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We’ve all heard about GMOs — Genetically Modified Foods — and while some of us may feel an aversion to the idea of GMO foods, definitive information about whether they’re actually bad for you (or good, or neutral) would be helpful.

After all, most of us are not chemistry majors, nor are we in a position to conduct in-depth research into the origins and effects of GMO food. So — even as we may feel a distrust of what we may perceive as "tampered-with" food or have "heard things", we’re at the mercy of information obtained elsewhere, some of which is offered by companies who arguably have something to gain by our thinking GMOs are good for us. more »

Organic MilkFor many people, organic milk is the best — raw, organic, chilled, and perhaps straight off the farm. But what happens if, for whatever reason, it’s not available, either from the farm or from your local market? Do you stop drinking milk altogether? If not, what are your choices — is there a next best thing to organic milk?

There is. What I’m speaking of is slowly pasteurized milk that has NOT been homogenized. more »

High Brix Defines Farm-fresh, non-GMO and Organic Food

Organic Soil

Last Fall I drove an hour each way for 50 lbs. of farm-fresh, non-GMO produce — squash and carrots. I was on the trail of Winter storage vegetables with a high brix count. Farmer Timothy, along with a very extended family, run a farmer’s market business on NY Rt 11B in the Champlain Valley and are working diligently with the fertility of their soil to produce high Brix nutrient-dense foods: more »

As the New York Times has it in Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds, the use of Roundup, a weedkiller, is creating "superweeds" and big trouble for farmers:

But farmers sprayed so much Roundup that weeds quickly evolved to survive it. “What we’re talking about here is Darwinian evolution in fast-forward,” Mike Owen, a weed scientist at Iowa State University, said.

Having landed themselves in this situation due to this practice in non-organic farming, the answer is this: more »

It’s a sad day when you find the Charlotte Observer’s June 19, 2010 article entitled Arsenic high in water sample near Duke plant. What’s Duke? An energy company in North Carolina which is apparently dumping arsenic-contaminated water into NC’s Mountain Island Lake, "the major water supply for Charlotte, Gastonia and Mount Holly": more »

Heirloom OrganicsI was surfing around the Web this evening when I discovered a link to the Heirloom Organics website at non-hybrid-seeds.com. Curious, I took a look.

According to the website’s home page:

Non-Hybrid or Open-Pollinated seeds allow the gardener to collect seeds from a crop for future planting. Hybrid seeds do not. All Heirloom Organics Seed Packs are 100% Non-Hybrid AND Non-GMO (genetically modified) and specially sealed for long term storage.

Sounds like a plan. We’ve been storing a small amount of organic seeds that we purchased from Whole Foods, but I’m glad to find more sources.

Rolling StoneWhen I first heard about the British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, my first thoughts went to what incredible damage was sure to come, including damage to the eco-system, animals, and people’s livelihoods. And so it turned out to be true. more »

whereismymilkfrom.com While blog-hopping/researching this morning, I discovered Where Is My Milk From?.

Apparently milk products have some sort of code that specifies where they were produced. At Where Is My Milk From, you just type the code into the box (the white box in the image to the left) and click the arrow for your results.

The website says:

This information is taken from the IMS List, published by the FDA in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Public Health Service.
This website is owned and operated by an independent third party.

There’s also a link in the small type there to the FDA IMS list in PDF format — that’s the Interstate Milk Shippers list.

Pretty nice stuff. I’d try it, but I don’t have any product right now, so no bar codes.

One of the beauties of living in the South is the advent of Spring. Remember the beginning of Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day Lewis version) where they’re running through the trees? Everyone else was engrossed in the action. I, instead, was breathlessly taken by the beauty of the forest. "Where is this land?" I asked. Well, that was North Carolina. Precisely where I sit now.

We’ve got a large stand of trees behind our place. As an ex-long-time Los Angeleno, I wasn’t that thrilled when it got cold here, nor when the autumn leaves dropped off the trees. Then, two weeks ago, buds appeared on the trees … and two weeks later, the trees are in full leaf.

Trees - Spring in the South

One day, as I sat and admired all the greenery surrounding us, what looked like dozens of green … moths? … flew out from a tree. As the numbers escalated, and they approached me, I spied what they really were — seeds from the trees, each with its own little "wing" that caused it to ride the mild wind, whirling like helicopters. more »

I did not set out, back in 2007, to write an article panning Chinese goods. How that came to be was simply that I was reading here and there, and kept noticing warnings against various Chinese goods. Not from "alarmists"; no, these sources were the New York Times, among others. Finally, I set about making a list, which eventually became Questioning Chinese Imports. And now, nearly three years later, we have … Chinese Drywall. more »

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