February 22nd, 2013
This would have been a really good week to switch to heart-healthy oatmeal. First, glass shards turned up in Kellog’s Special K with “red berries”. Then at mid-week, came two reports of metal mesh fragments in Heartland Granolas and belVita breakfast biscuits. Look, those conveyor belts need to run FAST.
February 13th, 2013
A national report on the state of breast cancer treatment and prevention has concluded that too little attention is being paid to the environmental triggers that lead to breast cancer, whose incidence continues to rise. Among those factors are BPA, pesticides and alcohol consumption.
February 6th, 2013
How do you know which beverages and foods at the grocery store are most likely to contain elevated fluoride, and which of these products are most important to avoid? To answer these questions, the Fluoride Action Network has produced the following seven “general rules.”
January 15th, 2013
Now that the flu is rampant among us, present in every state of the US and widespread in 42 states, we’ve gathered together some time-honored and scientifically proven ways to reduce your chances of catching the flu or a nasty cold.
January 10th, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration appears to be within a few weeks of approving genetically modified (GM) salmon, despite a massive public outcry that the engineered fish could be unsafe and consumers do not want it.
January 7th, 2013
The scientific debate over whether GMO foods are harmful picked up the pace with the publication of new website defending what has come to be known as the “Seralini study.”
December 17th, 2012
Consumers continue to be crazy for Keurig coffee systems. Check out any department store this season and you’ll find stacks of Keurig coffee makers surrounded by massive walls of boxes containing plastic cups filled with coffee in endless flavors.
Keurig-ready coffees come in several brands such as Green Mountain, Gloria Jeans, Timothy’s Brooklyn Beans and Caribou and a dazzling selection of flavors like Chocolate Glazed Donut, Cinnamon Roll, Hazelnut, Mudslide, Caramel Vanilla Cream, Mocha Nut Fudge and Wild Mountain Blueberry.
But the fun doesn’t end there. Keurig brewers also make teas, such as Celestial Season’s Mandarin Orange and Twinings’ African Rooibos Red Tea, as well as a toasty, roasty array of cocoas and lattes — all conveniently packed in those little “K-cups” that allow the Keurig owners to make a single, no-muss serving. The Keurig system aims to do away with tedious coffee brewing, spilled grounds and the strain of lifting cups of water with teabags into the microwave. You just pop the “K-cup” into the brewer and afterward toss it into the recyl….ah, the trash.
November 19th, 2012
With Thanksgiving and the winter holidays upon us, we’re continuing our guide to the potential chemical and genetic engineering hazards in the holiday feast.
We looked at the Turkey (and faux turkeys) in Part 1. Now on to the veggies! One bright spot about vegetables is that medical research continues to verify the power of eating veggies in protecting against illnesses, even cancer.
November 16th, 2012
Another Thanksgiving is upon us, and so too, the endless quibbling about the gobbler, and other food matters.
Does the big meal require a big roast beast? That is one central question. But not the only one. In today’s foodie world, navigating the eco opportunities of both the carnivorous and vegan/vegetarian pathways to celebrating this most traditional of holidays is an adventure that could leave you scratching your head in the pantry instead of chopping celery at 7 a.m., as you must if dinner is to be ready by 2 p.m..
November 7th, 2012
California’s ballot measure Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified foods, a precursor to probable labeling across the U.S., failed narrowly in Tuesday’s election.
The first major ballot-box test in the U.S. for labeling GMO foods was killed by a tidal wave of opposition spending by giant biotech firms and pesticide makers and multi-national food corporations, advocates of labeling said.
October 25th, 2012
Fall is a delicious time to eat seasonal foods, and not just the comfort carbs of Thanksgiving, but the many fruits and vegetables that are harvested at this time in the Northern hemisphere.
These foods can boost the health quotient of your autumn feast and provide snacks that keep the sugar monster at bay.
October 17th, 2012
On Nov. 6, California voters will say yea or nay to Proposition 37, which would require labeling for genetically modified or GM foods.
The issue, which became a ballot initiative after getting nearly a million petition signatures this past spring, appears to have wide popular support, according to polls. But it faces stiff opposition from pesticide makers like Monsanto, food companies, and dozens of California agricultural operations and business groups. Led by Monsanto, the opposition has collectively spent more than $34 million in advertising and public relations efforts opposing Prop. 37.