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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Phytochemicals: Eating from the Rainbow! post image

There are many reasons to include plenty of whole foods in your diet, and high on the list of eye-catching colorful reasons are phytochemicals! The word ‘phytochemical’ literally means plant-chemical. From the deep blue hue of blueberries to the pungent aroma of garlic, phytochemicals help give plants their distinctive colors, smells, tastes and other organoleptic […] Read more

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Burying the Past post image

Let us bury the past in recognition that we will not and cannot own, sell or give away another animal’s body parts, which were never ours to use in the first place.

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A Hen’s Relationship with her Eggs post image

During my time working around chickens, there were a number of experiences that changed my perspective on eggs and opened my heart to the hens that laid them. The first started with making a homemade “farm fresh” omelet out of eggs a friend had collected…

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What is Pain to a Fish? post image

From salmon making the long journey from river to ocean and back, to goldfish swimming circles around a small pond, the inner lives of fishes are a mystery that scientists are only beginning to unravel.

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A Guide to Veganic Volunteering post image

After spending a year volunteering on different farms and subsequently helping to host volunteers as a grower, I’ve learned a lot about what make a “good volunteer” and how to find the farm that is right for you.

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Weeds Worth Growing post image

Many plants that are still classified as weeds have received a bad reputation due to their ability to quickly cultivate the barren earth. But was fertile soil really meant to be left bare? Could it be that weeds are serving a much-needed purpose in your garden or lawn?

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The Myth of Eco-Friendly Animal Products post image

What do “humanely-raised”, “free-range”, “grass-fed”, “organic” or “cruelty-free” animal products really mean for the environment?

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The Talents of Tahini post image

If you have ever bought tahini for a special recipe, you may still have the rest of the jar sitting in your fridge or on the shelf waiting for the next time you feel inspired to experiment. But tahini is not a seed butter to be ignored. Tahini makes delicious dressings, creamy soups, scrumptious sweets […] Read more

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Six Simple Ways to Enjoy Kale! post image

Kale is a dark leafy green with a lot more to it than your average vegetable. It is: – Easy to grow – Full of health benefits – Delicious and simple to use in recipes! In this simple guide to using kale I’ll teach you how to integrate kale into recipes you already have and […] Read more

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Kale is the new Spinach post image

Kale has risen to fame in the company of other dark-green leafy vegetables such as spinach, swiss chard and collards. This group of plants gained their healthy reputation through the vitamins and special chemicals that they contain, which do everything from keeping your bones strong to reducing your risk of cancer. Still the question remains: […] Read more

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