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100-year-old olive trees at Lodestar Farms

Farm Water and Farm-Fresh Food

There’s one question that keeps coming up as we continue our Real Food farm tour project. Why should consumers care about or get to know about farm water? And what does it have to do with our food and where it comes from? We’ve learned a great deal about farm water in the past few […]

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Food Safety for Families

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means that you’re likely to be eating at any number of special dinners, buffets, potlucks, and catered events in the next few weeks. As you sit down to enjoy your meal, food safety is probably the last thing on your mind. But all it takes is one round […]

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No Vacation From Hunger

No Vacation From Hunger

School’s out, and for most kids, an entire summer of free-wheeling fun lies ahead. But for many children who rely on the National School Lunch Program during the school year, summer brings an end to those lunches and their families cannot fill the gap. For those kids, sadly, summer is a time of hunger. How […]

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Corn…Sugar?

Corn sugar – Could that be a nice-sounding new name to replace high fructose corn syrup? As of yesterday, the food and Drug Administration has decided “No.” The FDA’s letter, as sent to Corn Refiners Association, rejected the proposed moniker with the argument that “sugar” is typically associated with a crystallized substance, while “syrup” (like high […]

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Protect SNAP Funding

Protect SNAP Funding

Did your kids eat three good meals today? If so, consider them lucky. Hunger is an epidemic in this country, and as many as 1 in 5 kids don’t get enough to eat. Kids and families who suffer from hunger do have an important safety net: SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the federally funded food program formerly […]

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Hunger Challenge Day 7

Hunger Challenge Day 7

As of today, the Hunger Challenge has drawn to a close in our household, much to everyone’s relief. We closed out the week with a large pot of slow-cooked vegetarian chili, which was tasty, but it pretty much proved that everyone is tired of meals that are pumped up with copious amounts of tomatoes, carrots, […]

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