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  • How Climate Change is Impacting The Corn We Eat

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    Biologists, psychologists and others have helped us to understand the touchy subject we so desperately avoided discussing with our parents. Isabella Rossellini entertainingly helped us learn about the sexual nature of insects. Science classes explained how bacteria reproduce. Nature programs on television gave us a look at reproductive tendencies of unusual animals like elephants and zebras. But what about plants? The closest look many people have had at the sexual side of plants has been the artwork of Georgia O'Keefe. Suggestive, but not educational.

    To rectify this situation let's take a look at America's number one agricultural product: corn. According to USDA figures, more than 88 million acres have been planted with corn in the last year, resulting in more than 12.4 billion bushels. Per the Farm Bill, 28 cents of taxpayer money is paid to the farmer for every bushel, which helps him sell that entire bushel at the low

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  • Healthy and Budget-Friendly Dairy-Free (Vegan) Snacks for Kids

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    Among the common myths of veganism are the beliefs that the vegan diet is unaffordable to the masses and vegan foods are inherently healthy. But with more people than ever embracing the vegan lifestyle, and companies catching on, it's just as easy to find sugary, processed, packaged vegan treats. When it comes to perfect snack-time foods for our little ones, it's important to think outside the box. Healthy snacks with minimal to no processing, no refined sugar, and no artificial colors and flavorings are not only best for our growing children, but also more friendly on our wallets. Here are some of my snack-time favorites to get the ideas flowing:

    Hummus and Veggies

    Kids love to dip finger foods. Carrot and celery sticks, cucumbers, red pepper slices, broccoli, and cauliflower instantly become more fun with a smooth, creamy spoonful or two of hummus. You may want to make the hummus a little milder in flavor than you'd

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  • Non-Dairy (Vegan) Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

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    Do you have one of those recipes that have been passed around from generation to generation or from friend to friend? I have several of these, some of which are just handwritten scribbles on a piece of paper. That's the origins of today's recipe. The scrap of paper read, "Lemon Poppyseed Muffins." One glance at the ingredients and I knew immediately this little recipe was ripe for a makeover. I removed the butter, milk, and eggs and replaced them with vegan substitutes. And then I decided to go for something a little different.

    Orange Poppy Seed Muffins! Maybe that was because I was inspired to do something different or maybe it's because lemons would require a trip to the store whereas I had a nice, plump orange in the fridge waiting to be harvested. Either way, the results were delicious.

    Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup dairy-free margarine
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ½ cup soy buttermilk (soymilk combined with 2
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  • Recipe: Cupcake Cones

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    Spring is finally upon us! Birds are singing, flowers are in bloom and the temperature is climbing past jacket stage and heading into shorts and flip flops territory. As for me, I've got one thing on my mind. Ice cream! Everything is better when you're holding an ice cream cone in your hand. Having a picnic in the park? Sounds nice. Having a picnic in the park while serving cones filled to the brim with sugary goodness? Sounds perfect! The only problem is that ice cream isn't really a picnic-friendly food. It's a pain to transport from one location to another and it begins to melt before you've even cracked open the potato salad. Don't worry, though, I have a solution to this delicious dilemma. Here is a sweet treat that gives you the satisfaction of enjoying something portable, lickable and irresistible without leaving your hands, face and everything else in the vicinity an ooey gooey mess.

    These ice cream cones are filled with

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  • Sustainable Animal Products: An Oxymoron

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    Go to any Whole Foods and you will see a variety of terminology describing a "new way" of raising farmed animals: local, organic, sustainable, free-range, etc. While it is certainly optimistic that the environmental and ethical impact of our diet has come into the collective awareness, we must pause to question how "green" this new meat really is.

    While supposedly sustainable, free-range beef and dairy cows are not gobbling up as much grain, they are drinking notably more water than a factory farmed animal because they are more active. As byproducts of their metabolism, they are still producing methane and nitrous oxide, a dangerous greenhouse gas almost 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. And it takes vast amounts of land to graze these cows, land that was once habitat to wildlife and endangered species.

    Furthermore, a closer look at the production and distribution mechanisms behind self-proclaimed "local",

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  • Eating Healthy in a Not-So Healthy World

    Eating Healthy in a Not So Healthy WorldEating Healthy in a Not-So Healthy World

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    Often our busy lives and the choices we make do not support us mentally, physically or spiritually. When we rush around, work too much, have to manage a house and kids, and just can't find enough hours in the day to get everything done, our diets and health are the first things to go. We shave time off dinner and give ourselves a few extra minutes by eating convenience packaged foods, stopping at the drive-through on the way home from work, and ordering take-out. But are those extra minutes worth our health and vitality? I think not. It's time to make our food choices a top priority in our life. We are what we eat. The things you put in your mouth will either help or hurt your health. Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy, set up realistic goals for yourself, and nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

    Make Healthy Eating a Priority

    If you want to dip your toe into plant-based eating and want to feed you and your family

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  • Vegan Dessert: Creamy Chocolate Torte

    Recipe: Creamy Chocolate TorteCreamy Chocolate Torte
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    I'm not sure why I gave this dessert such an unassuming title. It may be more appropriate to call it an ice cream mousse cake. A thick layer of chocolate cake makes up the base, and the rest is the creamiest, richest and perhaps most intense little slice of pure chocolate sweetness I've ever created.

    So why call it a torte? Generally, a torte is a flourless cake that is traditionally made with loads of eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate, resulting in a dense structure that has a soft, almost pudding-like texture. The challenge for a vegan is how to create such flourless and creamy desserts without eggs. The answer-in every vegan recipe I've come across for this kind of cake-is tofu. Generally, it works. It lends an egg-free recipe body, by acting as a binder and creating a creamy texture. For this recipe, I use coconut cream as a delicious and healthy alternative. A generous amount of good-quality dark chocolate also makes this dessert

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  • A Swedish Favorite with a Twist: Non-Dairy Swedish Chocolate Balls

    chocolate swedish meatballs vegan dessert Recipe: Swedish Vegan Chocolate Balls

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    The classic Chocolate Balls is a Swedish no-bake sweet, served at birthdays, special occasions and as an everyday treat. This ball is rolled in something Swedes call Pearl Sugar, a rough cut type of sugar that won't melt, even if baked in the oven. It is used as decoration on cakes, cookies and on our all time favorite, the Swedish Cinnamon Scroll!

    Making Vegan Chocolate Balls is as easy as it gets - just measure, mix and roll, making it a fun activity for the whole family. Parents can measure the ingredients and let kids have fun using their hands to mix it all together. This usually results in a big mess, but you won't care when you see how much fun they're having, and the end result is something beautiful and delicious.

    Ingredients

    • 100 grams of Dairy Free Margarine (room temperature)
    • ½ cup White Sugar
    • 1 tbs Vanilla Sugar (or vanilla extract)
    • 2-3 tbs Dark Cocoa Powder (European style)
    • 1 1/4 cup
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  • How You Can Go Local This Growing Season

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    Spring is an exciting time for food lovers. As the days get warmer and longer, and the world around us shifts from gray and bare to green and lush, we eagerly anticipate the opening day of our neighborhood farmers market or CSA (community supported agriculture). For at least half of the year, many of us do our food shopping at our indoor supermarket whose shelves are lined with more than 48,000 different foods and food products. Some of these foods are organic or local, many are conventionally grown and have traveled thousands of miles from farm to supermarket, and most come in packages with a lengthy list of hard-to-decipher ingredients.

    The Joy of Farmers Markets

    But the farmers market stands in stark contrast to the supermarket. Farmers markets transport us to an outdoor haven filled with an abundance of fresh, local, seasonal food, and an opportunity to connect with our food on a much more personal level. As we

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  • WHO Are You Eating? How Simple Changes in Our Eating Habits Can Change the World

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    What's a hamburger? To put it bluntly, this iconic ground-beef-patty sandwich that is revered in America and around the world is nothing more than a dead cow on a bun. We can serve it grilled, barbecued, square, round, filled with holes or other ingredients such as flour, vegetable protein, or ammonia treated defatted beef trimmings (really!) or topped with assorted items including ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or seasonings that enhance or mask its taste rendering the burger palatable. However, we can't change the fact that behind the innocent looking burger (that people don't blink an eye before sinking their teeth into), lies the story of the life and death of a cow who experienced more pain than pleasure during her journey from birth to her grave in a bun. The plate on which this unnecessary meal is sitting is nothing more than a platter of pain, a graveyard.

    Ethics

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