Buying local isn't just for the ethical shopper — foodies have also embraced "local, fresh, seasonal" as their mantra in recent years. But what if you can't always find locally grown food that's also organic? Do you scrub off pesticides from the squash you got at the farmers market, or just skip the market in favor of Whole Foods?
December 12, 2007
With businesses like Google and Dell making noises about their desire to eventually be completely carbon neutral, the non-profit organization Carbonfund.org has developed a certification system for companies that wish to declare their products "carbon-free." The first U.S. food product to achieve this label is Royal Hawaiian Honey, distributed by Tropical Traders Specialty Foods.
December 10, 2007
With the first snowstorms blowing in across the U.S. the annual battle with colds and coughs assails us. For children with coughs, parents running to the drug shelf used to be considered a responsible way to alleviate the cough and its suffering. But as many natural health care advisors have known for a long time: honey is better and safer. Now a study by a team at Penn State University concludes that honey is indeed superior to over-the-counter cough syrups for children (older than 1) in both efficacy and safety.
December 6, 2007
Twenty states have failed the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual school foods report card, and nearly two-thirds received grades of "D" or lower. The biggest factor in keeping grades so low this year was a lack of health standards for so called "competitive foods," which are any foods and beverages sold in schools that don't fall under the school lunch plans. Most schools now have vending machines offering such items as flavored water, sodas, and potato chips.
December 5, 2007
From its early days, Ben & Jerry's has been associated with the counter-culture of the 1960s and flavors such as Cherry Garcia have allowed the company to market itself as groovy and socially responsible. Yet, franchise owners have increasingly complained of unethical business dealings by the company that is no longer owned by Ben and/or Jerry.
December 4, 2007