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Feds Target Amish Raw Milk Farmer in Sting Operation

The Feds have it out for Amish Farmer Dan Allgyer in Pennsylvania. In fact, according to Grist they conducted "covert operations" on him for some serious law breaking in the form of raw milk distribution, claiming he's violated a federal law by crossing state lines delivering his raw milk.

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Food Addictions Scientifically Similar to Drug Addictions

I've always contended that much of the reason why our nation is morbidly obese in addition to our culture of fast food and lack of exercise, is that we don't deal with the root of the problem. The emotional aspect of serious overeating has to be dealt with in order to combat the problem. And new data shows this to be true.

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Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy?

The 1980s were marked by a low fat, high carbohydrate diet. We snacked on microwave popcorn, cereal, and low fat turkey sandwiches. But that all changed in the 1990s when the low carb craze took a hold of our nation. It was all about proteins in the form of meats and dairy. Traditional products like yogurt and chocolate were available in the low sugar or low carbohydrate variety.

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Reefer in a Bottle? The New Sedating Sodas

I talked a lot last week about the dangers of energy drinks. From seizures to cardiac arrest, extreme caffeine highs are proving unsafe. But this latest trend turns former ideas about our fast-paced society on its head. According to a story on 

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5 Unexpected Foods That Prevent Insomnia and 5 Foods That Promote It

You've heard it a thousand times: if you want to fall asleep you have to give up caffeine. So you've done that and you still can't seem to sleep through the night. Well, your diet has a huge bearing on the way you feel especially if a sleep deficiency has become a part of your life. Choose foods that promote sleep rather than keeping you up all night.

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5 of the Weirdest New Genetically Modified Foods

Who would have known 20 years ago that so many of the foods that we eat would be produced in a lab rather than nature? Scientifically designed seeds are becoming a larger than ever portion of our diet and for the most part, it's difficult for the consumer to even realize it because of a lack of labeling. According to Sustainable Table, about 200 million acres of farmland worldwide are now used to grow genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The most common GMO crops are soybeans, which represent 63 percent of all GMO crops, corn at 19 percent, cotton at 13 percent, and canola at 5 percent.

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Could the Twinkie Diet Really Lead to Weight Loss?

When I first read about the so-called "Twinkie Diet" all I could think about was one of my favorite fad diets of all time, the Ice Cream Diet (yes, it's real!). When I was in college how I wished I could lose weight on a diet of frozen heavy cream in a variety of flavors. But a week later, down a few pounds of water weight and with a stomach ache that rivaled getting kneed in the gut by my older brother, I realized the diet was a fluke. The Twinkie Diet has many of the same characteristics although much more interesting in nature.

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3 Countries in South America Defending Local Rights Against Destructive Water Projects

South America is home to some of the most biodiverse, and ethnically diverse, regions in the world, but some of the precious water resources are being used to boost energy for some while threatening local ecosystems and the health and survival of thousands, if not millions, of others.

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Your Idle Computer Can Solve Global Water Problems

We're fans of IBM's World Community Grid, a project that uses your idling computer to work on some huge problems, from curing cancer to finding clean energy sources. And now added to that list, is finding solutions for clean water.

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Why Bright Colors in Your Food May Mean Really Bad Things for Your Health

Did you know that food manufacturers use about 15 million pounds of eight synthetic dyes into our food every year? In fact, per capita consumption of food dyes has increased fivefold since 1955, thanks mostly to fun colors in breakfast cereals, fruit drinks and candies.

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Everything You Need to Know About Groundwater

What is groundwater?

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Vegetarians Are Happier Than Meat-Eaters

Yet another reason to adopt a vegetarian diet... Rodale reports that a new study in Nutrition Journal finds vegetarians have lower incidence of depression, anxiety, and other mood problems than their meat-eating neighbors.

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Australian Sushi Restaurant Fines Customers for Failing to Clean Their Plates

If you're eating at an Australian restaurant called Wafu outside of Sydney, you better finish your plate -- or pay a fine and not return. Chef Yukako Ichikawa is tired of the food waste people leave on their plates and the environmental impact, however unintentional, it all leaves behind.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

Not that being part of a trend is ever a good reason to start or learn something new, but if it helps you move forward by being part of the "in" crowd, then you really need to plant your own edible garden this year.

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Want to Give Up Something for Lent? How About Carbon?

During the Christian Lent season, church congregates give up something for 40 days: alcohol, a favorite TV show, a bad-for-you food. But on Wednesday, the first day of Lent, many participants chose to give up something else: carbon.

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The Trials of Raising Chickens in Your Own Backyard

I've written about raising your own chickens before over at TreeHugger. In fact, my native Columbia, S.C. is moving to vote on a city ordinance that will permit the backyard birds. For those of us that enjoy local eggs, there is simply no comparison between them and the mass produced variety. The flavor is so completely different that most people become converts on first taste. Backyard birds are just another way to enjoy the best in local foods.

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Mountaintop Removal Mining Has Obliterated 700 Miles of US Streams

700 miles. That's a long ways--nearly a quarter of the entire length of the United States. And that's the length of the nation's streams that have been filled in with debris--utterly ruined by the devastating practice known as mountaintop removal mining.

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Get Ready for Locavore Liquor in 2010

When you raise a glass to mark the start of a new year and new decade, will you know where your drink was made? Well, according to Restaurants & Institutions magazine, one of the top menu trends in 2010 will be local liquor. Case in point: Two "moonshiners" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn are planning to start making and selling double-distilled whiskey and bourbon.

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Musician Jackson Browne Passionately Declines Bottled Water

Bottled water, we all know, is a waste of energy that creates a serious plastic trash problem. Though the water companies would have us think otherwise, tap water is safe and healthy almost anywhere in the United States.

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8 Reasons You Should Stop Drinking Milk Now

What could be more American than a glass of milk? Cow's milk, that is. In light of this common perception, the time is long overdue to add the milk mustache to that ever-growing list of American myths. Human beings are not designed to drink any milk except human milk (only during infancy, of course). As you'll see below, consuming dairy products -- milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, etc. -- is not green and it's not healthy.

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