14 Uses for Castor Oil at Home

14 Uses for Castor Oil at Home

In the 19th century, castor oil was a common remedy in American homes (see old advertisement, right), but its use has fallen out of favor, perhaps in part because people have become aware of the notorious killer, ricin (which comes from castor seeds but is not present in the pressed oil). The FDA has categorized the oil…

Once Valued More Precious Than Gold, Cinnamon is the Epitome of Natural Medicine

Once Valued More Precious Than Gold, Cinnamon is the Epitome of Natural Medicine

Valued in ancient times as currency and once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon — one of the world’s oldest known spices — has one of the highest antioxidant values of all foods and its use in medicine treats everything from nausea to menstruation and energy to diabetes. It’s the bark of the cinnamon tree…

Burger King, Jack in the Box Among Fast Food Giants Slammed for Antibiotics in Food

Burger King, Jack in the Box Among Fast Food Giants Slammed for Antibiotics in Food

Burger King, Jack in the Box, Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, and a number of other fast food companies and restaurants are failing to reduce antibiotics in their animal livestock, according to a new joint analysis conducted by leading environmental and consumers groups. “Chain Reaction II” (pdf) was released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council,…

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food and Agriculture Just Took a Turn for the Worse

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food and Agriculture Just Took a Turn for the Worse

News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent of the global supply of commercial seeds and pesticides. Bayer’s crop chemicals business is the world’s second largest after Syngenta, and Monsanto is the leading commercial seeds business. Monsanto held a 26 per cent market…