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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-30

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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-11

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-30


Edible flowers (pictured, nasturtium)

Flowers are more than just eye candy and bee food -- you can eat them, too! Here are seven easy ways to preserve your edible flowers, along with a list of 42 blossoms that can be eaten and how to do so safely. Enjoy! Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-25


Herb fail

Guess what this plant was supposed to be. Clues: It's a common herb, one that people seem to love or hate. It does not normally look like this, so the image is actually not much help. I don't know what went wrong, but whatever it was -- bad fertilizer, old seeds, radiation -- it went really wrong. To see what it's supposed to look like, check out the image below the fold. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-10-13

golden beets

Beta vulgaris ‘Touchstone Gold’

Golden beets

Pardon me while I climb onto my soapbox for a minute. Most Americans don't eat enough vegetables. Every once in a while, a story surfaces documenting this shortcoming, but not much changes.

That's really too bad, because there are so many delicious vegetables with real health benefits. Beets are a good example. Read below the fold...

Growing Your Own Food: Permaculture, Integrative Organic Farming and Gardening

Over at are a lot of interesting articles. One that caught my eye was a review of "Meat: A Benign Extravagance" by Simon Fairlee."Meat: A Benign Extravangance". Read below the fold...

Food Fight


I’m reading Tom McNamee’s succulent, savory and savvy book on Alice Waters. It’s called “Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution.” Berkeley, California in the 1970s is certainly trippy. Read below the fold...

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Cheap Eats: When Good Bananas Go Bad!

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Two great things about making banana bread -- well, three actually. One, you can use those too-ripe bananas instead of throwing them away. Two, you'll get several days' worth of healthier-than-a-doughnut-and most-cereals breakfast bread. And third, sometimes it's good to do something that occupies your mind -- without making you want to scream -- and produces a positive result. Read below the fold...

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The National Heirloom Exposition

The largest heritage produce exhibit ever, with heirloom vegetables from all 50 states. Discussions and workshops on seed saving, home gardening, marketing, food politics and farming with recognized experts. Includes a Trade Show with more than 250 vendors, and poultry and livestock exhibit, too! Read below the fold...

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Cheap Eats: Austerity Kitchen Comfort Food Edition

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For some reason, I have a feeling comfort food is going to be very popular during the coming months. But not just any comfort food. It has to be easy to make and inexpensive. It should keep for a few days (leftovers, yummmmm!). And the ingredients should all be real foods -- no substances with names that sound like answers to a chemistry pop quiz. Read below the fold...

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Cheap Eats: Welcome to the Austerity Kitchen

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While we wait for the economic recovery to materialize (should be here any day now, right?), we still have to eat. So here, courtesy of my Jamaican neighbor, is a very simple recipe for what's known there as "peas and rice." It's cheap, keeps really well, and you can stockpile most of the ingredients in the disaster preparedness kit, which, I hope, we all have. Read below the fold...

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The First "Millions Against Monsanto" Truth-in-Labeling Webinar

A free, call-in event (pre-registgration required, see link below) organized by the Organic Consumers Association and Natural News, with live discussion. Topics include the myth of "coexistence" between organics and GMOs, and how grassroots action and truth-in-labeling can start to drive Monsanto's genetically engineered crops and foods off the market. This is the first in a series.

It is an action-oriented effort to help educate the public about the GMOs in foods that are being sold right now, in grocery stores and even health food stores across America (and around the world). Please note the time listed above is Central Standard. Read below the fold...

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Higher Food Prices on the Way

Expect to see soaring prices for fruits and vegetables in the US very soon. Unseasonably cold weather in Mexico and elsewhere has decimated produce crops destined for the US market.

Meanwhile, food prices in the rest of the world have reached "dangerous levels," according to the World Bank President (scroll down to second story for that, as well as the third and fourth pieces on food prices in China). Read below the fold...

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LA: Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) Monthly Meeting

Help save seeds! Come to 2011's first monthly meeting of the Seed Library of LA!
If the weather is cold, dress warmly. The meeting is indoors at Venice High School, but budget cuts mean unheated buildings. Read below the fold...


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