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What Local Means in the Food World

When you buy local, you’re supporting your neighbors, promoting your community’s economy and protecting the environment by jumping on the sustainability bandwagon of the smaller ecological footprint of locally grown food. But what if the products you buy that are labeled local really aren’t local at all?

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One of The World’s Top Destination Spas

Located across the U.S.-Mexico border in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, Rancho La Puerta is a magical place where people escape from the mundane to revive their souls and gain a fresh outlook on life. Year after year, the Ranch is voted a top spa destination by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure magazines.

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Beyond Perfect Produce

The demand for blemish-free produce is out of hand … consumers rummage for that perfect piece of fruit before they’ll place it in their carts, grocers sort and discard before stacking it on their shelves, distributors do the same before packing it in their delivery trucks as do farmers before bringing it to market.

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America’s Food Culture

How is farming is changing throughout the country, and what was being done—or not—to address some of the more urgent concerns like the ever-aging American farmer and the need for more millennials to get involved; conquering food deserts by getting more local, fresh food into urban areas; and the rise of the organic farmer and compelling people to buy local goods.

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Transforming America’s Food Culture

Farming isn’t what it used to be. Technology and a surging population have changed the way we live; commerce, across all sectors—agriculture included—has flourished and changed in unpredictable ways. But how can something so basic as the food we eat change?

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Celebrity Chef Tells You How to Choose an Olive Oil

A one-minute glance at the number of olive oils on the grocery store shelves is all it takes to be confused. There’s extra-virgin, virgin, refined, pure … some from Greece, Italy, Croatia, the U.S. … some that are organic … some that claim to be lite … so how do you choose?

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Midwest Rivers Are Major Contributors to The Dead Zone

We take a lot of things for granted. From the air we breathe to the water we drink to the earth beneath our feet, most of us operate under the assumption that these life necessities will always be here, nearly free for use and always clean. Yet that simply isn’t the case—especially when it comes to our drinking water.

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Sustainability For The Real World

Sustainability is a hot topic for politicians, educators, environmentalists and just about anyone with a pulse. But, what is sustainable? As it turns out, the definition varies from group to group, and when it comes to agriculture, what’s considered a sustainable practice for one commodity can be vastly different than it is on a dairy farm or cattle ranch.

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What the Best Steakhouses in America Serve

Black Angus cattle with the finest genetics in the world produce some of the most consistently marbled Angus available. And it’s this superior quality that’s helped place their product in some of the nation’s top steakhouses.

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Women and Guns

She didn’t grow up with guns and didn’t want them in her home—then Sandy Hook happened, and everything changed. And she’s not alone. In June 2014, the number of Hoosier women with active gun permits rose 47.5 percent over the previous year.

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The State of School Lunches

Remember how the chili on Monday became the hot dog topping on Tuesday and then the nacho condiment on Wednesday? Chances are, if you went to school in the U.S., you remember those less-than-palatable lunches. And now, not only do many school lunches taste and look bad, most of it isn’t good for you, either.

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The Changing Body of Golf

Gone are the days of beer bellies and out of shape (at least for the most part) golfers. Nowadays players at all levels be it  junior, high school, college, pro, let alone recreational golfers … they’re all considerably fitter than in years past. An interesting trend considering the fact that at least here in America, the number of obese people has nearly doubled in the past forty years.

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The Hawaii You Don’t Know

There’s so much more to the islands, and so many off-the-beaten-path places to go, why not consider planning your visit to paradise unlike most. Be it a return trip or your first time, if you’re planning a Hawaiian vacation, consider visiting and maybe even staying at one of the other islands.

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On the Path to End Breast Cancer

The average woman has a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and a 33 percent chance of having cancer overall. Fortunately, great strides are being made to define risks and promote earlier diagnosis.

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Nutrition Advice From NFL All-Pro Quarterback

“Food,” says Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck,, “can give you an advantage or disadvantage. I know when I’ve had a bad meal and how it makes me feel the next day.” But although Luck ate well as a child, it wasn’t until college that he started to become conscious of the types of foods he ate and the repercussions. 

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