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Spinach, Lettuce Producers to Police Selves

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continued a disappointing series of decisions today with its announcement it would likely establish a national marketing agreement that allows the leafy greens industry to develop its own food safety criteria. Mere months after signaling its intention to deregulate genetically engineered crops and potentially reverse the ban on Chinese chicken imports, the USDA is now allowing the industry that brought us E. coli-tainted spinach to police itself.

This agreement allows industry to create its own production standards and creates USDA audits to verify that they are followed.

Three Tips from the White House on Winter Gardening

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/07vtMJgp0no&hl=en_US&fs=1&]First Lady Michelle Obama cultivated a fresh vision heard around the world when she initiated a kitchen garden on the White House ground last spring.Β  But don’t think that as the snow flies this growing venture will dive into hibernation.Β  Thanks to the vision of Sam Kass, Food Initiative Coordinator at the White House and …

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Alkaline Eating for Better Body Chemistry, PH Levels, and Overall Health

Going to a body and nutrition expert with my husband is one of the best things we’ve done for ourselves. What was the key take away? Warning! Turn Alkaline! Turn Alkaline? Are we magicians? Well according to biochemists we are! You can change your body chemistry with what you eat! Chemicals have seeped into foods, …

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Hearty Spring Flavors with Leftovers: Spinach and Asparagus Pasta

June on our Wisconsin farm and B&B, Inn Serendipity, ushers in a few weeks of chaos.Β  Tending everything from gardens to B&B guests, June packs in a cornucopia of duties that take time away from the kitchen and savoring the abundance of the early summer season. Don’t get me wrong as I truly relish this …

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FDA Allows Producers to Irradiate Spinach and Lettuce to Kill Germs

Irradiated spinach and lettuce are coming soon to a store near you! In the name of food safety, the Food and Drug Administration will now allow producers of fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to irradiate their products to kill germs. Following in the wake of the recent E. coli and salmonella outbreaks from fresh produce, …

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My Big Fat Local, Seasonal, Greek Spinach Pie Recipe

Opah! The Greek God of Spanakopita smiled down favorably this week here in Wisconsin, providing tender green spinach along with the first of our dill — which means it’s spinach pie time. The Greeks sure know how to pack in the healthy, iron punch with an abundance of greens alongside poignant feta cheese. And while …

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