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Heirloom Tomatoes and Monsanto: Maybe Not the Most Natural Hybrid

Heirloom seeds are awesome, right? They produce tastier, more varied vegetables and have been handed down for generations because they are particularly suited to local growing conditions. Civil Eats points out Scientific American's recent article attempting to debunk these beliefs. Could it be th...

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Tags: Biodiversity, Diversity, Engineering, Food, Garden, Genetic, Health, Monsanto, Vegetable
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Carpets: Soft Under Your Toes, Long-Lasting in the Landfill

You may already know that carpets can be hazardous to your health...if you have dust mite allergies. What you may not realize is how toxic carpets are to the earth. The vast majority of carpets are plastic, and most of those end up in the landfill. The New York Times has the story: The E.P.A. es...

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Tags: Carpet, Clean, Floor, Health, Home, House, Rug
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Aiming for the Heart and the Stomach: Food Reform

"I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach," said Upton Sinclair about his book The Jungle a story of workers' rights set in the filthy stockyards of the early 20th century. At the time, readers focused more on the tainted sausages and less on the men, women, and chil...

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Tags: Factory, Food, Food safety, Health, Processing, Worker
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Can Organic Peanut Butter Still Have Salmonella?

Organic products are safer because they're better for the land and better for the people that consume them, right? Well, yes and no. The "USDA Organic" label doesn't necessarily mean that the foods have been inspected for pathogens or their carriers. After all, the Texas and George processing pla...

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Tags: Contaminant, Health, Organic, Peanut, Processing, Salmonella
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Healthy, Convenient, Inexpensive: The Three Dietary Pillars

My post the other day referred to a cashier's wish that she could afford to feed her family as well as a health-conscious customer. My point was that the more challenges you have in your life, the harder it is to make lifestyle changes. Then I came across a post in the always thought-provoking V...

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Tags: Diet, Food, Health, Money, Vegetarian
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Cook with Homegrown Herbs for Simple, Inexpensive, Satisfying Meals

Science may have created all sorts of artificial flavors that we may have learned to seek out in processed foods, but there's no substitute for real flavors. A handful of just-picked basil, rosemary, or sage will give any dish a burst of savory freshness that can't be found in the high-salt seaso...

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Tags: Diy, Flavor, Garden, Health, Herb, Taste
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Food Expiration Dates: Suggestion, or Drop-Dead Date?

Part of trying to live greener is learning to see shades of gray. That seems to be the lesson many environmentally-minded folks are telling us, including a great post today from Treehugger: Expired Food is Much Desired. Apparently, the UK's Approved Foods site is doing a bustling online business ...

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Tags: Expired food, Food waste, Health, Waste
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Good News: Cleaner Air Extending Lives

It's always good to start off a Monday on a positive note. In a rare upbeat article about the environment, the New York Times says, Researchers at Brigham Young University examined changes in life expectancy in 51 metropolitan areas, comparing those figures with improvements in air quality in ea...

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Tags: Air quality, Health, Quality of life
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Simplify Your Resolutions

During the holidays, advertisers bombarded us with cookie commercials and equally-sweet depictions of joyful get-togethers. Now, they sing a new, more austere tune as they incite us to look inward...and downward at expanding waistlines. Advertisements for weight-loss aids, gyms, and supposedly he...

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Tags: Diet, Fitness, Health, New year's, Resolutions
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