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Fruit and Vegetable Wash Products: An Investment in Safety or Waste of Money?

The past several years have seen an increasing number of food scares. It used to be that vegetarians could feel pretty safe during the latest E. coli panic from undercooked hamburger, but the contaminated spinach from a couple years ago brought the interconnectedness of our agricultural system ho...

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Tags: Cleaning product, Diy, Fruit, Organic, Rinse, Vegetable, Wash
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Micro-activism: Local Foods

I usually try to change my behavior as a first step in understanding issues and inspiring change. I never tell people that they should do what I’m doing, but I always explain why I’m doing it. If nothing else, it gives my friends and me something to talk about over craft beers. With the upcoming...

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Tags: Farmers markets, Food, Fresh, Green, Local, Local food, Locavore, Organic, Shopping
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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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The UN on Food Waste: Room for Improvement

The United Nations Environment Programme released a report about food waste last week, warning that half the world's food is wasted due to human inefficiency. Putting that stark fact against the backdrop of climate change, increasing human population, decreasing biodiversity and lower crop yield...

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Tags: Biodiversity, Farming, Food waste, Global warming, Landfill, Organic, Population, Vegetarian
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The Egg of Discord: Unclear Ethical Concerns Lead to Controversy

If you're among the majority of Americans and don't keep your own egg-laying hens, you may still want the most ethical egg that money can buy. The New York Times' article, Sorting Through the Claims of the Boastful Egg, can help demystify your egg purchases, distinguishing between the labeling a...

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Tags: Eggs, Ethics, Fair trade, Food, Local, Organic
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Farms, Food, and Friends: A Fine Green Dining Experience

I have become the guinea pig of my own experiment. As a New Year’s resolution I decided to go cold turkey and quit corn syrup. Cooking at home has been pretty easy because generally the foods I make for myself and my partner are cooked from scratch; I know what goes into them. Problems arise when...

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Tags: Certified organic, Corn syrup, New year's resolutions, Organic, Restaurant
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