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Walgreens Confronts 'Food Deserts'

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Company plants 'food oases' in a low-income Chicago communities, with a baked-in infrastructure to scale up fast.

It doesn't take a science genius to figure out why so many Americans are overweight. For every store that sells fresh produce, there are fifty fast food joints and just as many convenience stores that sell chips and pop. There are neighborhoods in this country where it's nearly impossible to buy an apple. The problem is big enough that those communities have earned their own unhealthy......read more

Eco and Health Advocates Weigh in on Farm Bill

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Legislative delay means there's time for revisions

Some U.S. farmers are paid to leave their land wild; others are compensated when weather devastates their cultivated land. Still others receive money when crop prices drop -- all from the same federal funds set aside through the current Farm Bill. To call it the "Farm Bill," however, is something of a misnomer. The federal government's primary agricultural and food policy legislation......read more

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food

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Writer Jo Robinson discusses the staggering trend of nutrient loss in fruits and vegetables

The sugary, "supersweet" corn we enjoy in summer bears little resemblance to its wild ancestor--a grassy plant called teosinte. With short spikes of grain instead of ears, teosinte has only 5 to 12 kernels in each spike and the kernels are encased in hard shells. High in starch, low in sugar, teosinte has 10 times more protein than the corn we eat today. The case of corn illustrates a much......read more

How to Avoid GMO Food

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At Ultraculture, Jason Louv offers up eight steps that ensure you're not eating genetically engineered food

Only a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of Monsanto, or fully understood the dangers of genetically modified (transgenic) food. With the passage of the Farmer Assurance Provision (“Monsanto Protection Act”), that’s a situation that’s changed: Now we’ve seen 2 million people marching globally to demand transparency and choice in the food they......read more

Golden Rice: Good or Bad?

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A group of activists destroy a 'Golden 'Rice' crop in the Philippines, adding fuel to the GMO debate

Earlier in August, a group of protestors descended on a rice field in the Bicol region of the Philippines, smashing down the fence surrounding it before uprooting the crop. Their target: "Golden Rice," so-called because its yellow tint belies the presence of beta carotene, which it has been genetically engineered to produce. Beta carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A, deficiencies of which are......read more

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

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Want to change food policy? Frame it as a public health issue

It may be tempting to thinking of the "food movement" as a homogeneous beast, but in reality it's made up of many different strands. From locavores and anti-obesity campaigners to environmentalists and small-scale farmers, there are many different groups that want to see changes in food culture and policy. And while their ideas and goals often overlap, they come at the dilemma from different......read more

The True Costs of 'Cheap' Food

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It's time to hold the food system to account, argues Ellen Gustafson

Ellen Gustafson for The Huffington Post: If I had a dollar for every time someone said that they don't buy fruits and vegetables or "healthy food" because it's too expensive, I could feed a small town all organic food for years! But, of course, it's true -- when you look at the prices of so-called "conventional" junk food compared with local, organic fruits and veggies, on a calorie per dollar......read more

Vessyl by Yves Behar

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Fuseproject-designed smart cup detects the nutritional contents of your drink $99.00

The latest groundbreaking design from Big SHFT star Yves Behar is Vessyl, a smart cup that keeps track of what you drink by displaying the fat, sugar, caffeine and caloric content of any liquid poured into it. San-Francisco-based scientist Justin Lee commissioned Behar’s studio Fuseproject to come up with the design. The result of the collaboration is a sleek-looking cup with a spill-proof......read more

Energy Bars by Bearded Brothers

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Organic, vegan snacks deliver healthy nutrition without sacrificing flavor $12.00

These small batch energy bars from Austin's Bearded Brothers contain only the healthiest, most natural of ingredients. They are raw, organic, and free of both gluten and soy, with no corn syrup, no dairy, no GMO, and no preservatives. Equally important, of course, is flavor, and the hairy-faced foodies deliver that in spades. Their energy bar creations each carry a mild, subtle......read more

Lip Delivery Nutrition by Intelligent Nutrients

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Certified organic lip balm, packed with antioxidants and free of toxins $12.50

Featuring antioxidant Intellimune Seed Oil Complex, certified organic Lip Delivery Nutrition from Intelligent Nutrients guarantees healthy, hydrated lips, without any nasty petrochemicals. Soft and smooth, not waxy and sticky. The list of ingredients--coconut, sunflower, castor seed and palm kernel oils and waxes--is a direct reflection of the Intelligent Nutrients philosophy: "If it’s good......read more

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