TIME SENSITIVE: Don’t Let the U.S. Senate Block Very Important Organic Animal Welfare Regulations

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Not only is organic not supported and protected as it should be in the U.S., but the truth is that organic is under constant attack.

The most obvious example of this is that organic farms are under a constant threat of contamination from nearby genetically-modified crops (GMOs) yet our government does nothing to protect these farms or farmers. Read more »


Organic Link Love – Glyphosate Controversy, Drama in the Raw Vegan World, the AirBnb for Organic Farmers

 

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At the beginning of this year, I was very close to naming glyphosate as one of my Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2016 but decided against it.

While glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp and named by the World Health Organization as a “probable human carcinogen”, impacts the organic food world tremendously, it isn’t organic per se. Nevertheless, I knew it would be in the news a ton in this year, and it certainly has been lately. Read more »


Flower Remedies from Lotus Wei are the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

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If you are a big believer in the power of flowers, which I certainly am, and are looking for something special and unique for Mother’s Day, the flower essences and elixirs from Lotus Wei are the perfect gift.

Founded by Katie Hess, who has over 13 years of experience in working one-on-one with clients using flower remedies, Lotus Wei creates flower elixirs and essences that evoke the precise feelings you want to experience. Read more »


Tofu Disrupt in New York City was Truly an Amazing Night

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(The panelists and the chefs talking about the dishes that they were presenting for the night.)

If you follow the technology industry, you are probably familiar with TechCrunch Disrupt, an event that showcases the most revolutionary and disruptive start-ups.

Well, the organic food industry now has its own version of this event called Tofu Disrupt.

While Tofu Disrupt does not put the spotlight on emerging tofu brands, its goal is to disrupt our preconceived notions of what tofu is and to make this a much more mainstream ingredient.

Hosted and conceived by Minh Tsai, my good friend and founder of Hodo Soy Beanery, the country’s leading artisinal organic tofu brand, Tofu Disrupt was first held last year in San Francisco. On Monday night, it hosted its second event, this time in New York City at the International Culinary Center, and I had the very good fortune of being able to attend. Read more »


What is Cold-Brew Coffee and Why You Should Know About it

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Despite the fact that it has become a burgeoning trend in the beverage world, cold-brew coffee is still a relatively unknown quantity to the average person on the street.

In a very unscientific poll that I conducted, the majority of people that I talked to had heard of cold-brew coffee but couldn’t give me a good answer as to what it is and why people should be drinking it. And to be perfectly honest, I was pretty in the dark about cold-brew as well.

While I know that choosing organic coffee is a must, because coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world, I, too, had many questions about this increasingly popular drink. Read more »


Depression and Antidepressants – What They Don’t Want You to Know

Mind of your ownIn the summer of 2001, after being on Prozac for more than a decade, I made the life-altering decision to go off of antidepressants.

Despite what doctors and nearly everyone else around me were saying – that I had a chemical imbalance and that antidepressants were essential to keep me going – I believed otherwise. Intuitively, I knew that there was a better way to live, yet almost no one in my support system was in agreement with this line of thinking.

For the millions of people facing depression and who have similar doubts about medication being the only answer, a book has arrived that completely validates our concerns.

In the New York Times best-seller A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, Dr. Kelly Brogan, an MIT and Cornell-trained psychiatrist, gives us the hard facts about antidepressants and busts all of the widely believed myths about this class of drugs.

In fact, the medical community is so terrified of the truth being exposed in A Mind of Your Own that Dr. Brogan and this book have been blacklisted by the mainstream media. Yes, blacklisted!  Why? Read more »