Decisions to make in the cereal aisle

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As some of my close friends could attest, up to a year after my return from living in rural Nicaragua, a trip to a supermarket was traumatic for me; I would become catatonic after a simple trip down the breakfast aisle at the local grocery store. There were just so many boxes, so much stuff …

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Tomatoes ripening on the vine

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In July, farmers’ markets in mid-Atlantic states are overloaded with fresh ripe tomatoes. Ask anyone who’s eaten a store-bought tomato – they just aren’t what they used to be… It’s true, tomatoes have come a long way through selection and breeding practices — but not all their flavor has been lost – and there are …

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2013 Food Sovereignty Prize

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October 16 is World Food Day, a day dedicated to education about world hunger and possible solutions. For the past two decades small producers, and family farmers have been developing the concept of food sovereignty, based in the belief that all people deserve a say in how their food is produced, as well as the …

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Bloomberg finds allies in battling large sugary drinks

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New York’s Mayor Bloomberg may have lost the first round in attempting to limit the amount of sugary beverages people mindlessly drink, but the battle is certainly not over! Like Bloomberg, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an independent nonprofit consumer health group based in Washington, DC believes that you can have too much …

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Food Justice

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We all have a right to food, and to know exactly what’s in our food, but sometimes polices, practices and perceptions get in our way of actually being able to put safe, nutritious and enough of it on our tables. LaDonna Redmond, long-time community activist and senior program associate at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade …

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Do you know what you are eating?

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I continue to explore this question because everywhere you look there are claims being made “eat this, it’s healthy,” “it’s good for you,” “it’s all natural…” Thanks to the Cornucopia Institute and a new report due out tomorrow – you might have available at the click of a mouse more information about the contents of …

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Do you know what you’re eating?

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If you’ve ever been worried about eating genetically modified foods unaware,  you might be “eating in the dark” as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests with their new video. Join me in signing the EWG’s petition to tell the FDA to label genetically modified foods. That way market demand for GM products can be determined …

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Healing the world on global and individual levels

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As many of you know. I have spent the last twelve-and-a- half years educating and advocating decision makers in Washington DC and at the United Nations on issues of peace, social justice and ecology. Within the past year and a half I have also begun working with individuals as a health coach – helping them …

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February is “snack month” who knew?

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This is a re-post from August ’10. I wanted to post this edited version since February is here. Please consider taking the action I include below. Do you know what you’re supposed to be doing this month? No? Well, there are some brilliant minds out there who say you should be SNACKING! Since 1989 February …

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Food for the next generation

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I know that I could go on and on about healthy foods and the ways in which the industrial food system does not contribute to the health and economic welfare of people and communities. But today I want you all to hear it from someone else. Please listen to words of this 11 year old …

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