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Body Health

Tweet  You know that we love plants, edible and those that are not.  Did you know that having plants around you increases your creativity? No wonder writers and artists always escape to the calm of nature to do their work.  Another benefit of plants is that they actually remove toxins from the air you breathe […]

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Tweet  Many countries have limitations on GMO crops, others ban it in certain circumstances. Hungary is one country that has a zero tolerance policy that enforces it strictly. According to trueactivist.com, they recently destroyed GMO corn crops. The GMO conversation is polarized and political.  If you are against GMO’s, we feel growing your own garden […]

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Stickers on your food

by on May 9, 2013

Tweet  The local movement is alive and well.  There is a healthy urban farming industry happening in Chicago. The city is supporting this new super local farming by introducing local labels for produce.   Buy local couldn’t be easier. Carol Carimi Acutt aims to inspire everyone to grow their own food with ease. Grow, cook […]

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Tweet   It’s easy to profess the anti-GMO rhetoric and maybe alienate those who don’t understand GMO’s completely. To me, the best way to fight the GMO war, is to back your argument with scientific studies.   GMO propaganda is widespread: claims of high yield, low pesticide use and absolute safety. But in actuality, none […]

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The Monopoly of GMO Seeds

by on May 4, 2013

TweetThe GMO issue is a huge one.  To play your part in fighting against the proliferation of GMO’s, start your own garden today!  Can you accidentally buy GMO seeds? The answer is here. Read here to find out more about the GMO seed monopoly and how it’s affecting farmers. Carol Carimi Acutt aims to inspire […]

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Tweet    There are bugs and then there are superbugs. In the world of antibiotics, superbugs are a real problems because antibiotics oftentimes can’t kill them. Why do we have superbugs? Years of antibiotic overuse in factory farms. In the most recent EWG study, an alarming amount of superbugs were found in raw chicken, turkey, […]

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Tweet You have many reasons to start a vegetable garden—whether it’s your first or 50th. But have you ever thought about planting a garden to replace your bottle of vitamins? Fresh fruits and vegetables contain most all of the vitamins we need on a daily basis. And while homegrown food is not a replacement for […]

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Tweet Michael Pollan is an excellent author, responsible for creating a tremendous amount of awareness about our food system.  Here’s a great video with Mr. Pollan explaining why GMO’s really don’t serve the general population.   Thank you Mr. Pollan for being an amazing activist. Another reason to grow your own food and say NO […]

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Protein in Plant Foods

by on April 26, 2013

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Tweet    They’re everywhere—even in a bustling cityscape, plants abound. We know the deal: they’re part of nature, and even our best efforts to pave and cement them out of the way can’t stop them from poking through concrete. The benefits, of course, go without saying: fresh air, fresh food, shelter, medicine, shade, fun. The […]

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Tweet When we think of gardens, often three things come to mind: fruits, vegetables and flowers. And those are indeed three wonderful options for any garden. Herbs, however, can be an exceptionally potent addition to any type of garden. Some repel pests; others can help attract pollinators. And many can be used in making herbal […]

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Tweet The impact of pesticides on our bodies is the subject of many medical studies around the world. In July o 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed the pesticide carbofuran unsafe. A good move to be sure, but the EPA still has work to do to eliminate the dangers of pesticides to the human body. […]

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Our Food: It’s Important

by on February 3, 2013

TweetOne of the main reasons I started UrbanFig is that I’m a foodie, hands down. And what exactly does that mean? It means I care how food tastes, the source of the ingredients and if it’s fresh. Foods laced with chemicals and pesticides is not part of my foodie vision. I despise what has happened […]

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Tweet The first week of 2013 is finished and if you haven’t broken your resolutions yet, we want to make sure that you can keep your resolution to get healthy and maintain your health this year. Here is our list of the top 5 edible vegetables to grow to maintain your health: 1. Kale If […]

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Tweet What better way to start the New Year off fresh than to help your body to shed some of last year’s bad habits? Fresh herbs can help cleanse and detox the body while adding flavor, vitamins and minerals to your diet! Here are a few of our absolute favorite cleansing herbs, along with some […]

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Tweet According to the EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, these are the “Dirty Dozen” – the top 12 produce items that are prone to pesticides when they aren’t being grown organically. These items should be either grown at home or purchased from trusted organic sources. Where applicable we have linked the produce […]

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TweetThink back to the last road trip you took. For me it was a drive from Alabama to Virginia at the beginning December to celebrate my beloved’s birthday. Between rest areas and eating on the go, by the end of the day all I wanted was a hot shower and a pillow. If I feel […]

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10 Reasons to Avoid GMO’s

by on November 29, 2011

Tweet  I attended the LA Green Festival in October and had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey Smith, an author and the leading consumer advocate promoting non-GMO foods.  Below is an excellent article he wrote.  If you don’t know very much about GMO’s, this is a good place to start.  And just another very important reason […]

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7 Reasons to Eat (and Grow) Kale

by on November 15, 2011

TweetNot only is kale a great vegetable to grow because it is hearty and has longevity, but it is incredibly healthy for the body.  Enjoy this article that I wanted to share with you written by Jill Ettinger of OrganicAuthority.com. This article is just another great reason to grow kale in your backyard. Written By […]

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