Posted on April 27, 2015 by Envirothink
Superfoods – those grains, nuts and fruits that are chock full of antioxidants and other critical nutrients we need – have gained a lot of press – and shelf space at the local supermarket. But contrary to common perception, they’re not all super expensive or imported.
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Posted on February 27, 2015 by Envirothink
Photo by TPMartins, flickr
Chew on this – The nutritional value of food has dropped as much as 50 percent from what it was a generation ago.
Taking a bite into the ‘why?’ Continue reading
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Posted on February 6, 2015 by Envirothink
In a stunning announcement, Breyer’s, the mega-giant ice cream company, says it will stop using milk from cows treated with the controversial hormone rBST. The artificial growth hormone, which stands for recombinant bovine somatotropin, is a genetically engineered hormone that farmers inject into cows to increase milk production. It’s been linked to a number of serious health problems in cows, and in humans who drink the cows’ milk.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: artificial growth hormone, Breyers, controversial hormone, E. coli bacteria, Forest Stewardship Council, genetically engineered, Monsanto, Organic Valley, protein hormone, Rainforest Alliance, rBST, Sustainable Agriculture Network, Unilever | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 2, 2014 by Envirothink
Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr
As an avid backyard organic gardener, I always have my eye out for things to help me improve how I garden and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. So when I came across an article about how garden hoses leach toxic chemicals, I was a bit stunned. Though I generally water my garden by hand and/or with drip lines, I do use the hose to water other things around my yard, and to fill my dog’s outside water dish. This article is definitely a wake-up call.
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Posted on March 6, 2014 by Envirothink
As a kid, I was among those who didn’t really get it about great oral hygiene. Consequently I ended up with a lot of fillings in my mouth. Over the years, I’ve wondered about how safe these “silver” fillings really were, especially with all the media attention about mercury. An article today brought the seriousness home.
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Posted on February 26, 2014 by Envirothink
As a journalist, I’m skeptical when I read about the latest report showing remarkable progress or “breakthrough results”. All too often the test group is much too small to really demonstrate large sweeping results.
So it’s with a somewhat jaded view that I read the news that there’s been a large drop in childhood obesity.
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