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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods that look the same as naturally grown foods, but have had their genetic makeup altered in some way. Most often, this genetic engineering makes foods herbicide-tolerant or able to produce their own internal insecticide. Soybeans, for example, can be altered to make them resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. When the herbicide is sprayed on the fields, everything—except the soybean plant—is killed. Corn plants are also often injected with the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, causing the … Read More

Natural. Hormone-free. Cage-free. Pasture-raised. There are so many catch phrases on the front of meat, dairy, and egg labels that conjure up the images of happy, healthy animals being raised under idyllic farming practices. However, many of these terms are either not regulated or don’t quite mean all they seem. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for the inspection and quality standards for meat, poultry, and processed egg products. The … Read More

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds

Long before the Chia Pet became the ubiquitous novelty gift, chia seeds were a staple food in the Mayan and Aztec diets. These tiny black and white seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant are primarily grown in Mexico and South America. Chia actually got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.” These little seeds pack a hearty nutritional punch. One ounce (about two tablespoons) contains 137 calories, 9g fat, 4g of protein, and a whopping 11g of fiber.  While … Read More

Twelve Days of Costco

Here’s a fun food fact you perhaps didn’t know: Costco, the massive warehouse club chain, is not only the third largest retailer in the United States, but it is also shaping up to be the number one retailer of organic foods nationwide. What’s more, with their reputation for treating their employees well, the consistent offerings of various free samples, as well as their bargain prices, you can feel good about shopping there. This win/win approach to shopping is all the … Read More

With the exception of the few poor folks who may actually be living under a proverbial rock, most people have surely heard that kale is one of the healthiest foods a human being can eat. It is called a superfood and is regarded as the quintessential “food as medicine;” foodies and nutritionists get so excited about spreading the Good Word on kale that dubious junk-food addicts have even lashed out against “the kale propaganda.” Unlike so many other food fashion … Read More