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February 9, 2015

Bee Conscious: Small Decisions, Big Consequences

Did you know that much of the food we eat depends heavily on pollinating insects? Our lives and our ecosystems would be drastically different if bees and other pollinators ceased to exist. Put it this way, an estimated one-third of the world’s crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination. They are responsible for one in every three bites of food we consume. If bees stopped pollinating our agricultural goods, we would no longer have: broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, cherries and many more.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says, “There is an important link between the [...]

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February 8, 2015

The GMO Fight Continues

If you walk into any grocery store in the United States, you have a pretty good idea of what you’ll find. Bins of fresh produce. A cold cereal display. Maybe an express checkout lane reserved for shoppers buying 15 items or less. What you probably won’t see is labels identifying genetically modified organisms.

More than half the nation has legislation on the table that will require companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. But until then, it can be difficult navigating those grocery store aisles if you’re trying to avoid GMOs. So how can you be sure you’re keeping them out of your diet?

Founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology [...]

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January 31, 2015

Start Your Own Urban Farm

One way to get the most out of your house, condo or apartment and eat better while doing it is to start your own fruit and vegetable garden. Scott Murray has some advice.

Murray is an organic farmer, sustainable development consultant and co-owner of Edge of Urban Farm in San Diego County. His current project is the restoration and development of a 250-acre historic farm owned by the county. On the site, his 15-acre organic farm feeds a neighboring boarding school and supplies local Whole Foods Markets with fruits and vegetables.

Murray says, “Eating is really the only solution” to much of what ails us these days. Eating right, that is. No fad diets with unbalanced or [...]

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August 24, 2014

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Compost

What’s Compost?

Compost is just decomposed organic materials. While composting may seem complicated, it’s actually really simple and easy to do. Composting involves a combination of digested and undigested food that is left on the forest (or your garden) floor. The end product is a rich, soft soil. It’s amazing how a natural process can transform everyday waste into a gardener’s fortune. Not only is composting good for the garden, it’s our environmental responsibility to breakdown organic waste rather than ditching it in landfills.

A Gardener’s Gold

Compost is a priceless asset for our gardens. It improves the quality of the soil by changing its structure. By [...]

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