4 Things You Should Know About the Paleo Diet

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The Paleo diet has been promoted as the optimal diet, offering the eater a plethora of benefits including weight loss, disease prevention, and improved health. It is designed to mimic what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate and includes grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and some oils. Foods to avoid on the diet include all grains, cereals, dairy, beans, and potatoes, as well as processed foods, sugar, salt, and refined oils. Read More

Organic Food Companies Collaborate to Increase Grain Supply

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Sales of organic food are exploding. In 2013, Americans spent $35 billion on organic foods, a 12 percent increase over 2012. Organic food sales in 2014, which haven’t been compiled yet, will likely top that number.

Major retail chains such as Kroger, Target, and Wal-Mart are making major commitments to sell more organic food. General Mills plans to double its organic product sales in the next five years. Even McDonald’s plans to serve organic items in its restaurants. Read More

The Color of Food: Building Autonomy as African American Farmers

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This is the first in a series of four excerpt from The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming. Read more about the book and the author, Natasha Bowens.

Renard “Azibo” Turner is a compact bundle of energy as he swiftly moves from one part of his 94-acre farm to the other. He is a machine, a methodical man who starts each day with just five hours of sleep and a cup of coffee and doesn’t stop working until supper.  Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Demonizing Almonds, a Hummus Recall, and a Sardine Collapse

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Busy week? Same here. Get caught up on some of the top food news you might have missed:

Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds (Gizmodo)

The California drought continued to dominate the agriculture news this week, especially after the Los Angeles Times published a interactive infographic that asked: How much water was used to produce your food? Almonds use more water than many other crops, but as Alissa Walker points out, put in context, almonds are a much smarter use for water than, say, alfalfa for beef production or shipping it overseas to China. Bottom line: Do some more research before you stop buying nuts.

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Can Local Honey Bee Resolutions Help Bring Pollinators Back?

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As pollination season in California’s orchards draws to a close, and thousands of beehives are being trucked back to the Midwest, honeybee health is at the forefront of many people’s minds. This spring, 1.6 million honeybees have been medicated, fed syrups, and put to work in the orchards across the state’s Central Valley (including 760,000 acres of almonds), a lucrative business for farmers and hedge funds alike. Read More