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How My Family Celebrates a Healthier Halloween

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

In reality, Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. From the toxic candy, to the phthalate-laced costumes and the insane amount of waste generated, it's challenging to consider it good, clean fun. Thankfully there are a few things we can do to make sure our kids don't hate us, and our neighbours, family and friends don't ridicule us.

Why I Changed My Stance On Eating Organic Food

Abby Langer | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Of course, the reasonable side of me remains a bit conflicted, because the price of buying organic food for 5 people is extraordinary (organic foods cost around 20 per cent more than conventional). So I buy organic when I can, and when I think it's worthwhile. Organic grain products, and most fruits and vegetables: good. Organic milk? Not necessary, because in Canada, there are no hormones or antibiotics in the milk.

50 Simple Things I Do To Reduce

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Lisa Borden

I must admit, I would have never guessed that reducing would have been a hobby of mine, but, once I started, I realized that I was good at it, and it felt good too. I hope that what I've done (so far, because it's a work in progress) inspires you on your own path of living a little bit lighter.

Bean Leaves, Bedbugs and Biomimicry: Natural Solutions to Modern Problems

David Suzuki | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Modern methods of controlling pests have consisted mainly of poisoning them with chemicals. But that's led to problems. Pesticides kill far more than the bugs they target, and pollute air, water and soil. Some fascinating research has found a way of dealing with bed bugs that may go back centuries.

Our Grandparents Knew Better About Food

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

It's amazing to me that people argue organic vs. local when it comes to their food. Is organic only for those who don't want toxins in their bodies, and local is reserved only for environmentalists who weigh their food miles? It's actually best that we all strive to be eating local AND organic food. Our grandparents ate "organically" and locally.

Agriculture Misconceptions Run Rampant, But I'm Here To Change That

Teresa Falk | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Teresa Falk

In the last several years I have become more and more aware of how disconnected the average consumer is from agriculture. Most people are now living in urban centres and have no connection to the farm. This stranger was a perfect example of this. He had many questions and many misconceptions about modern agriculture.

Canada Celebrates National Organic Week

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Living

If you're feeling a little more green than usual this week — it's not just you. From Sept. 22 to Sept. 29, Canada celebrates their third annual N...

Is Organic Food Actually Healthier?

CP | Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press | Posted 11.03.2012 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me?Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug throu...

The Future of Business is a Mix of Capitalism and Loving Thy Neighbour

Daniel Baylis | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Business
Daniel Baylis

Ask anyone with a shred of a conscience, and they'll tell you that they want a cleaner and more equitable world. With the rise of social media, consumers are becoming increasingly more intelligent and aware of the implications of their purchases. We are shopping not only for value, but with values. That's a major culture shift.

Chipotle Walks the Talk of Sustainable Food

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Business
Rebecca LeHeup

My career in culinary tourism development is founded in the authentic connection between growers, producers and chefs. Showcasing businesses that are giving the consumer a true "taste of place" by serving the freshest, seasonal food. Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of finding out just how Chipotle walks the talk.

Trade Your Lawn for a Garden

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

This year, I think it's time to do away with your grassy lawn and replace it with food! That's right, having your own vegetable garden has always been smart, but now, it's also trendy. Let's hear it for eco-progress! Here are nine reasons that you should get planning and planting your urban farm (or even a simple herb garden) today...

Weeds: If You're Sure They Have To Go, Save Yourself Some Time And Back Strain

CP | Dean Fosdick, The Associated Press | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada Style

Hand weeding is one of the most demanding chores in gardening, but it doesn't have to be that way. Mulching, spraying, plant crowding and inexpensive ...

Not So Organic After All

CBC | Posted 02.06.2012 | Canada Politics

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Make Over Your Kitchen (And Your Eating Habits!)

Marni Wasserman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada Living
Marni Wasserman

Just like cleaning out the clutter in your closet, you need to remove the junk food from your cupboards and fridge. While you may think they make your life happier or healthier, I can assure you that most things in your cupboard are only sabotaging your food image!

Sunday Roundup

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

We Canadians have much to be thankful for today --not least for the relative stability of our economy has so far maintained amidst the steadily worsening global storm. It's no wonder, then, that Forbes magazine declared Canada the number one country in the world with which to do business, a fact celebrated by our blogger, David Gratzer. I will be celebrating the holiday with my family out in our little cottage in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Out in the county, pretty much everything we eat is grown within a 20-mile radius. If you have not tried this sort of produce, I urge you to follow the advice of our new contributor, Malcolm Jolley, and do so. You'll never go back to an imported waxy January tomato again. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Where Does Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From?

Malcolm Jolley | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada Living
Malcolm Jolley

This year, let's thank the women and men who actually grow or raise the food that we put on the table on Monday because I swear that it tastes better to me for having seen the soil from which it sprung.

Fabulous Fall Recipe: Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Candice Schreiber | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada Living
Candice Schreiber

Fall is upon us and some delicious and nutritious produce is coming into season.This tasty, fall-inspired vegan recipe is a great way to get these nutrient-dense foods into your diet.

A Very Green Rosh Hashanah

Lisa Borden | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Be eco-"logical" about planning your family gatherings right from the get-go. Shopping locally for an organic Rosh Hashanah meal, apples and honey will not only help support your neighbours and community, but you will also serve kind, chemical and pesticide-free food.

Cleanses, Diets and Mixed Messages

Emily Southwood | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada Living
Emily Southwood

Is cleansing a great, or even necessary, way to eliminate environmental toxins in this dirty day and age? Or is it a quick, possibly detrimental, weight loss gimmick that rarely maintains results? There's no secret to how one becomes this ambivalent. There is so much conflicting advice out there.