Usually the second week in October, the Montmartre Harvest Festival invites residents and tourists to sample true Parisian culture and dedication to the city’s agricultural roots — celebrating the remaining vineyards in the heart of Paris. Festivalgoers may enjoy a parade, music, folklore, tours of vineyards, auctions, and wine tasting.
While certified organic farming has been the focus of much attention in the move toward sustainable agriculture, other methodologies and philosophies are being used with great success, though considerably less fanfare. Permaculture Inspired by Bill Mollison’s observation of self-sustaining ecosystems in rainforests in Australia, permaculture provides a method of analyzing the environment and designing systems—such as farms, gardens and human habitations—to work with natural flows and processes. Permaculture is closely related to human scale living, homesteading, and the appropriate use of technology and natural resources—especially the finite resource of oil energy. Permaculture has as its foundation the following principles: Earth…
A closer look at what’s in the jar The Alternative Health Journal studied over 100 baby foods and found that many contain ingredients that are not necessary to a baby’s diet, let alone health. Results concluded that many commercial baby foods contain high quantities of sugar. Even organic brands are not exempt from this, as…
When holidays draw near, one thing that is at the root of most people’s thoughts is holiday dinner preparations for friends and family. Of course, the centerpiece of many holiday tables includes a roasted turkey surrounded by herbs, vegetables, and an abundance of tempting treats. In fact, it is said that Americans purchase 267 million…
Located in the heart of Paris, in the 6th arrondissement, is the Luxembourg Gardens. Built in 1612 to encompass the grounds of the palace built for the Regent of France, Marie de Medici, the gardens span 23 hectares (nearly 60 acres) and are an icon of Parisian life. The gardens and palace were inspired by the…
Nonstick cookware is popular largely because cooking does not require the use of oils or fats, which purportedly creates healthier meals. The price for this benefit may be steep, however, as nonstick cookware has been linked to dangerous toxins.
In the US, there is no law that compels manufacturers to provide a complete ingredient label, making it difficult to distinguish between the ingredients and chemicals found in these seemingly ordinary products. Consumers should be aware that even products labeled as “green” and “non toxic” can have harmful effects.
Sprouting at home is an economical and convenient way to boost your nutrition and avoid the pitfalls of antinutrients in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Sprouts are an excellent source of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein.
With so many different options, how do we really know that our earth friendly trash bags are helping the environment instead of just costing us more money? The key is in researching the materials used in making the trash bags, and understanding their environmental implications.
Known as “honey laundering,” one of the most pervasive international food scandals of our time is centered on illegal honey trading. Chinese honey tainted with heavy metals or banned antibiotics is flooding the global markets. Find out how to avoid buying fake or tainted bootleg honey.
In the wild, cats eat snakes, lizards, insects, small mammals and birds. If you are like most cat owners, serving up a live bird or mouse is out of the question. By making your own cat food, you can give your cat the next best thing.
The Environmental Working Group released a study and subsequent guide illustrating how the proteins we most commonly consume rank in environmental impact.
While your poodle may not look like a wolf on the outside, her digestive system still does. Does commercial dog food satisfy the needs of our carnivorous canines?
At around $200 per cup, Panda Ecological Tea is perhaps the most costly in the world. But does the essential ingredient—panda manure—justify the price?