Category Archives: Clean

What Foods are Most Susceptible to Food Fraud? (Infograph)

Food Fraud

Just when you thought you knew what you were eating.  You do all your research, you check the back of the carton and still, you may have no idea.  This year there were 800 new cases of “food fraud” added to the national food fraud database.  That’s 60% more than last year!  You might think it’s complicated, processed food, with a thousand ingredients that are being reported, but it’s actually some of the most common food in our diets… milk, honey, olive oil and even tea.  Noooo, not the pure sanctity of tea!

How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law

Good Seeds

Chalk it up to politics.  The Monsanto Protection Act has been signed into law by President Obama, which protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.  How did it pass?

Gardening the Alternative Route

Garden

One of the great things about growing and using organic crops is not using pesticides and chemicals.  In our herb and vegetable garden we try to find alternative ways to control our little hungry pests.

We use natural homemade sprays  made with  garlic, cayenne, and vinegar. (Basically anything natural with potent aromas that can deter anything with an acute sense of smell.) We also use beneficial insects such as lady bugs for natural pest control.

To attract beneficial insects to your yard and (the hardest part) keep them there, you can also plant certain flowering plants and herbs.  Some of these include plants in the daisy family and herbs such as cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.

So next time you’re gardening, perhaps you can keep these alternative ways of pesticides in mind.

Winter’s Super Fruit: Cranberries

Cranberry Heart

A number of recent studies have shown that cranberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and other nutrients.  Eating whole cranberries protects the cardiovascular system, the liver, and aids in digestion.  Over the past several years, an increasing number of mechanisms have been discovered that help explain the anti-cancer properties of cranberries.

Here are a few recipes using fresh cranberries that can included in your next meal…

Surprising Uses of Herbs in History

HIstorical Herbs

We use fresh herbs in our recipes for many reasons.  They taste great, provide nutritional and health benefits and are easy to grow!

For thousands of years, herbs have been used for medicinal and other purposes that may surprise you…

Save The Seeds!

Saving Seeds
We save seeds for a number of reasons…whether they be for sustainability practices, saving money, or emergency events that allows us to live on our own food without depending on anyone else. But overall, the feeling that you get from watching your plant grow from saved seed to vegetable is one of the most gratifying feelings out there. It makes you truly appreciate every bite you eat. When you get a chance, check out these seven reasons why to save your seeds.

End Factory Farms

End Factory Farms
As most things go in life, you must work hard to get exactly what you want…it’s just crazy that we must work hard to find something as simple as healthy, humanely raised, natural foods…