Get Informed on Issues Related to Foods

Confirmed: Flaxseed Contains ‘Estrogens’ That Regress Cancer

Posted May 25, 2016
In 2005, the journal Clinical Cancer Research published a placebo-controlled study involving patients who received a 25 gram flaxseed-containing muffin over the course of 32 days. After observing a reduction in tumor markers and an increase in programmed cell death (apoptosis) in the flaxseed-treated patients, the authors concluded: “Dietary flaxseed has the potential to reduce tumor growth in patients with breast cancer.”  Read more.

Low-Salt Diets May Not Be Beneficial for All, Study Suggests

Posted May 24, 2016
A large worldwide study has found that low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. The study suggests that the only people who need to worry about reducing sodium in their diet are those with hypertension (high blood pressure) and have high salt consumption.  Read more.

Pesticides, GMOs and Corporate Control: The Poster Child is Monsanto but Neil Young is the Main Act

Posted May 18, 2016
Neil Young has a long history of activism. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, which works to support small and family farmers in North America, while his song Ohio is often considered to be one of the greatest protest songs ever made. Last year, Young pledged a $100,000 donation to Vermont’s legal fight against the GMO-labelling lawsuit, and he has recently been involved in putting together a new website that will help people engage with issues such as GMOs, farming, ecology, justice and climate change (access the site here).  Read more.

Since When Was This Government “Healthy” for Us?

Posted May 18, 2016
Sometimes, well, no, often actually, I find myself wondering who’s dumber: The federal government or the people who depend on that government to tell them how to live their lives. Have you wondered what “healthy” food is? Look no further! The federal Food and Drug Administration is about to tell you! Have a peekRead more.

As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit a Sour Patch

Posted May 18, 2016
Sugar, you might think, is just sugar, no matter where it comes from. But not anymore.   About half of all sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, and the other half comes from sugar cane. Now, for the first time, sugar traders are treating these as two different commodities, with two different prices.   It’s all because about eight years ago, nearly all the farmers who grow sugar beets in the United States decided to start growing genetically modified versions of their crop. Read more.

What are Carrots Good For?

Posted May 18, 2016
The average American adult eats about 12 pounds of carrots a year, making them one of the most popular root vegetables in the U.S. (even though that works out to only about one cup per week).  Read more.

Only These 2 Restaurants Rated A for Antibiotic-Free Meat, 20 Big Chains Failed Miserably

Posted May 16, 2016
A report by Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Keep Antibiotics Working, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union; and Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) came out this September about reducing the rate of antibiotic use in meat supply used by popular restaurant chains. The six organizations sent a survey to 25 U.S. fast-food and fast-casual restaurants and based on the answers or lack thereof, they created a grading scale.   Read more.

Soil is the Solution

Posted May 16, 2016
It’s easy to take soil for granted. That is, until you lose it. The dirt beneath your feet is arguably one of the most under-appreciated assets on the planet. Without it, life would largely cease to exist while, when at its prime, this “black gold” gives life.  Read more.

Peeling Back the Curtain on Monsanto

Posted May 16, 2016
For nearly 30 years, Carey Gillam has worked as a business reporter covering corporate America, the last 17 of those with Reuters, where she specialized in writing about food and agriculture. In that role, she gained a reputation for her in-depth skeptical eye on issues involving GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops and the pesticides used with them.  Read more.

Why Are We So Unhealthy? Our System Makes Us Sick & Keeps Us Sick

Posted May 16, 2016
Why have we become so unhealthy? The answers come thick and fast: we are more sedentary as most work is now white-collar; the foods low-income people can afford are unhealthy; children now spend time playing digital games rather than playing outside; serving sizes of sodas and other high-calorie/low nutrition beverages have ballooned; people buy more convenience and fast foods and prepare fewer meals at home, and so on.  Read more.