Organics

 

10 Awesome Ways To Preserve The WHOLE Peach

Peaches. Over the past two weeks, I’ve had my hands on 100 pounds of them. There’s a large orchard just down the road from me, where I buy “seconds” for canning. However, their seconds are about a kabillion times better than the hard, tasteless orbs you pick up at the grocery store, and they aren’t


The Grocery Store Rebellion: Here’s What We Ate During Week 2

We had some setbacks this week, but we’re hanging in there with our Grocery Store Rebellion. At the end of Week 2, we ran out of milk. After choking down coffee without fresh cream, I finally broke down and went to our local co-op and purchased milk. Yuck. I really hope that our dairy farmer


Jumpstart Your Garden: Regrow Vegetable Food Scraps (VIDEO)

No matter what season you find yourself in or headed towards, a jumpstart in growing time is always useful to keep your organic vegetable garden producing (that’s one reason transplants are so commonly utilized). Melissa Melton and Aaron Dykes demonstrate how easy it can be to regrow food scraps from their leftover organic produce. If


The Austerity Diaries: The “Whole Buffalo” Theory Of Food Economics

In Native American lore, it is often said that hunters made use of the entire animal that they had killed in order to respect the sacrifice that sustained them. They considered the buffalo to be sacred, and felt it was an offense to be wasteful.  They ate anything edible; used the hides for shelters, shoes,


DIY Homeade Ketchup! Kick Heinz And Other Unhealthy Brands

Ketchup is a pretty common staple in many American households. Kids seem to love it, and even as we grow up, the joy of ketchup seems to remain. In fact, McDonald’s uses about 250 million lbs. of ketchup in their restaurants annually. The problem is, is the ketchup we eat at fast food restaurants, or


10 Pizza Crust Recipes That Don’t Use Flour

When it comes to finding a good pizza crust recipe, many are on a lifelong search. Because let’s be honest- there’s nothing better than pizza made at home. But what if you can’t tolerate traditional flour? Or even any kind of flour at all? Is a good pizza crust recipe then simply an unattainable dream?


The Grocery Store Rebellion: Here’s What We Ate During Week 1

My family and I decided to embark on a revolution.  We have banished the grocery store from our lives for the next 3 months.  Our Grocery Store Rebellion began on August 1, and this is an update on our first week. The week began with two major upheavals. Our SUV went into the shop, and


Dept Of Agri Shuts Down Cell Of Potential “Agri-Terrorists”: Seed Libraries Outlawed In Pennsylvania

It looks like Michigan is not the only state with a Department of Agriculture that is adamant about the best interests of their citizens.  Residents in Pennsylvania can now breathe a little bit easier since an illegal enterprise has been shut down. The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that


No Brainer. Organic Is Better

Want more antioxidants in your food? And lower concentrations of pesticides and the toxic heavy metal, cadmium? Eat organic. According to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition, scientists found 18-69 percent higher concentrations of antioxidants, many of which are linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases, in organic food. They also found that


Eat Chicken? Buy Organic!

Every year, 9 billion chickens are slaughtered for meat in the U.S. Where does all this chicken come from and how was it produced? We’d like to think it’s like the Portlandia “Is it local?” sketch. There, a waiter describes a locally raised organic chicken named Colin, who was “a Heritage Breed, woodland-raised chicken that’s


Organic Dairies: Whose Side Are They On?

Some of the leading producers of organic dairy products belong to an association that is fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent you from knowing if your food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In mid-June, four groups, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) filed suit against the state of Vermont in


9 Simple Steps For Starting An Organic Garden

The Benefits of Organic Gardening You've been trying to eat more organic foods, both to decrease the amount of pesticides you and your family consume, and to help protect the environment from overloading with toxic chemicals. But organics can get a bit expensive, we know. Luckily, there's a way to grow your own delicious, fresh


The Unsustainable Absurdity Of The Average American Diet

Have you ever thought about how wildly unrealistic and unsustainable our current diets are?  Items that don’t grow within the same season are commonly consumed together. Things that don’t grow on the same continent are combined into all sorts of meals.  We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer.  We


Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer To Dump 248 Gallons Of Organic Milk And Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought


The Assault On Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming. The New York Post loves a good villain, but you’d think it would be hard to cast a bad light on the group of people profiled in an April 19 story: moms who feed their kids organic food. Naomi Schaefer Riley took on the challenge in


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