WRACKED OVER RACTOPAMINE

Interested in a nice dose of asthma medication with your next fast food burger or serving of bacon? If you’re eating conventional meat raised in a CAFO then chances are that’s just what you’re getting.Ractopamine is a type of beta-agonist. Beta-agonists are drugs initially used as intervention for asthma sufferers. As an inhalant they stimulate dilation of the smooth muscle of the lungs and allow for ease in breathing. When injected into the body rather than inhaled beta-agonists decrease smooth muscle activity in the body.

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Understanding Organic

Have you ever had those moments where you just happen to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time? 

That's how I began my foray into the world of organics. Just as I was already beginning to shift my whole prespective on health and wellness.

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BIODYNAMICS

From werewolves to magic beans, we've all heard tales about the power of the moon. Having communication or technology issues? It could be the planet Mercury in retrograde. Fact or fiction? According to biodynamic agriculture the movement of the celestial bodies has a very real influence on the day to day workings of our lives. 

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SHOOTING THE BREEZE

Food fight turns its attention to the Agri-Chem and seed giant Monsanto once again. It’s not another passage in the continuing controversy over their top seller glyphosate this time; although California has ordered that to be labelled carcinogenic.

No, it’s another powerful herbicide produced by Monsanto and a couple of other companies like German leviathan BASF that’s been branded a villain this time. It’s called dicamba. This month two US states, Missouri and Arkansas, have banned dicamba after a mass of complaints about a problem called drift. Nice word drift, it conjures up visions of floating down a river on a dinghy or drifts of wild flowers in a mountain meadow.

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BRITAIN’S BEST FISH AND CHIP SHOP

Forget the EMMY’s forget the BAFTA’s the whole of Britain is bubbling with anticipation for the award for the best fish and chip shop in the country.

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PDO ACETO BALSAMICO TRADIZIONALE

Tangy, with earthy hints of sweet almost caramel notes; balsamic vinegar is the perfect accompaniment to my baked fig and goat cheese tartine.

Genuine balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of white trebbiano grapes. There are several grades of balsamic vinegar, with the real deal stuff being produced in the Modena and Reggio Emilia regions of Italy. Traditional balsamic vinegar is protected origin (PDO) and has a long and esteemed history as a restorative tonic/digestive.

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WHAT'S A CAFO???

If you live in the U.S. and have traveled the west coast, Highway 5 to be exact, chances are you’ve passed the miles long feeding operation that is so dank and disgusting, with cows basically standing on top of each other for miles, in mud, feces, rotting food, and who knows what else.

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