Farming ‘up above’ may be next food frontier

No, we’re not talking about ‘Heavenly’ gardens, although they’re reaching that way. We’re referring to rooftop gardens. Gardens and farms on top of multi-story urban buildings and even skyscrapers. “People are hungry for local food, tired of thinking of pesticides and other crummy things found in today’s food,” said Lauren Mandel, a  project manager and […]

Do You Have a Healthy Gut?

Everyone wants to have a strong immune system, but few people realize that 70 to 80 percent of an efficiently functioning immune system is dependent upon a healthy digestive tract. Yep, the gut, whether it be large or small, is a prime key to good health. Down there in the gut is where millions of live […]

Locavore Index Ranks Best, Worst States for Eating Locally

The Vermont-based Locavore Index is a two-year-old non-profit that gathers data, and ranks all fifty states and Washington DC by the availability of fresh, local food. The rankings are derived from the per capita number of farmers markets, local fresh food hubs, and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. As it happens, Vermont is ranked number one in the 2013 Index, […]

2012 “Dirty Dozen” Produce List

In this age of pesticide overload, fruit and vegetable lovers who seek produce as pesticide-free as possible should find  the Environmental Working Group’s annually updated list of most and least  contaminated fruits and vegetables very helpful. Since it is just not possible for most people to purchase organic only, perhaps at least some of the […]

Whole Foods GMO Label Commitment First Big Step

Whole Foods took a big step when it announced recently that it will require all foods in its stores containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled by 2018. Five years sounds like a long time, but still, it is the first major U.S. grocery chain to make such a commitment. The company said the long […]

U.S. Least Healthy of 17 ‘Wealthy’ Countries

Despite spending more per capita of any country in the world, Americans have the worst health outcomes of any of the countries surveyed, according to a major report by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. Included in the study besides the U.S. were Canada, Australia, Japan and several European countries. U.S. citizens […]

Hospital Follows in Footsteps of Hippocrates

The great philosopher/physician Hippocrates admonished us more than 2,000 years ago to, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” He practiced what he preached, his primary lab extensive fruit, vegetable, nut and herb gardens. (The link to the story of Hippocrates can be found on the right sidebar of this […]

Modern farming depleting nutrients from vegetables

Modern farming methods make supplementing with essential nutrients even more critical Recent corporate financed studies may suggest that there is no difference in the nutritional content of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Don’t believe them. A comprehensive study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry […]

Organic Giants ‘Missing in Action’

Election day is just over two weeks away and with it comes California’s Proposition 37, a massively supported voters initiative to require labeling for all foods containing genetically modified ingredients. One would think that self-proclaimed organic ‘heroes’ such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Driscoll’s, Newman’s Own and Hain’s Celestial would be in the forefront of […]

Sprout Your Own Super Food

Soaking and sprouting seeds to provide a super source of fresh vegetables within a few days is an ancient practice that began as long as 5,000 years ago in China. A seed contains all the elements a plant needs for life and growth. The endosperm of a seed is a virtual storehouse of protein, carbohydrates, […]