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Americans Are Buying More Food at Walmart

Walmart on Thursday said food sales had grown to their highest level in five years, as they expand their grocery business both in stores and online by adding more organic produce. The company is also testing grocery delivery in New York, and has taken aggressive steps to compete with Amazon.com, which is the process of buying Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, as well as with European discounters like Aldi and Lidl, which are ramping up their presence in the U.S.

The 'Hot' Health Benefits of Chili Peppers

Known for their hot flavor, chili peppers (Capsicum annuum) are primarily used for culinary purposes, as a spice added to various dishes and sauces. The chili is a fruit pod of the capsicum pepper plant belonging to the nightshade family (Solanaceae). Cayenne, jalapeno, habanero and serrano peppers are some of the most popular varieties of chili peppers.

How Long Does It Actually Take to Bake Chicken?

Chicken has been a staple food throughout the world for thousands of years. It’s absolutely easy to cook, and can be paired with just about any ingredients to whip up a tasty and filling meal. What’s more, organic pasture-raised chickens are rich in high-quality protein, and are also excellent sources of vitamins and minerals.

3 Reasons Why Millions Still Support Trump

It's incomprehensible to many of us that people could support a president who, in Bernie Sanders' words, "is compulsively dishonest, who is a bully, who actively represents the interests of the billionaire class, who is anti-science, and who is trying to divide us up based on the color of our skin, our nation of origin, our religion, our gender, or our sexual orientation." 

The No-Till Gardening Revolution: Why Farmers Are Putting Down Their Plows

Whether it’s done with a shovel, a hoe, a pick or a plow, the goal of tilling is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds. Tilling has been the hallmark of agriculture, since its inception, with the plow being the most intensive tool to this end. But 10,000 years after we started doing it, humans are finally starting to question whether digging up the Earth is the smartest way to make her produce for us.

My Turn: Consumer Reports Is Off-Base on Natural Medicine

When it comes to health and nutrition, Consumer Reports lags behind. It took the magazine many years before it included natural and organic foods in its reviews, and to acknowledge they often taste better, and are better for you. When it comes to natural vs. conventional medicine, they sadly remain in the Dark Ages. The current article, “How ‘Natural’ Can Hurt You,” is filled with misinformation.

'He's a Hypocrite': Broward County Official Slams Trump Ahead of Visit to Site of School Massacre

The vice mayor of Broward County, Florida added his voice to the growing criticism of President Donald Trump ahead of the president's planned visit to the area on Friday, accusing Trump of "hypocrisy." Trump is expected to visit the town of Parkland, where 17 people were killed and 14 were injured in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.

The Precautionary Principle Asks "How Much Harm Is Avoidable?" Rather Than "How Much Harm Is Acceptable?"

In 1980, a government scientist discovered that breast milk in the US was so contaminated with DDT, PCBs and other industrial poisons that, if it were cow's milk, it would be subject to ban by the US Food and Drug Administration. After two more decades of failed "chemical regulation," a 2001 study showed that babies everywhere in the world were drinking industrial toxicants in breast milk. 

A $60 Billion Industry Is Shockingly Unregulated

Face wash, lipstick, makeup, and nail polish often carry labels like "tested" and "clinically-proven." Cosmetics like these are big business in the US, constituting about a $60 billion market.

But how does the cosmetics industry regulate the safety of its products?

In the US, the FDA oversees cosmetics. But unlike drugs (which must get approval before they can be sold), cosmetics do not. As a result, companies that use or sell unsafe ingredients usually only get in trouble if they get caught.

WEN Case Spurs Call for Beauty Product Regs

Despite tens of thousands of complaints about its cleansing conditioner for hair, an FDA investigation, and a $26 million payout to affected consumers, WEN by Chaz Dean and its parent company are still selling that product online and through QVC.

Two retailers of makeup geared to teens, on the other hand, voluntarily pulled their products from their shelves after a parent paid to have the products tested and found that eyeshadows and face powder contained traces of asbestos, which causes cancer.

Why the difference? Companies that make or sell beauty and personal care products can choose how to respond to consumer complaints, lawsuits, and government warnings -- something lawmakers in Congress are hoping to change.

Denmark Leads the Way in Organic Food Wares

If you’re like an increasing number of people in the world and have dedicated yourself to trying to eat organically as much as possible, Denmark is the place to go.

A new report from the Swiss research centre FiBL has revealed that Denmark’s supermarkets have the highest percentage of organic food produce in the world.

French Wine Study Shows Humans Can Taste Pesticides

The results of the first ever study on the ability of humans to recognize the taste of pesticides in wine have been published in the Food and Nutrition Journal.

Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and the chef Jérôme Douzelet’s study involved 195 blind tests carried out by professionals from the wine and culinary industry.

Legislation Introduced to Help Strengthen Organic Farming

According to Senator Susan Collins, organic farming is one of the fastest growing sectors in American agriculture, but federal investment hasn't been keeping pace with the growth.

Senator Collins, along with Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvia, have introduced the Organic Agriculture Research Act of 2018.

"What the act would do is provide some funding for research into organic farming methods and help offset part of the cost that the state uses to certify farms as complying with USDA standards for organic farming," said Senator Collins.

The Scourging of Julian Assange

Julian Assange’s latest attempt to have his outstanding UK arrest warrant dropped has failed in what stands as one of the most blatant and cruel examples of the British legal system being wielded as an instrument of persecution against a man whose only crime is speaking truth to power.

Lawsuit Demands EPA Vacate Dicamba Registration

New details are emerging from a lawsuit calling for EPA to vacate the registration of Monsanto's dicamba herbicide.

Originally filed in January 2017, the lawsuit's newly released briefs claim EPA ignored key requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and violated the Endangered Species Act when it registered Monsanto's XtendiMax herbicide, designed to be sprayed over the top of dicamba-tolerant crops.

It also argues that the agency was inappropriately influenced by Monsanto during the registration process.

America's Voting Machinery Is Hackable, Falling Apart and Privatized—and the GOP Doesn't Care

Democrats in Congress have issued what may be their most alarming report ever about the vulnerability of America’s voting machinery to sophisticated adversaries and the limited abilities of government at every level to stop Election Day chaos.

The “Congressional Task Force on Election Security Report,” from the party’s foremost experts on cyber threats in the House, gives new details on Russian hacking of the 2016 election and how the response across many layers of government was often poorly coordinated and marginally ineffective.

Drug Companies Responsible for Severe Environmental Pollution

Between 2010 and 2015, the number of contaminated waterways in India more than doubled, and the severe water pollution problem can be, to a significant extent, traced back to the drug industry. In the past two years, pollution in India has worsened, despite calls for action in 2016. A major investment firm is renewing the call for action, asking the drug industry to take responsibility for pollution within its supply chain. Water sampling near drug factories in Hyderabad reveal significant amounts of toxic industrial solvents and heavy metals are being released into the city’s waterways.

A Booming Organic Sector: 57.8 Million Hectares of Organic Agricultural Land – the Organic Market Grows to Almost 90 Billion US Dollars

The 2018 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2016) published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International shows that the positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The survey is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and NürnbergMesse, the organizers of the BIOFACH fair.

No-Till Farmers' Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains

As the world begins to zero in on the need to bring this soil back to life—as a solution to drought, nitrogen pollution, climate change, and more—farmers like Jimmy Emmons and others practicing no-till in the middle of the country could play a key role. As they reshape their operations with a focus on things like earthworms and water filtration, and practice a suite of other approaches that fit loosely under the umbrella of “regenerative agriculture,” these farmers are stepping out of the ag mainstream.

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