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.

Time Saving Gluten Free Products You’ll Love

If you’re living a gluten free life, there are a couple of companies that I’ve come to love over the years for the wonderful products they make.Β  They’re both great time savers for those days when you’re rushed, short of time, or just don’t have the means to prepare a meal from scratch. Pamela’s Baking …

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How to Save Fruit and Vegetable Biodiversity? Just Eat It.

How do you save dying species of agriculturally valuable plants and animals?Β  The answer may be as simple as what’s on your dinner plate. A recent article outlined the “eat ’em to save ’em” method of biodiversity protection.Β  Simply put, rare varieties of plants and animals can be saved if consumers demand them.Β  Asking your …

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Celiac Disease – The Ultimate Gluten Free Experience

Celiac Disease is one of the most common, undiagnosed genetic disorders with an estimated 1 in 133 people, or 2 million people, afflicted with the disease in the United States alone (figures cited from here and here).Β  Persons of Irish, English, and other Anglo backgrounds tend to be more prone to the disease than those …

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Carrotmob Reinvents the Boycott to Spur Environmental Change

The folks behind Carrotmob continue to demonstrate the power of using your dollars to vote for environmental change, and they’re starting to get some press as well. The first Carrotmob “reverse boycott” started with a convenience store in San Francisco.Β  The store owner out-competed a few dozen other businesses by pledging to use 22% of …

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint Through Food Choices

A website recently delineated a simple list of 10 ways that you can reduce your environmental footprint through changes in your food choices. The list is fairly straightforward and involves changes that any person in any country can make to reduce their carbon footprint.Β  Substantive facts for each item are also laid out and explained …

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How to Find the Most Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Fish for Your Dinner Table

Concerned about how sustainable the fish is that you’re eating for dinner? Do you think that the farm raised option is always the best choice for seafood? There are varieties of fish that have fewer chemicals or are from highly managed wild populations that are more sustainable than others.Β  To make the selection of fish …

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Study Finds Fish Are Tainted With Array of Drugs

A recent study funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found fish caught downstream of wastewater treatment plants in five US cities had detectable amounts of pharmaceutical drug residues in their bodies. Fish caught downstream from wastewater treatment plans in Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Orlando were found to have residues from drugs designed to …

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Obama White House to Plant Organic Garden on South Lawn

In a symbolic victory for sustainable living and home gardening proponents, the White House announced that they will be resurrecting the tradition of planting a kitchen garden at the US capital. First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to break ground shortly on the organic garden in conjunction with her agenda of promoting better eating habits …

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Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Noted fiction author Barbara Kingsolver takes a non-fiction tact in her most recent book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and documents her family move to a farm in rural Appalachia and attempt to grow all their own food for an entire year.Β  The book touches on issues ranging from food sustainability, food networks, and how the food …

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