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Organically Grown Stamp on Light Wood Background

So I think I’m going to try posting this on Monday from now on to give this post a little more prominence here on the blog. If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know in the comments below.

Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?

Source: New York Times

A lengthy but insightful piece that speaks to the fact that, unbeknownst to many consumers, Big Food now dominates the organic food industry – giant food companies like Coca-Cola, Cargill, ConAgrra, General Mills, and Kraft have been acquiring independent organic companies for the last decade. The focus of this article is on the National Organic Standards Board, which Big Food also seems to dominate, as evidenced by the fact that he number of nonorganic ingredients that can be used in products with the coveted “certified organic” label has grown from 77 in 2002 to 250 today. Well worth a read if buying organic is a priority for you.

The latest New York Times exposé won’t stop me from eating organic

Source: Grist

A good response to the New York Times article above, which makes the point that even though certified organic standards may be getting somewhat more lenient, they’re still better than nonorganic industrial farming practices. We agree, which is why we source organic ingredients as much as we can.

Top Ten Reasons to Reject the House Farm Bill

Source: Civil Eats

A helpful (but rather depressing) summary of all the bad stuff that got packed into the House version of the Farm Bill. Hopefully these measures don’t make it into the final version of the bill. As Civil Eats aptly describes it, the farm bill that was approved by the House Agriculture Committee last Wednesday “will feed fewer people, help fewer farmers, do less to promote healthy diets and weaken environmental protections–and it will cost far more than Congressional bean counters say.”

Resistance to antibiotics is becoming a crisis

Source: Washington Post

This is exactly why all of the meat we serve here at Dig Inn is antibiotic-free.

Got Milk? You Don’t Need It

Source: Mark Bittman / New York Times

Milk has traditionally been heavily supported by the Department of Agriculture largely due to the influence of the American Dairy Association, a lobbying group that represents the interests of Big Dairy. But this is changing, and Mark Bittman makes the argument that we don’t need to drink milk at all.

Maltodextrin – What is it Doing in Your Food?

Source: Fooducate

It sounds a little scary, but it’s actually a safe food additive according to the folks over at Fooducate.

The Psychology Behind Your Junk Food Cravings

Source: Huff Post Lifestyle

Good stuff to be aware of.

Easiest trivia question ever: What country buys the most soda?

Source: Grist

Didn’t take us long to figure this one out. Speaking of junk food cravings…

To Find Fields to Farm in New York City, Just Look Up

Source: New York Times

This is nice to see – New York City is leading the way in rooftop commercial agriculture. There’s certainly no shortage of roof space…

As water dries up, so do crops. Get used to it.

Source: Grist

And we may need rooftop farming if drought becomes a way of life in the southwest and midwest US…

20 ‘Superfoods’ That Everyone Went Bonkers Over

Source: Business Insider

A good list of superfoods and why some of them may not be all they’re cracked up to be. While many of these foods are really good for you, it’s important not to get too wrapped up in the hype – many of these superfoods aren’t that much better for you than other less sexy fruits, vegetables, etc.

Avocado Love: Infographic + Recipe

Source: Fooducate

Speaking of super foods, here’s one of our all-time favorites.

Why You Should Eat More Seaweed (And How To Do It)

Source: Blisstree

And here’s one that’s a bit more obscure.

What’s the Best Time to Work Out?

Source: Greatist

Some helpful info for anyone who’s ever wondered if they’re working out at the right time of the day.

5 fitness facts that studies say probably aren’t true

Source: Well + Good NYC

Good list to be aware of. The last one is our favorite…

Why I Make Myself Look And Feel Ridiculous For Five Hours A Day…

Source: Business Insider

More on how sitting all day is bad for you, as well as a helpful look at one person’s experiment with switching to standing at their desk. Sounds like this is worth trying out at some point.

The Stress of Doing Nothing: Why Multitasking Is So Satisfying

Source: LearnVest

Multitasking may not make us more productive, but it may be more emotionally satisfying than just focusing on one task at a time.

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