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Reality or Myth?

Will eating locally grown foods reduce your carbon footprint? It’s estimated that the average meal travels well over 1,200 miles by truck, ship and/or plane before it reaches your table. Locavores often cite “food miles” — that is, the distance food is shipped to market — as a reason to eat local. Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott … Continue reading

Nourish Your Neighbors

Feeding the hungry is the challenge of America. It’s something that calls us all to help and change things for the better. By donating time, money or resources — just choose one of those that suits you. If you like to garden this project just might be for you. Creating a garden and growing food … Continue reading

Food Insecurity tells me the Dog Days are Not Over

Food insecurity is a reality for millions of Americans. According to the USDA, as of December 1, 2011, there are more than 50 million individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps. Recipients of the SNAP program include the homeless, elderly, disabled, unemployed and underemployed individuals and children from all … Continue reading

Subsidizing Sickness

Have you ever wondered why a hamburger at Mickey D’s costs less than a bunch of spinach? It IS odd isn’t it? You may not know it, but we’re subsidizing the production of hamburgers to keep them nice and cheap — all over the world. Our government spends billions of dollars in subsidies that go … Continue reading

Reality of Genetically Altered Food

High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff?  Or is it going to eat us?  -Annita Manning About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically modified ingredients and is not labeled. The biotechnology industry is spending $50 million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope … Continue reading

Choose your Milk

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” -Sir Walter Scott Not all is well on the US milk front. Dr. Samual Epstein’s research points to that conclusion and researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health recently sent a strong message to the United States Department of Agriculture challenging the … Continue reading

Let Your Footsteps Leave No Trace

When the forsythia bushes begin to bloom it marks the time of year when crop dusting Iowa farmland with pesticides begins. This toxic brew is not only distributed onto the soil, it ends up in our water and air. And this is the time of the year my young daughters body is made ill with … Continue reading

Something You Can Live Without … Corn Syrup

I’d love to share BIG news in fifteen seconds about the sanctity of our food and how to choose better. The salmonella recalls have been real concern as of late, but this week something even more lethal has gained my attention. It’s very disturbing and it calls for a change — what may be common … Continue reading

Guide to Buying Organic

There’s no doubt that organic food is the better and safer choice when it comes to feeding your family. One thing that I hear when I challenge others to buy organic is that it’s too expensive. If you find the cost of an all organic meal cost prohibitive you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that, … Continue reading

Poo Poo Poison!

Who wasn’t saddened to read about the passing of Alex, the African Gray Parrot whose vocabulary and emotional development rivaled that of some politicians? Unfortunately, not all birds are quite that bright. Take Fowlie, the fine-feathered star of Mark Fiore’s new animation “Cockle Doodle Doo Doo.” Fowlie’s not sure what will happen after his corporate … Continue reading