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  • EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network

    Organic and Wellness News
    Melanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    John Portelli The intense discussions among national Ministers at the May 11 AGRIFISH Council meeting clearly demonstrated how difficult it is to reach agreement on an initial problematic proposal if ...
  • Humus depletion induced by climate change?

    Organic News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    The yields of many important crops in Europe have been stagnating since the 1990s. As a result, the input of organic matter into the soil -- the crucial source for humus formation -- is decreasing. Scientists suspect that the humus stocks of arable soils are declining due to the influence of climate change. Humus, however, is a key factor for soil functionality, which is why this development poses a threat to agricultural production -- and, moreover, in a worldwide context.
  • What Is Shilajit?

    Dr. Group's Healthy Living blog
    Brandon May
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hailing from the Caucasus and Himalayan mountains, Shilajit (pronounced shi-lah-jeet) is a naturally-occurring substance that’s rich in beneficial nutrients. Although it’s somewhat unknown today, it is still prominent in many natural health practices, including Ayurveda. This blackish, smooth substance can be found in high concentrations in the Altai Mountains. One of the main constituents of the material is fulvic acid, which has shown some promise in heavy metal protection and brain support. What is Shilajit? Shilajit is a sticky resin that oozes from rocks in the mountains in response…
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    rhonda jean
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    This is our much loved cat, Hettie. You can see in the photo she has developed skin cancer on her ear and nose, and she has arthritis in her front legs.  Lately she's lost weight and energy.  She'll be visiting the vet today and I doubt she'll return to us.  Hettie is 18 years old and has lived her entire life here in our home and yard.  ♥︎  I think it will be a sad weekend. - - - - - - -
  • Assorted Matcha Cookie Bites

    Eden Foods - Newest Recipes
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together. Combine dry and wet ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Lightly oil two large baking sheets. Scoop out about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cookie dough for each cookie, roll into 1-inch balls, and place in rows on the cookie sheet about 2-inches apart. You should have approximately 7 rows of cookies with 10 or so cookies in each row. Press the center of each ball of cookie dough down with your thump to form an indentation. Fill approximately 10 cookies in each row with one of the following fillings: 2 dried…
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    Organic and Wellness News

  • EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network

    Melanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    John Portelli The intense discussions among national Ministers at the May 11 AGRIFISH Council meeting clearly demonstrated how difficult it is to reach agreement on an initial problematic proposal if ...
  • Fairtrade launches in Brazil

    Melanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    By Warren Beaumont Brazilian consumers now have the power to help farmers in Brazil and developing countries build better futures for themselves, by choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark in stores ...
  • Asia: A look at organic and natural C&T markets

    Melanie
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    By Annemarie Kruse Natural and organic cosmetics in East Asia are booming. According to a recent report by Organic Monitor, the Asian countries are amongst the fastest growing organic markets worldwide. And ...
  • EU organic industry says no to new regulation By OWN News Network

    Melanie
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    The intense discussions among national Ministers at the May 11 AGRIFISH Council meeting clearly demonstrated how difficult it is to reach agreement on an initial problematic proposal if the sector’s ...
  • Snail cosmetics leave a trail at Vivaness

    Melanie
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    By Annemarie Kruse Snail based cosmetics by Italian firm Bioearth Snail mucus, believed to have superior skin-repairing properties is commonly used in Asian cosmetics. European consumers, however, tend to react squeamishly ...
 
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    Organic News -- ScienceDaily

  • Humus depletion induced by climate change?

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    The yields of many important crops in Europe have been stagnating since the 1990s. As a result, the input of organic matter into the soil -- the crucial source for humus formation -- is decreasing. Scientists suspect that the humus stocks of arable soils are declining due to the influence of climate change. Humus, however, is a key factor for soil functionality, which is why this development poses a threat to agricultural production -- and, moreover, in a worldwide context.
  • 'Seeing' molecular interactions could give boost to organic electronics

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    For the first time, researchers have directly seen how organic molecules bind to other materials at the atomic level. Using a special kind of electron microscopy, this information can lead to increasing the life span of electronic devices, for example.
  • Benefits of strip-till surface after five-year study

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    After just five years, soil organic matter content was 8.6 percent greater in the strip-till plots when compared to the no-till plots. Furthermore, bulk density was reduced by 4 percent and penetration resistance, the force a root must exert to move in the soil, decreased by 18 percent.
  • Food safety expert explains food labels and their regulations

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    A food safety specialist explains some terms on food labels that are federally regulated and which lack a clear definition.
  • Organic farming needs direction to be sustainable

    14 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Large-scale organic farming operations, based on a review of almost a decade of data from 49 states, are not reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • What Is Shilajit?

    Brandon May
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hailing from the Caucasus and Himalayan mountains, Shilajit (pronounced shi-lah-jeet) is a naturally-occurring substance that’s rich in beneficial nutrients. Although it’s somewhat unknown today, it is still prominent in many natural health practices, including Ayurveda. This blackish, smooth substance can be found in high concentrations in the Altai Mountains. One of the main constituents of the material is fulvic acid, which has shown some promise in heavy metal protection and brain support. What is Shilajit? Shilajit is a sticky resin that oozes from rocks in the mountains in response…
  • Using a Non-Stick Pan? You May Want to Read This

    Brandon May
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Pans with a non-stick coating are convenient but new research suggests that the chemical used for the coating is extremely toxic and exposure on any level could prove dangerous to brain health, the reproductive system, and immune system. The Dangers of Non-Stick Coating DuPont, the chemical engineering giant, is responsible for the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) used to make Teflon coating. Federal regulators linked the chemical to birth defects and cancer, and these regulators also accused DuPont of hiding these hazard reports for decades. This caused an uproar and forced DuPont to phase out…
  • Leading Medical Journal Wants GMO Labeling

    Brandon May
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The topic of GMO labeling is one of long standing, one that is seeing a clear divide in current media. Should foods in the United States require GMO labeling, following suit of many other countries throughout the world? If there’s nothing to hide, then why not label foods? The argument is that GMO foods are no better or worse for health than non-GMOs, and that labeling may confuse consumers and drive down profit for numerous food manufacturers. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is coming to the aid of labeling proponents, calling for the labeling of GMO foods in a recent…
  • The Benefits of Resveratrol for Blood Pressure

    Brandon May
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    According to statistics from the CDC, around 70 million people–1 in 3 Americans–suffer from high blood pressure. Half of these individuals have their blood pressure under control, probably with form of blood pressure medication. [1] Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be a silent yet deadly disease, one that doesn’t necessarily need to be managed by medication. While there are some rare hereditary conditions that make it impossible to control blood sugar with just exercise and diet, most people have the ability to use dietary strategies as their first line of defense. How…
  • Pepsi Swaps Aspartame for Sucralose: Is It Worth It?

    Brandon May
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Soda is hugely popular and many people are addicted to its sweet taste and fizzy texture. It’s a big source of calories from refined sugar in the form ofhigh fructose corn syrup. Diet sodas, which have artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, are said to lessen the health effects of regular soda but research has shown that’s not the case. [1] Diet sodas, typically sweetened with aspartame, are linked to increased obesity and other problems. Now, to avoid that negative spotlight, Pepsi has announced they’ll replace aspartame with sucralose (Splenda), citing consumer demand.
 
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  • Weekend reading

    rhonda jean
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    This is our much loved cat, Hettie. You can see in the photo she has developed skin cancer on her ear and nose, and she has arthritis in her front legs.  Lately she's lost weight and energy.  She'll be visiting the vet today and I doubt she'll return to us.  Hettie is 18 years old and has lived her entire life here in our home and yard.  ♥︎  I think it will be a sad weekend. - - - - - - -
  • My favourite place #8

    rhonda jean
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    This is a weekly feature for readers to show us their favourite place at home. This week's photos are from Caroline in Ontario, Canada and Jan in Victoria, Australia. Let's start with our friend Caroline, who writes: Thank you for the opportunity to share our special places! I really enjoyed the last time that you ran the photos and we could get a glimpse into the lives of other people and
  • Our daily bread

    rhonda jean
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    I've had a few requests to write about how I make bread. I've written a number of bread posts but as it's such a big part in our lives, let's go through it again. Even thought the bread I make looks like different recipes, I change the type of flour I use to get the variety I want but the recipe stays pretty much the same. I always use baker's flour, not pre mix. Over the years I've used plain
  • What simple life will allow you to be

    rhonda jean
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    I'm hoping the hard copies of my books will be on sale at Amazon soon so I was checking in there yesterday looking for signs of activity. While I was there I noticed a review with one star so I had to look at it. This is what it said: While there were some really good tips for simplifying, the basic message in this book is how to be a "traditional" housewife. Nothing against that at all, but it
  • Weekend reading

    rhonda jean
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Our new season vegetable garden is slowly taking shape. Work inside and outside is bubbly along nicely and I'm starting to think about end of year activities such as community talks (see below) and some blogging/writing workshops I'm doing before Christmas. I guess I should start getting some notes ready for those events. I hope you enjoy your weekend. I'll see you again next week. :-:
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  • Assorted Matcha Cookie Bites

    13 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together. Combine dry and wet ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Lightly oil two large baking sheets. Scoop out about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cookie dough for each cookie, roll into 1-inch balls, and place in rows on the cookie sheet about 2-inches apart. You should have approximately 7 rows of cookies with 10 or so cookies in each row. Press the center of each ball of cookie dough down with your thump to form an indentation. Fill approximately 10 cookies in each row with one of the following fillings: 2 dried…
  • Unsweetened Matcha Kanten

    5 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Place the water and agar flakes in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the agar completely dissolves. Pour the agar water and matcha green tea into a blender. Pulse several seconds until the matcha completely dissolves. Pour the liquid into a flat bottom, shallow, dish or bread pan. Set aside or refrigerate until jelled, about 1 hour. Slice the kanten into cubes and place on individual serving dishes or add to fruit salad.
  • Matcha Breakfast Smoothie

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    Place the Edensoy, bananas, maple syrup, matcha, and crushed ice in a blender. Pulse several seconds. Pour into two glasses. Combine the oat flakes, kamut flakes, and cranberries. Mix and equally sprinkle on top of each glass.
  • Matcha Cookies

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together. Combine dry and wet ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Lightly oil to baking sheets. Scoop out 1 tablespoon cookie dough for each cookie, roll into a balls, and place on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Press each cookie down with a moistened fork. Sprinkle each cookie with grated chocolate and coconut. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until lightly brown on the bottom. Remove and allow to cool on a cookie rack.
  • Fruit Salad with Matcha Kanten

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    Place the water and agar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes until the agar has dissolved. Pour the hot liquid into a blender, add the matcha, and pulse several seconds until the matcha has dissolved. Pour the matcha into a shallow, flat bottom dish and refrigerate until gelled. Mix all of the fruit and sea salt together in a serving bowl. When the kanten has gelled, remove and sliced into 1 inch cubes. Gently toss kanten cubes in with the fruit salad and serve.
 
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    Organic Chemistry News -- ScienceDaily

  • Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Researchers have incorporated molecules of porphyrin CO2 catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to create a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to CO, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products.
  • Chemistry professor discovers color sensor compound for anions

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    A chemistry professor has uncovered a major development in the study of anions, negatively-charged molecules such as chloride, bromide and nitrate, which have strategic roles within the human body. These molecules can also act as pollutants, some of which are vital to our health whilst others might actually harm us. The chemistry behind the detection of anions is still in its infancy and an easy, reliable and robust method of detection has eluded chemists... until now.
  • Taking a cue from nature: Turning alcohols into alkylating agents

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Researchers have developed a dual catalyst system that directly installs alkyl groups -- fragments containing singly bonded carbon and hydrogen atoms that have extremely useful properties for drug discovery -- onto compounds called heteroarenes. The reported transformation is the first to successfully use alcohols as reagents in the so-called alkylation reaction.
  • Cellular contamination pathway for plutonium, other heavy elements, identified

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Scientists have reported a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants.
  • Searching big data faster

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    For more than a decade, gene sequencers have been improving more rapidly than the computers required to make sense of their outputs. Searching for DNA sequences in existing genomic databases can already take hours, and the problem is likely to get worse. Recently, scientists have been investigating techniques to make biological and chemical data easier to analyze by, in some sense, compressing it.
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  • International Can-It-Forward Day Giveaway

    foodietots
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Is your counter overflowing with summer fruits and berries yet? I always have big plans of preserving them but the foodie tots tend to devour them before I have a chance, so I usually wind up making a tiny batch of syrup or jam. But today 8/1 is International Can-It-Forward Day with Jarden Home Brands, and I’m looking forward to picking up some tips for putting up a few bigger batches before the end of the season. Jarden Home Brands is the licensed marketer of Ball brand canning jars, and they sent us some of their newest products to try out. My daughter was especially excited to see…
  • Squash Blossom, Zucchini and Gouda Frittata #SundaySupper

    foodietots
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    We’re dishing about Farmstand Food this week for Sunday Supper. To me, the beauty of eating farm fresh food is that it tastes amazing with minimal effort. Take this frittata, filled with summer zucchini and their blossoms, cheese and fresh herbs — quickly prepared and on the table in under 30 minutes. The word farmstand conjures up memories from my childhood of a place we used to frequent on Oregon’s Sauvie Island. I grew up just across the highway from this 32-square-mile mecca of farmland. The island itself is just 10 miles from downtown Portland, and we would often make a…
  • Farmstand #SundaySupper Preview

    foodietots
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The first local sweet corn hits the farmers markets here in the DC area right around the 4th of July, and it quickly becomes peak season for all of our summer favorites — berries, peaches, corn, peppers, tomatoes, melon, squash and so much more. The inspiration is boundless, and while I was quick to sign up to co-host this week’s Farmstand Food Sunday Supper, it took me a while to decide what to make. But it was the beautiful bounty of baby zucchini — and their blossoms — that won my heart this week. Check back on Sunday to see what they became. And, here’s a…
  • Hermione Voyage: Celebrating France in Alexandria

    foodietots
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    The Hermione, a replica of the tall ship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette and aid from France to assist General Washington in the waning days of the American Revolution, docked in Alexandria last night at midnight. If the boy wasn’t still in school, I’d have taken the kids down to watch its arrival; but alas, we had to settle for heading to the waterfront this afternoon. We didn’t have tickets to board (very limited tickets are available each day at 8:30am), but there were activities and re-enacters on the dock and you can walk right up to the ship for a close-up view.
  • Cheesy Crab Stuffed Peppers #SundaySupper

    foodietots
    6 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own. It’s no secret that cheese is a favorite ingredient in the foodie tots kitchen. Whether we’re enjoying a comfort food mac-and-cheese night or a nutritious after school snack of apples and cheddar, you can bet that our cheese drawer is rarely found empty. And here’s a little secret: cheese is often an easy way I can encourage the kids to try a new or previously unpopular vegetable. The boy was first turned on to salad by the…
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  • Kitchen DIY: Making the most of real vanilla

    Leigh Ahmad
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Vanilla is the second most expensive spice following saffron. Vanilla remains pricey (around $3.50 a pod) largely due to the fact that it is very labor-intensive and challenging to grow. Originally from Mexico, the vanilla orchards had a highly symbiotic relationship with its natural pollinator, the Mellipona bee. Man-made attempts to replicate what nature was doing best by artificially pollinating the plant were largely unsuccessful until the discovery that the vanilla plant could be hand pollinated, thus enabling the plant to be grown in areas outside of Mexico.  Vanilla received its name…
  • Gardening for Dinner: Using seasonal bounty

    Jamie Carlson
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:07 pm
    I have never really considered myself a gardener. I have always had a plant or two growing in a pot or hanging basket and on some rare occasions, actually got something to eat from them. Then, four years ago, my wife and I bought a house and discussed putting in a raised bed for a small garden. That first bed was five feet by 10 feet and served as our very first garden. We didn’t get a whole lot out of that little bed, I think because we overplanted the small area. I wanted a large variety of vegetables and that didn’t work out so well. So, the following year, I added five more boxes and…
  • Grilled Salad: Welcome to your new obsession

    Mike Shannon
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    I still remember the first time I decided to grill salad. Still in culinary school and just learning about layering flavors, my class was focusing on a duck confit salad, and that dish seemed very heavy for traditional greens. Yet I didn't want to go down the familiar path of a frisee salad. So, I wondered: what if I grilled some romaine? My thought was that the smoky, charred flavor would really complement the duck but not overpower it. Using duck fat and sherry vinaigrette as dressing, I gave it a shot, and it turned out to be a huge hit. I've been grilling salad ever since.Although I love…
  • Seasonal Pick: Garlic scape chimichurri

    Christina Vanoverbeke
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Ah, summer. Farmers markets are hopping, CSAs start up again, and access to über fresh and local produce is finally easy once more. Except that in the first days of summer, the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and squash we love to gobble up aren’t ready yet. Instead, vegetables and herbs that may be less familiar — pak choi, fiddleheads, ramps, and garlic scapes — still grace the stands. I’ve learned two tricks over the years when it comes to approaching cooking with new foods and both have served me well. First, ask the vendor. What is this? To what is it similar? How do you like to…
  • Kitchen DIY: Mastering quick pickles

    Taya Kaufenberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Whenever I make up a batch of quick pickles, I think about my grandmother, who had such a lush, amazing garden, and the food preservation skills to match. She had little in the way of finances, so she was always very frugal about using whatever was on hand so we could enjoy the tastes of her garden throughout the long, cold Minnesota winter months. I remember zucchini, squash, tomato salsas, even fruit pickling. If she grew it, she canned it.When I grew up and became a chef, I never forgot the way my grandmother would make sure to use produce wisely so that there wasn't any waste, and of…
 
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  • Preserving Ancient Grains: A Farmer’s Tale

    Cooking Up a Story
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Anthony Boutard, of Ayers Creek Farm, shows us some of the ancient grains (wheat) that he grows on his organic farm. The post Preserving Ancient Grains: A Farmer’s Tale was originally published on Cooking Up a Story.
  • How to Can Marinated Red Peppers (video + recipe)

    Cooking Up a Story
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Marisa McClellan, of Food In Jars, shows us how to can marinated red peppers. These red peppers are great in sandwiches, salads, or in an antipasto plate. The post How to Can Marinated Red Peppers (video + recipe) was originally published on Cooking Up a Story.
  • True Lies: The Manufacture of Scientific Fiction

    Fred Gerendasy
    9 Aug 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Throughout our recent history, we have gone down this very road too often, to influence public opinion and stave off government regulation. The post True Lies: The Manufacture of Scientific Fiction was originally published on Cooking Up a Story.
  • Kinship Garden Greenhouse Tour – Bi-Weekly Newsletter

    Cooking Up a Story
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This edition of the Cooking Up a Story newsletter, a kinship garden tour through an exotic greenhouse, Tree Hive Bees, social media and more. The post Kinship Garden Greenhouse Tour – Bi-Weekly Newsletter was originally published on Cooking Up a Story.
  • Tree Hive Bees- Scientific Research to Save the Honeybees

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In an effort to save the honeybees, a veteran researcher, Lynn Royce, looks at tree hive bees to uncover the clues that may help their populations The post Tree Hive Bees- Scientific Research to Save the Honeybees was originally published on Cooking Up a Story.
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  • I Wasted My Vacation, from Sunup to Sundown

    Robin Strong Elton
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. -Rainer Maria Rilke Every time we go to the beach I have all these grandiose plans. Imma gonna ride a bike, run in the mornings. I’m going to read at least three of these five books I packed. I’m going to photowalk every day and stock up on images for every situation. I’m going to write for hours every day and pull ahead of my content calendar. I’m…
  • Tips for Watching and Photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower

    Robin Strong Elton
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile. ―Ralph Waldo Emerson The night sky is always amazing to behold and ponder, but in mid-August our little planet crosses paths with the Swift-Tuttle comet and pieces of debris enter the Earth’s atmosphere only to burn up in a shining blaze of glory. This year the peak is expected to be on the 13th, with…
  • The 3 Most Precious Resources of Life

    Robin Strong Elton
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
      If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and Nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature. Nature we have always have with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination— health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul. To the scientist Nature is a storehouse of facts, laws, processes; to the artist she is a storehouse of pictures; to the poet she is a storehouse of images, fancies, a source of inspiration;…
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  • Another Reason to Eat Organic – Conventional Meat Contains Twice as Many Superbugs

    Max Goldberg
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
      (Photo credit: Consumers Union) Aside from the fact that conventionally-raised animals can be pumped with synthetic growth hormones and can be fed genetically-modified grain that has been sprayed with super-toxic pesticides, there is now another scary reason to avoid conventional meat: superbugs. In results from a just released study, Consumers Reports found that 18 percent of the ground beef samples from conventionally-raised cows contained dangerous superbugs resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics used to treat illness in humans. This is compared with just 9 percent of…
  • Eco-Friendly Fridays: Loliware has Invented the Future – An Edible Cup!

    Max Goldberg
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    On a recent episode of the Living Maxwell Show on Periscope (please follow @livingmaxwell on Periscope), I interviewed Chelsea Briganti, co-founder of an absolutely fascinating company called Loliware. Loliware has invented the world’s first edible, biodegradable cup. Yes, a cup that you can eat!  As Chelsea Briganti shared with me in the video above, the company currently offers four different flavors of its edible cups – citrus, tart cherry, matcha green tea, Madagascar vanilla  – and all of the ingredients in the cups are non-GMO, plant-based, and vegan. What started…
  • 5 Organic Nut & Seed Butters You Ought to Know About

    Max Goldberg
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    On Monday’s Living Maxwell Show on Periscope (please follow @livingmaxwell on Periscope), I talked about five fantastic, organic nut and seed butters that you ought to know about. While some of these organic brands may not be household names, I really appreciate the innovation and the flavor profile of each of them. These five organic nut and seed butters deserve strong consideration to be in your kitchen cabinet. GOPAL’S SPROUTED BRAZIL NUT BUTTER I am a huge fan of Brazil nuts – they are an excellent source of selenium and Vitamin E – and I use them all of the time…
  • The GMO ‘Golden Rice’ Experiment was an Ethical Disaster – One Shocking New Development

    Max Goldberg
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Golden Rice – Photo: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) via Wikimedia (CC BY) What GMO apologists will constantly tell you is that genetically-modified food is essential to feed the world. They’ve spent so much money on lobbying and influencing politicians – $572 million from 1999 to 2010 – that a majority of people in Washington D.C. have actually come to believe this nonsense. (University of Michigan’s Catherine Badgley explains here why organic can feed the world.) But GMOs, we are told, won’t just feed the world. They’ll supposedly…
  • Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Spa Time, 365 Makes it Official, and Back-to-School

    Max Goldberg
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company. GETTING PAMPERED In its willingness to constantly test out different concepts and offerings, Whole Foods Market decided to try something that it had never done before – it opened a spa at its new location in Boston earlier this year. Figuring that when shoppers come in for cheese or spinach, they might also want the convenience of booking a manicure, waxing, hot shave or shoe shine, using all natural…
 
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  • Surviving Long Runs with a Toddler

    Luisa Rodriguez
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you are like me and like to run, the only way to make that happen is to tow along the baby or toddler. Running when my little girl was a baby was a lot easier because she would sleep most of the time. However, I soon found out that running with a toddler was a whole different story. […]
  • Crystal, China, or Pottery

    Luisa Rodriguez
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    I am reading a wonderful book by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond called Kingdom Living for the Family. It has helped me reshape how I think about my relationship with my husband and how God created us differently and gave us different functions. However, I was touched by the authors comment on I Peter 3:7 “Likewise, husbands, live with […]
  • Parenting with Grace and Truth

    Luisa Rodriguez
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    During a small group discussion last night, I was reminded how God may at times be displeased with us and will correct us, but his acts of mercy and forgiveness are even more pronounced. This morning as I reflected on that discussion, I remembered a wonderful verse that embodies that sentiment.  John 1:17 says, “But the […]
  • Easy Red Lentil Kale Soup

    Luisa Rodriguez
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    This is one of my go-to recipes for a quick easy winter lunch, especially this winter. It has been so cold that almost the entire family (excluding my eight-year-old who hates soup) looks forward to no matter how many times I make it. It warms the soul and it is yummy too. The best part […]
  • What does the Bible tell us about vaccines?

    Luisa Rodriguez
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    Nothing. I know there are a lot of parents out there that are struggling with this decision. Some of us vaccinate but we may question one or two vaccines. It is not easy being a parent today. We have to constantly make decisions for our kids on what they can watch on TV, on what […]
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    Albina's Green Store

  • My Vegan InstaFood This Summer

    snowthrowerssale@gmail.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    This summer was full of new recipes, new ingredients and products. I was experimenting with various vegan products and I managed to maintain my healthy and nutritious diet, enjoying it at the same time. All of this was posted on my Instagram account that you can find below. Among the main discoveries of this summer were the veggie burgers from Gardein. I usually buy them from Costco. Each veggie burger has 15gr of protein, it is very tasty and filling. Non-dairy cheese from Daiya also became one of my favorites. Every Saturday I make pizza and I’m so happy that I can have some vegan…
  • Recent favorites from Vitacost

    snowthrowerssale@gmail.com
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    I haven’t written a post in a long time, but meanwhile I had a great amount of products to test. Previously I was shopping mostly on Iherb, but I have recently discovered a new website Vitacost, where I order most of my products now. The advantage is that in most of the cases it offers better prices, about 20-30%  of discount. Another advantage is the free shipping for order over 30$ for US and only 10$ shipping for Canadians. It doesn’t matter how many products you actually order, the delivery price will stay the same. But that’s not it, there are also many ways to save up…
  • My Favorites in May. First Wrinkles.

    snowthrowerssale@gmail.com
    23 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    I thought I should do a post like this, since I’m trying new stuff every month anyway. This was a delivery from IHerb and I’ll post the links to all of these products. Last winter was very tough on me. Montreal’s low temperatures, lots of snow and freezing wind exhausted and damaged my skin a lot. Winter had just finished about a month ago only and I’m making some attempts to recover my skin. I tried to apply my usual Almond Oil, but it just doesn’t work anymore like it used to. The small wrinkles under my eyes had became permanent and more pronounced this time.
  • My Elf Cosmetics Collection. Personal Review.

    snowthrowerssale@gmail.com
    16 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    This time I would like to share with you my experience with makeup products from Elf Cosmetics. This brand offers a wide range of products of a pretty good quality for the lowest prices on the market. It is hard to bit that. A mascara or a foundation can be purchased at around 6$. Eye pencils, shadows and other things are even cheaper. The name of the brand is defined as Eyes Lips Face and is a cruelty-free brand that is very much loved in the vegetarian/vegan community. Before this moment, I didn’t realize I had an entire “collection” already. It turns out I bought several…
  • My facial Skincare Routine.

    snowthrowerssale@gmail.com
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I know it is very hard to recommend some products you like to use to other people, even though you think they might be the best you’ve tried. We are all so different and our skin and bodies react in a totally different, unpredicted way. It is like Jenna Marbles was saying in one of her videos recently that she wanted to have curly hair when she was little. So she asked her classmate, who had curly hair, what shampoo she was using. And as a kid, Jenna was totally sure she would get the same hair. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that and us, women, we get influenced very easily…
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    Love God Live Organic - A Spiritual Truth And Organic Lifestyle Blog

  • Keep Me Going Cereal Review

    Danielle
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    TwitterInstagramBloglovinKeep me going is a healthy breakfast cereal which is perfect for diabetics. Those wanting to reduce their sugar intake and those who don't eat wheat.Keep me going is Read more »
  • Amphora Aromatics Natural Deodorant Review

    Danielle
    9 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    TwitterInstagramBloglovinIn my never-ending search for a natural deodorant that works I came across Amphora Aromatics (AA Skincare).The company are as passionate about natural ingredients as I am, so I was more than happy to try one of their roll on deodorants. Read more »
  • Organic, FairTrade Clothing

    Danielle
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    TwitterInstagramBloglovinI'm a modest dresser and I love finding pretty summer dresses like the one I'm wearing in the photo below at The Carshalton Lavender Fields.I received this beautiful dress courtesy of Nomads Clothing - A UK based organic and fair trade clothing company. I think it's amazing that they produce only fairtrade and organic clothes. Not many people think of buying organic clothing. You'd be amazed at just how many irritants are lurkingRead more »
  • #ReduceYourRisk Of Developing Cancer With Natural Vitamin Supplements!

    Danielle
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    TwitterInstagramBloglovinHow would you like to #reduceyourrisk of developing 5 of the most common cancers?In this day and age, sadly the risk of developing a life threatening cancer is on the rise. Thankfully there's a new breed of vitamins in town. Tailor made and scientifically proven to help prevent the chances of developing 5 of the most common cancers!Read more »
  • I've Written A Book!

    Danielle
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    TwitterInstagramBloglovinI was so relieved when the first copy of my first ever book landed on my doorstep.Read more »
 
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    WORLD ORGANIC NEWS

  • Save those scraps! | The Green Lady

    mrjonmoore
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
    Have you ever looked at the pile of scraps after making dinner? I mean, really looked at it, and thought how much waste it is, or that it would be nice if you could do something else with them besides compost or the trash can? Well, the fact is, for many of those scraps you […]
  • Researchers Convert Solar Energy Into Methane | manufacturing.net

    mrjonmoore
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    By Andy Szal, Digital Reporter (Source: Berkeley Lab) Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California this week announced another breakthrough in efforts to derive chemicals from sunlight.Berkeley Lab researchers used semiconductor nanowires to collect solar energy, which then split water molecules into their hydrogen and oxygen components. Microbes then used the hydrogen to convert […]
  • What time is it? It’s honey time!! | farm to Jars

    mrjonmoore
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:11 am
    by farmtojars We’re a little late on harvesting the honey this year, between traveling and teaching classes, time just flew by. Yesterday, Kevin finally had some time to inspect the hives for honey flow. After a quick inspection of the three hives, it looks like we’re only going to rob honey from two. The third […]
  • Neonics are climbing up the food chain! | Save The Bees Concert

    mrjonmoore
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    by joelroher Global activist group ‘Sum Of Us‘ has released a startling report indicating the lethal impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on birds. The dangerous chemicals, formerly known to cause an increase in the rate of honey bee deaths, were found to be the culprit behind an incline in the deaths of birds in several parts of the […]
  • The Wild And Crazy Love Life Of Honeybees | Rogue Farms

    mrjonmoore
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:11 am
    by Rogue Farms In today’s lesson of Rogue Farms Beekeeping 101, we introduce you to the reproductive methods of the honeybee. At the center of life in a honeybee colony is the queen. She has earned her place on the throne because she is the only bee in the colony which lays eggs. Without a queen, the hive will […]
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    Grow Our Way

  • How to Prune Tomato Plants

    Safer® Brand
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    Are your tomato plants becoming large, unruly, and disease-ridden? It might be time to prune. Pruning is the delicate process of removing certain leaves or stems in order to grow larger, more flavorful tomatoes and reduce the plant’s chances of disease or insect damage. While pruning isn’t absolutely necessary, it does ensure all the nutrients go to the plant’s fruit and not to growing more branches and leaves. There are two main types of tomato plants: 1) Indeterminate Tomatoes, which will continue to grow and produce fruit until stopped by cold weather. These types of tomato plants…
  • Easiest Vegetables to Grow

    Safer® Brand
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    “What should I plant in my garden?” Your garden might be blooming already with squash, peppers and peas but this question is always at the back of your mind. The hundreds of possibilities can be daunting, especially to beginner gardeners. Perhaps your busy life has left little time for gardening so you just want the easiest plants to take care of. If you’re looking for some garden inspiration, browse this list of the easiest vegetables, fruits, and herbs to grow. Below we’ve broken down the list even further for those who want the easiest plants to grow from seed, to keep in a pot…
  • How to Kill Weeds Naturally [Video]

    Safer® Brand
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Are weeds choking your garden or invading your lawn? Pulling weeds one by one is usually the task gardeners hate most. Many homeowners revert to using harmful chemicals to get rid of those pesky plants, but there are other all-natural weed killers that are better for the environment and your family. Many of them you can even find around your home! Watch the video below on how to kill weeds naturally and ways to keep weeds from growing in the future. All-Natural Weed Killer Prevention is key for a happy weed-less lawn and garden. Buy clean lawn seed and compost when first getting your yard…
  • 24 Amazing Benefits and Uses of Neem Oil for Plants

    Safer® Brand
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    When searching for a safe and effective product to control insects and disease in your lawn and garden, look no further than neem oil. It’s a powerful organic solution to your most difficult-to-manage infestations. What is neem oil? Neem oil is a natural byproduct of the neem tree. The oil is harvested from the trees’ seeds and leaves. While it has been used as natural pesticide for hundreds of years, you’ll also find it in many products you use in your home, including: -Cosmetics -Toothpastes -Dog shampoo -Soaps People in India have been using the neem leaf for its medicinal properties…
  • 20 Common Tomato Plant Problems and How to Fix Them

    Safer® Brand
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    If you’re one of the three million people who planted a home garden this year, you’re most likely growing tomatoes. Nine out of 10 gardeners grow tomatoes, and that number would be 10 out of 10 if the holdouts would taste a fresh garden tomato and compare it to a grocery store purchase. Nothing beats the taste of a fresh home-grown tomato! Many gardeners who grow tomatoes, however, are frustrated with the progress of their plants. The plant may not set fruit. Or your tomatoes may ripen, but have ugly, spongy black spots at the bottom. Worse still, your plants may look great in the evening…
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    Pure Naked Soap

  • Refrigerator Pickles

    purenakedsoap
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
        One of my absolute favorite & easiest summer recipes. You will need  Pickling cucumbers, farm fresh preferably Fresh dill Green onions Onions Salt, real sea salt  Apple cider vinegar Jalapeños if desired    Simply chop onions & dill.   Slice cucumbers to desired thickness or make spears      Layer cucumbers with dill & onion mixture in large container that has a lid. Coat top with layer of sea salt.  Pour a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water over top.  I use about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar & 3/4 cup…
  • New Outlook

    purenakedsoap
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    I am just re-integrating back into busy, busy life after an extended travel of some major European cities for over a month.  There is so much I want to share about my trip, including all that I learned about GMOs and Food Allergies. Most important to my business is my new outlook on how I will run business. We have a very different attitude towards work than what I observed in Europe.  Where I keep never ending task lists of things to do and forget to take time to enjoy my day, I saw people do their work, but not let it consume them.  Not to say that I do not enjoy my work, I love to make…
  • Black Bean Soup

    purenakedsoap
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Super easy and delicious, just how I like it!  Vegan Black Bean Soup is healthy, full of fiber, low in fat and nutritious. Ingredients: 4 cups of dried black beans, soaked overnight 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion 1 small sweet potato 3 cloves of garlic 2 bay leaves 1 tsp oregano 1 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp salt 1 tsp smoked paprika Juice of 1 lime, if desired garnish with cilantro, green onions or jalapeños 1. Add oil to bottom of slow cooker, I used the 8 hour setting.  Chop onions & sweet potato, add to slow cooker.   2. Peel garlic and mince or use garlic press.  Add to slow cooker.   3. Add…
  • Soap of The Week – Vegan Baby Buttermilk

    purenakedsoap
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Vegan Baby Buttermilk soap was originally made as a special order for a sensitive vegan baby!  Cold process soap is made by combining a fat source, in our case Organic Oils with sodium hydroxide (lye).  As Cold Process Soap saponifies oils and lye disappear, leaving only soap.  Lye has a basic pH, which can leave our cold process soap with a slightly basic pH.  The thought behind Vegan Baby Buttermilk was to use an acid to balance the base, in this case Organic Apple Cider Vinegar was used to make homemade rice buttermilk! Organic olive oil, organic ethical palm oil & organic castor…
  • Allergies still, ugh

    purenakedsoap
    28 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    I have been struggling with allergies for years.  The first really odd allergy reaction I remember having was when I was about 6, in 1986, I had a horrible skin blistering painful and itchy rash that in my memory lasted several months.  At the time my mom only saw a naturopathic doctor who had her apply witch hazel to my rash a few times a day, it was all over my back, bum & legs.  It hurt to sit.  Eventually the rash cleared up, I developed asthma and a flaky white scalp that looked like dandruff.  Except dandruff shampoo made it worse, significantly worse.  One hairdresser I saw…
 
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