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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.

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December 31, 2011

A Ledyard farmer has recruited powerful government allies in his drive to get Connecticut to become the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

Burns wants genetically modified fruits and vegetables labeled, including foods shipped into Connecticut. The most important issue is "the public's right to know," Burns said. California is considering such labeling, and congressmen from Maine and Vermont are supporting federal legislation known as House Bill 3553. Labeling efforts are being stymied nationally by St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto Co., Burns said.

December 30, 2011

If your run to the fancy bodega for a pint of organic milk comes with a bit of sticker shock, don't be surprised: there's a huge shortage of organic milk acros the country.

"The main reason for the shortage is that the cost of organic grain and hay to feed cows has gone up sharply while the price that farmers receive for their milk has not. That means that farmers feed their cows less, resulting in lower milk production. At the same time, fewer farmers have been converting from conventional dairying to organic."

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December 21, 2011

The 90-year-old company is testing beer and wine sales at a location in Lafayette, Ind., that combines a traditional White Castle burger joint with a Blaze Modern BBQ, a new restaurant concept also being tried out.

December 17, 2011

SACRAMENTO - Raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures of Fresno County, with the exception of raw colostrum, have been released from a statewide quarantine that began Nov. 15.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) imposed the quarantine in response to notification from the California Department of Public Health connecting E.coli O157:H7 food-borne illness to the dairy.

December 17, 2011

As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans.

Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past studies which appeared to show no risk. And disturbingly, it may also open the door for further similar findings on other cancers in future studies. For this study, researchers prospectively analyzed data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a 22-year period. A total of 77,218 women and 47,810 men were included in the analysis, for a total of 2,278,396 person-years of data. Apart from sheer size, what makes this study superior to other past studies is the thoroughness with which aspartame intake was assessed. Every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years. Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed participants' aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major weakness affecting their accuracy.

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December 15, 2011

Fast-food restaurant operator Yum Brands Inc. spent $200,000 lobbying officials in the third quarter, focusing on legislation dealing with tax depreciation for restaurant improvements, health care and the dairy industry, according to a recent disclosure report.

December 6, 2011

Now that broccoli's on the menu at Hungry Jack's is fast food getting better for us?

Along with the mix of raw vegetables now on offer as a side, the company has switched to cooking fries in canola oil to reduce saturated fat, trimmed the saturated fat content of its chicken range by 15 per cent and uses organic beef for its new Country Burgers. Meanwhile, by offering the option of a salad instead of fries with a meal, McDonalds are ''making it easier for our customers to enjoy a serve of fresh vegetables," according to its CEO, Catriona Noble.

December 3, 2011

Dr. Paul Connett is recognized worldwide as a leader in the movement to eliminate fluoride from the municipal water supplies, and I'm pleased to be working with him to achieve this goal.

Earlier this year, he used frequent flyer miles to visit New Zealand and in a month-long tour gave presentations to communities all over the country. In this interview, he shares some of the successes the movement has experienced. Dr. Connett has great hopes that New Zealand will move to ban water fluoridation.

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November 29, 2011

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) supported that assertion by citing a statistic that said 140,000 potential military recruits were denied enlistment because they were overweight between 1995 and 2008.

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November 24, 2011

A TV station says a grocery store security guard has been fired after he told the father of a 4 year-old girl that she would face criminal charges for eating from a dried fruit package.


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