A prophetic look at food today from the 1970s

A prophetic look at food today from the 1970s comes from a book called Eating in America, a history by Waverly Root and Richard de Rochemont, published in 1976. The authors talk about the multinational holding corporations and holding companies which owned so many of our food processing supplying companies and were proud of their success. […]

New robot weeder may lower our dependence on disease-causing herbicides

When was the last time you saw a commercial farmer weeding by hand? Unless you’ve visited India or China, probably not in your lifetime. In the modern age, the application of herbicides is the preferred method for ridding fields of weeds. Herbicides are dumped by airplane, helicopter, tractor, mechanical sprinklers, and automated tankers pouring it […]

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself” —FDR

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. –Wendell Berry Everything on earth and the solar system is based on 96 natural elements. Thirty mineral nutrients are indispensable elements that underpin […]

Modern food trends—good news and bad news

Just in March, 2015, Americans spent $50.384 BILLION  at “Food services and drinking places,” for the first time in history outspending shoppers in grocery store purchases. This is according to documents from the Census Bureau’s Monthly Survey on Retail Activity in the U.S. Even though more people than ever are participating in farmers markets, looking for […]

EWG 2015 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of most contaminated produce

In a perfect, sensible world we would all be able to buy or grow organic fruits and vegetables, free of toxic pesticides. But since most of us do not have the time or ability to grow our food, and cannot afford to buy all organic produce, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes to our aid with […]

Pesticides penalize penis potency

Of all the risks linked to pesticides on food, the risk of having one’s sperm count lowered no doubt ranks at the top for many men… and their spouses. And now a new—albeit small—study is adding weight to this notorious link. A study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that those who consume fruits […]

Deciphering the latest misleading government food study

When it comes to government studies on food, supplements and health overall it is best to proceed cautiously. We don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and say that ALL government studies are worthless, but we do want to question the validity of every study. Usually you can determine the validity by […]

Molybdenum–a trace element essential for health

Molybdenum is just one of many trace elements essential for optimal health. Its presence is needed for several enzymes vital for plant and animal metabolism, as it functions as an electron carrier in the particular enzymes that catalyse the reduction of nitrogen and nitrate. In humans it is needed for at least three enzymes: (1) […]

USDA throws a bone to organic farming

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the 2014-2015 USDA Farm Bill will include $52 million to fund various projects in the organic food field, because of the “growing  demand for organic and local food.” This is a “pillar of our efforts to revitalize rural economies,” he said, because “consumers want more organic options.” This represents USDA’s […]

Those pesky pesticides in your bread

As if modern bread isn’t problematic enough, with its GMO chemical additives and unhealthy levels of gluten (glue) causing  gluten-intolerance ailments, now we know most breads are also troubling our health with pesticide residues! A report released by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, in conjunction with the Organic Naturally Different campaign, reveals that nearly two-thirds (61.5 […]