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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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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 22, 2012

Mayans may have hastened the demise of their civilization by clearing forests, making an already naturally drying climate drier, U.S. scientists say.

Prolonged drought is thought to have contributed to the eventual collapse of Mayan civilization in Mexico and Central America, and forest razing for cities and agriculture may have made matters worse, the researchers said. "We're not saying deforestation explains the entire drought, but it does explain a substantial portion of the overall drying that is thought to have occurred," lead study author Benjamin Cook, a climate modeler at Columbia University, said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 16, 2012

A Los Angeles restaurant's new policy, a discount offered to patrons who refrain from using a cellphone at the table, has been well-received, the owner says.

Mark Gold, owner and chef of the 40-person Eva Restaurant, gives a 5 percent discount to customers willing to check their cellphones at the door, KPCC-FM reported Thursday, in the hope they will relax, better enjoy their meals and actually talk with friends and family in person.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 9, 2012

The drought afflicting the U.S. midsection is causing food prices to rise globally, the United Nations said Thursday.

The United Nations' monthly Food Price Index indicated food prices rose 6 percent in July after three months of decline, CNNMoney reported. Record-high grain prices, specifically corn prices, were blamed for the increase.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 20, 2012

Voters in California could soon decide to make the state the first in the country to require labels identifying genetically engineered foods.

Proposition 37 on the November ballot has seen the natural food industry and activists on one side and multinational companies, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Kellogg, on the other already raising nearly $4 million combined for campaigns to sway voters one way or the other on genetically modified, or GMO, food products. The outcome in California could have nationwide impacts, as experts say an estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of processed foods sold in supermarkets could fall under a labeling requirement.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 20, 2012

Folk wisdom may say a dropped a hot dog or baby's pacifier is OK to put in one's mouth if picked up with 5 seconds, but a U.S. expert says they're contaminated.

"A dropped item is immediately contaminated and can't really be sanitized," Dr. Jorge Parada, medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System near Chicago, said in a statement. "If you rinse off a dropped hot dog you will will probably greatly reduce the amount of contamination, but there will still be some amount of unwanted and potentially non-beneficial bacteria on that hot dog."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 19, 2012

Two Seattle men said they were detained for 2 1/2 hours at the Canadian border for trying to bring illegal chocolates back to the United States.

Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney said they brought back six Kinder Eggs from their trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, as treats for friends and family and the guard at the border pulled the treats from their trunk while searching the car, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 16, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration used computer spyware to keep tabs on agency scientists who were communicating with members of Congress, records revealed.

The New York Times said Sunday the computer eavesdropping began in 2010 as an investigation into leaks of confidential information but ballooned into what the newspaper termed an enemies list used to crack down on the FDA's critics and potential whistle-blowers. Members of Congress whose offices were caught up in the spyware operation were outraged at the monitoring, they told The Times. "They think they can be the Gestapo and do anything they want," fumed Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 11, 2012

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed anti-cyberbullying legislation that puts more responsibility on schools to monitor and report incidents.

The law, which Cuomo signed Monday but doesn't go into effect for another year, defines the crime as harassment, on or off school grounds, taking place through any electronic means, and that "reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or emotional harm to a student." the measure creates a system for reports of cyberbullying to reach school administrators and calls for teacher training to better identify the crime, the Buffalo News reported.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 9, 2012

Although marijuana is best known for bringing on the "munchies," researchers in Britain found two marijuana compounds act together as an appetite suppressant.

Dr. Steph Wright, director of research and development at GW Pharmaceuticals, said four Phase 2 clinical trials will have results by the end of the year that might help develop a drug used to treat patients suffering from "metabolic syndrome" - a risk factor for heart disease, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 9, 2012

U.S. food products are required to label any food containing egg as an ingredient, but eggs can be hidden in a variety of foods, a food expert warns.

"Keep in mind there are also some hidden sources of egg which can possibly include: the foam on the top of coffee or bar drinks, some egg substitutes, most commercially processed cooked pastas, including those used in prepared foods such as canned soup," said Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com.

      

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