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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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Savvy Sugar

October 10, 2010

You can be savvy with Whole Foods grocery shopping if you know the tricks of the trade. People are loving organic food, especially with documentaries such as Food Inc. shedding light on unhealthy farming practices.

But going organic can be more expensive, so I turned to Ashley Hawkins, spokesperson of the supermarket chain, for some tips on how to save. Most stores or metro areas have their own Twitter and Facebook pages, and they definitely list deals and specials there.    

Twain Harte Times

August 30, 2010

Olives are one of the oldest foods known to man and their one of the tastiest as well. Their rich history surrounds California's roots and goes back to biblical days. However, these delicious fruits have to be cured prior to eating.

If you have ever tasted an olive right off the tree you know the intense bitter flavors will coat your palate for hours.  For many families around the globe curing olives at home as a family is still a time honored tradition (often a multigenerational annual event), but it's not something that gets shared with mainstream America all that often. On September 18th, 2010, Chaffin Family Orchards will be hosting an Olive Curing Demonstration.

Healthy Living

August 15, 2010

There was a report that speculated that some cases of infant breat growth were due to elevated level of hormone present in milk powder made by Synutra. Tests did not confirm the link.

Do you see a single day when you don't use products made by china? I bet! it's difficult. You start your day with tea or coffee, you might be using the mug which is made from China, the bread toaster, your favourite shirt and many more household products are manufactured in China. In spite of the fact that majority of the products available in the US are manufactured in China; there has been a question mark on the quality of the products.  Recently there had been claims that milk powder made by Synutra International, China, has caused several cases of premature puberty.


June 16, 2010

Nebraska-based Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) had employees of a Chinese state agency inspect the state controlled-farms.

Organic food from China, including frozen vegetables, edemame soybeans, ginger, and tea, have found their way into supermarkets including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.  The packages often sport the "U.S.D.A. Organic" seal, but concern and even outrage over Chinese goods in recent years-from tainted pet food to lead paint-has prompted more retailers, including Whole Foods, to reduce the number of organic products coming from China.

Green House

May 28, 2010

This Memorial Day Weekend, take advantage of some eco-friendly tips that will make your barbecues and outdoor picnics sizzle:

You can stop by a farmer's market to pick up fruits and vegetables for your event or make dishes from local food. To find a farmer's market in your area, plug in your zip code and use Local Harvest's map. Mother Nature Network offers a yummy asparagus guacamole recipe for your event and Organic Kitchen offers other organic food ideas. Plus, don't forget you can serve organic beer and wine.


May 17, 2010

Researchers tracked the pesticides' breakdown products in kids' urine and found those with high levels were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetectable levels.

The findings are based on data from the general U.S. population, meaning that exposure to the pesticides could be harmful even at levels commonly found in children's environment. Organophosphates were originally developed for chemical warfare, and they are known to be toxic to the nervous system.

Live 5 News

May 7, 2010

An E. coli outbreak linked to tainted lettuce has sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan, including students on at least two college campuses, prompting a recall throughout much of the country.

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, says it is recalling romaine lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Federal health authorities say 12 of those sickened were hospitalized and three reported life-threatening symptoms. The CDC says it is looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.

The Tripoli Post

April 11, 2010

Cattle vaccination campaign - Libya Wednesday launched a national vaccination campaign in Al-Hamada Al-Hamra, south-west of the country, to immunize over one million sheep against micro-organisms.

The campaign, the largest ever conducted in Libya, is part of the periodic vaccination campaign meant for all sheep in the region. He said the work was not only limited to vaccinations but also to take random samples of flocks of sheep and to analyze them.

March 26, 2010

Avian Influenza is continuing to devastate the Mexican poultry industry with some reports stating that two million birds have now been destroyed.

According to the last notification report of the OIE dated 28th February, there are 11 reported outbreaks in the Guanajuato region with over 1 million susceptible birds confirmed. However, there are fears that the number is growing ostensibly and the impact will soon be felt on the market as was the case last year, when prices sky-rocketed as a result of an AI outbreak.

Organic Pastures

March 13, 2010

Yesterday Whole Foods called the nation's raw milk providers to inform us that as of today, Saturday March 13 at 8 am, they will be removing all raw milk from their shelves. Their actions make it seem like a health emergency, and it is not.

This is not a safety issue. Our wholesome and delicious raw milk is still available at local stores throughout CA. As a very large corporation, Whole Foods must respond to the decisions of their board of directors.


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