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Health and Nutrition

It’s Not Just Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Wheat: You May Already Be Eating Rogue GE Crops

Can humans control and contain genetically engineered crops? The answer appears to be no. Of the four major crops grown in the U.S., genetically engineered (GE) seeds are available for three: corn, soybeans and alfalfa. But a farmer growing the fourth major crop, wheat, could not (leg
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GMO-free ingredients are tough to round up in the U.S.

By John Upton, Grist.org Responsible food manufacturers are trying to meet consumer demand for products that are free from transgenic ingredients. And they are finding it exceedingly difficult in the U.S. to do so. The New York Times reported Sunday on the difficulties — and high cost
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How a Legal Loophole Allows Untested Pesticides in Everything From Cosmetics to Clothing

You probably wouldn’t expect to find pesticides in your toothpaste or your gym socks, but they might be in there all the same. And the vast majority of those pesticides have made it into everyday products without adequate oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s becaus
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What I learned from a month of eating vegan

A little more than a month ago, I expanded Team Greenie Pig to four and set out on a month-long challenge to eliminate animal products from our diets .Would we discover an entirely new way of eating? Experience a miraculous increase in vitality? Or crash and burn spectacularly over an
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The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble
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How Big Food Is Making You Fat

What if it’s the food—and not you—that’s to blame for America’s obesity epidemic? The national conversation surrounding this question has heated up with the publication of Michael Moss’s new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. But Moss isn’
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Hip-hop video compares the food industry to drug dealers

It is a powerful and hard hitting reminder to us all that gun violence is just one symptom of a deeply dysfunctional economic system. And it’s an argument that’s making its rounds of the internet in a hard-hitting hip hop video that compares the food industry to gangsters
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Miracle grow: Indian farmers smash crop yield records without GMOs

What if the agricultural revolution has already happened and we didn’t realize it? Essentially, that’s the idea in this report from the Guardianabout a group of poverty-stricken Indian rice and potato farmers who harvested confirmed world-record yields of rice and potatoes. Best of al
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Warning: Major Supplements Openly Contain GMO Vitamin Sources

Genetically modified organisms have permeated much of the crop industry, absolutely infesting the processed food market, but are many ‘health’ supplements free from the presence of GMOs? As it turns out, major supplement producers actually will openly admit that they deriv
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The Grocery Store That’s Changing the Food System

Big news for people concerned about avoiding genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Whole Foods, the nation’s largest natural and organic foods retailer, has just announced that by 2018, all products sold in its stores must indicate whether they contain GMOs. Read more at Rodale
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