Chia Seeds: Ancient Uses and Novel Benefits

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These days it’s rather impossible to avoid chia in the stores: juices, desserts, cereal items… Chia is widely advertised as a nutritional and heath-promoting “it” food and many close friends became instantly hooked thanks to the bestseller “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. But is it really all accurate? I was advised to be skeptical of the claims made by big corporations. Today, I share some relevant chia-basics for those with a penchant for novelty (and a healthy dose of {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part IV: Know Your Organics (Certification and Other Issues)

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Buying organic food is a great way to support the health of the soil and wildlife. Also, many select organic food for being more beneficial and nutritious to themselves and their family. But the true significance of organic farming is that supports a long-term environmental sustainability. For concerned consumers a range of issues comes into play when choosing organic foods. And, particularly so if they want to extend the impact of choices they make beyond the walls of their own {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part III: Benefits of Organic Farming

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The word “organic” has a holistic, deep-rooted implication referring to living organisms. The term comprises of a system of farmer, food and consumer. According to the organic philosophy, consumer’s health is achieved by “whole, fresh and organically raised food.” (Oelhaf, 1978). Organic means a special and nurtured connection between the farmer and the soil. The philosophy of the food system starts with the soil; this is the center of attention of organic farming. Organic farmers perceive themselves as feeders of {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part II: Safety of Conventional Farming

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Here’s the second part of the conventional vs. organic series. This part deals with the safety of conventional farming. Safety of Conventional Farming: Should Consumers Be Concerned? The goal of agriculture is the production of food. The US Department of Agriculture indicates that US consumers increasingly expect safe and healthy food and the agriculture is more being defined as “consumer-driven”. From the consumer side, it is necessary to ask questions about safety of conventional agriculture, about the effect of agricultural {Read More}