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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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Food & Water Watch

May 28, 2009

Every time there is a new recall of tainted food, irradiation companies and their proponents in government call for further centralizing our food distribution system and running all of our meat and produce through irradiation facilities.

There are no studies to show that, over the long-term, eating irradiated foods is safe. Add in the nutritional damage irradiation can do to some foods and we believe it is far too soon to allow large portions of the food supply to be irradiated.

Food & Water Watch

by Cory Forsyth

May 28, 2009

Tell Secretary Vilsack We Don't Want a Food Irradiation Zealot in Charge of Food Safety!

Some research has indicated that food irradiation promotes tumor growth and causes genetic damage, but even worse is that we don't yet understand what the long-term health effects might be.

Knoxville Trivia Blog (TN)

by Byron Chesney

May 27, 2009

Economic times are tough. We all know that. And, Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket, seems to know that too. Have you been to their stores?

So, now, we want you to tell us why you deserve or just plain want this gift card. We've all got stories. You may have a family of four to feed on a tight budget. You may have lost your job recently and just need some extra help.

The Irish Times

by Sean Mac Connell

May 27, 2009

The Demand by multiple retailers for 40 per cent price cuts from organic growers could put many of them out of business, according to the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association.

"If this is enforced by the market power of the multiples, many small organic suppliers will get into financial difficulty," said the association, which represents about 1,000 farmers. It is time for Irish people to consider whether they want to support their neighbours in producing quality organic food by their purchasing decisions.

San Jose Mercury News

by Julie Wiener

May 27, 2009

Fermented, it's tequila. Filtered, it's agave syrup, the current darling among alternative sweeteners.

Once mostly unheard of outside natural food stores, agave syrup - from the juice of the plant that gives us tequila - suddenly is getting celebrity endorsements, competing for shelf space at mainstream grocers and becoming a must-have cocktail ingredient.

The Gaea News

by Angsuman Chakraborty

May 20, 2009

In new research work, scientists have used technology derived from wastewater treatment systems to develop a process using open microbial cultures to convert organic wastes to eco-friendly plastics.

These plastics are biodegradable and are used in the production of bioplastics. However, the high cost of PHA production compared to conventional plastics has limited their use in a wide range of applications. The new process is able to produce just as much PHA as existing processes at specific rates that are up to three times faster.

Santa Fe New Mexican

by Staci Matlock

May 19, 2009

Every hour, orphaned young birds at The Wildlife Center signal their hunger. They're part of a large influx of orphaned or abandoned wildlife babies - birds, raccoons, bobcats, fawns and more from kind citizen rescuers.

The only problem is they aren't always orphans. A well-meaning person who spots a baby bird fallen out of a nest or a bear cub alone in a tree might assume the wildlife parent won't return - and inadvertently separate the young animal from its mama.

Treehugger

by Daniel Kessler

May 19, 2009

The Daily Show's Samantha Bee took a humorous look at some strange criticism bestowed upon Michelle Obama for her new organic garden at the White House.

The American Council on Science and Health, a research group funded by the chemical and fossil fuel industries, has criticized Obama for her garden, saying it sends the wrong message. The Council is anti-organic farming. They claim it poses a "serious public health concern."

OPEdNews

by Barbara Metzler

May 11, 2009

A significant drop in neurodegenerative illnesses like Lou Gehrig's Disease and epilepsy, obesity, and certain cancers will occur when you convince others to stop using aspartame and MSG.

Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. One aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile; you see the same effect with MSG. It causes a cancer cell to become more mobile, and that enhances metastasis, or spread.

USA Today

by Kim Painter

May 11, 2009

When a bunch of pesky flies got into insect expert Art Antonelli's house, he did not reach for a can of insecticide. Instead, he got out a fly swatter and his shoes, which he used to walk outside his home to look for the source of the sudden fly infestati

He found it, under his house: "I had a dead rat and a dead possum," say Antonelli, an entomologist at Washington State University's extension center in Puyallup. His fly problem was solved and the use of a pesticide was averted - something that experts say still happens too infrequently, even among health-conscious, organic-food-buying, environmentally aware consumers.

      

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