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Don’t miss these Fair Trade, organic chocolates for Valentine’s — and every day

February 4th, 2014

Chocolate. You can’t live without it. So let’s talk about buying Fair Trade, which supports those whose livelihoods really do depend upon it.Chocolatiers who’ve been certified as Fair Trade have promised to pay fair wages to the cacao bean farmers who supply them. Here are 10 places to look for Fair Trade chocolate.

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Under court order, the FDA will review anti-bacterial ingredient Triclosan in 2014

January 9th, 2014

US regulators have taken a first step toward placing limits on the controversial ingredient triclosan, which is used in antibacterial soaps and an array of other personal products, despite studies suggesting it poses a threat to human health and the environment.

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General Mills changes Cheerios to non-GMO; but it wasn’t that hard to do

January 4th, 2014

I am cheering for Cheerios today, with the Jan. 2 announcement that General Mills will make its iconic cereal without GMO ingredients.This is a landmark decision that shows consumer dissatisfaction with a product can sway corporate giants. But how hard was it for GM to get the GMOs out of its Os?

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Why the FDA’s plan to reel in antibiotics for livestock puts Americans at risk

December 13th, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant diseases are depriving Americans of good health every year, with 23,000 people dying from diseases that were untreatable because antibiotics failed to work.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sprang into action – 30 or so years into this growing problem — to take aim at a major culprit, perhaps the major culprit, the livestock producers who routinely administer antibiotics to make animals…

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Organic milk is more nutritious than conventional milk, study finds

December 10th, 2013

A study by Washington State University published this week confirms what many shoppers have suspected for years: organic milk is healthier than conventional milk.

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Nuts, let us count the crazy number of ways they’re good for you

November 22nd, 2013

We already knew nuts were pretty good for us. This week we learned that people who regularly consumed nuts are less likely to die of cancer or heart disease, according to a major study by Harvard University researchers. Fortunately, this news arrives just as we’re ready to set the nut dish out for the holidays. Here’s our list of what to include.

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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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