By Shea Richland
About the time genetically modified crops began being planted in the United States, Steven Druker, public interest attorney, set out to learn the facts about the massive venture to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply. More than 15 years of intensive research and investigation exposed many irregularities, and he came to believe that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policies and actions, by allowing these foods to be marketed without testing and without labels, were unscientific, irresponsible and fundamentally wrong. His research lead him to believe that, contrary to the assertions of its proponents, this massive enterprise was not based on sound science but on the systematic subversion of science – and would implode if subjected to an open airing of the facts. Read more
This delicious vegan squash pie from True Food Kitchen is so good you won’t even miss the pumpkin! Make it at home or stop by the restaurant to pick up a freshly made pie for Thanksgiving. Pre-orders start November 13 and will be available for pick-up November 24 and 25 for $18.00. Read more
by J.B. Shaw
An astonishing 40 percent of food grown in the U.S. is thrown away each year. To help address this national concern, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has endorsed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge (FRC). FRC participants save money, help communities and protect the environment by purchasing less, donating extra food and composting.
by Lauren Griffin
Located in the heart of Fountain Hills is the River of Time Museum, a nonprofit establishment dedicated to the Verde River and its surrounding communities. The museum opened in 2003 and has since been growing and accumulating artifacts to share with visitors. Read more
By Kianna Gardner
Some say the best gift you can give to someone is one that can’t be repaid. That is exactly the type of gift Style Stalkers, LLC, an innovative blogging and fashion consulting company, and major sponsor, Right Toyota, have teamed up to offer the women at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). On Dec. 5, the women of CASS will be treated with head-to-toe makeovers for the 5th Annual Fabulous Day of Pampering.
By John and Jennifer Burkhart
If you happen to be hosting for the holidays, the delicious food is no doubt the focus. But you can’t forget the oh-so-fun task of cleaning house and getting rid of those unwelcome visitors – germs! What are some convenient ways to clean house quickly without filling it with toxic chemicals, you ask? Take a look at these five options and see how they fared.
Dr. Bronner’s | Sal Suds biodegradable cleaner, spruce and fir
He Said: Eleven dollars for a lifetime supply of biodegradable cleanser, now that’s a deal! Just add a little over a teaspoon of this stuff to a gallon of water and you’ll have an exorbitant amount of cleanser. It had a pleasant scent and did an adequate job cutting through the gunk. The hardest part was figuring out where to store the other three and a half quarts.
He gave it: ★★★★
She Said: I’d say this is definitely the most economical choice of the products we tried. The basic dilution makes 32 gallons(!), and you can use it to clean anything that can get wet. It cleaned nicely, but I’d make it stronger for tougher jobs and greasy surfaces. The scent reminded me of a Christmas tree or Pine-sol, but thankfully it was much easier on the nasal passages.
She gave it: ★★★★