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Seven Things to Know when Buying Eco-friendly Food

More and more people these days are choosing eco-friendly and organically grown foods — instead of or in addition to — the conventionally grown food they’re accustomed to buying. Nowadays, even regular grocery stores stock organic food brands. However, just by buying a product whose label says “Organically Produced” doesn’t necessarily solve anything. Here are […]

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Coffee vs. the Environment

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular commodities.  It is traded more than all other commodities, except for crude oil.  With such a high demand and so much production going on throughout the world, the coffee industry has the potential to significantly impact our environment.  Indeed, in the last several decades, the effects of […]

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Reducing meat waste

Respecting meat by cutting waste at home I’ve written before about reducing meat consumption – the amount we eat – and I’ve also covered tips on cutting food waste, but I wanted to tackle a crossover aspect; reducing meat waste specifically. Usually when I write about meat topics, comments are made about the fact we […]

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Why Genetic Engineering Is Dangerous

“The Canadian GM risk assessment process is so simplistic that not a single submission has ever been rejected in Canada. Everything submitted, almost wholly by industry, has been accepted,” according to Ann Clark PhD, one of this country’s leading experts on the dangers of genetically modified organisms.

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7 Reasons to go Organic

We have experienced a surge in the green movement over the last several years. Environmental activists have emphasized the need to protect our most precious natural resources and the food industry has begun to offer healthier options. Many people still hesitate to embrace organic products, oftentimes because it is simply more convenient or less expensive […]

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Antibiotic Use In Raising Food Animals Making Bacteria More Resistant

Dear EarthTalk: I understand that the use of antibiotics in raising farm animals is threatening to make bacteria overall more resistant to antibiotics, which has serious life and death implications for people. Can you enlighten and advise what is being done about this?

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Organic Food May Become a Thing of the Past

Since the mid-1990s just five biotech giants – Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont – have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate our access to seeds. Graphic illustrates how just five biotech giants have increased their control of the global seed market, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for […]

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What do “free range,” “organic” and other chicken labels really mean?

Pastured, organic, natural … these buzzwords are a marketing bonanza. Here’s what to really expect from them When I started my messy breakup with cheap chicken, one of the immediate complications I found was, well, how do you define “cheap chicken”? (And, by extension, what is “good” or “sustainable” chicken?) By cheap chicken, I meant […]

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Why Are Organic Products So Expensive?

With the best intentions in the world as a green consumer, it’s easy to get put off when you compare the price of organic food with regular mass-produced products. People who are on a limited budget may have the inclination to buy their groceries ethically, but when we stand in the store and check out […]

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