There are many facets of living green and one of the most important is the kind of foods you put into your body. Knowing the environmental issues that are associated with meat and animal products, many eco-conscious citizens choose to eat vegetarian or vegan. Others make wise food decisions by choosing organic food and produce. There are many advantages to eating organic including fruits and vegetables that are pesticide free, and farming that done more naturally and sustainably. Meat is hormone free and often allowed free-range instead of being caged. Organic food tastes better, has been shown to be healthier, has a greater number of antioxidants and is free of harmful chemicals. Methods of farming are also more energy efficient and sustainable, using natural fertilizers and other environmentally friendly methods. Read articles on the health and environmental benefits of going organic. Find recipes, discussions on vegan and vegetarian diets, info on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and other green movements. Learn what it takes for a farm to become organic certified, how buying locally from farmer’s markets can benefit the environment and much more!
Ever wish you didn’t have to throw out so many vegetables or that you didn’t need to buy them? What if you could fix both problems in one? What if you grew more vegetables from the scraps of your meals? No green thumb? No problem!
Does monk fruit extract replace the sugar in your snack? Does that toaster pastry contain specialized yeast extracts to lower the salt content? How about algae-based flour in your pizza roll fat or corn fiber and synthetic fruit flavoring in your drink? What happened to the food in food?
From “clean eating" to “non-GMO" to “caveman diets," the latest health trend — the search for “real food" — seems like it might require a glossary all its own. But where did this concept of “real food" originate, and what does it really mean?
You may have heard that BPA is dangerous to our health and even gone out of your way to purchase BPA-free water bottles. However, claims about the hazards may be
exaggerated. How bad is BPA for us really and what is a common sense approach to its use?
It has long been recognized that traces of pharmaceuticals and contraceptives appear in our drinking water. Although the EPA has not officially recognized this issue as an emergency, many of us are still concerned about the safety of ingesting chemicals not-intended for our bodies. Learn more here.
Cultured beef is created from the muscle tissues of a healthy cow and grown in the lab. Food critics have tried it, and found the flavor to be somewhat lacking. However, the experiment continues, and some think it’s just a matter of time until it turns up in a supermarket near you. Would you try it?
Monsanto claims that their genetically modified food products are good for the environment and for people. However, their products prove to be difficult and expensive to produce, with little of the health benefits they claim.
It may seem like a fun and healthy endeavor to raise your own chickens for eggs, however those who go into the project uneducated may end up having to find a new home for their poultry. Learn some important facts about backyard chickens.
Eating local is a no brainer, right? There are so many benefits: less emissions due to transporting food, fresher produce and supporting local businesses. Sounds great, but it is unfortunately not that easy to calculate environmental impact. There are many other factors to consider.
Freshly baked loaves of homemade bread from the oven gives your home an aroma that can’t be beat. Spending time making the bread is worth every minute when you are finally able to bite into that first piece, butter oozing off the sides. Make bread better when you grind your own flour too!
Can I make maple syrup inside my house? This question can be answered either yes or no – depending on your housing. In many cases it is possible, but not recommended. There are five reasons why this is true.
Many people are beginning to remove gluten from their diets due to painful allergy symptoms. However, there is no need to give up all your favorite treats! Try one of the following easy recipes for a healthy snack.
Self-rising flour is one of those kitchen staples that you can easily make at home. For the lightest biscuits and melt in your mouth pastries, follow this simple recipe to learn how to make your own self-rising flour, and you will never have to worry about running out.
While it is true that a hen’s egg production slows down in the winter months, it is not necessarily true that she will stop laying altogether in the winter. Chickens in the winter need a bit more care, but are more resilient than you may think.