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Is Buying Local Always Best?

Is Buying Local Always Best?

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

Certified CarbonFree

Certified CarbonFree

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

Buckwheat Honey Better, Safer for Child Coughs Than Cough Syrups

Buckwheat Honey Better, Safer for Child Coughs Than Cough Syrups

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

20 U.S. States Fail CSPI's School Foods Report Card

20 U.S. States Fail CSPI's School Foods Report Card

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

Ben & Jerry's: Just Another Corporation?

Ben & Jerry's: Just Another Corporation?

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

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Don't Buy It

  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations
  • Racial profiling and discrimination
  • World's largest oil company--human rights, oil spills and misinformation about climate change
  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.