Author name: Meredith Melnick

I am a big fan of food. I am not a big fan of endocrine disrupting or carcinogenic compounds in my food. I will probably write a lot about that here.

Organic Vegetable Farming: Now More Vegan Than Ever

How exactly does one make a vegetable farm less carnivorous than it already is? The practice of veganic – or “stock-free” – farming is beginning to take hold among some small-scale farmers in the United States and Canada. It has been a common method in Europe for years. Veganic farmers practice organic farming by eschewing …

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Brazil Raids Illegal Ranches, Gives Cattle To Poor

Brazil’s new environment minister, Carlos Minc is committed to serious punative action when it comes to the estimated 60,000 cows that are raised on illegally deforested land in the region of Amazonia. In fact, cattle pasture now covers 7.8% of the Amazon region, with an ever growing presence as worldwide demand for beef skyrockets. Illegal …

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Guilt-Free Beer Guzzling: Top Five Sustainable Suds

Who’s thirsty? Between the barbecues, national holidays and beach vacations, cold beers become a necessity in many households over the summer months. As we pay more attention to the way our food is grown, harvested and transported, perhaps we owe it to the environment to be as vigilant with our beer. But how easy is …

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Investors Are Buying Your Dinner, But How Will They Trade It?

Most mainstream business reporting on the agricultural sector has recently focused on the socio-economic impact of rice shortages in southeast Asia or the global price spikes throughout the food chain. But despite the misfortune wrought by desertification, drastic weather changes and other contributing factors, those who trade on the commodities market have seen food shortages …

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Nutrient Study Challenges Raw Foodism

The raw food movement began with a fringe group of eaters in the mid 1970s and has since gained mainstream status along with other alternative diets such as veganism and macrobiotic eating. Most major cities and many smaller ones now boast raw food restaurants. Raw cookbooks abound and celebrities like Carol Alt, Woodie Harrelson and …

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Urban Agriculturalist: Professional Allotment Gardening

After a brief hiatus, Urban Agriculturalist is back! Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Last week, the New York Times featured a few part-time professional urban farmers in areas of New York City where a high demand and low supply of produce …

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Rice Prices Shut Down School Breakfast Program

When the World Food Program (WFP) introduced free breakfasts to public schools in impoverished communities around the world, teachers immediately noticed a difference in their classrooms. Not only were students more alert and focused, they attended more regularly and were never late so as not to miss breakfast time. The quality of the students changed, …

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Food Synergy: Why Nutrients Should Not Stand Alone

During the discussion that followed my blog post on synthetic, corn-derived additives, a debate arose about the relative health benefits of isolated or additive nutrients versus those consumed in the context of their natural whole food. One commenter wondered why nutrients found in whole foods were preferable to their isolated counterparts. I realized that this …

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