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Lauren Hunter


Soda "Ban" May Actually Increase Freedom of Choice

Lauren Hunter | Posted September 21, 2012

The ban on excessive single-serving beverages takes the home field advantage away from soda companies and gives consumers the opportunity to consider their real preferences.
Zester Daily


'Bitter Seeds' Film Tells of Suicide and GMO Effects on India's Farmers

Zester Daily | Posted September 21, 2012

"Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself ..." This frightening fact is pointed out in "Bitter Seeds," the third documentary in "The Globalization Trilogy" directed by Micha Peled.
Paul Rockower


Setting the Table for Diplomacy

Paul Rockower | Posted September 27, 2012

There is promise and potential with the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership initiative. To make it truly successful, it remains incumbent on middle America to understand that this is about communicating culture from all across America, and showcasing our diversity of cuisine.


Chia: Superfood For Beauty?

Organic | Posted September 21, 2012

If you're up on foodie culture, you've likely heard a lot of buzz about chia seeds lately. Once used by Aztecs, Incas and Mayans as a staple food, chia has seen a food renaissance recently.
Andrew Stout


Challenging the 'Conventional' Wisdom: One Farmer's Take On The Stanford Organic Food Study

Andrew Stout | Posted September 21, 2012

The word "conventional" may sound relatively harmless when used to describe the food we eat, but the reality is our nation's "conventional" factory farms use far more pesticides, herbicides and fungicides than most consumers realize when shopping for produce or preparing a family meal.
Greg Damhorst


SNAP Hunger Challenge: Not Really a Poor Grad Student After All

Greg Damhorst | Posted September 21, 2012

The same day that I begin a week of eating on a budget of $5 per day -- the equivalent of living off the average food stamp benefit in Illinois -- a stipend is deposited in my bank account. On any other week, this could afford me more than 10 times the weekly SNAP allowance.
Anneli Rufus


The Beet Generation Is Up To Some Tricks

Anneli Rufus | Posted September 24, 2012

Beets are the triple homicides of the vegetable kingdom: Everyone avoids them because of the messy red stains. But beets are my almost-favorite vegetable, trailing only Brussels sprouts (the Elephant Men of the vegetable kingdom) and a spinachy green known as pigweed.
David Wallinga, M.D.


New Safety Concerns Raised by GMO Corn Study

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted September 25, 2012

A significant aspect of this study is its length. Most previous rat feeding studies for GE crops have been limited to 90 days -- which in human terms would equate only to early adulthood.
Rabbi Mishael Zion


Selichot and Strong Coffee: Writing the Book That Is About to Be Opened

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted September 21, 2012

The proliferation of coffee that is probably behind the proliferation of one of the most intense Jewish rituals: the waking up before sunrise for the recitation of Selichot -- literally, "Forgiveness."
Mark Tercek


Punt Now, Pay Later: Why Congress Should Pass the Farm Bill Now

Mark Tercek | Posted September 21, 2012

As rising temperatures and soaring demands for food and energy put more pressure on our planet's resources, we can invest wisely in food and environmental security by helping America's farmers, ranchers and foresters act as good stewards of our lands and waters.
Gary Paul Nabhan


Financing Food and Creating Jobs from the Bottom Up

Gary Paul Nabhan | Posted September 26, 2012

Although there is no way to predict the long-term benefits of the Border Food Summit, one thing is for sure: many in attendance are "hungry for change" in our food system, and in our economic system at large.
Linda Novick O'Keefe


It's 2012: Decide for Yourself What to Put in Your Body

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted September 21, 2012

If we and our children are eating hot dogs every day, what are we learning and teaching? We certainly aren't teaching our taste buds very much and we likely are not hitting half of the nutrition notes we need every day.