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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: From Farms to Forks and Beyond

David Wallinga, M.D. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy We live in a world where drug-resistant “superbugs” are getting meaner and more common. These superbugs used to be found almost exclusively in hospitals in the form of life-threatening infections. They are now popping up in communities among healthy children and … Read more

Backyard Composting

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Composting is the microbial process whereby organic yard wastes are converted into to a highly desirable, organic, soil-like material. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical properties, and supply some of the essential nutrients … Read more

Bees Come Home

Elise Kyllo Self Employed Gardener and Artist If you are reading this you must be curious about Apis mellifera (Latin for bee carrying honey). Maybe you intellectually know how important bees are as pollinators and in keeping us humans fed. Maybe you are a gardener and simply love bees buzzing … Read more

Connecting Farms, Distributors & Restaurants

Mike Mitchelson Editor, Food Service News You’ve seen the trucks: Sysco, Reinhart, U.S. Foodservice and others, transporting food to restaurants across the country. And, yes, it’s true. Even here in the Midwest, your food travels on average from 1,200 to 1,500 miles to get to your plate, depending on which … Read more

Diet For a Healthy and Peaceful World

Gabriele F. Kushi, BFA, MEA, macrobiotic nutritional consultant/chef/educator The goals of macrobiotics are the realization of planetary health and happiness, world peace and human evolution. Macrobiotic, derived from the Greek word macrobios (large life), is associated worldwide with living and eating in harmony with the season. Macrobiotics embraces the 5,000-year-old … Read more

Eat and Play to Support Sustainable Agriculture

Beth Munnich Renewing the Countryside As consumers, every dollar we spend is effectively a vote in favor of a company’s way of doing business. Since the beginning of the organic movement, concerned consumers have voted with their dollars for foods grown without pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics, often combining their … Read more

Effects of a Plant-Based Diet

Professor Gidon Eshel Dept. of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago Strengthening evidence exists to prove that global warming is primarily due to rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities. This effect makes personal voluntary choices a leading edge in the battle to preserve our threatened global habitat. While one … Read more

Environmental Illness

Sraddha Helfrich University Of Minnesota Medical Student What do carpets, meat, paint, household cleaners, perfumes, cigarette smoke, building materials, milk and traffic fumes have in common? They all contain toxic compounds that could be making you and your family sick. Environmental Illness (EI) is a term for diseases caused by … Read more

Grown On Campus

Olivia Bailey St. Olaf College A liberal arts education implies many things; given our unchecked American consumerism and boom in obesity, students seek to understand the question of our human relationship to the earth. St. Olaf College of Northfield, Minnesota, assigns its students a responsibility for stewardship of the land, … Read more

Home Food Preservation

Jane Grimsbo Jewett Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota (www.misa.umn.edu) Preserving fresh vegetables and fruits at home is a great way to save money and create a healthy diet for your family. Good quality fruits and vegetables, canned or frozen shortly after picking, retain nutrients and good flavor. … Read more

Macrobiotics: Diet for a Healthy and Peaceful World

Gabriele F. Kushi, BFA, MEA, CHC, AADP Board certified Holistic Health Practitioner, macrobiotic nutritional consultant, cooking teacher, and director of Kushi’s Kitchen The goals of macrobiotics are the realization of planetary health and happiness, world peace and human evolution. Macrobiotic, derived from the Greek word macrobios (large life), is associated … Read more

Natural Remedies to Ailments

Jennifer Hawkins Graduate student at the University of Minnesota “Take two of these and call me in the morning” is an adage we have all heard dozens of times. Meanwhile, drug and pharmaceutical advertisements promoting their new “wonder drugs” clutter the pages of our reading material. Listening to the quiet … Read more

Oily Food

Steven L. Hopp Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our refrigerators as our cars. We’re consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen-about 17% of our nation’s energy use-for agriculture, a close second to our vehicular use. Tractors, combines, harvesters, irrigation, sprayers, tillers, balers, and other … Read more

Organic Food

Joel T. Helfrich Do It Green! Minnesota According to Roots & Fruits Cooperative Produce, “Organically-grown food is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and/or fertilizers.” No wonder more Americans purchase organic food each year! The organic movement is indeed large and growing. Michael Pollan, author of Botany of Desire, … Read more

Organic Labeling

Kerrie Saunders MS, LLP, PhD VegNews Magazine Have you ever wondered if your produce is truly organic? The information below will help you to read and understand the organic labeling system. There are three main coding systems you’ll find in your local grocery store: The 12-digit Universal Product Codes (UPC), … Read more

Top 10 Veg Cities

VegNews Magazine AustinWhy? Veg oasis in the land of cowboy boots, beef and hunting. Don’t miss: Casa de Luz for scrumptious vegan macrobiotic fare. Washington DCWhy? Home of advocacy powerhouses including HSUS, Compassion Over Killing and FARM. Don’t miss: Java Green for a bowl of steaming noodle soup and a … Read more

Understanding Organics

Jennifer Harmening Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program went into effect in October 2002, organic foods have become available at an increasing number of locations, and more people are intentionally choosing to buy, grow, and eat organic foods. Why? Weighing your food options today isn’t just about … Read more

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