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 10, 2012 • in Health
What Your Gut Is Telling You
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When I look back at all the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life, I can clearly remember a moment when I consciously overrode what my gut was telling me. Our “gut” used in this respect seems more like a mystical, spiritual force that may or may not truly exist (although looking down I can see mine does!). But it should be remembered that our actual guts are filled with living organisms whose importance to the health of our entire body has been undervalued if not downright ignored
September 07, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
Casting Doubt on Organic Food
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by guest blogger Maya Rodale. I don’t care about the nutritional differences between organic and conventional produce. I buy organic because I like supporting cleaner air, cleaner water, fewer toxins released into the environment, and the creation of an organic, sustainable food system that will feed future generations. Now, if only organic food could get some good PR, even with all this in its favor.
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.
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).