Author Archives: Becky Striepe

Fed Up Hog Farm Neighbors File Suit in NC

January 7th, 2015 | by Becky Striepe

Imagine if you couldn't send your kids out to play in the back yard or throw open the windows on a lovely spring day because of a ubiquitous, sickening smell. That's the reality for someone living near an industrial hog farm. A group of North Carolinians are sick of the stench, and they're suing to get it under control. In the video above, you can watch a short Charlotte Observer interview with one of the people involved in the massive hog farm lawsuit


Vermont Right to Know Gets Its Day in Court

January 6th, 2015 | by Becky Striepe

Oregon's GMO labeling law may be kaput for now, but in Vermont the shopper's right to know is still a possibility. The Vermont Right to Know GMOs Coalition sent out a press release this morning announcing that tomorrow morning Burlington's Federal District court "will be hearing the first oral arguments on Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law."


5 Ways We’re Reducing Food Waste by Using it Again

December 23rd, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

Between the farm and the table, we waste almost half of the food that we produce. Reducing food waste is no easy feat, and we're going to need an array of solutions to address all of this organic matter headed to our landfills. Of course, we need to just plain waste less food, but food waste isn't going away any time soon. We need solutions for using all of the wasted food that we're producing. Fortunately, there are companies out there right now who are reducing food waste by turning it into usable products from alternative fuel to packaging


Christmas Desserts: Coconut Chia Pudding

December 22nd, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

Christmas desserts can be a real sugarfest. They can also be incredibly elaborate and time-consuming. This chia pudding recipe is a healthier, simpler alternative for the holiday table


Added sugar is worse for your body than salt.

December 18th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

Added sugars are a fact of life if you eat pretty much any processed foods, and we knew that wasn't good news. But a new study revealed that in the battle of white powders, added sugar is even worse for us than added salt


Last-Minute Gift Idea: Lentil Soup Mix

December 16th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

This lentil soup mix was such a hit the year that I gave it out, that I've used it as gifts a few times since. It's simple to make a big batch, so these jars are a great last-minute gift idea, too


Does recycling K-cups make them better?

December 15th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

Single-cup coffee is incredibly popular right now, but what happens to all of those single-use plastic pods? Does recycling K-cups make them less of an environmental problem


Measure 92 Update: GMO Labeling in Oregon Fails by Narrow Margin

December 12th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

Menu labeling may be coming soon, but unfortunately GMO labeling in Oregon isn't happening right now thanks to big money from big food. Monsanto, Dow, DuPont and other big food corporations spent $20 million to defeat Measure 92, Oregon's GMO labeling intiative, and it looks like their misinformation campaigns were effective.



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