CORNERSTONES OF FOOD SECURITY

Why Is Living Soil a Disruptive Innovation?

We know soil is alive.  Why do we treat it like dirt? The first lesson in the first soils class I ever took covered what soil is made of.  We learned soil contains minerals, air, water, organic matter, and “critters”.  Yes.  That’s right.  Critters.  All those little squirmy, wiggly things that live underground.  Bacteria.  Fungi.  Worms.  Insects. Those living things ...

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The Amazing Power of Peppermint Oil

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Written by: Shelley Michael CHHC Shelley is a certified wellness counselor and advocate for using toxic free, organic healthy home and personal care products and natural remedies that support healthy people and a healthy planet. You can read Shelley’s blog at: www.LifeStyleEntrepreneurist.com   It is no secret we love peppermint. We like our gum to be minty fresh. We add ...

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Whitewashing Pesticide Hazards

Investigative Journalist Carey Gillam Explains Why Toxic Pesticides Permeate Food Systems Food safety regulations and labeling are promoted as a way to reassure the public that the food we purchase is safe.  But it it? In her new book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, Investigative Journalist Carey Gillam peels back layers of ...

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Are Sugar and Carb Addictions Real?

Don’t Take Carbohydrate Addictions Lightly I was caught off guard last week in an interview with Andree Clearwater, of Gill, Massachusetts, when she mentioned her addiction to sugar.  Andree is thin, healthy, and meticulous about what she eats.  Yet here she was describing an addiction that once dominated her, and still tempts her from time to time.  As I listened, ...

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Permaculture and Healthy Eating

Suzanne Ricketts of Plano Texas has always embraced healthy eating.  Like so many of us, her understanding of what healthy eating represents has changed over the years.  A pioneer in our Cultivating Victory movement, Suzanne recently joined us to discuss how interests in nutrition led her to permaculture.   Today, she produces healthy produce year round in her back yard garden. ...

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Once an Ag Teacher, Always and Ag Teacher

Libby Hamilton recently shared her passion for teaching agriculture at Gadsden High School, in Southern New Mexico. After retirement, she continues to volunteer by mentoring new teachers, writing grants, and planning a farmer’s market.  Gadsden High School is in a low income community, where many families have only minimal access to fresh produce.   A farmer’s market would provide a community ...

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Holidays are About More than Good Nutrition

Consider these fine gift items available from the same company that brings us plant derived trace minerals for you and your soil. Enjoy a remarkable selection of coffees, teas, chocolates, spices, and other great products. Contact Mary to learn how your purchases support the growth of small farms and healthy food networks.    

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Stress Management with Nrf2 Activation

When stress exceeds our ability to cope, it impacts every area of our life.   Diet and lifestyle changes that reduce our exposure to stressful situations while improving our ability to cope with stress are both critical stress management tools. Why diet?  Because at the cellular level, stress creates an abundance of free radicals-a condition known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress ...

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The Johnson-Su Bioreactor Enriches Beneficial Soil Fungi

Stop Turning Your Compost Composting offers a terrific way to culture native microbes that benefit your soil. However, there is more to a good compost than simply building a pile of manure or and yard waste. Proper aeration is important to prevent overheating and to ensure that aerobic microbes dominate the mixture. This is why many large scale composting facilities ...

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Five Important Health Facts Your Doctor Never Shared With You

1. Doctors Don’t All Take the Hippocratic Oath. I learned about the Hippocratic Oath from my parents, who believed all physicians took a Hippocratic Oath that bound them to serve the patient and “do no harm.”  Only recently did I revisit this information.  I learned that only about 11% of contemporary physicians even take the oath.  Furthermore, the oath itself ...

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