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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 Trisha Marczak

September 20, 2013

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is applauding Walmart for adhering - at least in part - to its Mind The Store campaign calling on the nation's largest retailer to drop hazardous chemicals from its shelves.

Yet Walmart's compliance falls short of what the campaign calls for, highlighting a public relations move by a company that won't even disclose the chemicals it plans to ban. Walmart indicated it would drop 10 chemicals from its shelves, although wouldn't disclose to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families the names of these chemicals. The only indication given was that they were part of the organization's 100 toxic chemicals list, published through its Mind the Store campaign.

by Twilight Greenaway

October 1, 2013

Small, organic farms may be subject to increased regulation under the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

No one wants to feel like their life is at risk, but how much power should we give our government agencies to keep us safe? Where do sensible rules and regulations end and invasive supervision begin? And whose lives will be permanently altered in the process? No, it's not homeland security I'm talking about, but food safety. And, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepares to enforce a set of long-overdue food safety rules, these questions are becoming harder and harder to ignore-especially for small farmers and others involved in building the local food movement.

by Twilight Greenaway

May 14, 2013

Elizabeth Kucinich, a vegan and vocal opponent of genetically engineered foods, joins the Center for Food Safety as Director of Policy.

Her husband's political career may have cooled off for the time being, but Elizabeth Kucinich is just getting started. The wife of former U.S. Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has turned her sights on the politics of the plate. Her new position puts Kucinich squarely at the center of a number of controversial food battles. We spoke with this dynamo recently about the Farm Bill, the documentary she produced, and the work she has ahead of her.

by Twitter: @alphaconsumer

October 26, 2011

As anyone who's ever cleaned up after a dinner party knows, Americans waste a lot of food. In addition to the fruit, vegetables, and other items that go bad in our own kitchens, farmers and grocery stores toss unused goods as well.

According to Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, it adds up to at least 160 billion pounds of wasted food each year. The problem is considered so serious that food industry groups have launched an initiative to reduce the amount of food that ends up in landfills while increasing the amount that goes to food banks.

by Tyler Leblanc

June 26, 2015

It's hard to go anywhere these days without running into a super-food. From farmers' markets to your local grocery store, shelves are increasingly packed with items like goji berries, chia seeds, kelp and ... sauerkraut?

That's right, sauerkraut. Not a traditional super-food by definition, this stringy, pale product of fermentation is the victim of a serious case of mistaken identity. Not only is sauerkraut really good for you, but it also changed the world. Simple, fermented sauerkraut played an important role in helping prevent scurvy - an affliction known in its day as the scourge of the seas, responsible for an estimated two million deaths between 1500 and 1800 - on sailing ships around the world.

by United Press International, Inc.

May 30, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats in two counties in Tennessee.

White-nose syndrome - a fungal disease first documented in New York in 2006 and now found in 19 states and four Canadian provinces - has decimated bat populations across eastern North America, with mortality rates reaching up to 100 percent at some sites, officials said. The Tennessee discovery is the first confirmation of WNS in federally listed gray bats, reported Tuesday.

by United Press International, Inc.

May 22, 2012

Two Tennessee men face felony charges for allegedly vandalizing a McDonald's because their order was wrong and they were "cussed out" by the manager.

The Murfreesboro Police Department said Christopher Slate, 21, and Sean Mosey, 23, were charged with felony reckless endangerment and vandalism after they allegedly threw a brick and a piece of concrete through the restaurant's windows early Sunday, The Smoking Gun reported Tuesday.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

March 1, 2013

A thief in South Carolina's Spartanburg County allegedly stole nearly $19,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies from a storage facility, police said.

An incident report filed this week said the thief made off with 450 cases of Girl Scout cookies - worth an estimated $18,900 - from Carey Moving and Storage, Inc., WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C., reported Wednesday. The cases contained about 5,400 boxes of cookies.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 25, 2013

Organic tomatoes are smaller in size compared with conventionally grown tomatoes, but they are much better quality in terms of health, U.S. researchers say.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found tomatoes grown on organic farms were some 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes, but contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene - a substance linked to a lower risk of stroke and some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Aurelice B. Oliveira, Eneas Gomes-Filho, Maria Raquel A. Miranda of the Universidade Federal do Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil, and colleagues in Brazil and France, said until recently, the focus has been mainly on yield rather than on micronutritional quality of fresh plant products.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 18, 2013

Officials in Riverside, Calif., said they were disappointed to find out more than 13,000 boxes of unsold Girl Scout cookies were thrown away instead of donated.

A video of a tractor trashing the cookies before they were sent to a landfill was posted online in May, CBS Los Angeles reported. In the video, a worker can be heard laughing and saying "Goodbye, Girl Scout cookies!" Pastor Cathy Purden of the Rock of the Valley Church in Van Nuys saw the video and said: "That's something those children could have had, cookies. "You stop and think about how many little children would be excited if you gave them a box of Girl Scout cookies. I would be excited. I buy them," Purden said.


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