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Local Food

Do You Want to Eat More Local Food?

The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations. – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Why Eat Local Food? Why would anyone choose to buy meat and produce from local farmers instead of from the grocery store? Why do some people spend time in …

Prune your life

How to Prune Your Life

Do you ever wish you could prune your life? Once in a while, wouldn’t it be nice to trim back to what is essential? This morning I bent over 12 tomato plants, pinching off perfectly good, green foliage. I clipped the low-hanging branches of each plant, and then removed the suckers. Afterward, the plants looked …

Generally Recognized as Safe

Do You Want GRAS in Your Food?

What are GRAS Additives? The GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) system, an FDA designation, was originally created to define a list of common food additives used prior to 1958. For example, sugar and vinegar were some of the original GRAS additives. However, GRAS has since become a loophole that food manufacturers use to avoid FDA …

Swiss chard

What’s So Great about Swiss Chard?

What’s for dinner? How about a delicious, versatile, and beautiful vegetable so packed with nutrition and fiber that it actually slows the aging process, lowers blood pressure, supports brain health, and fights diabetes and cancer? ¬†How about a food that’s cheap and that you – yes even if you think you have a black thumb …