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Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness


Butter is Better from Pasture-Raised Animals

Butter is, in the words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “coagulated sunlight.”   For the first half of my life, I was deprived of that sunlight, having had the misfortune of being born in the era when butter, eggs, and cream were demonized. They clogged arteries!  Brought on heart attacks!  Made you fat! And so …

December 29th, 2016  |  Published in Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen


Rootstock Radio: Chris McCullum, a Different Kind of Dietitian

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Dr. Christine McCullum-Gomez. Chris is a registered dietitian, writer, speaker and consultant. She serves as a column editor for the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (JHEN), and is a member of the JHEN Editorial Review Board. Needless to say, Chris has a plethora …

November 29th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


De-Stressing At the End of the Day

Because of working full time and being a Mom with 2 active boys ages 9 and 14, coming home from work isn’t always the best time for me to unwind after a long, hard day.  Supper, sports, homework, breakfast dishes in the sink, laundry and many other tasks are calling as soon as I get …

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Health & Wellness, Outdoors


Team Organic Valley does RAGBRAI

“It’s not a race!” If you happen to be traveling near the RAGBRAI route in Iowa in the last week of July, there’s a chance you’ll hear or see this mantra, or others, posted or demonstrated in the behavior of the thousands of bicyclists you might cross paths with. Once a year, Iowans roll out …

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Outdoors  |  4 Comments


In the News: Pass the Butter, Please

Rich, malleable, melting patties of deliciousness have a way of making pretty much everything else seem like sawdust. No strings attached, which would you choose? Yeah, I thought so. Well, there’s good news for all you butter-lovers out there (and for those of you who have been abstaining from this golden goodness too!): A new …

July 7th, 2016  |  Published in Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen


Rootstock Radio: The “Garden-to-Mouth” Experience with Jamie O’Neill

Download This week, Rootstock Radio speaks with Jamie O’Neill, who—after earning her master’s degree in Community Health Education, teaching in Sweden and working on an organic farm in Switzerland—is now a program director for GROW La Crosse. GROW La Crosse is a non-profit organization in southwest Wisconsin that connects children to healthy food and nature …

July 7th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


In the News: Hopeful Stalemate in the War on Pesticides

Pesticides are a serious issue in this country, and their adverse effects today are even more haunting for future generations. Here at Rootstock we want to take every opportunity to provide education and promote discussion about this pressing concern. All doom and gloom aside, however, I write today as the harbinger of hopeful news! In …

June 17th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness


5 Ways Grassmilk Yogurt Delivers Better Health & Fuller Flavor

Organic Valley recently announced the launch of Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt–yogurt made from Organic Valley Grassmilk! Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt brings better health and fuller flavor in five simple ways: First, Organic Valley Grassmilk is produced by cows that are 100% grass-fed, which means no supplemental feed, grain or soybeans in their diet, just lush, fresh pasture and …

March 18th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen


On a Mission to Cure Cancer? Launch an Organic Moonshot

During President Obama’s final State of the Union address, he called for a medical “moonshot” – a renewed mission to find a cure for cancer. While his noble call to action is commendable, it’s not new. Former President Nixon issued a similar charge in 1971 when he signed the National Cancer Act into law, initiating …

February 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness  |  2 Comments


 
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