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Locavore Aid A Handy Atlas for Eating Local


Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, has released its second annual Locavore Index, track- ing the availability and use of locally produced foods and ranking states based on their committed support. Using recent data from multiple sources, the index in- corporates farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) operations


and food hubs in its per capita comparison of consumer interest in eating locally sourced foods, known as locavorism. The top five states for accessibility of local foods are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa; the bottom five are Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The organization’s Executive Director, Orly Munzing, says the purpose of the index is to encourage local food efforts by supporting farm-to-school pro- grams, urging hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods and asking supermarkets to buy from local farms.


View the ranking of every state at Tinyurl.com/LocavoreIndex.


Dangerous Duo Neotame is the New Aspartame


NutraSweet, a formerly Monsanto- owned company, has developed a new version of Aspartame, called Neotame. It’s 3,000 times sweeter than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than Aspartame. Not yet available directly to the public, Neotame is used to sweeten commer- cially processed foods, but is not re- quired to be listed on package labels of non-certified organic foods. Neotame


is more stable at higher temperatures than Aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods.


One of the byproducts created when our bodies break down these sweet- eners is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic even in tiny doses. In the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which contains more than 11 million medical citations, Neotame research fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity


in humans or animals. Nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola notes that individuals experiencing side effects from Aspartame or Neotame can file a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at Tinyurl.com/FDASafetyReports.


Source: Mercola.com 12 Hudson County NAHudson.com


Johnny Appletree One Life Yields Two Forests


Jadav “Molai” Payeng spent 30 years single-handedly planting a 1,360-acre forest in his native India. The extraordinary, yet humble, eco-conscious farmer stands as a shining example of what one person can accom- plish to make the world a better place. Now he is planning on devoting his next 30 years to planting another forest. Payeng makes a living in the forest he planted, rearing cows and selling milk in the nearest town with his wife and three children. He says, “I feel sad when I see people felling trees. We have to save the na- ture, or else we all will perish.” In 1979, when Payeng was 16, he began planting vegeta- tion to transform the landscape after seeing wildlife perish from exposure along a barren sand- bar near his home in northern India’s Assam region. Decades later, the lush ecosystem he created is now a safe haven for a variety of large and small species that include birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants im- pacted by extensive habitat loss.


Source: Treehugger.com


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