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Radiation found in Japan’s food exceeds safety levels

Tests performed Saturday food supply found radiation in spinach from farms six 60-75 miles south of Japan’s stricken reactors. Radioactive iodine in the spinach exceeded government safety levels three to seven times, reported food-safety officials. High levels of radioactive iodine

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Lions decline 90-95% in last 50 years

South African lion taking a break from his kill, a Cape buffalo. Photo: Sally Kneidel Lions extinct in 10-15 years? That’s the prediction of National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The couple have studied and filmed Africa’s big cats

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Conflicting USDA advice : Yes or no to cheese?

Dairy cow. Photo: Sally Kneidel A couple of years ago, one of my co-workers brought a Pizza Hut pizza into our workplace for lunch. I remember it because I was surprised at how much cheese was on the pizza. Way

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Posted in Dairy, Farming, Food, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Health, Livestock, Sustainable Living, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

New studies: Cancer linked to milk consumption

My mom was a meat, eggs, and milk gal.  To her way of thinking, animal protein was the key to good health.  Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and milk, period.  If my brothers and I were running late for school with

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Posted in Agriculture, Animal welfare / animal rights, Cancer, Climate change, Dairy, Deforestation, Environmental pollution, Food, Food, Health, Livestock, Sustainable choices for your home, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Review of new food film: “What’s on YOUR Plate?”

This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Two young girls lead the way I was asked to review the new DVD, “What’s on YOUR Plate? The Film about Kids and Food Politics”. The stars of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Climate change, Farming, Film review, Food, Gardening, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Health, Health effects of eating meat, High fat foods, Livestock, Organic, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , ,

My review of the documentary “Dirt! The Movie”

I was asked to write a review of “Dirt! The Movie,” a documentary about our worldwide destruction of soil versus our absolute dependence on soil for our survival. The movie is an inspiring blend of interviews with scientists, farmers, and

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How food affects your brain: 10 facts we now know

Readers – I just received an email from Cindy Cullen at the Culinary Arts College, asking if I would post a link to their article How Food Affects Your Brain: 10 Facts We Now Know.” Some interesting information in the

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Trees deaths have doubled due to climate change

Climate change is killing our trees.  This is an unfortunate irony, because we rely on living trees to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dead trees do the opposite – their decomposition releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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H1N1 shot made my son vomit, but GO GET THAT SHOT

This post now a Google News Link and posted on www.basilandspice.com Swine on a Smithfield factory farm, one of which is thought to have spawned the H1N1 virus. Photo by Sally Kneidel, PhD Poor lad Yesterday, my son and I

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A review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book: Eating Animals

A book review by Sally Kneidel, PhD http://sallykneidel.com As a biologist and co-author of two books about the meat industry, I was asked by Jonathan Safran Foer’s publicist to review Foer’s new non-fiction book Eating Animals. I confess I didn’t

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These days, I blog mostly about nature and wildlife. Even the tiniest creatures make me happy! You'll also find here lots of posts about plant-based foods, health, and ecotourism. Ecotourism can support local people who make a living through sustainable use of wildlife, habitat, and natural resources.

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Link to our other blog, Veggie Revolution

Our other blog, Veggie Revolution, focuses more on food than this one does, especially the environmental, health and humane aspects of our food choices. That blog was started in 2005 and continues today, while the blog you're reading now began in 2009. Some of the newer posts are on both blogs, but Veggie Rev has at least 260 more posts than this blog, including Sadie's travels to Morocco. In the sidebar of Veggie Rev, you'll see links to each year that can take you back to all the posts for a particular year.

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