Be Kind to Turtles


Looking for inspiration on World Kindness Day? No al consumo de huevos! Poaching turtle eggs and selling them to bars and restaurants is a major threat to endangered sea turtles. But newly established Cotorco, a group dedicated to  the conservation of marine turtles surrounding Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s remote Osa peninsula, is working to educate against poaching... Read More

Farm Bill 101: Don’t be Chicken


Before you run away, let me be the first to admit the Farm Bill, and relevant issues we may vote on in November, seems a tad overwhelming and maybe just a wee bit boring. But I’ll also admit that I believe anyone who eats should know something about what they’re putting in their mouths and why. So I was glad to see the big concepts wrangled into this accessible, and... Read More

Chewing the Fat: Obesity Ads


Georgia’s childhood obesity ads are getting plenty of attention. But has the campaign from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta bitten off more than kids can chew? As an Atlantan I see the ads. As a parent I see that at this week’s middle school basketball game the booster club is giving away free hotdogs. What’s a kid, of any size, to do? They’re bombarded... Read More



“Tell it like it is.” That advice paid off for Aaron Neville since 1967, along with, “Don’t be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide.” But for most of us it isn’t that easy. In Speak Your Mind, Damnit and How To Be Fearless, two bloggers ponder self-censorship and the question of offending, or not, their readers. They remind us that sex, religion and politics... Read More

Trick or Treat?


Don’t be tricked into believing your food is something it’s not. Courtesy of You probably already know that the word “natural,” when stamped on a food product, means next to nothing. But polls and surveys repeatedly show that most consumers think “natural” means a food is good, clean, and fair — and are duped into paying more for it. As PCC... Read More

Soft Drinks: Hard on the Body

Soft Drinks

Have a sip of Sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid, bisphenol A (BPA)and HFCS. In case you need some added perspective on soda consumption, here are some interesting stats — Consumers worldwide drink 27 million Coca-Colas per hour or over 600-million per day.In the United States, an average person drinks 412 8-ounce drinks — or 3296 ounces — of Coke per year.  This calculates... Read More

Water, Water Everywhere

I’m visiting the beach this week surrounded everyday by clear, cool emerald water. It looks pure and perfect. But today, Civil Eats‘ Anna Lappe responds to Dow Chemical’s greenwashing water claims (below) and reminds us all that it’s time to think differently about our water. She says, “The future we should be creating is one in which... Read More

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics

Is our government making us fat, or just stupid? Elizbeth Kucinich of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine points out in the Huffington Post that the USDA spends billions of dollars on agricultural programs that support the foods health experts tell us to avoid. It invests $1.5 billion in meat and dairy production in spite of the fact that its own guidelines recommend... Read More

Factory Farms Close to Home

Urban Gardener Mike Lieberman called our attention to this award-winning interactive factory farming map created by Food & Water Watch and New Signature. The map shows where U.S. factory farms are concentrated by specific animals, regions, states and counties.” Link to see what’s going on near you.  What to do? Leiberman suggests... Read More

Parting with Too Much Green at your Farmers Market?

Green at Farmers Market Virginia Willis with Collards

Getting to our farmers market first thing Saturday morning is an adventure (especially if we take the bikes) and a treat. It’s a chance to pat ourselves on the back for supporting clean local fare, but also a chance to part with a load of cash. So, food policy guru Barry Estabrook‘s study comparing prices at farmers markets vs supermarkets is a more than welcome read.... Read More

Believe Nothing

 “Believe nothing.
No matter 
where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with you own reason and your own common sense."

               - Buddha

“The same molecules
that make up the food
we consume become
the molecules of our
minds and bodies.
So, unless you grow
your own food, you
should choose a
farmer as carefully as
 you choose your 
doctor or pastor.”

  _ Tim Willey, Farmer
             Madera CA
 “If man made it… don’t eat





        - Jack LaLanne

  “If we are
 always arriving and
 departing, it is also
 true that we are 
 eternally anchored. 
 One's destination is 
 never a place but 
 rather a new way of 
 looking at things."

           - Henry Miller
  “The rest of the
 world lives to eat…
 I eat to live.”
- Socrates
“Teachers open the door, 

you must enter by 


         - Chinese proverb

Factory Farm Map