Participation in Meatless Monday Can Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance and CAFOs

It's Monday again and time to start another healthy week! Going meatless today is a great way to accomplish that as more bad news for meat surfaces. You may have caught wind of the big health news recently as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported for the first time the amount of antibiotics that were injected into or fed to U.S. animals destined for slaughter: 29 million pounds in the year 2009. That's 70% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. that year.

Good News for Cow Milk

Milk lovers rejoice! U.S. and Dutch researchers found that drinking three glasses of milk per day may lead to an 18 percent decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Yes, you read that right – "decreased."

How can that be when we hear so much about saturated animal fat leading to clogged arteries? As you may know, cardiovascular disease (read: "heart and blood vessels"), is one of the top killers in developed nations, so any nutritional contributions to its decrease are heartily welcomed (pun intended).

Get the Facts: Gelatin is Not Vegetarian, It's Cruel

Gelatin. It's everywhere. Derived from the skin, connective tissue, and bones of animals, such as cattle bone, cattle hides and pigskins, gelatin is most definitely NOT vegetarian, contrary to what many will claim. Gelatin is made from by-products of the meat and leather industry, in which cruelty is innate.

Go Meatless and Choose Carotenoid-Rich Fruits and Veggies This Monday

Eat more veggies and live longer. Now a new study demonstrates this fact. The Archives of Internal Medicine reported "that people with high blood levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene — found in a variety of vegetables — were less likely to die during a 14-year longitudinal study, compared with people with low levels of the carotenoid."

GMOs Debated on Dr. Oz 12-7-10

Whether you've been following the debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply, or you're new to the topic, this Tuesday's Dr. Oz Show is one you won't want to miss. Showing in Hawaii on KITV 4 at 10 a.m. on December 7th, the first fifteen minutes will showcase GMO safety vanguard Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology discussing the health dangers of genetically modified foods, Dr. Michael Hansen, a scientist from Consumers Union who has been an avid critic of GMOs for two decades, and Dr.

Military Agrees: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Are Top Priority

Congress is expected to vote today on an important piece of legislation regarding child nutrition. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently urged Congress to renew funding for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, historically known as the Child Nutrition Act. Signed into law in 1966, this landmark bill created a federally subsidized lunch program for low income students.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill with Manager's Amendment

Just in, the Food Safety Modernization Act, SB 510, was passed by the Senate this morning along with the critical Manager's Amendment which protects small farms.

The bill marks the most sweeping overhaul of food safety regulations in nearly a century. It will require improved planning and record-keeping by food producers and processors and will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make mandatory recalls of contaminated food. The bill exempts small farms from the regulation.

GMO Backlash Picking up Traction

An upsurge in U.S. consumer concern made 2010 an unprecedented year in raising awareness about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Non-GMO Project Verified label is rolling out in stores, including Down to Earth, and non-GMO soldiers Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology and Health Ranger Mike Adams are doing a lot to get the word out on this important issue.

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