Media/News Archive

Owning A Chicken: Expectations Versus Reality

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Rodale’s Organic Life
by Doug Clinton

Source: Simon Grubb

Having the freshest eggs on the block can be harder than you think.

1. EXPECTATION: YOU WILL JOIN AN AWESOME COMMUNITY OF ECO-FRIENDLY TRENDSETTERS.

Reality: Your hip new lifestyle choice may be a nuisance to your neighbors. In many communities, neighbors have complained about the noise and smell. In some cases, the disputes have even gone to court.

2. EXPECTATION: YOU WILL HAVE ALL KINDS OF CUTE PETS TO CUDDLE.

Reality: Your have to be careful when you cuddle. You may associate Salmonella with undercooked meat, but it’s a danger in live poultry, too.  Be sure and wash your hands thoroughly after handling your new pets.

3. EXPECTATION: YOUR HOMEMADE CHICKEN COOP WILL BE A WONDER OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN.

Reality: Your priority will be keeping your coop clean, not getting it featured in Architectural Digest. Chickens use their coops for eating, sleeping, and yes, pooping. An unhygienic coop can lead to diseases, such as coccidiosis. Read Full Article »

After ‘Swimming in Pesticides’ for 20 Years, One Woman Takes a Stand

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

HuffPost
by Hilal Isler

Source: Nellie76

At the age of 21, and after just three months of courtship, author Theresa Weir married an apple farmer.

Back then, she “was young and naive,” she says; her notions of living on a farm “idealized.”

“Farm life was nothing like I’d expected it to be,” she wrote in a recent essay, “and I spent the next 20 years swimming in pesticides.”

At age 42, her husband died of cancer.

“Just like his father and grandfather,” Weir writes, “all three of them subjected to years of chemicals used in the orchard.” Read Full Article »

The Real Reason General Mills Will Cut Fake Flavors from Cereals Like Trix and Lucky Charms

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The Washington Post
by Drew Harwell

Source: Mike Mozart

Breakfast behemoth General Mills, maker of Trix, Reese’s Puffs and Lucky Charms, said Monday it plans to remove artificial colors and flavors from its cereals by 2017, becoming the latest food giant to swap out the additives in response to changing American tastes.

Instead of dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6, Trix’s crunchy rainbow corn balls will be colored by turmeric, a yellow spice in curries and mustard, and juice concentrates of blueberries, radishes and strawberries. Artificial vanilla will be replaced by the real stuff in the peanut-butter-loaded Reese’s Puffs.

“People eat with their eyes, and so … the trick is, how can we maintain an appealing look, just not using the artificial colors?” said Jim Murphy, the president of General Mills’s cereal division. “People don’t want colors with numbers in their food anymore.” Read Full Article »

DDT Quadruples Breast Cancer Risk, First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Rodale News
by Leah Zerbe

Exposure to DDT in the womb significantly increases breast cancer risk years later, scientists say.

Source: Francis Storr

The U.S. government banned DDT more than 40 years ago, but this potent insecticide is still haunting us. Women exposed to higher levels of DDT while in their mother’s womb were nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as women exposed to lower levels in the womb, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

This decades-long study looked at 20,000 woman and nearly 10,000 of their daughters and provides more strong evidence that coming in contact with hormone-disrupting chemicals like DDT during crucial stages of development could trigger disease decades later in life. “This 54-year study is the first to provide direct evidence that chemical exposures for pregnant women may have lifelong consequences for their daughters’ breast cancer risk,” says one of the study’s authors, Barbara A. Cohn, PhD, of the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, California. “Environmental chemicals have long been suspected causes of breast cancer, but until now, there have been few human studies to support this idea.” Read Full Article »

Nutrition Scientists on the Take From Big Food

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Eat Drink Politics
by Michele Simon

Nutrition Report_CoverNew Report from Eat Drink Politics asks: Has the American Society for Nutrition Lost All Credibility?

In my new report, I expose the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the nation’s leading authority of nutrition scientists and researchers, for its cozy relationships with the likes of PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Nestle, McDonalds, Monsanto, Mars, and even the Sugar Association. Such conflicts of interest are similar to those exposed in my previous report about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Powerful junk food companies purchase “sustaining partnerships” from the American Society for Nutrition, gaining access to the nation’s leading nutrition researchers at their annual meetings, and in their policy positions. ASN’s “Sustaining Member Roundtable Committee” includes PepsiCo’s Chief Scientific Officer and the Chief Science Officer at National Dairy Council.

Additional findings in the report include:

  • Of the 34 scientific sessions at ASN’s annual meeting, 6 were supported by PepsiCo
  • Other session sponsors included the Egg Nutrition Center, Kellogg, DuPont Nutrition and Health, Ajinomoto, and the National Dairy Council

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