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New Report: Best Supermarkets for Local and Organic Food

Home shoppers can learn much from the new report Many Miles to Go: Locally Grown Organics in North Carolina Supermarkets, even though it is aimed squarely at grocery executives. Do supermarkets agree on the meanings of "local" or "regional"? Which grocery chains truly support local food, which use greenwashing, and which frankly don't care? What's going on behind the scenes, from planning to supporting local farmers? Although the study took place in NC, many chains covered operate throughout the South East or nationally. The report by the non-profit watchdog Local Organic Y'All reveals that:

The food retailers themselves have a ways to go if they are to meet growing customer demand for organic and sustainably-grown food that is produced locally or even regionally. Today, with a few exceptions, company performance does not match the marketing.

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Thanksgiving recipe roundup. All vegan, many gluten free

Here are my favorite recipes for my favorite holiday. Don't you adore Thanksgiving? It's such a wonderful time to express our gratitude, get together with friends and family, and eat scrumptious seasonal food. These recipes are thrifty with lots of make-ahead options.

Enjoy a relaxed and healthy holiday. I'm so grateful for you, dear reader.

Main dishes

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Seven ways home cooking can reduce your post-election risk

No matter how you feel about the U.S. election, you probably expect big changes to start happening soon. Some of the predictions are downright scary: reducing food inspection and regulation, reducing protection for animals, and ignoring climate change. Even our health-care system is about to shift again.


But we still have apron power! By cooking plant-based, organic food from scratch, we can help protect our families and families everywhere from some of the changes expected when Trump becomes president. Here are seven positive steps to take, with a bonus funny/scary video at the end.

  1. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. A big new study from the University of Warwick shows this quickly increases your sense of well-being. Going from zero to eight servings a day gives the same mood boost ....

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What I'm Reading: smart kids, smart adults, and informed, kind voting

  • Kids who eat well read better. Of course, but it's good to see the science verify the common sense.
  • Protect your brain with oil from algae. Ditch the fish oil. Take 250mg a day of a pollutant-free source of ...
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    Triangle VegFest 2016 Speakers at a Glance

    I put this schedule together so I could see as many of the amazing speakers at Triangle Vegfest as possible. The information provides an overview of information from the Triangle Vegfest site, which has more information about the speakers, vendors, and other excitement Saturday in Nash Square and Sunday at McKimmon Center in Raleigh. I hope this page helps you connect with your favorite speakers on vegan food, animal rights, health, and ethics....

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