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Local Food vs Local Business – Do they Differ?

As new businesses continue to emerge and current ones evolve to bring about more transparency and sustainability to the masses; it only seems practical that I write about this very important topic. Especially when we are talking about the world of food, being misinformed about what is considered local can be very counterproductive and even harmful to our health and environment. First off, it is important to discuss this term LOCAL. So why Local? There are many reasons people are hopping on the local train. Have we become fed up with large conglomerates influencing government policy? Have we become tired of poor health destroying our families and friends because cheaper foods have become affordable commodities? Are we tired of financial...

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Pasture Grazing Farming & Our Environment

There is this understanding being passed around about livestock farming and the negative impacts it is having on our environment. This understanding is true when animals are taken away from their natural habitat and confined or forced into a limited space for mass production. There is a definition for this, and it is called factory farming or CAFO’s (confined animal farming operations.) These places are where 95% of Americans (including many of our favorite overly priced restaurants, schools, and even hospitals) get their meat from. The misunderstanding is the idea that ridding our land and bodies of meat consumption entirely is our only answer. This is 100% wrong, unhealthy for us and our lands, and is NOT sustainable with an...

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Organic... A Misconception

It has taken us 4 years of working with farmers and researching sustainable agriculture practices to conclude and understand that the organic label is a common misconception... Many people think organic is better without knowing why. A common misconception is that organic farms do not use pesticides, when they in fact do. The difference between organic and conventional farming is the type of pesticides used in practice. Organic farmers use pesticides regulated from naturally occurring substances, whereas conventional farmers use synthetic. Another misconception is that organic pesticides are safer than synthetic. Studies have shown organic is no more benign than conventional. On the other hand, it is proven that organic pesticides are not as effective; therefore, organic farms spray up to 7 times more than conventional....

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