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Back-to-School Resolution: Bring Lunch From Home! (VIDEO)

Your kids are going back-to-school soon–and thus marks the new year. What’s your resolution? Will you try to carpool more? Will you walk your kid to the bus stop? Go to more of their soccer games? Inspire them artistically? How will this school year be different? One suggestion: make your child’s lunch healthier. There are a zillion reasons to do this. Besides the moral and ethical issues surrounding school lunch, there are health issues as well. And unless you live in Berkeley and send your kids to Alice Waters-influenced farm-fresh school lunch programs, it’s more likely than not your school’s cafeteria uses meat that’s pumped with hormones, raised on a feedlot, and filled with antibiotics. It’s likely those mashed potatoes were grown with pesticides, the fruit cup is sprayed, and even the healthiest section of the lunch buffet–the salad bar–is covered with damaging preservatives, and GMOs. Not to freak everyone out. But there are hidden dangers in your kids’ meals. It’s worth it to know what’s in your child’s lunch. And what about those little harmless cartons of milk they’re consuming at snack time? Those are filled with growth hormones, most likely. And are not organic, nor from grassfed milking cows. Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, has a lot of good information about how our children’s milk is on drugs, and not good for them. You might want to consider packing juice boxes, or waterbottles (stainless steel, and BPA free) filled with milk from home. It’s probably worth noting that in many cases, school lunch (the hot one, the one with GMOs) might be the only meal a family can afford for their child. So for those who can afford to pack some leftovers, it’s worth it. For those who can’t afford it–we encourage all to join the fight–both political and social–for an affordable food system. Food is a human right, after all.


Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

An All-Natural, Traditional Approach to Cheesemaking

Get ready to change the way you look at cheese. David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow and call for the […] Read More..

Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..