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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 Margaret Lauterbach

March 21, 2013

Garden centers and bloggers have been flooded with queries about genetically-engineered or modified organisms (GMOs).

I'll explain in a different way: we all know that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are parents to Prince Charles, and he and Princess Diana were parents to William and Harry. If they were stabilized, inbred plants instead of humans, Prince Charles and Princess Diana would be F1s (first crosses), and William and Harry would be hybrids, all results of conventional breeding. All 100 percent human. But if someone injected Prince Harry, for example, with plant genes, he might grow a fine head of green grass. Then Prince Harry would be a genetically-engineered organism or GMO, the result of injection of a gene from another Family (plant) into a human member of the animal family. It could not happen in nature, without the intrusion of man.

by Michele Miller

April 3, 2016

Palm oil is used in many things from chips and baked goods to shampoo and cleaning products to an oil used for cooking. It is the most widley used vegetable oil in the world.

It even sounds healthier because it's different from GMO vegetable oil like canola. It comes from a palm fruit grown on an African oil palm tree so what could be unhealthy, harmful, or unsustainable about that? Well it's contributing to the death of thousands of orangutans and many other animals who live in the forests. Not to mention, it's affecting the indigenous people and the environment.

by Brandi Koskie

February 15, 2013

We're not buying Girl Scout Cookies this year and think you shouldn't either. Consider the GMOs, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup and other reasons we highlight. Our young girls deserve better.

Settled in to these resolutions yet? Then it must be time for Girl Scout Cookies to go on sale. I used to think there was something spectacularly special about them. Our dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD, reminds that they may be a sentimental favorite, but they are not healthy food. In fact, there's nothing remarkable about these cookies. Never once in my years in the Scouts do I recall having a conversation about fruits and vegetables, exercise, or nutrition. I do remember ending each meeting (spent entirely sitting down) devouring packaged chocolate chip cookies and Kool-Aid. I remember my troop leaders pushing us to sell, not teaching us the ingredients in the cookies or why the nutrition mattered. I might be guessing here, but I don't expect that's changed much today. To be more specific, let me tell you exactly why any of us shouldn't be buying these cookies.

by Jayson Lusk

April 17, 2013

Everywhere you turn, you hear "organic is healthier", "organic is greener", or "you absolutely MUST buy organic." It's not a question of whether we want to eat healthy, environmentally friendly food -- who doesn't want that?

The question is whether organic lives up to the hype and whether it's worth it to pay a hefty premium. One of the problems with organic is that few shoppers know what the term really means, and they project onto the nebulous word all their hopes and dreams of good eating. Despite what many believe, organic doesn't mean food from small farms, produced without pesticides, or grown in the USA. There are a few advantages to eating organic but there are some drawbacks too.

July 11, 2012

People are being exposed to higher levels of the substitute for BPA in cash register thermal paper receipts and many of the other products that engendered concerns about the health effects of bisphenol A, according to a new study.

Believed to be the first analysis of occurrence of bisphenol S (BPS) in thermal and recycled paper and paper currency, the report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Kurunthachalam Kannan and colleagues point out that growing evidence of the potentially toxic effects of BPA has led some manufacturers to replace it with BPS in thermal paper and other products. BPS is closely related to BPA, with some of the same estrogen-mimicking effects, and unanswered questions exist about whether it is safer.

by Marketpublishers.Com

June 14, 2016

Reports that 80% of Ukraines soybean crop is grown from illegal genetically-modified seeds are "probably true," Mykola Kovalski, chief strategy officer at Astarta, told the Agrimoney Investment Forum.

Astarta, a Ukrainian agribusiness which is the country's largest sugar producer, buys non GM seeds from Canada, Mr Kovalski said. The non-GM meal produced means the company receives a premium for its product. But Mr Kovalski noted that it was "difficult to estimate" the scale of GM planting across the country, with fields of non-GM and GM soybeans plant "It is a problem for us" he said.

by Fritz Kreiss

March 11, 2013

Wild bees, such as this Andrena bee visiting highbush blueberry flowers, play a key role in boosting crop yields.

Some of the most healthful foods you can think of - blueberries, cranberries, apples, almonds and squash - would never get to your plate without the help of insects. No insects, no pollination. No pollination, no fruit. Farmers who grow these crops often rely on honeybees to do the job. But scientists are now reporting that honeybees, while convenient, are not necessarily the best pollinators.

Health Day

by Randy Dotinga

May 21, 2010

You may think organic food is always better for you, but a new British study finds that wild birds beg to differ.

The findings, study author Ailsa McKenzie of Newcastle University said in a news release from the school, were likely to be of "considerable interest to the general public in the debate over the relative merits of consuming organic food."

Hot Air

by Ed Morrissey

July 27, 2012

Old and busted: Barack Obama is the most gifted orator in American politics since ... well, FDR, Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, take your pick.

New hotness: The President can't express himself clearly without his apologists at the ready to explain his "context." For the third time in two months, Obama's musings on the economy have put him in hot water and given Mitt Romney huge openings to exploit. Kim Strassel believes that four words in particular have Team Obama in a panic...

June 4, 2013

Dr. Jonas Salk didn't miss a beat when Edward R. Murrow asked him, in a 1955 television interview, who owned the patent on the polio vaccine.

Salk had recently developed the breakthrough inoculation with his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh. Millions of school kids were lining up to receive it, and the greatest scourge of the postwar era was receding. "Well, the people [own it]," Salk replied. "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"


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