The Magic of Leafy Greens

The Magic of Leafy Greens

Growing Food, Healthy Eating
How much of my food can I grow in a small garden area? This is the question I receive most frequently from residents interested in starting vegetable gardens. Like all things in life, the answer is: it depends. In this case, it depends on the size of the garden, the amount of sun, and what you want to eat. Since sun and garden space are difficult to change, the easiest way to eat more of your homegrown vegetables, is to start eating vegetables that are high yielding and easy to grow. Hence, we discover the magic of leafy greens. Leafy greens are a backyard food gardener's best friend. They are easy to grow, harvest, and cook. They produce an abundance of food even in low-light conditions. Moreover, they taste great,…
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Make Eating Healthy Creative by Adding Fruits and Vegetables

Make Eating Healthy Creative by Adding Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy Eating
When it comes to a healthy diet, you absolutely must have some variety. Eating the same thing day in and day out is like torture for most, and it also works against the principles of a healthy diet as well. The good news is that there is a lot of variety you can sample when it comes to healthy foods. About all the supermarkets sustain a great deal of fruits and veggies and wide array of fish, meat, dairy products, nuts, beans, poultry, and lentils. If you're trying to eat healthier and have a healthier lifestyle, you shouldn't need to be bored while doing so! One important part of enjoying this wide variety of foods when trying to eat healthy is to plan your meals so that you know you're…
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Criminalizing Organic and Home Growers

Emergency Preparedness, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
UPDATE: Many people were unable to get the text for this bill, or it was simply unavailable. We have obtained the full text and can be disseminated here: H. R. 875 Food Safety Administration Full Text This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it will go to the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. I know it is difficult to read so many laws that go through, but something as important and far reaching as this bill should be read. And we should be encouraging our congressmen to vote against it... So often, when pressed for time, they take someone else's word for what the bill contains. HR875 Bill proponents will be counting on it.…
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The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness

Farm Animals, Healthy Eating
The FAO recently warned that global industrial meat production poses a serious threat to human health. BTW, Read the really frightening article in this month's Mother Earth News, The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness We all KNOW this. We all sense this. It is time we did more. Stop EATING this. There are AlWAYS alternatives. Eat less meat, buy from reputable growers that employ sustainable and HUMANE practices, raise your own sustainably or pay someone to, but do NOT support FACTORY FARMING! Here are some ideas on what YOU can DO Costs for factory farming are enormous, and as oil becomes more scarce or the price rises (whatever your philosophy) it will continue to provide the people with unhealthy, increasingly expensive meat. These are just a few…
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Health is a blessing that money cannot buy

Health, Healthy Eating
One of the key ingredients for a great life is good health and good health is derived from good nutrition. One part of good health is exercising right and the other is to eat right. The risk of acquiring diseases can be reduced by controlling the diet and the amount of intake of certain foods. While most of us eat for taste, we forget the nutrition value of the same. Fruits: Why Fruits? To start with, they are the most natural form of food. Most fruits contain water, fiber, proteins and vitamins that are required for our day to day life and they are fat and cholesterol free. Citrus fruits can help detoxify your body. Eating fruits directly may have a better health effect as opposed to fruit juices that…
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How to weed out back pain and sciatica symptoms when gardening. Hints and tips for a bad back.

How to weed out back pain and sciatica symptoms when gardening. Hints and tips for a bad back.

Health
If you love your garden as much as I do and you have backache, pinched sciatic nerve symptoms, sciatica or one of the many back pain issues you may be wondering if you can ever garden again. Gardening can be hard on the back and I thought I would have to give it up forever. However I discovered that is not necessarily the case! Gardening is a very physical activity but there are lots of things you can do to make it easier. Even if you really cannot do the physical work you can still take a very active part in your garden. Also gardening is a great motivator. If you want to do your garden and you are dealing with back aches and pains you are much more likely…
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The High Cost of Animal Agriculture

Farm Animals, Food Supply, Healthy Eating
Thanks to Susan Weiner at Farm Sanctuary for pointing us to that organization's network of websites -- this has to be one of the most comprehensive resources available on factory farming, animal rights, vegetarianism, and many other related topics. Some of the more interesting resources found were the information from FactoryFarming.com on the environmental and human health costs of factory farming, and the environmental case for vegetarianism at VegforLife.org. I've just scraped the surface at this point, but there's much more information here that I'll be coming back to read. Susan particularly asked all to point to the organization's campaigns on behalf of "Downed Animals," and against the production of foie gras and veal. Farm Sanctuary has also targeted Chef Wolfgang Puck for his "huge hand in promoting both foie…
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