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8 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in vitamin supplements, vitamin D, vitamins, micronutrients, eating healthy

Vitamin Supplements: Magic pills or Placebos?

vitamin supplements, vitamin D, vitamins, micronutrients, eating healthy

It seems like vitamins are becoming like eggs in that one-minute we are told to consume them the next minute we are told to avoid them. Some warn of their dangers, while others praise vitamin supplements for their extraordinary health benefits. So, what do you do: take vitamin supplements or avoid them all together?

7 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Legislation, EPA, FDA, USDA, environment, agriculture

Legislation That Shaped Our Current Environmental Movement, Agricultural Industry and Food Safety

legislation, EPA, FDA, USDA

It is hard to progress forward unless you know where we have been. Therefore, I thought it vital that we review the history of environmental, agricultural and food safety legislation, including the development of important government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Although this list is not all-inclusive of past legislation, it should help you understand how certain government agencies developed and the role of government regulation.

1862 United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA

21 Sep. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in GMOs, genetically modified, GM-food

Uncontrolled Experiment: Genetically Modified Food

Bt corn, GM-food, GM-maize, GMOs, genetically modified organisms

Our natural environmental was not created in a lab, but now with biotechnology our natural environment is being tampered with in a way unimaginable. It is called genetically modified foods or organisms, also called GMOs. Mind you that this is not a ploy to help create a better environment and healthier food, but to gain control over food sources and create large financial gains.

29 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Bt cotton, GM cotton, pesticides, insecticides, cotton products

Cotton: Soft, absorbent and toxic

Bt cotton, cotton, organic cotton, pesticides, toxins

When you hear the word “cotton,” what do you think? Do you think white, fluffy, soft and absorbent? Do you think about t-shirts, socks and summer dresses? What many people do not think about is the process and chemicals used to get those cotton products we know and love. Now when I think about cotton, I cannot help but think about chemicals, toxins and health risk factors.

Here are some numbers to consider. 

10 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in water supply, Great Lakes shrinking, water crisis, water usage

Quenching Humans' Thirst: Depleting our water supply

water supply, droughts, water crisis

When I walk throughout my neighborhood in the middle of the hottest and usually driest months of July and August, I find that I am dodging the water shooting from sprinklers and jumping over puddles of water on sidewalks. Because clean water is so accessible to us, we consequently tend to be wasteful with its uses like leaving sprinklers on too long, creating a saturated yard and those sidewalk puddles. In our ignorance, we are taking advantage of a natural substance – water- without any regards to its limitations.

13 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in single-crop fields, monoculture, agriculture, shade-grown coffee

Single-Crop Fields: Mass-production gone wrong

single-crop fields, monoculture, agriculture

Have you ever known of a forest that had only one type of tree? Taking it a step further, have you ever seen any natural landscape made of just one type of plant? The answer is no because the natural landscape is made-up of hundreds of thousands of plants that developed and evolved based on survival and efficiency. Every plant has a specific and important role in the grand scheme of the natural landscape. And yet we continue to try and defy these natural ways with our single-crop fields. Why?

27 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in manufacturing, food, products, transportation, pollution, life cycle assessment

Oranges Year Round

manufacturing, food, products, transportation, pollution, life cycle assessment

It is a wonderful feeling to walk into a grocery store and see all the different fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. The options can be overwhelming, but exciting at the same time because I can eat oranges year-round or eat cheese made in France. But the reality of having oranges year-round is not all good. Transportation of products, for example, is a huge factor in pollution. Plus determining the quality of the food, tracing all of its origins and regulating the industry are concerns we must consider with the year-round access to products all over the world.