Author name: John Chappell

I'm 33, and a Southern Californian by birth and outlook, but recently relocated to the upper Midwest. You can label me an organic farmer trapped in an accountants brain and body, an enthusiastic yet novice urban homesteader, and a vocal supporter of all things organic, local, wholesome, and old-school.

Fast Food and Restaurant Calorie Counts are Higher Than Advertised

A recent study discovered that the calories listed by many popular chain restaurants in the United States and in frozen processed meals sold in the grocery stores are understated by 10% to 18%.Β  The study calls into question the accuracy of the calorie amounts that are listed on packages or displayed by fast food chain …

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Target Admits Organic Soy Milk Advertising Error

Following a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation, Target Corporation quietly admitted last week that it wrongly advertised soy milk being sold in its stores as organic when in fact it was not.Β  The error relates to newspaper advertisements that showed a picture of soy milk on sale at Target stores labeled as “Organic”, which …

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Laboratory Grown Meat: Coming Soon To Your Dinner Plate

Scientists in the Netherlands recently announced that they have grown meat in a laboratory for the first time.Β  Though no one has yet to taste this laboratory meat, there is speculation that it could be commercially viable, and on your dinner table within the next five years. The process of creating artificial meat started with …

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Healthier Fast Food? Try In N’ Out Burger

In N Out is a burger chain on the West Coast with locations in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.Β  They’ve been around since 1948 and have long prided themselves on good, fresh food.Β  Their menu is delectably simple – hamburger, cheeseburger, fries, and shakes.Β  That’s it. If you’re a conscientious food consumer, eating fast food …

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Hungry For Shrimp? Read This First

Finding sustainable sources of seafood is becoming increasingly difficult.Β  Should you buy farmed or wild caught?Β  And what are the most sustainable choices?Β  I’ve talked about sustainable seafood before, and since shrimp is the most commonly consumed seafood in the United States, you might want to have a bit more information about that shrimp cocktail …

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Stimulus Money Used To Buy Pork – Literally

The US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced last month plans to use an additional $30 million dollars to purchase pork in 2009 for federal food and nutrition assistance programs. This announcement comes as the USDA has already spent some $151 million of Recovery Act (widely known as the “stimulus”) money to purchase pork products.Β  …

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Organic Valley Website Calculator Shows Impact of Choosing Organic Products

Would you like to know the direct benefit of buying organic versus conventional?Β  Do you ever wonder what the cumulative impact of purchasing organic versus conventional products is over the course of a year?Β  There’s a website out there that allows you to calculate the number of pounds of synthetic nitrogen, pesticides, and herbicides that …

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Sugar Laden and Highly Processed Foods To Be Sold As “Smart Food Choices”

General Mills and Kellogg’s want to sell sugary processed foods like Froot Loops and Lucky Charms to your kids.Β  This isn’t anything new.Β  But under the guise of the new “Smart Choices” Program, large food corporations want to proudly label sugary, highly processed foods as good nutritional food options. The program was recently created by …

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