By: April McCarthy, Prevent Disease | Although room temperature is one of the best ways to store fruit and vegetables in the short-term, due to our busy lives it is often difficult for us to preserve them without using a refrigeration source. Read these pro tips on storing the most popular produce so you can
To live more sustainably, I have a small garden bed in my backyard to grow food for my family. Although it isn’t as large as I would like it be and certainly could not grow a year’s worth of food, I am able to grow plenty of fresh vegetables to make sauces, salsas and salad ingredients.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has rescinded the grassfed meat labeling standard, due to the possibility that the USDA agency which approves meat labels, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), may not recognize it. FSIS will now only consider feeding protocol in their verification process, leaving the issues of confinement; antibiotic and hormone use; and the
Dr. Vandana Shiva’s work around seed sovereignty and organic agriculture is perhaps best known in India. But she influences and inspires on a global scale. With special thanks to, and permission from Acres U.S.A., North America’s monthly magazine of ecological agriculture, we reprint the following introduction and in-depth interview with Dr. Shiva. Americans who visit
Every time toxic cleaners are used, there’s a heavy impact on our environment. It does not matter whether the cleaners are poured, sprayed, washed, rinsed, or dumped; the harmful effects are the same. When we use these things we risk adding toxins to the air and to the water, both of which come back to
Should you look for the USDA seal when you buy eggs? Yes, if you don’t have any trustworthy local egg suppliers whose production methods meet or exceed organic standards, based on your own personal verification. But consumer beware. Not all USDA certified organic eggs are equal, according to a recent report by the Cornucopia Institute.
Harmful chemicals in cosmetics can lead to health problems and if you’re trying to live a clean, green life it only makes sense to seek out non-toxic, all natural options. Choosing organic shampoo and conditioner products is one of the best places to start. They’re easy to find and usually only marginally more expensive than
As often occurs, members of Congress snuck some crusty little barnacles onto the budget bill that would have been hard to pass on their own. One of those was repealing the law that required labels letting you know the origin of your meat sold in US grocery stores. The World Trade Organization said those labels
When detoxing their home and life, the first thing many people think about adjusting is the food they eat. That’s an excellent start but it’s only part of the equation. It’s also necessary to re-evaluate everyday, household items such as hygiene and personal care products, cookware, and cleaning supplies. Especially the liquid you use to
Cheese is the ultimate snack for your family. Full of calcium and healthy fats, it’s convenient to pack in a lunch box or top a sandwich. But when you’re shopping for cheese for your family, there are a lot of choices: grass fed, organic and conventional. We tend to think that an organic product is
Ask anyone who’s not a gardener what’s in season right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait here, because it won’t take long. Did you get met with a blank stare and perhaps some mention of potatoes and onions? We’ve become so far removed from the land that most folks don’t even know what vegetables are in
U.S. consumers are increasingly uneasy about the living conditions of the chickens supplying eggs for our meals. In the last few years, a plethora of new labels have shown up in the egg case, several with no government-regulated definition: pastured, free range, cage-free, and others. “Cage-free” doesn’t mean the birds have outdoor access, and “free
Honey is one of nature’s premier superfoods. Not only does honey taste good in tea, yogurt, baked goods etc. but it has been a staple anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory since ancient times. Even modern practitioners swear by its miraculous healing properties. Top 5 Health Benefits of Raw Organic Honey 1. Honey Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In the
We have all heard the propaganda about how organics cannot feed the world, and that companies like Monsanto are providing food security. In truth, peer-reviewed scientific studies show that organic farming produces higher quantities of more nutritious and far less toxic food than chemical agriculture. As industrialized agriculture has spread, hunger and poverty continue to
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Your health can only be as good as the food you eat and following a regular diet based firmly on nutrient rich, organic food is one of the best things you can do to age gracefully. Supplying your body with vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fatty acids like Omega-3s, and antioxidants is critical to a healthy