For Earth Day 2018, Why We Should Ditch ‘Sustainable’ and Embrace ‘Regenerative’

For Earth Day 2018, Why We Should Ditch ‘Sustainable’ and Embrace ‘Regenerative’

As we celebrate Earth Day and examine how our activities are harming the planet, we rarely, if ever, analyze how our language might be impacting our ability to improve the world. Case in point is the word “sustainable” – a term widely used, and misunderstood, in environmental circles.

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As we celebrate Earth Day and examine how our activities are harming the planet, we rarely, if ever, analyze how our language might be impacting our ability to improve the world.

Case in point is the word “sustainable” – a term widely used, and misunderstood, in environmental circles. Read more »


Could Regenerative Organic Coffee Farming be the Key to Reversing Deforestation in Peru?

Could Regenerative Organic Coffee Farming be the Key to Reversing Deforestation in Peru?

(Photo courtesy of JYB Devot under the Creative Commons License) Nestled in the heart of the mountains in the Andean Paramos region of Peru, there are 182 families who entirely depend on coffee cultivation for their livelihood. Unfortunately, coffee rust – a fungus also known as “La Roya” — has devastated the coffee trees of […]

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Nestled in the heart of the mountains in the Andean Paramos region of Peru, there are 182 families who entirely depend on coffee cultivation for their livelihood.

Unfortunately, coffee rust – a fungus also known as “La Roya” — has devastated the coffee trees of 64 of these families, leading to catastrophic economic losses for hundreds of people.

With coffee production their only way to make a living and provide for their families, they have had no choice but to search for nearby land which has not been infected by coffee rust. While this is giving these families a financial lifeline, it has also resulted in the destruction of forests in the region, a territory that cannot that cannot afford this type of displacement. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic — California Says That Glyphosate Causes Cancer

Another Reason to Eat Organic -- California Says That Glyphosate Causes Cancer

If you are ever asked why you eat organic food, particularly from a skeptic, there is a very easy answer — you don’t want to get cancer. In July 2017, the State of California announced that: Glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 effective July 7, 2017 as known to the state to cause cancer. That’s […]

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If you are ever asked why you eat organic food, particularly from a skeptic, there is a very easy answer — you don’t want to get cancer.

In July 2017, the State of California announced that:

Glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 effective July 7, 2017 as known to the state to cause cancer.

That’s right. The State of California has said that glyphosate causes cancer and is now requiring warning labels, effective July 2018.

https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/crnr/glyphosate-listed-effective-july-7-2017-known-state-california-cause-cancer

So, that begs the question: why should consumers care about this?

Because glyphosate is the most widely used chemical in the world today — approximately 300 million pounds of it is used each year in the U.S. — and it is sprayed on much of our food supply. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic — Protect Your Gut Health

Another Reason to Eat Organic -- Protect Your Gut Health

Over the last few years, it has been a widely viewed belief among the medical community that the health of the bacteria in our bodies has a direct relationship to our overall health. While the exact nature of the bacteria in our bodies still remains a big mystery, research is showing that certain bacteria can […]

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(Our bodies contain approximately 100 trillion bacteria.)

Over the last few years, it has been a widely viewed belief among the medical community that the health of the bacteria in our bodies has a direct relationship to our overall health.

While the exact nature of the bacteria in our bodies still remains a big mystery, research is showing that certain bacteria can prevent and treat many common diseases. Read more »


Why Conventional Spinach is NOT a Smart Choice

Why Conventional Spinach is NOT a Smart Choice

The next time some expert tells you that the most important thing to do for your health is to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether they are organic or not, you may want to educate this person about the latest scientific research and government data. As I wrote about the other […]

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The next time some expert tells you that the most important thing to do for your health is to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether they are organic or not, you may want to educate this person about the latest scientific research and government data.

As I wrote about the other day, a study out of Harvard found that women undergoing infertility treatment in the U.S. — and who were also consuming fruits and vegetables with high amounts of pesticide residue — were associated with a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher risk of pregnancy loss.

Men are equally as impacted by the harmful effects of pesticides. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Reject Genetically-Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Reject Genetically-Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

It is bad enough that we have to deal with genetically-engineered foods, but now we are facing the prospect of something potentially even more scary: genetically-engineered trees. Tree biotech company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval for its genetically-engineered (GE), “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus. If the USDA grants this approval, it will be the first-ever GE-forest […]

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It is bad enough that we have to deal with genetically-engineered foods, but now we are facing the prospect of something potentially even more scary: genetically-engineered trees.

Tree biotech company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval for its genetically-engineered (GE), “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus. If the USDA grants this approval, it will be the first-ever GE-forest tree to be commercially grown in the U.S., allowing ArborGen to plant massive, unregulated GE-tree farms. Read more »


Our Food is Being Poisoned by Toxic Chemicals – Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Our Food is Being Poisoned by Toxic Chemicals - Here's What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Here is the cold, hard truth: our government is not protecting us from the toxic chemicals being sprayed on our nation’s food supply. And some of these dangerous poisons are even making their way into organic food. What You Need to Know: * Glyphosate is the world’s most popular chemical, with approximately 250 million pounds […]

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Here is the cold, hard truth: our government is not protecting us from the toxic chemicals being sprayed on our nation’s food supply.

And some of these dangerous poisons are even making their way into organic food.

What You Need to Know:

* Glyphosate is the world’s most popular chemical, with approximately 250 million pounds used each year in the U.S. and 1.65 billion pounds used globally.

* The World Health Organization said that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, is a “probable human carcinogen”, which means that it probably causes cancer to humans.

The State of California has said that glyphosate causes cancer and is now requiring Monsanto to put a cancer warning label on its RoundUp products. Read more »