Monthly Archives: July 2013


Is it Really Possible to Cool Down With Spicy Foods?

People will do just about anything to fight high temperatures on the hottest summer days. We jump in swimming pools, run through sprinklers and crank up the AC. We eat organic watermelon, shaved ice and other foods that cool. In the city, kids will even ask the fire department to open up the hydrant on …

Should You Be Eating More Bugs?

Patrick Crowley has a business plan that is . . . well, let’s just call it extremely novel. Crowley’s company, Chapul Inc., is dedicated to providing sustainable food to shoppers in the form of protein-rich energy bars. The bars contain wholesome, organic, energy-rich ingredients like agave nectar, dates, almond butter and coconut flakes. But where …

Top Green Trends for Homeowners and Businesses

Green technology has boomed in recent years, allowing for both businesses and homeowners to save energy and take advantage of eco-friendly products. Businesses began using green technology as soon as it became available, and because solar energy saved them so much in energy costs, they were able to cut their waste and save every year …

The Hidden Dangers of Processed Food

If you’re someone who actively searches for sustainable food options, you won’t be shocked to learn that Americans are currently eating too much processed food. Today, consumers in the U.S. are getting 70% of their calories from processed food. That’s a huge historical aberration, and it’s no coincidence that we’re eating more than three times …

Is a Lack of Food Safety in China Putting Your Family at Risk?

Food safety in China probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when the topic of substandard imports comes up. We all know to avoid cheap, disposable goods from overseas, but sustainable food fans generally don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the Chinese imports in our pantries and refrigerators. What organic …

5 Tips for Avoiding Contaminated Pet Food

Pet owners who watch for recalls of bad dog food are concerned about recent safety lapses at Natura Pet Products – and for good reason. The Procter & Gamble brand – which includes the Innova, Evo, Karma and California Natural labels, among others – voluntarily recalled its dry pet foods and treats after products manufactured …

3 Ways to Beat the Heat With What You Eat

When a heat wave strikes, air conditioners are our best friends. A few degrees will make your home or apartment bearable, while the lowest settings will turn your place into an ice cave. If you’re elderly, AC can even save your life. But for organic living enthusiasts, it’s a little different. Every time you reach …

10 Dangerous Chemicals in Food

Don’t be alarmed, sustainable lifestyle fans, but chemicals in food are inescapable – no matter what you choose at mealtime. To a scientist, food is really just a way to deliver vital proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and other compounds to our body. We break all of that down and turn it into fuel for our day, …