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Tell the National Co-Op Grocers to #DumpBenandJerrys!

We love natural food co-ops. 

That's why we think it's a big problem when our favorite stores sell foods like Ben & Jerry's ice cream that are contaminated with Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.

TAKE ACTION! Tell the National Co-Op Grocers to #DumpBenandJerrys!

(17/01/2018 @ 17:12)

Bugs and Farmers: Changing the World

Bugs—and farmers—are shaping the entire world.

That's the message, or at least part of the message, Jonathan Lundgren delivered in his TEDxBrookings talk on regenerative farming: “A Six-legged March Toward Regenerative Agriculture.”

Lundgren explains how insects, through small individual actions, aggregate and synergize with one another to shape the entire world.

Lundgren, an agroecologist, entomologist, farmer and beekeeper, has always studied bugs. But his love for insects recently took him down a new path when he started hanging out with farmers.

The farmers Lundgren is talking about are regenerative farmers, farmers who, just like the insects he studies, are changing the world.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Story Behind the Beauty Industry's Most Eco-Friendly Packaging

Inspired by the then-new iPhone's curved fiber nesting tray and the Canadian milk pouches of her youth, Corbett envisioned an environmentally-friendly bottle with an outer shell of recycled paper concealing a thin, plastic, recycled liner inside. The concept could, she believed, reduce carbon emissions by more than a third. Turning it into a full-fledged company, however, proved an uphill climb.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It's So Good for Us?

Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time, a new study finds.

The results provide novel insights into how exercise can affect even those portions of our bodies that seem uninvolved in workouts, perhaps providing another nudge to stick with our exercise resolutions this year.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Only 33% of Consumers Trust the Food System, Study Finds

A study by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) found there is a "trust deficit" that exists between consumers and food companies, federal regulators and farmers. Only 33% of survey respondents said they "strongly agree" that they are confident in the safety of the food they eat, compared to 47% in 2017.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

EU Declares War on Plastic Waste

The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe's act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

Following China's decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material, Brussels on Tuesday launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing €350m (Ł310m) in research.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Upcycling Your Clothes Could Reduce Over a Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our clothes -- often made from oil, using huge quantities of water, in factories powered by coal, made 80 percent of the time by women between 18-24 years old earning low wages, and shipped around the world -- means that today the fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world. In fact, a report published last month by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found that the waste and the throwaway nature of fashion means that the industry creates 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse emissions every year — that's more than all international flights and shipping combined. But despite fast fashion's devastating impact, most of us are guilty of financing it.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Monsanto's Roundup Weedkiller Destroys Life in Humans and Our Soils

We're only beginning to learn the importance of healthy gut bacteria to our overall health—and the relationship between healthy soil and the human microbiome.

We know that the human microbiome, often referred to as our “second brain,” plays a key role in our health, from helping us digest the food we eat, to boosting our brain function, and regulating our immune systems. 

Similar to animals, plants and soil, our bodies contain trillions of microbes—microscopic living organisms, such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The microbes in each person's body are unique, but not random. They colonize in the body, beginning from birth, depending on the microbes passed on by the mother. Over our lifetimes, they evolve according to our unique exposure to the outside world in order to protect us from disease such as cancer, diabetes and even autism.

What happens when our microbial community is disturbed? New research suggests that exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, may alter the human microbiome, leaving us more vulnerable to sickness and disease.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Go Grass Fed Organic - AGA Certified

Grass fed meat and dairy are better for you — higher in certain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats — than meat and dairy from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). While CAFOs are top sources of air and water pollution, grass fed farming regenerates the soil and maintains ecological balance without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These basic elements of animal welfare are missing from CAFOs, while animals raised on pasture are afforded the freedom to express their natural behaviors; grass fed food is also less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Iceland Supermarket Vows to Eliminate Plastic on All Own-Branded Products

Retailer outlines five-year aim to replace all plastic packaging with trays made of paper and pulp

Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all its own-brand products.

The supermarket chain, which specialises in frozen food, said it would go plastic-free within five years to help end the “scourge” of plastic pollution.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

One Year In: Trump Fails Family Farms in First Year

The difficult business of assessing damage in the midst of a heavy storm is worth the effort if findings might offer some protection against further harm, provide insight about what to expect next, and help bind a community together to rebuild.

This is why IATP presents a mid-storm assessment of damage wrought in the first year of Donald Trump's presidency and the 115th Congress, including thoughts about what we might expect next and what we can and must do about it. 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Farming for a Small Planet

People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale operations relying on corporate-supplied chemical inputs as the only high-productivity farming model. Another approach might be kinder to the environment and less risky for consumers, but, they assume, it would not be up to the task of providing all the food needed by our still-growing global population.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Is Fermented Blueberry the Most Powerful Tonic?

Blueberry vinegar was proven to help reduce the breakdown of acetylcholine in mice brains, while increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor, leading researchers to believe fermented blueberries may have health benefits for people with dementia. Studies validate fermented blueberry drinks to be effective in preventing diabetes and obesity in mice predisposed to those conditions, reducing their glycemia levels by 35 percent in just three days. Blueberry extract in combination with radiation therapy reduced the number of cervical cancer cells by 70 percent, compared to a 20 to 25 percent reduction when either therapy was used alone.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Benefits of Coffee and Tea

Tea, particularly green tea, has been linked with a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes and depression, and improved blood pressure, abdominal obesity and glucose levels. Coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of premature death and cardiovascular death, heart disease, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes. Coffee should be organic and shade-grown; drink it black or with added coconut oil or MCT oil.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Organic Food and Farming Movement Calls for the Regulation of New Genetic Engineering Techniques as GMOs

During our General Assembly in New Delhi (India), on 12 November 2017, IFOAM – Organics International adopted a global position which reaffirms that GMOs created through new genetic engineering techniques have no place in organic food and farming systems. The organic sector re-affirms its commitment to consumers to effectively exclude GMOs from its production systems and urges policy-makers to regulate the use of GMOs obtained by recent techniques.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse

Sean Brady is creating drugs from dirt. He's certain that the world's topsoils contain incredible, practically inexhaustible reservoirs of undiscovered antibiotics, the chemical weapons bacteria use to fend off other microorganisms. He's not alone in this thinking, but the problem is that the vast majority of bacteria cannot be grown in the lab—a necessary step in cultivating antibiotics.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

A new study finds that urban farms are critical to survival in a changing climate.

The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren't just feeding mouths—they are "critical to survival" and a "necessary adaptation" for developing regions and a changing climate, according to a new study.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

What Martin Luther King's 1967 Speech Can Teach Us About the Relationship Between Race and Class Today

Fifty years ago the times were tumultuous, as they are now. Activists were fragmented by gender, race, tactics and issue silos then too. The machinery of surveillance and repression by local, state and federal government was intense and about to become more so.

Despite knowing the risk of speaking out, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King stepped forward to offer clarity and direction. His speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence was delivered on April 4, 1967, to an overflow crowd at Riverside Church in New York City.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

New German Government Would Ban Glyphosate Herbicides in Shock to Monsanto-Bayer Merger

In a shock announcement Friday, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed on a blueprint for formal grand coalition negotiations, which includes a complete ban on glyphosate herbicides. Details of the suggested ban are yet to be announced.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

European Commission Issues Formal Objections to $66 Billion Bayer-Monsanto Mega Merger

The European Commission issued formal objections Friday to Bayer's planned $66 billion takeover of Monsanto, according to two people briefed on the case, signaling the deal may be blocked unless the German company makes more significant concessions. The objections from Brussels represent a stark ultimatum for the agrichemical giant, which has spent at least 12 months trying to bring around EU regulators on the politically charged mega-merger.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Let's Wrench Power Back From the Billionaires

Here is where we are as a planet in 2018: after all of the wars, revolutions and international summits of the past 100 years, we live in a world where a tiny handful of incredibly wealthy individuals exercise disproportionate levels of control over the economic and political life of the global community. Difficult as it is to comprehend, the fact is that the six richest people on Earth now own more wealth than the bottom half of the world's population – 3.7 billion people.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

When Refugee Chefs Host Dinners, Every Morsel Tells a Story

Refugees often have little more than what they can carry when they arrive in a new country. But some have found a way to use the flavors of their pasts to raise money, build a new life, and help find acceptance in their new homes through the Displaced Kitchens project by Nasser Jab and Jabber Al-Bihani.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

4 Ways Martin Luther King Was More Radical Than You Thought

Every January, Martin Luther King, Jr. is universally honored as a national hero who preached a peaceful fight against racial injustice. This saintly image is quite a departure from the kind of attacks the reverend endured over his lifetime. Over the years, Dr. King's more controversial edges have been smoothed over, burying his more radical teachings.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Classic Sauerkraut Recipe With Spices

German cuisine is often thought to be stodgy because the country lacked a variety of crops to grow until the last 200 years. As a result, Germans have often adopted the cooking methods of nearby nations, but added their own twist to it. Most often, their dishes are made using traditional preparations such as curing and pickling to prolong foods' shelf life and make them readily available to the people.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Regenerative Agriculture: a Win for Climate, Carbon Sequestration, Health

(14/01/2018 @ 11:25)

Improve Your Health by Avoiding Pesticides

Monsanto has become a global powerhouse capable of twisting entire governments according to its will. As a result, the company has saturated the global environment with its toxic chemicals, largely through questionable if not outright immoral and illegal means. Carey Gillam, an investigative journalist, dives deep into the backstory of Monsanto and the catastrophic consequences of their influence on the global culture in her new book.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Grow Your Own Food

While gardens have many benefits, the most important reason you should plant a garden (especially given the many issues associated with industrial agriculture) is because gardening helps create a more sustainable global food system, giving you and others access to fresh, healthy, nutrient-dense food.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Fiber Is Your Food Foundation

Most people, Americans in particular, need to eat more fiber. The evidence suggests a high-fiber diet can help manage your weight which impacts over two-thirds of the population. Even more importantly, researchers have discovered that short-chain fatty acids produced by bacteria that feed on plant fiber are major epigenetic communicators. 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Judge Rejects Change to Minnesota's Wild Rice Water Standard

In a ruling with potential implications both on the health of Minnesota's culturally vital wild rice and on mining and other industry critical to northern Minnesota's economy, a state administrative law judge ruled Thursday that state regulators failed to justify a proposed change to a controversial water quality standard for protecting wild rice.

In her report, Administrative Law Judge LauraSue Schlatter said the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency failed to justify changing the current wild rice sulfate standard, which limits discharges of sulfates into waters where wild rice grows to 10 milligrams per liter.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

California is Preparing to Defend Its Waters From Trump Order

In its first act to shield California from the Trump administration's repeal of regulations, the state's water board has prepared its own rules protecting wetlands and other waters.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

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