In Season: Mid-to-Late Spring Cole Crops

Published on March 13th, 2008 | by

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Broccoli and cauliflower are the same plant. The different varieties are called cultivars. The plants have been selectively cultivated to enhance certain characteristics not unlike breeds of dogs, for example. All dogs, be they Chihuahua or St. Bernard are the same species. The plant, Brassica oleracea, can be found in such cultivars as white, orange, […]

What’s That Smell?

Published on March 12th, 2008 | by

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Ag industry lobbyists and lawmakers from agricultural states have pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to drop requirements that factory farms report their emissions of toxic gases — even though the EPA’s findings show the gases pose a health threat. In a head-spinning move, the EPA complied, citing that the reports are not used by local […]

Digging for Fresh Ideas: Save Money, Eat Healthy, Support Local and Sustainable Food Systems

Published on March 12th, 2008 | by

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Despite the fact that our Wisconsin farmstead, Inn Serendipity, remains covered with that nameless white stuff, my heart sits outside in the garden, ready for spring. Since curing my spring fever won’t come from planting pea pods anytime soon, I’ve learned to channel this vernal quest for change by revisiting old ideas with fresh perspectives. […]

The Lunch Box — M&Ms?

Published on March 12th, 2008 | by

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“Mommy,” said my child at dinner, lima bean poised on fork, “I like M&Ms.” She then pops the lima bean into her mouth and eats it. “M&Ms?” I replied. “Oh, not me, I like peas. Are you going to eat that one?” I take a pea off her mixed vegetable stack. This is not 100 […]

Organic isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be: Try Going Local

Published on March 10th, 2008 | by

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Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Danae DeShazer, a student in Professor Simran Sethi’s Media and the Environment course at the University of Kansas. Danae originally published this post to the course blog on February 26, 2008. We’ve all heard of the organic craze. People are switching their diets to “organic” foods. This […]

Tomato Seedlings Warm Up Winter

Published on March 10th, 2008 | by

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Particularly in August, I feel a sort of tomato delirium. I love biting through the slightly resistant outer flesh towards the tart, slippery reward of the inner gel sacs. I make salads and sauces and jellies, bruschetta and gazpacho and homemade catsup. I even make cocktails from the stuff! I probably average a three-tomato a […]

One More Reason to Eat Organic: Metabolic Health

Published on March 8th, 2008 | by

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I began eating organic foods because I was worried about consuming compounds that are linked to cancer clusters, spiked infertility rates, and neurological disorders like autism. Once I began to learn about what compounds in conventional food could do to my body, I found factory farmed and processed fare pretty hard to swallow. Despite this, […]

Urban Agriculturalist: Farm to Table Schools

Published on March 7th, 2008 | by

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The Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Toronto-based Food Share is an organization that I really admire. They take a wholistic approach to improving inner-city nutrition, employing principles of locavorism, co-op structure, and progressive, action-based learning. I was browsing their site the […]

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Eating Green on St. Paddy’s Day

Published on March 7th, 2008 | by

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Guest authors for this post are nationally recognized experts on children’s health, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP. Both are pediatricians, parents, and award-winning authors whose most recent book is Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor and a Bottle of Ketchup (American Academy of Pediatrics, […]