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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.

April 26th

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.  But don’t think that as the snow flies this growing venture will dive into hibernation.  Thanks to the vision of Sam Kass, Food Initiative Coordinator at the White House and […]

December 18th

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, […]

October 15th

Vegan and Vegetarian Protein Builders

If you are a vegan and want to build up your protein intake here is a guide to grains, beans, nuts, and veggies that will help. Remember to seek out local and organic whenever possible.  Grains and beans are a truly remarkable way to add protein to a meat and dairy free diet. Quinoa (pictured […]

July 28th

Seasonal Foods: 5 Best Winter Vegetables

Winter veggies usually get short shrift, but there are many reasons to savor them. They add loads of vitamins and nutrients to our diets, do wonders for our immunity, and are wonderfully versatile. Plus, eating seasonally is eating green: as it takes us back to the old days of eating only the freshest available products, […]

December 12th

Linguica, Sweet Potato, and Spinach Chowder

My CSA box this week contained sweet potatoes…lots of sweet potatoes.  The ugliest sweet potatoes you’ve ever seen. This is what a sweet potato looks like when it’s been damaged by voles.  Pretty ugly, eh?  But other than the obvious cosmetic damage, there’s no harm to the sweet potato — you can trim off the […]

November 18th