing battle waged by the Center for Food Safety

The modified alfalfa seed at the heart of the dispute has been engineered to be immune to Monsanto's flagship herbicide Roundup. Monsanto intervened in a 2007 federal district court ruling that the Department of Agriculture's approval of GE alfalfa was illegal.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

by Linda Bock

January 13, 2010

ATHOL -- Adams Farm slaughterhouse has recalled about 2,574 pounds of beef products that may have been contaminated with E. coli, the company's business manager confirmed yesterday.

The voluntary recall was initiated after the state Department of Public Health confirmed that a ground beef sample positive for E. coli was collected during an epidemiological investigation Friday. An illness somewhere in the state prompted the testing, according to state and federal health officials.

The New Yorker

by Nick Paumgarten

January 10, 2010

John Mackey and Whole Foods -- John Mackey, the co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market, refers to the company as his child.

A year ago, Mackey came across a book called "The Engine 2 Diet," by an Austin, Texas, firefighter and former professional triathlete named Rip Esselstyn. Basically, you eat plants: you are a rabbit with a skillet. Mackey had been a vegetarian for more than thirty years, and a vegan for five.

Suite 101

by Nicole Fravel

January 6, 2010

Fast food and healthy eating are not contradictions. Four U.S. national restaurant chains exemplify the trend toward casual dining that satisfies children and parents.

Number four on Health Magazine's 2009 list of "America's Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants," Noodles and Company is a fast growing franchise. The menu consists of 18 different basic menu items that can be customized by adding proteins, substituting noodles, or subtracting items.

The Seattle Times

by Greg Atkinson

January 4, 2010

Last April when the current economic crisis was still in its infancy, seven of Seattle's top chefs gathered around a table in Canlis restaurant's private dining room for an eight-course dinner to compare notes on the Seattle dining scene

People in Seattle, Jimenez de Jimenez said, "never want to spend the money in restaurants, no matter what is happening with the economy. They will pay $25 for an organic chicken at the farmers market, but they don't want to pay $20 to have that chicken cooked for them in a nice restaurant."

Lancaster Online

by Mary Beth Schweigert

January 4, 2010

Synthetic pesticides don't belong on organic produce. The Organic Foods Production Act - the cornerstone of U.S. organic law requires regular testing of farms for pesticide residue.

But studies published in Consumer Reports and academic journals show that conventional pesticides occasionally end up on organic salad greens or apple skins, due to past soil contamination, drift from neighboring farms or actions of unscrupulous operators.

Desert Dispatch

by David Heldreth

January 4, 2010

Jordan Rapley traveled nearly 2,000 miles from home to work at the Aquarius Ranch - for free. Although the cold has slowed work at the ranch, there is still a lot to do during the winter, according to Harper.

Rapley and the Aquarius Ranch are members of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting organic farms and workers around the world. The Aquarius Ranch and other farms that work with WWOOF give workers housing, food and farming experience in exchange for their labor.

The New York Times

by Michael Moss

December 30, 2009

Eight years ago, federal officials were struggling to remove potentially deadly E. coli from hamburgers when an entrepreneurial company from South Dakota came up with a novel idea: injecting beef with ammonia.

The company, Beef Products Inc., had been looking to expand into the hamburger business with a product made from beef that included fatty trimmings the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil. The trimmings were particularly susceptible to contamination, but a study commissioned by the company showed that the ammonia process would kill E. coli as well as salmonella.

      

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