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Organic and Pesticide Free…Not So Fast

Ask anyone worth their weight in organic food what the definition of organic is, and they will probably say something along the lines of, “food that is made without chemicals, pesticides, or additives…

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How To Choose The Healthiest Milk

If you don't have time to read this whole post, skip to the end to learn which brands are best and which to avoid. In recent years, organic food has become big business, and mega-food process…

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America Promotes Healthy Eating

Kudos to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for putting out new dietary recommendations that, seemingly, aren't likely to sit well with Big Food. "Enjoy your food, but eat less", "…

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Do You Live In A Food Desert?

People do strange things when they're stranded in the desert. They eat bugs. They drink out of puddles. If help doesn't arrive quickly, they become malnourished and might even die. You might be…

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New Frankensalmon May Invade U.S.

Over the past several weeks, the US Department of Agriculture approved more genetically-engineered (GE) foods: Alfalfa (which becomes hay and then food for animals that becomes food for humans) …

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USDA Protects Tainted “Organic” Baby Foods

Good news is everywhere, if you know how to look. And I was on such a hunt for good news, I swear. Until I ran into a news alert published yesterday by the Cornucopia Institute, that I knew I coul…

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Annie’s Joins The Fight For Better School Lunches

In early 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed long-overdue upgrades to the nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs as p…

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Goat Milk and Cheese – A Sustainable Alternative to Cow Dairy

I'm a big fan of goats. I've loved them ever since I visited a babysitter's family farm and got to feed one with a bottle when I was four. (It does occur to me now, that I was feeding a baby goat wi…

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Want to Buy Green? Look for Biobased

The USDA will launch a new labeling initiative in February designed to help consumers identify biobased products, which are commercial or industrial products whose main ingredients are renewable plant…

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Healthy School Lunches

Last—but not least!—health- and food-related news item as we reach the close of 2010 : the much-awaited 4.5-billion-dollar-budget child nutrition bill was voted and signed into law this month in W…

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