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Frozen Food Aisle
Thursday, 02 November 2017
Frozen Food Aisle There are many frozen fruit and vegetable options in the frozen food aisle. But are they as nutritious as their fresh versions? Dr. Ali Bouzari and his colleagues at the University of California, Davis, tested the vitamin content in eight fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables: corn, carrots, broccoli, spinach...

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Flaxseed Benefits
Thursday, 05 October 2017
Flaxseed Benefits Flax was first introduced to the U.S. by colonists and was at first mostly used to produce fiber for clothing and flaxseed oil for painting buildings. As time went on, the demand for flaxseed grew as it became used in livestock and poultry feed. By the 1940s, flax became extinct as a commercial crop in the U.S. due to the prominence of cotton...

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Alternatives to Coffee
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Alternatives to Coffee Coffee is undoubtedly a robust industry that dominates the world’s beverage market. Thus, it seems like every other day I see another article online about how coffee is either healthy for me or bad for me. Whether or not this is the case, there are some interesting and beneficial coffee alternatives if you feel like...

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Salt
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Salt Salt has become a delicacy, gracing the shelves of many specialty markets with different flavors and grains. It is one more item that can be relatively cheap to purchase or mysteriously expensive. It is used to take stains out of clothes or keep you from slipping on icy pavement...

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Fast Food Trends
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Fast Food Trends Street vendors and walk-up restaurants have long been a part of human history, dating back to at least the Roman Empire. However, fast food in its modern form, which draws chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s to mind, originated over the last century in the United States...

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Iron Rich Foods
Monday, 31 July 2017
Iron Rich Foods Do you feel unbearably exhausted throughout your day? Does it feel like a struggle to think and focus even when you have chugged about 3 cups of coffee? Well, put down the Red bull, Rockstar or 5 Hour Energy. Your problem might not be a lack of caffeine but rather a lack of iron, medically termed anemia. Other symptoms...

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Health Benefits of Quinoa and Pinole
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Health Benefits of Quinoa and Pinole The Food and Agriculture Organization named 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa.” Quinoa is a seed, not a grain, from a plant in the goosefoot family. Other notable healthy plants in the goosefoot family include chard and spinach. Quinoa is gluten-free and a great source of protein...

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Artificial Sugar
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Artificial Sugar The negative health impacts of refined sugar have been well documented. First, it’s been found to be addictive. By consuming excessive amounts of sugar, our brains become accustomed to the reward signals triggered by sugar consumption. A study conducted in France that was presented...

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Kombucha
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Image Kombucha is a fermented tea that is made out of tea, water, sugar, and a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, and it is the fermenting culture that is created from previous batches of kombucha. The basics of making kombucha include steeping tea in boiling water with sugar...

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White Flour Alternatives
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Image Conventional flour, also known as white flour, is what we think of when we think of flour: snow-white and usually made from wheat berry. However, when I looked into how white flour is made, I found that there are far more variations than I had thought. All-purpose white flour can be unbleached, meaning it has been naturally...

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Hemp Industry
Thursday, 04 May 2017
Hemp Industry Most of us probably think of hemp being used as an eco-friendly material in our clothing or most likely our rugs! Maybe we think of people eating hemp seeds for health purposes too? Hemp has many benefits and now that it is again legal to grow hemp in the United States these benefits are being explored even further in various product industries. Could this crop, found as...

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Gluten Free Tips
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Gluten Free Tips Most of us by now have either heard or seen the term “gluten-free” thrown around. So what is the deal with foods that are labeled as gluten-free and why do some people follow this dietary restriction? For starters, about 1 in 133 people (0.75%) have celiac disease...

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Growing Olives
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Growing Olives Approximately 2.25 million tons of olive oil is consumed worldwide every year. Spain, Italy, Greece, and other Mediterranean countries are the major producers of olive oil. The European Union is the largest consumer, consuming 66% of the global supply.5 In addition to using olive oil for cooking, olive oil and the olive tree have many other important...

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How to Stop Sugar Cravings
Thursday, 26 January 2017
How to Stop Sugar Cravings By consuming excessive amounts of sugar, our brains become accustomed to the reward signals triggered by sugar consumption. A study conducted in France that was presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2007 annual meeting showed that when rats (who metabolize sugar similarly to humans) were given the choice between sugar water and cocaine, 94% of the...

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Dangers of Nonstick Cookware
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Dangers of Nonstick Cookware Many conventional nonstick pans are coated with Teflon, which is a brand name for the synthetic chemical polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Teflon has been used commercially since the 1940s, and this chemical is what makes surfaces “nonstick.” Part of the reason Teflon is so widely used is because it is a very stable chemical, meaning it does not...

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Plant Products
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Plant Products Can plants replace meat and dairy? The 2014 documentary Cowspiracy lauds plant-based egg, dairy, and meat products as the future of food. Bill Gates has even supported projects such as Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods and has spoken consistently in favor of pursuing these alternatives. But, what would a food economy of only plant-based products...

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Washing Produce
Thursday, 08 December 2016
Washing Produce Our world’s current food system unfortunately provides many ways for produce to become contaminated. This contamination can be the result of our food being grown with pesticides, to the packaging process, to natural spoilage. Every now and then there are E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks that remind us that while pesticides and bacteria on produce are invisible...

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Eating Vegan
Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Eating  Vegan There is much controversy surrounding the meat versus non-meat diet and how it affects the environment. Many anti-meat advocates argue that animal product consumption is one of the leading causes of climate change due to the energy used to feed and house animals for consumer consumption as well as production...

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High Fructose Corn Syrup
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
High Fructose Corn Syrup High fructose corn syrup used to just be an ingredient on food labels, until it became national enemy number one. So what is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) anyway? HFCS is a blend of fructose and glucose,the most common blend being HFCS-42, 42% fructose and 58% glucose...

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Food Preservatives
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Food Preservatives Sometimes life calls for convenience, and what could be more convenient than quickly grabbing snacks like cereal, cookies, and chips at the grocery store? However, it turns out that these foods often contain additives that are not good for our health. The common food preservatives that we are going to look at today are BHA and BHT...

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Chia Seeds
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Chia Seeds Chia, a desert plant, was used by the Aztecs as early as 3,500 B.C.E. and was a major component of the Aztec diet. Not only were the seeds mixed into food and water, but they were also ground into flour, used in medicines, pressed for oil, and used as offerings in religious ceremonies. During pre-Columbian times, chia was grown as a cash crop in Mexico...

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Tea Benefits
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Tea Benefits Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, second only to water! From its antioxidant properties to the calming ritual of tea drinking, tea is a prominent feature in many cultures. Myoan Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest describes tea as the “elixir of life...

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Peanut Butter Healthy
Friday, 09 September 2016
Peanut Butter Healthy Peanut butter contains neither nuts nor butter. Peanuts are actually legumes that grow underground.2 It is believed that the peanut plant is indigenous to Peru or Brazil, but it grew as far north as Mexico. While there are no fossils to prove this, South American pottery with peanut designs date back as far as 3,500 years ago. The Incans, for example...

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Sport Drink Alternatives
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Sport Drink Alternatives There is no denying that the rise of sports drinks has educated people on the importance of replenishing their electrolytes after exercising. However, there are a few negative impacts of these drinks, especially for those who may be drinking it daily but are not doing extreme workouts...

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Butter vs Margarine
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Butter vs Margarine Butter and margarine are America’s favorite fats! Renowned French chef Jacques Pépin has said, “If you have extraordinary bread and extraordinary butter, it’s hard to beat bread and butter.” It is true that butter makes even the simplest of foods taste better...

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Cultural Diets
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Cultural  Diets There are several traditional diets – Mediterranean, Scandinavian, and Japanese – that are touted as being the healthiest eating habits in the world. They all depend of highly valued cultural and environmental resources. However, erratic weather patterns are taking a toll...

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Avocado Oil Benefits
Monday, 08 August 2016
Avocado Oil Benefits For years oil became a diet no-no, then certain oils became touted as actually being extremely good for your health . While coconut oil has exploded on the natural foods and beauty products scene, people have recently been singing the praises of avocado oil. High in healthy...

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Turmeric Health Benefits
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Turmeric Health Benefits It turns out that the infamous spice that gives curry its yellow coloring has many more benefits than simply making food taste better. In Sanskrit, turmeric has over 53 names, which demonstrates the importance of this root to Indian culture. Today, this golden spice continues to provide a variety of health benefits to people all over the world....

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Organic Labeling
Monday, 13 June 2016
Organic Labeling While the USDA has definitions for “natural” and “organic,” these definitions are vague, leaving loopholes for food companies. According to the USDA, a product can be labeled as “natural” if it doesn’t contain artificial ingredients or added color and it must be minimally processed...

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Ginger Root Benefits
Thursday, 02 June 2016
Ginger Root Benefits Ginger is a perennial plant that is believed to be native to Southeast Asia. The spice that we know of as ginger is actually the underground stem, also known as the rhizome, of the plant. Ginger rhizomes are irregularly shaped, are about one to six inches long, and range in color from dark yellow to beige.1 The ginger plant usually grows to about one to... article/ginger-root.jpg Ginger Root Benefits

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GMO Controversy
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
GMO Controversy There has been a great deal of controversy about whether GMO foods are safe to eat, and there does not appear to be a definitive consensus on the issue yet. While the United States allows GMO crops, the European Union only allows a few GMO crops with mandatory labeling.6 However, there are environmental issues in regards to creating and growing GMO crops...

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Mislabeled Seafood
Thursday, 05 May 2016
Mislabeled Seafood In the United States, mislabeled seafood is a prevalent problem. Consumers are faced with a myriad of labels and numerical ratings created by individual food markets to decipher. The term sustainable seafood is used everywhere, yet what that actually means remains a mystery...

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Benefits of Fermented Foods
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Benefits of Fermented Foods You may have noticed the reappearance of fermented vegetables, such as pickles, cucumbers, and radishes, on the side of your plate when you go out to eat. Fermented foods have regained popularity in the U.S. restaurant world due to their health benefits. One of the most common methods of fermentation is lactic acid fermentation...

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Ghee Benefits
Tuesday, 05 April 2016
Ghee Benefits Can’t get enough of butter? Ghee, a clarified butter, may peak your interest. Used traditionally in South Asian cuisine, ghee is known not only for its good taste but for its multitude of health benefits. When the water and milk solids are removed from butter, ghee is what remains. To make ghee, unsalted butter is melted and separates into three layers...

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Organic Supermarkets
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Organic Supermarkets There have always been organic food and product options at local farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA ) farms. And more and more, there are organic options in national chain supermarkets, ranging from Safeway to Whole Foods. However, organic’s online presence is ramping up, making organic products more accessible to communities...

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Seed Banks
Tuesday, 08 March 2016
 Seed Banks Have you ever heard of a seed bank? Well they are extremely important—so important that there is a world seed bank you would think belongs in a James Bond film! The entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault looks like something out of an apocalyptic movie. And indeed, one of the reasons a consortium of scientists created the vault was for worst-case scenarios...

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BARF Diet
Thursday, 04 February 2016
BARF Diet While it is a controversial issue, there are many health benefits including “shinier coats, healthier skin, cleaner teeth, higher energy levels and smaller stools.”1 These results are due to effects of living enzymes and proteins in raw, unprocessed foods that promote healthy organ function. The “BARF” (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet, proposed...

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Eating Bugs
Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Eating Bugs It turns out that there are many benefits to adding insects to one’s diet. First, insects are rich in protein and nutrients such as iron and zinc. Due to their small size, insects also do not require anywhere near as much space as livestock and do not require much feed or other resources. In fact, one kilogram of feed yields 12 times more cricket...

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Paleo Diet Plan
Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Paleo Diet Plan The idea of the Paleolithic, or paleo, diet partly stems from former University of California – Irvine Economics Professor Arthur De Vany. For the past 25 years, Professor De Vany has advocated an “evolutionary fitness” regimen, which combines a high-protein/low-carb diet with interval or cross-training sessions...

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Nutrition Facts
Thursday, 03 December 2015
Nutrition Facts The Food Pyramid was supposed to solve chronic American health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Yet several decades later, here we are with 9.3 percent of the U.S. population afflicted with diabetes. What happened? Have we been victims of misleading...

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Healthy Oils
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Healthy Oils A slew of oils have recently emerged onto the health food scene and I found myself wondering, what are the best uses for each of these supposedly healthy oils? Which oil is best used for high-heat cooking and which is best used for skin moisturizing? Well, what I can tell you from my research is one fact was...

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Tea Industry
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Tea Industry Tea became an important part of Japanese culture when Japanese Buddhist monks brought it home after studying in China. In the late 1500s, Portuguese traders traveling back and forth between Europe and Asia began to drink tea. However, it was not until the Dutch took over Portuguese trading routes that tea began to be traded internationally. In 1606, the first...

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Coffee Industry
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Coffee Industry 21Is coffee the latest species to be added to the endangered list?! Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day.1 In fact, after oil, coffee is the most valuable commodity currently traded. Over the past 15 years, coffee consumption has grown worldwide by 43 percent. So what about coffee supply in light of all this demand and a changing...

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K Cup Controversy
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
K Cup Controversy In our over-scheduled lives, caffeine keeps many of us from collapsing from exhaustion. And in our over-scheduled lives, convenience is king. Cue Keurig, the coffee company that revolutionized easy-to-use, convenient coffee makers. However, one of Keurig’s most popular inventions, the K-Cup® is also one of its most controversial.  Additionally...

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Slow Food
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Slow Food The “fast” life undoubtedly evokes in our society a sense of anxiety and unrest. Relentlessly ingrained in us is the mindset that a “fast” life creates the framework for optimizing exposure to all that life has to offer. In reality, no matter how quickly one is able to accomplish or experience something, it is invariably at the expense of their health, happiness...

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Atrazine
Thursday, 03 September 2015
Atrazine You may not have heard of atrazine, but chances are it has been used as an herbicide—weed-killer—to help grow the food you eat. Atrazine is currently the second largest selling pesticide in the world. It is used primarily on corn in the United States, but it is also used to help...

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What is Bone Broth
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
What is Bone Broth Out with green juice and in with bone broth. Lately, the benefits of drinking bone broth have been popping up all over the Internet, leading me to want to delve in deeper. What exactly is bone broth, and how do you make it? Is this something that you have to make at home or are premade versions equally beneficial? Is this new health trend here to...

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Raw Foods Diet
Thursday, 07 May 2015
Raw Foods Diet The raw food diet has emerged in recent years as one of the newest trends in culinary wellness and health. The sudden popularity peaked my interest in the diet beyond simply knowing that raw foodism avoids cooking foods above a certain temperature in the name of preserving...

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Honey Food Safety
Friday, 24 April 2015
Honey Food Safety In a supermarket full of treats made with white sugar and white flour, it’s hard to stick to your guns and pick the nutrient-rich vegetables and meat that will keep you healthy.  However, once you do decide to pick the healthy options, the challenge is not over. The food industry...

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Banana Industry
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Banana Industry According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bananas top the list for the most commonly consumed fresh fruit in America. In 2010, the USDA estimated that out of the 46.5 pounds of fresh fruit the average American consumes per year, 10.4 of those pounds are bananas. Bananas are not grown in the USA. There are numerous issues...

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Organic Beer
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Organic Beer It is all too easy to forget major food and beverage categories while in the midst of attempting to eat locally and organically. Some of these products even stare you right in the face but are more often than not overlooked. For me, that category mainly includes adult beverages. I decided I would begin my exploration...

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Why Are Bees Dying
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Why Are Bees Dying Colony Collapse Disorder has been a mysterious threat to honeybee populations throughout North America for several years now. Its devastating impact has been swift, leaving scientists scrambling to figure out why honeybees are rapidly dying off. For expanded background on the...

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What is Cold Pressed Juice
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
What is Cold Pressed Juice The word “juice” always used to remind me of my childhood, when my classmates and I would get hyped up on sugar via juice boxes during snack time. However, recently the concept of “juice” has been revamped. Out with juice from concentrate and in with fancy “cold-pressed” juice...

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Beverage Safety
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Beverage Safety In August 2011, a California resident filed a class action complaint against Safeway, a supermarket chain, alleging that their product “Safeway Select Kona Blend Coffee” was misleading due to the fact that the product only contained a small proportion of Kona beans. The packaging...

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Chicken Safety
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Chicken Safety If you plan on buying chicken at a grocery store you will find a myriad of terms jump out at you while perusing the poultry aisle. “Natural,” “grass-fed,” “cage-free,” “free-range” – the list goes on. As with the previous Greeniacs mislabeled food spotlight on honey, companies...

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Urban Agriculture
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Urban Agriculture The 1920s marked the start of a regional planning movement in the United States during which many leaders attempted to transform conventional industrialized food systems in place. It wasn’t until the environmental justice movement, however, that mobilization began to grow, cultivating ideals of “community empowerment, social justice, and reduction of environmental...

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Pesticide Usage
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Pesticide Usage With global population levels soaring to more than 7 billion, it is often taken for granted how the world has been able to sustain such a large population that is increasingly reaching its carrying capacity. While the unequal distribution of wealth does question the notion of a population that is being...

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Genetically Engineered Fish
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Genetically Engineered Fish Talk of fish is everywhere these days, from discussions about aquaculture—or more broadly, the alarming decline in our global fish stock—now to what was once considered pure science fiction: the awe that is genetically engineered fish, otherwise referred to as “Frankenfish.” Now, you’ve heard of the contentious three-letter acronym, GMO, which stands for genetically...

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Modern Agriculture
Tuesday, 04 June 2013
Modern Agriculture As time passes by, there are more and more mouths to feed across the globe. The demand for crops during their offseason or in locations they are not usually grown has skyrocketed, and in such a consumerist world, instead of consumers learning to adapt to the changes to the environment...

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Genetically Modified Organisms
Monday, 19 November 2012
Genetically Modified Organisms The story starts with a tomato – the Flavr Savr by Calgene. This was the first commercial use of genetically modified organisms, aka GMOs, and was released in 1994 without any form of labeling. Since then, GMOs have been an integral part of not just the American, but the global food...

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Corn Drought
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Corn Drought Drought brings cornucopia of problems for the United States’ corn industry… It’s hard to miss the effects of the summer of 2012’s prolonged drought when you fly over the Midwest. Huge swaths of corn land are browned and unusable. And if you don’t have reason to fly across the...

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Soda Tax
Tuesday, 03 July 2012
Soda Tax Americans drink about 13.8 billion gallons of sugar-sweetened beverages every year—we’re talking about sports drinks and soda here, just to name a couple of the culprits! That’s about 45 gallons, per person, every year. Across the United States, municipalities are exploring the option...

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Cassava
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Cassava According to the Huffington Post, cassava is still a “neglected root” in most developed countries. I thought I had never tried the crop until I realized that its extract is tapioca. In South America the root is referred to as yucca, which is often found on menus across North America...

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Soy Uses
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Soy Uses Soy is a plant native to Southeast Asia and, perhaps surprisingly, is a member of the pea family, Fabaceae. The soy plant can grow from one to five-feet tall and grows in clusters of pods. Through fermentation techniques, soy can be made into other forms that you may encounter in restaurants more often, such as tempeh, miso, tofu, and of course...

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Banana Facts
Thursday, 08 September 2011
Banana Facts They're yellow, sweet, seedless, always about the same shape and size. We love them in our breakfast cereals, our yogurts, our breads, and just on their own as an easy on-the-go snack. They're nutritious, filled with good potassium. But are bananas environmentally friendly? Who grows them, and how? Why is it that they're always about...

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Insects as Food
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Insects as Food The Solution to World Hunger… Insects? After a marathon weekend watching the travel channel’s program, Bizarre Foods, where Andrew Zimmern travels the world to sample the cuisines from different countries and cultures, I found myself thinking that insects could be the solution to world hunger. Some of what Zimmern samples are pretty standard...

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All About Chocolate
Thursday, 10 February 2011
All About Chocolate Chocolate is indulgence, youth, love, and happiness—except when it contributes to deforestation and child labor! Make a change and this Valentine's Day, get your sweetheart a chocolate treat that spreads your love all the way to the cocoa seeds of Africa. Chocolate’s Origins: Chocolate comes from the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree, which means...

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Tea and Coffee
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tea and Coffee Caffeine is the world’s most popular psychoactive drug. Scientists even speculate that plants use caffeine to paralyze pests. Nonetheless, every person in the world drinks an average of one caffeinated beverage per day! We have consumed caffeinated plants since the Stone Age, though the caffeine molecule wasn’t isolated and named until...

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All About Food
Monday, 25 October 2010
All About Food Are you familiar with the new food lingo? There’s organic and slow food, pastured and GMO-free. There are locavores and omnivores, CSA members and foodies. And they’re all part of a global movement that’s reevaluating the relationships between us, our food, and our environment...

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Eggs
Tuesday, 05 October 2010
Eggs Who wants some eggs?! The answer is: a lot of us…on average, each American eats about 250 eggs a year. There are around 340 million egg-laying chickens in the United States and 5 billion worldwide.3 That’s almost equal to the number of human beings! Why so many eggs? Because the egg really is incredible. We figured that out about 10,000...

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Green Winery
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Green Winery LEED Certified Winery Set to Open at U.C. Davis… One of the best Viticulture and Enology programs in the country lies on the University of California at Davis campus, also known as U.C. Davis. For those of you who don’t know, the terms viticulture and enology are simply scientific words meaning: the study of making wine. The school’s...

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Vegetarianism
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Vegetarianism Vegetarianism Goes Mainstream! The vegetarian diet has been around for thousands of years and consumed across many different cultures. Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein are just a few noted famous vegetarians of the past. Einstein was even quoted to believe, “Nothing will benefit human...

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Rare Fruit
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Rare Fruit For all of us residing between ten degrees North and Alaska, August marks the opening of the floodgates for farmers large and small. Festoons of tomatoes, basil, eggplant, peppers, peaches, and plums are being picked every day from immense fields and orchards to tiny little rooftop gardens in bustling metropolises. For those of us who...

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American Diet
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
American Diet How do we decide what food to eat? From PROCESSED FOOD, food made cheaper with PESTICIDES and ANTIBIOTICS, to LOCAL, ORGANIC and higher quality food, Americans choose how they eat based on their economic situation, knowledge of nutrition, and accessibility. The short film, Montana Fare, by Jaime Jelenchick, is a documentary about...

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Antibiotics and Food
Wednesday, 07 April 2010
Antibiotics and Food If you have ever seen a doctor for a cold or any other bacterial infection, it is almost certain you were prescribed a form of antibiotics to fight off the sickness. For this, antibiotics are miraculous, and one couldn't begin to count the lives they have saved and the amount of suffering relieved. On the downside, for several decades, humans...

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Vertical Farming
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Vertical Farming Farming grows up… The sky is the limit, especially when it comes to the future of farming. In fact, vertical farming was recently named the 16th best world invention of 2009 by Time Magazine. Innovational companies, like Valcent, have created efficient, affordable systems that reduce water use, limit pesticides and can be place in...

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Pork
Thursday, 03 December 2009
Pork It all began with Dolly the lamb. Now scientists have taken cloning to a whole new level: meat production. That’s right, in the not so distant future you could find yourself in the meat isle picking up laboratory grown pork. Scientists in the Netherlands who started this project call it “soggy meat,” however, I wouldn’t be...

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My Organic Lifestyle
Sunday, 17 May 2009
My Organic Lifestyle As a child growing up in the Midwest, I was able to enjoy the luxuries of our seasonal vegetable garden and other fresh produce from local farms. I remember picking fresh berries on our camping trips to Lake Michigan and eating snap peas or cherry tomatoes directly from the vine in my backyard. I rarely considered washing these fresh picks...

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A Vegetarian Perspective
Tuesday, 05 May 2009
A Vegetarian Perspective For the greater half of my life, my daily diet has been vegetarian. My middle school years turned me onto the animal rights movement, causing me to dismiss red meat, and then white meat, and finally any form of seafood. As I got older, my taste for eggs and most dairy products began to fade, but I have yet to give up cheese and chocolate...

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Free Range Foods
Thursday, 05 March 2009
Free Range Foods Free-range meats and eggs are exploding in popularity around the world. In the United Kingdom, free-range eggs have actually outsold those from traditional farms, and many major stores are selling only free-range eggs. In California, a proposition on the ballot in November of 2008 passed, which forces pig, cow, and chicken farmers to either...

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Raw in Ten Minutes
Tuesday, 03 March 2009
Raw in Ten Minutes! In Hollywood the hottest new celebrity diet, major eco-food trend and secret is about to emerge as the next major national sensation! Did you know that many sources pointed to the raw organic diet as having brought Britney Spears to the road of recovery? Or that it saved Super Model Carol Alt’s health, life, and modeling career...

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Biodynamic Agriculture What Where How
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Biodynamic Agriculture: What? Where? How? Biodynamic agriculture is one of the most sustainable methods of agriculture.1 It does so by incorporating organic farming techniques, composting, crop rotation, and attempts to integrate and reuse all of the natural resources on the farm. However, biodynamic agriculture is much more than just an agricultural method, it is...

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Why buy organic A look at Externalities
Tuesday, 04 November 2008
Why buy organic? A look at Externalities People always seem to be talking about organic-this and organic-that, and all it really seems like people know about the word “organic” is that it represents something void of pesticides, that it is beaming with natural goodness, or it is somehow yoga-related. And yes, these things are true—except for maybe the yoga thing—but there is another reason to...

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Solar Cooking Getting Started
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Solar Cooking Getting Started If you decide you want your own solar cooker, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Box cookers are literally shaped like a box. While these can cook large quantities of food evenly without the need to monitor them, they take a long time to cook. Panel cookers are made up of flat panels which focus the rays into the food. The advantage of panel...

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Slow Foods
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Slow Foods It has almost become expected to see a McDonalds in every city across the United States or even in any major city throughout the world. Living in a fast-paced world means that eating fast food is sometimes the easiest option. In the United States, we are spending almost $150 billion at fast food chains each year with the global fast food market...

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Food Miles
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Food Miles “Food miles” has become a new buzz term, suddenly so common in the environmentalist vernacular that people may be shy about asking what it means! Simply put, food miles are the number of miles a food item has had to travel from its origin to its final destination in your home or on your plate at a restaurant. While it is not necessarily...

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Genetically Modified Organisms The Debate
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
 Genetically Modified Organisms: The Debate With hundreds of millions of people around the world living in hunger, food security is a major modern day issue. What is the best way to solve this massive dilemma? There is no time to dilly dally, waiting for the perfect solution to arise, so why not use a form of technology that already exists? Genetically modified crops have the potential...

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USDA Certified Organic
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
USDA Certified Organic The National Organic Program (NOP) is an extension of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created to accredit local organic certifying agencies. The NOP accredits a total of 95 certifying agencies across the globe, 55 of which are located in the United States. In order for an agricultural product to be certified organic, farmers...

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