Topic: Food & Health

The Inner Ecologist: Love Your Microbiome

Eat fermented (cultured) foods! When you hear the word “fermentation,” what comes to mind? For most people, it’s wine. Or beer, or spirits. What—you don’t do alcohol? It’s still po …

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First SLUG Mag On Tap Supports Local Craft Brewers

Over 20 breweries from around the state came to pour pints in the heart of Gateway Saturday, July 1. The fundraiser for the Utah Brewers Guild, hosted by our friends at SLUG Magazi …

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Judge Shelby strikes down “Ag-Gag” laws to protect first amendment rights.

On Friday, July 7th, Federal Judge Robert Shelby deemed Utah’s agricultural industry protection law known as an “ag-gag” law to be a violation of free speech in his 31 page ruling. …

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Slightly Off Center: Box food revolution

I am never going to be a Foodie. Maybe it is due to a linguistic bias. I have a visceral reaction to words that end that way; hoodie, goodies, veggies, panties and Denny are among …

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Change Agents: Salt Lake Excess STUDENT INITIATIVE—FOOD JUSTICE

It all started in the college Praxis Lab at the University of Utah, in 2016. Ten students taking one of the University Honor’s College’s special semester intensive courses were ask …

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Change Agents: Grassroots – People with Initiative

Thanks to Martin van Hemert for this lovely photo of Hi Ute Ranch, one of our easements in Summit County. Today, Bonanza Flat is 1,350 acres of undeveloped mountain on the dividing …

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The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, spinach top list of pesticides in produce

The latest Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ is out. Analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70% of samples of …

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Love Your Lungs: Nutritional Support

Herbs Millcreek Herbs clinical herbalist Merry Lycett Harrison says osha root (ligusticum porterii; also called Porter’s lovage or bear medicine) is her “go-to” herb for lung clean …

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Ask Umbra: What should you do with your food scraps?

Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant inci …

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Ask Umbra: Hot tips for getting your compost pile cooking

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m tired of my compost not cooking. Can I just bury it around my plants and pull the stray volunteer seedling that emerges? Kristina Cleveland, Ohio This story orig …

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