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An organization designed to build a deep commitment to green living, develop knowledge and empathy for the world’s low income and poor population, deliver a program of healthy nutrition practices to combat obesity, and to provide scholarships for students from low income families nationally and internationally.
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Free Range – How Free?

There is a big push to sell free range poultry and eggs, also labeled as free roaming, cage free, and pasture raised, at highly marked up prices. The image of chickens running free in a pasture eating a variety of plants, natural seeds, and bugs is used to convey the goodness of their products. Unfortunately, the reality is far from the ‘farm roaming’ birds. According to the USDA’s requirements for labeling eggs and poultry meat free range, there is absolutely no requirement that the birds have access to open grass land. The only requirement is that the barn, typically housing thousands of birds, has a ‘door’ to outside. In most cases, only the birds close to the door can get out. The outside can be gravel, cement, rocks, or whatever. It does not have to be grass, and no specific minimum size of the outside space is specified by USDA. To be classified free range, the product doesn’t have to meet stringent legal requirements. To be sure that you are getting your money’s worth, find a local farmer, visit the farm, and see how the birds are being raised. Other than that, Buyer Beware. Do you buy free range eggs and poultry and how do you know that they really are free range?


Newark Mayor Cory Booker on SNAP (Food Stamps) Diet

The CNN web site (December 5, 2012) carried a story: Cory Booker (Newark Mayor) spending week on food stamps.

It is admirable that Mayor Booker is going to actually experience the limitations of $4.32/day, the budget provided to people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, in the State of New Jersey. If he shops like most people do – depending on animal protein and canned foods for basic nutrition, he is certainly going to run out of funds by the third or fourth day.

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What Price Decadence?

Recently I was researching the pervasive health and social problems resulting from hunger in America. The statistics are quite shocking and difficult to digest.  We are one of the richest countries in the world, but according to the CDC, over 50 million Americans suffer from hunger, 1 in 6 of the U.S. population, including more than 1 in 5 children.  Every fifth child goes hungry. For many, hunger has become a way of life. The most vulnerable, children and seniors, suffer the most.

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