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Why Choose Heritage Breed Turkey

Why Choose Heritage Breed Turkey

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 […]

Breaking The Link Between Dairy And Veal

Breaking The Link Between Dairy And Veal

Many exclude veal from their diet on principle.  And vegetarians avoid meat altogether. Yet anyone consuming dairy products may still inadvertently be supporting the production of veal. Aside from a very few farmers who eschew it, veal production is, after all, a by-product of the dairy industry.  Dairy cows must give birth once a year […]

Panettone: Read the Label

Panettone: Read the Label

Do cage-free eggs make up for mono and diglycerides in your baked goods? Panettone is a Milanese specialty that’s enjoyed throughout Italy as a Christmas treat. Making it takes a long time, and it’s expensive, since it’s enriched with egg yolks and butter. Needless to say, the resulting tall, round and flavorful bread is well […]

Ethical Foods on a Budget: 7 Ways to Save Money

Ethical Foods on a Budget: 7 Ways to Save Money

How to save money in the kitchen that you can use towards buying clean, sustainably produced foods. On our Ethical Foods on a Budget page we list numerous ways in which you can lower your grocery bill.  Often, however, it isn’t very easy to get around the expense of buying sustainably produced foods.  For instance I am an […]

Ractopamine in Pork: What Is It?

Ractopamine in Pork: What Is It?

What is ractopamine? Ractopamine is a beta-agonist, a class of agents acting in an opposite way to beta-blockers widely used in blood pressure medication. Ractopamine is not considered safe for humans and is not an approved drug for humans. It is approved by the FDA for use in animals. Why is ractopamine fed to pigs? […]

The Importance of Choosing Humanely Raised High Welfare Pork

The Importance of Choosing Humanely Raised High Welfare Pork

Although the United Kingdom has established some of the highest animal welfare standards in Europe, meat produced under far less humane conditions continues to flood the market. In response to this proliferation of low quality meat – and the subsequent social and environmental abuses required to produce it – filmmaker and activist Tracy Worcester founded […]

What is Sprayed on Produce After Harvest?

What is Sprayed on Produce After Harvest?

While most of us know by now that processed foods often contain a host of unhealthy additives, from fake flavors and colors to chemical preservatives, what do we know about fresh produce? When you buy an apple, a bag of potatoes or an orange, you probably are under the impression that these fresh fruits and […]

The Scandalous Honey Trade

The Scandalous Honey Trade

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.

Seasonal Vegetables Rich In Calcium

Seasonal Vegetables Rich In Calcium

It’s high summer in the northern hemisphere, and that means your local farmers market is in full swing, offering a cornucopia of ripe, fresh local food. While most people associate dairy with food high in calcium, there are whole, fresh vegetables and nuts that provide this crucial mineral.

Foie Gras Controversy

Foie Gras Controversy

Though a culinary delicacy, many consider foie gras to be inhumane. Learn what it is and why it’s banned in many countries. The author explains the history of foie gras, and also new, humane ways of making it that do not incorporate force-feeding.

Panda Poo Tea

Panda Poo Tea

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?