February 26th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The Bon Appétit Management Company announced a commitment to stop serving pork products from pigs raised in controversial gestation crates and any eggs from egg-laying hens raised in battery cages all of its 400 locations in 31 states.
Read More:Major Food Service Provider Takes Huge Stand Against Animal Cruelty
February 17th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In a growing trend sweeping across college campuses, more than 20 universities have implemented bans on plastic water bottles, and in some cases, banned all beverages sold in plastic bottles.
Read More:Have We Hit Peak Plastic Bottle? College Bans Spill Across the Country
February 1st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Deadly strains of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are present in the nation’s meat supply, according to a new report published in the journal PLoS ONE titled, “MRSA in Conventional and Alternative Retail Pork Products.”
Read More:High Levels of Deadly Bacteria Revealed in Nation’s Pork Supply
January 6th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Move over extreme athletes, college students and late night ragers; all those energy drink brands that fuel your fast-paced lifestyle are now planning on energizing your grandparents, too.
Read More:Red Bull And Shuffleboard? Energy Drink Brands Target Your Grandma
October 6th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
New research conducted by a team of scientists at the Penn State College of Medicine may reveal a potent treatment against breast cancer. According to the study, the “cure” is actually a virus.
Read More:Human Virus Kills Breast Cancer in 7 Days
September 3rd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
If you lump all fast-food restaurants into the same profit-driven-pushers-of-unhealthy-food category, you may want to delineate a new group: Sustainable farming advocates.
Read More:The Taco That Changed the World (or At Least, American Farming)
September 1st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Amidst all the food-related doom and gloom courtesy of “food deserts,” deregulated genetically modified foods, massive outbreaks of deadly salmonella-tainted animal products and seemingly endless options of processed junk food around every corner, food in America may have a brighter future than you think thanks to a rising college course trend: Organic agriculture.
Read More:American Farmer, PhD? Organic Farming Interest Booms Among College Students
August 27th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The next generation of organic farmers are hitting the road on an Organic Valley sponsored 3-week tour of the Pacific Northwest in the Generation Organic 2011 “Who’s Your Farmer” campaign aimed at connecting people with their food, their local growers and to discuss how personal diet choices affect not just our own health, but the health of the planet and of future generations.
Read More:The Farm Wars Continue… Young Farmers to Tour U.S. to Promote Organic
May 17th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Think your local farmers market or community supported agriculture program is too expensive or indulgent? You might want to think again before you opt instead for a trip to your local supermarket. A recent report conducted by a Bard College Center for Environmental Policy grad student revealed that prices were consistently lower at farmers markets than supermarkets.
Read More:Farmers Markets Offer Cheaper Organic Options than Supermarkets
February 16th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Returning veterans unsure about their future may find themselves bunkered down in compost and soil. Programs like Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots, a new program for veterans at the University of Nebraska’s College of Technical Agriculture, offer soldiers—including wounded veterans—a six-week introductory farming training program.
Read More:Returning American Soldiers Prefer Seeds to Bullets