Cooking With Kale and Chard

Cooking with either kale or Swiss chard is as easy as filling a pot with a little water and a lot of greens and placing it on a heated stove burner. And while there's nothing wrong with that, there are lots more easy and interesting ways to eat these two vegetable powerhouses. Preparation Both vegetables should be washed thoroughly to get rid of any lingering garden soil, then chopped. The easiest way to cut kale is to pull leaves away from the stem, then give the leaves a few crosswise chops. … [Read more...]

Hawaii Becomes First State to Ban Neurotoxin, Chlorpyrifos

Hawaii's governor David Ige recently signed a bill restricting pesticide use within 100 feet of schools and banning chlorpyrifos outright by 2023. Chlorpyrifos, used widely in conventional agriculture, is a neurotoxin that impacts children and their cognitive development. The ban on Chlorpyrifos is not federal law. Hawaii is the first state in the nation to ban the use of the harmful pesticide. Senator Russell Ruderman, introduced the bill, which appropriates 300-thousand dollars for a … [Read more...]

Clever Ways to Use Your Food Scraps

The worst part about grocery shopping is when you hand over your credit card - produce can be expensive! What makes it worse is we don't eat everything we buy. There's a whole lot more that can be done with what we don't use in our kitchen. Here's a few tips to remember when repurposing your food scraps. Compost   Starting up your very own compost pile is easy. Set aside a 3'x3' area in your yard. You'll need good air flow, heat and moisture to encourage decomposition. Raking your scraps … [Read more...]

Soy Alert!

Soy has been touted as the perfect health food for decades. Unfortunately, it isn't all that marketing makes it out to be. Unfermented, non-organic soy products make up most of the market. There are thousands of studies linking soy to a myriad of health issues including allergies, digestive distress, malnutrition, and reproductive disorders. Here are a few points summarizing the dangers of soy: High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and … [Read more...]

How to Ask the Right Questions at a Farmer’s Market

Though farmers markets have a reputation for selling locally and sustainably grown food, "greenwashing" is still common. Some sellers buy industrial produce at wholesale prices and pass the off as homegrown. Unregulated terms, such as "natural" and "no-spray," imply more than they mean. To cut through the confusion, The Cornucopia Institute, a farm- and food-policy research group, has developed a comprehensive guide that equips shoppers to do a background check on vendors. The guide provides … [Read more...]

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

  According to a newly published article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat in the 1960's. The authors of the new article say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat. The article draws on five-decade-old internal documents from the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) to show … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning DIY Recipes

  It's time for spring cleaning! Instead of using harsh chemicals that can pollute the air in your home, try using natural products instead. They're safe, effective, inexpensive and easy to make! Here are some homemade cleaning formulas for a healthier, safer home:   Scrubbing Tile Cleaner Put some baking soda in a grated cheese container (the kind you find at pizza parlors) and sprinkle it on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers before scrubbing. For tough stains, make a … [Read more...]

The Bayer-Monsanto Merger is Bad News for the Planet

Mega-corporations Bayer and Monsanto have agreed to merge in a $66 billion dollar deal, that was just approved by the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, April 9th. This will create the world's largest agrichemical firm, which will control more than one-fourth of the combined global market for seeds and pesticides. Monsanto, the world's largest producer of genetically modified (GMO) crops and maker of the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, has faced mounting controversy and … [Read more...]

Could You Benefit from More Contact with (Healthy) Dirt?

After studying 2,000 soil samples, researchers from New York's Rockefeller University and New Jersey-based Rutgers University have uncovered a potential new class of antibiotics dubbed "malacidins," which may one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections. In tests involving rats infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), malacidins were able to successfully sterilize cuts in their skin. Remarkably, after three weeks of exposure, the bacterium showed zero signs of … [Read more...]

6 Tricks to Excuse-Proof Your Workout

For many, the hardest part of physical activity is getting started. Once you get going, you'll want to keep moving simply because you'll feel toned, strong, healthy, and energetic. If you haven't felt that way in a while, this can be a hard statement to believe! That's one reason we hear the same objections to exercise again and again. Here are the solutions for the most common obstacles: 1. Excuse: "I have no time" Prioritize activity by tying it directly to other things that are important to … [Read more...]