September 20, 2012 • in Environment
The Drought Diet
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by guest blogger Wendy Gordon. Scorching temperatures and persistent drought have devastated farms across the United States, sending corn and soybean prices soaring. We live on corn, and as a consequence, our food budgets are extremely vulnerable to weather-driven crashes in the corn market. Let’s talk about how you can tailor your diet to these new drought conditions. Here are six simple steps that can pay off big for your health and for our planet while taking it easy on your wallet.
September 18, 2012 • in Environment
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by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. The latest media buzz over the Stanford study is a bit of a non-event here at the Rodale Institute. The study asks the question, “Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier than Conventional Alternatives?” It is a good question, one that many citizens. But, the fact is the researchers didn’t really answer it.
September 06, 2012 • in Environment
Why We Need to Save the Farm Bill
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by guest blogger Helen Dombalis. Despite what may be implied by its name, the Farm Bill affects much more than farm country U.S.A. The massive piece of legislation, renewed roughly every five years, has a lot to do with our entire food system. The current Farm Bill, passed back in 2008, is set to expire on September 30. That leaves Congress with just 16 business days to act!
August 28, 2012 • in Environment
Help Honey Bees Survive This Winter
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By guest blogger Heather Mattila. Honeybees are far and away the most important pollinator in today’s agricultural landscape. They pollinate more than 400 crops worldwide, help to create about a third of the food we eat, and contribute an estimated $12 billion to our nation’s food supply. But where do they go in winter? The answer might surprise you!
August 16, 2012 • in Environment
Why GE Labeling Is
Monsanto’s Worst Nightmare
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by Marcia Ishii-Eiteman. The dirty little secret behind GE crops is that they are marketing engines for the pesticide industry. Whatever the ads and manipulated media spots say, this is why Monsanto et al. are pulling out all the stops to stop Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, which would permit companies to label foods made with genetically engineered (GE) crops.
August 07, 2012 • in Environment
The Unsettling Reason
Lobsters Are on the Move
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by guest blogger Wendy Gordon. The lobster was delicious. Hauled in just hours before from the Gulf of Maine, where lobsters are more plentiful than ever. The waters, however, our host warned, were less brisk than I might remember when I was here in the mid ’90s.
July 26, 2012 • in Environment
The Secret Is in the Soil
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by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. The headlines are extreme: “Broiling Heat,” “Punishing Drought,” “Worst in 50 Years.” And the images are even worse. Miles of dry, cracked fields, crispy cornstalks, and stoic farmers holding tiny ears of kernel-less corn. More than half of the country is experiencing drought conditions, and counties in more than 25 states have been declared crop disasters by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).