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Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change

November 21st, 2013

Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Kale-squash-pasta-faux sausage casserole

November 16th, 2013

Love kale, squash and veggie sausage? Add pasta and this antioxidant-rich casserole becomes a comfort food that’s still this side of healthy.

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Diabetes projected to rise this much around the world

November 14th, 2013

Today is World Diabetes Day, and sadly, there is a world of it out there, especially if you consider the rising numbers of people suffering from this chronic health condition. In the U.S. about 1 in 10 people have diabetes, and that’s expected to be the ratio worldwide by 2035.

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How to shop for organic brands that support labeling GMOs

November 12th, 2013

Organic food advocacy Cornucopia Institute has released this list of companies that opposed labeling GMO foods in the recent initiative in Washington state known as I-522.

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U.S. bans artery-clogging trans fats

November 8th, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring a gradual phase-out of trans fats in food. The artery-clogging additive is widely considered the worst kind of fat for the heart and can lead to heart attacks and death.

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What happens when an ad agency markets broccoli like it does Coke?

November 4th, 2013

The ad agency Victors & Spoils has created campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the food industry — Coca-Cola, Quiznos and General Mills among them. Until now, what they’d never done was try to figure out how to sell broccoli.

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Virginia Tech researchers say this natural solution will rid our plumbing of deadly pathogens

November 4th, 2013

A team of Virginia Tech researchers is investigating the challenges presented by four often deadly pathogens that have been documented in household or hospital tap water. They propose fighting these opportunistic pathogens with harmless microbes.

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A Halloween boogeyman hiding in your trick-or-treat bag

October 30th, 2013

Mars meet your worst nightmare. This mom and her son have started a petition aimed right at your iconic M&Ms. Just in time for Halloween, they’re asking whether people in North America shouldn’t get the same respect that Europeans get, and that means cutting out the artificial colorants that some studies link to ADHD.

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Picky, Healthy Pumpkin Bread

October 30th, 2013

Bring on the pumpkins. We’re ready for a boost of beta carotene, and we’d like that in a sweet bread. This Picky Pumpkin Bread recipe also comes with a dash of extra Omega 3s and it’s vegan.

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WHO pinpoints air pollution a major cause of lung cancer deaths

October 18th, 2013

A new study by the World Health Organization offers stunning statistics that health authorities globally will have to consider. Who is most at risk for getting lung cancer as a result of exposure to air pollution? How many people do authorities believe die each year as a result of pollution-related lung cancer? The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini has the details.

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The pending health epidemic that Congress could address – post shutdown shenanigans

October 16th, 2013

As Congress has been gripped by the dramedy of the Ted Cruz and Koch Brothers-inspired government shutdown/debt ceiling frenzy, people in California and a few other states have been quietly falling ill, the victims of a food-borne illness that has solutions, if federal lawmakers can ever clear the agenda to act on them.

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Study ties BPA to possible miscarriage risk

October 14th, 2013

A small study found a possible link between BPA and miscarriage risk in women prone to fertility problems. The chemical is commonly found in plastics and canned food linings and may affect hormones in the body.

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