Stewards Of Earth’s Bounty Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change

Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthFrom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Continue Reading

James Gormley Takes On the FDA Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself

Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthJames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Continue Reading

Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthSmoothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Continue Reading

Garden Gunk Sewage Can Lurk in Bagged Fertilizers

Garden Gunk Sewage Can Lurk in Bagged Fertilizers - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthBagged garden fertilizers help plants grow, but store-bought brands can be a scary mix of sewage sludge—treated human, industrial and hospital waste. No federal or state regulations require that sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, be listed on the label. Sludge can also be blended with more natural fertilizers without listing it as an ingredient. Continue Reading

Shame Game Corporations Bow to Public Pressure

Shame Game Corporations Bow to Public Pressure - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthMicrobeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics (Tinyurl.com/BeadLegislation). Continue Reading

Urban Habitats How Plants and Animals Adapt to Cities

Urban Habitats How Plants and Animals Adapt to Cities - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthMore than half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and the United Nations projects that 5 billion people will call a city home by 2030. “We need to understand how cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and how plants and animals are adapting to them,” says Dieter Hochuli, Continue Reading

Relaxing Rules U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege

Relaxing Rules U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthLast September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, Continue Reading

Food Transparency Vermont Demands GMO Labeling

Food Transparency Vermont Demands GMO Labeling - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthVermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law Continue Reading

Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder, Lowers Stress

Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder,Lowers Stress - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthThe ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. Continue Reading

Strength in Numbers It Takes a Village to Feed the World

Strength in Numbers It Takes a Village to Feed the World - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthOrganizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 (Tinyurl.com/FoodTank100). All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Continue Reading