Microplastics from Clothing: Are They in Our Food Chain?

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From the BBC News article, Accumulating ‘microplastic’ threat to shores, by Mark Kinver.

Debris on shoreline (Image: AP)

Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, a study has warned.

Researchers traced the “microplastic” back to synthetic clothes, which released up to Continue reading

Celebrate the Good Food Movement! March 15-17 in Chicago.

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I think about food. All day long.

I eat something every 2-3 hours to keep my energy going.

That’s why I’m excited that the Good Food Festival is coming to Chicago March 15-17! Continue reading

Save the Farm {Video}

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After watching the trailer for Save the Farm and reading about the farmers who were evicted from the land that sustained hundreds of people, I was suspended in disbelief. Watch this trailer, read the info I picked up from the website, and let me know your own reaction. Then help by sharing this post. Continue reading

A man, a bike and a food fight

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Determined to raise $50,000 for the Nature Conservancy, Nathan Winters  spent 5 months pedaling 4,300 miles across the country. I met Nathan on twitter of all places—where he’s been touted as one of “The Top 20 Real Food Advocates to Follow”—and was intrigued by what could possibly motivate a man to set out on such a journey.

Nathan Winters

Nathan explains in this excerpt from his book, An Unconventional Harvest

Why did I spend 5 months pedaling 4,300 miles across the country to rediscover our food system? Before I answer that question, I must point out Continue reading

What are the bees telling us?

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An in-depth investigation of Colony Collapse Disorder

Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? explores the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, never to return.

The documentary film follows the voices and visions of underrepresented beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists around the Continue reading

Labeled “Natural”? May contain ZERO natural ingredients.

Did you know that two-thirds of personal care products claiming to be “natural” are not? Let me put this another way: a product labeled “natural” could contain as low as zero percent natural ingredients. ZERO. That’s just not … natural!

Luckily, the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, is doing something about it. Continue reading

Adventure at the Farmer’s Market

iStock_farmers marketEthan and I set out for the Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoon (first time this year, I’m sorry to say) in the Jeep Wrangler, top down, doors off. What a gorgeous day! Since Ethan’s a foodie (he’s 8, watches Iron  Chef, Barefoot Contessa, Rachel Ray, etc., and LOVES to make us app’s and/or dinner by himself with absolutely no supervision or recipes), I gave him money to spend on whatever he thought would be good for our family. You’d think–by the bounce in his step, the grin on that sweet face, his eyes bright as he took it all in–that we had just entered a carnival with fried donuts, corn dogs and wild roller coasters. Continue reading

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