Since you can’t see, smell or taste the harmful bacteria that can cause illness, it’s essential to follow these 4 simple steps: clean hands and surfaces often; refrigerate food promptly; keep foods separate when uncooked; and cook to the right temperature. The USDA calls it Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

Fearless Cooking: Food Safety Made Simple

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When it comes to gardening, many people put off getting started because they think it’s going to be hard, grueling work that will require spending days sourcing materials and doing construction. If this sounds like you, we’ve got good news: we’re going to show you how you can click a few buttons on your computer, then have your garden set up and ready to go ridiculously fast – yes, even before...
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How to have your raised bed garden created before breakfast

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Glyphosate Residue Free certification for U.S. food products has been launched on Tuesday by The Detox Project, in a move that gives consumers a way of avoiding the ‘probably carcinogenic’ chemical.

Glyphosate Residue Free Certification Creates New Transparency Shift for US Consumers

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The GMO labeling law passed last year, known as the “DARK (Deny Americans the Right To Know) Act” further fractured an already divided organic community. Long-time organic community members say healing the rift will require mutual respect, trust, staying engaged, and realizing a common purpose.

What can be done to heal the fractured organic movement?

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J.R. Simplot Co. has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency to begin growing three types of genetically engineered potatoes named Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, and Atlantic in Idaho. The potatoes may be found in grocery stores by the end of 2017.

foodconsumer.org - GMO potatoes will be soon on your plate

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The number of biodynamic farms in the US is rapidly increasing, according to Elizabeth Candelario, co-director of Demeter USA, the nonprofit certifier of biodynamic farms and consumer products in the US. According to Demeter, the total acreage for biodynamic farming in the US increased by 16% last year, totaling 21,791 acres.

The rise of biodynamic farming: a return to 'the way farmers farmed for millennia'

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Professional baseball player Tyler Collins says eating organic is a big reason why he is in excellent physical condition.

After eating 'organic everything,' Tyler Collins in great shape, days away from field

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Andrea Bemis lives each day farm-to-table. She came upon a career in farming when searching for more meaningful work that made her feel more connected to the environment. Today, she runs a successful six acre organic farm alongside her husband, Taylor, in Parkdale, Oregon.

The Story of a Farmer Turned Foodie: Andrea Bemis

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Memphis Meats, Inc., a Bay Area startup says it has developed the world’s first chicken and duck meats from self-producing cells, better known as “lab-grown” meat. What do you think about that?

The First Lab-Grown Chicken is Here

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Pesticide manufacturers have long maintained that their products are essential to feeding the world. But a new report by United Nations human rights experts challenges this assumption, arguing that the opposite is true: “Reliance on hazardous pesticides is a short-term solution that undermines the right to adequate food and health for present and future generations.”

New UN Report: Pesticides Don’t Feed the World | Civil Eats

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Monsanto suffered a major setback Tuesday when a federal judge in San Francisco unsealed documents that call into question the agrichemical giant's research practices and the safety of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, the world's most-produced weedkiller.

Unsealed Court Documents Suggest Monsanto Ghostwrote Research to Coverup Roundup Cancer Risk

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Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list of the EWG Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, Spinach Top EWG's List of Pesticides in Produce

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Critics of organic farming and food claim that organic farmers use lots of toxic pesticides. Not true. Pesticides approved for use in organic farming are derived from natural substances, must go through a strict regulatory approval process to ensure they are not harmful to the environment and human health, and are only allowed to be used when other pest control methods aren’t successful.

Debunking “alternate facts” about pesticides used in organic farming

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High on the Nebraska plains, there’s a citrus grove with trees holding up a canopy of lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs, and bunches of grapes. It's indoors. And it’s only possible because it taps into the core of the earth’s own energy.

Citrus Grove in Geothermal Nebraska Greenhouse (VIDEO) | Civil Eats

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A series of internal Monsanto Co. documents revealed this week via a court order show that the company’s long-standing claims about the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide do not necessarily rely on sound science as the company asserts, but on efforts to manipulate the science.

Monsanto Weed Killer Deserves Deeper Scrutiny As Scientific Manipulation Revealed

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U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu issued a strongly worded statement this week regarding reports that unsealed court documents raise new questions about the safety of Monsanto weed killer Roundup and its chief ingredient glyphosate.

US Congressman Calls for DOJ Investigation into EPA-Monsanto Glyphosate Collusion - Sustainable Pulse

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Good news: Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would let farmers sue Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro and other companies that hold patents on genetically engineered seeds if crops grown from those seeds contaminate traditional or organic crops.

Oregon may let farmers sue Monsanto, other GMO patent-holders, for crop contamination

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Organic food no longer has to use up your “whole paycheck” – it seems Costco has finally toppled the king of organics. Not only has the wholesaler been outselling other conventional retailers in organics for three years, but in 2015, it officially surpassed Whole Foods in organic food sales, reporting a whopping $4 billion as compared to Whole Foods’ $3.5 billion.

Is Costco the New Whole Foods?

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Full Sun Company in Middlebury, Vermont. It provides hospitals, colleges, restaurants, and retailers in the Northeast with two varieties of Non-GMO Project Verified, extra-virgin oils—sunflower and canola—and aims to increase sustainable production of non-GMO canola and sunflowers in the Northeast. Yes, organic canola oil can also be found.

First non-GMO verified oil mill in Northeast offers unique oils, non-GMO meal

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"Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?" —Dr. Jane Goodall

Two new reports add to the already large and convincing body of evidence that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.

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