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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 Clay S. Conrad

February 5, 2003

Government has a boundless appetite to inflict senseless pain on Americans, in the guise of the war on drugs, even at the cost of degrading Federalism and the needs and values of the American people. A recent case demonstrates this arrogance handily.

Ed Rosenthal was a medical marijuana supplier who, in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act, had been growing marijuana for seriously ill people under a doctor's advice and care. Rosenthal was arrested in February, 2002 and accused of supplying marijuana to the Harm Reduction Center in San Francisco. Rosenthal had been deputized by the city of Oakland, California and made the official supplier of a city-sponsored medical marijuana dispensary. The Compassionate Use Act passed with 78 percent of the vote in San Francisco. It took a total of eighty jurors to find twelve willing to convict Rosenthal. Most of those summoned for jury duty said they would not be willing to brand someone a felon for growing or distributing medical marijuana...

July 12, 2013

See these dangerous looking "feral" pigs? In their PENS? Keep that picture in mind as I tell you about the Mark Baker court hearing today...

What an exciting day! As I wrote about earlier this week (Stand With Us and Help Save the Baker Farm), a bunch of us, more than I ever DREAMED, went up to the Missaukee County Courthouse in Lake City, Michigan for the Baker Farm hearing today. There were well over 215 people there, and that wasn't even counting all those waiting outside who couldn't get in! (See the Baker's blog post on today's hearing here.) Mark Baker Thank you all who came, for standing with the Baker family in fighting these ridiculous rulings and fines. This isn't the best quality picture, but Mark's face melted me as he humbly thanked everyone for coming out for them today.

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by Erika Johnsen

July 15, 2012

On July 1st, a new state law went into effect in California banning the sale and production of foie gras.

The law doesn't seem to have much efficacy to me, although it looks like local producers could still sell foie gras if it was made without force-feeding the animals (although it would presumably be less delicious). For instance, what's to stop restaurants from importing foie gras from France and serving it for free along with pricey pieces of toast?), and I don't believe any government anywhere should be involved in making such trifling rules over people's personal choices. But, oh well - that's federalism, I guess.

by Christina Wyle

March 25, 2013

I have often wondered whether pollutants in the environment contributed to my family's deadly health history. My mom died of lung cancer at the age of 56, my father died of a blood disease thought to be caused by benzene at 72, and my youngest sister...

I have been going through life assuming "someone" is testing the food, home furnishings, cosmetics and everything else my family is exposed to. Ms. Williams talked about how chemicals are stored in our fat cells. With the rise of the industrial age and the load of chemicals our bodies absorb, it may help explain the recent rise in cancer, autism, ADD, asthma, and immune disorders. It was challenging not to go into panic mode, or just dismiss this new information and go on living in ignorant bliss. I left that event feeling like I had to do something. I didn't know what I could do, so I figured I would start by educating myself.

by Jennifer Gill

November 25, 2017

How an idealistic M.B.A. used new age notions (Shared Values Thought, anyone?) to rev up an old-line business and turn a humble commodity into a premium product.

At the mill, a layer of pinkish salt covers every surface; lick your lips and you can taste it. In his dusty coveralls and hardhat, Boyd Jewkes, the mill's team leader, surveys the rock salt clattering by on a conveyor belt and grabs a fist-size chunk. Unlike the others, it's almost clear; it glistens when he holds it up to the light. Jewkes throws it down a chute to separate it from the more dense rocks.

by Rich Duprey

July 27, 2013

Thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can now eat more of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup in your food.

Because there wasn't anywhere near as much coverage as there was for President Obama signing into law the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" -- which prohibits federal courts from halting the sale of genetically modified or engineered seeds -- the decision by the regulatory agency to increase the acceptable level of pesticides permitted on food crops went through without much of a fight (though the EPA received nearly 11,000 public comments opposing the move). What it means is that Roundup will become an even larger profit center for the chemicals giant. Monsanto's agricultural productivity segment generated $1.2 billion last quarter, driven primarily by sales of its glysophate-based herbicide Roundup to farmers and a smaller portion to consumers, which is handled by Scotts Miracle-Gro. Sales have risen 24% over the first nine months of the fiscal year, only a small portion of which is because of higher prices.

by Andrea Brower

June 13, 2012

My belly is full. It seems no matter how hard I try to "eat my way to a better world", that world never materializes. The organic and fair-trade industries are booming.

But agribusiness continues to consolidate power and profit, small farmers worldwide are being dispossessed in an unprecedented global land grab, over a billion people are going hungry, and agriculture's contributions to climate change are increasing. It's not just that change is slow, but we actually seem to be moving in the opposite direction than alternative food movements are trying to take us. What is going on? How are we to understand this apparent paradox, and the seeming failure of our food activism? While the answers are not clear or easy, we can start by considering the main form our political action is taking, and where it is (and isn't) getting us.

September 8, 2012

The state's Public Health Department issues a warning to consumers not to eat certain licorice as it may contain lead.

California's Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officials warned consumers not to eat Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists, Family Mix, Mixed Bites and Snaps containing black licorice. This warning comes after the manufacturer expanded its August 22 recall because it determined these products may contain levels of lead exceeding the state's standards. Consumers who have this candy should throw it away immediately. The following products are subject to this expanded recall...

by Ashley Lutz

February 15, 2013

Wal-Mart shares are tanking after the company's executives called February sales a "total disaster."

"Have you ever had one of those weeks where your best-prepared plans weren't good enough to accomplish everything you set out to do?" Wal-Mart exec Cameron Geiger wrote in one of the emails reported by Renee Dudley at Bloomberg. "Well, we just had one of those weeks here at Walmart U.S. Where are all the customers? And where's their money?" Geiger asked.

September 22, 2014

Just what is your food made of, anyway? Try industrial synthesis, genetically modified mold secretions, hydrochloric acid, mercury-contaminated caustic soda, ferrocyanide... and, of course, lots of GMO corn.

If common ingredients like "citric acid" and "ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)" sound normal and familiar enough that you practically conjure up an image of the flourishing orchard they were grown in - then think again. Picture instead an industrial factory, carrying out protocols developed in a lab, produced with enough winding nozzles, tanks, valves, pipes and other thinga-ma-jiggers to create a meandering and disorienting Dr. Seuss story. Because, after all, these common -nearly ubiquitous - ingredients don't come from where you might assume (i.e. simply, citrus fruits).


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