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False Alarm

Expiration Labels Lead People to Toss Good Food Several countries are asking the European Commission to exempt some products like long-life produce from the mandatory “best before” date labels because they lead to food waste. According to a discussion paper issued by the Netherlands and Sweden and backed by Austria, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg, many food products are still edible ... Read More »

Local Matters Hosts Fourth Annual Fundraising Event

Food education organization Local Matters will hold its annual fundraiser, entitled Harvest Ball, on October 24 at the High Line Car House in Columbus. The event will feature locally-sourced food, plus raffle packages such as a year’s worth of local dining, a “Best of Columbus” sporting events package, a private dinner in the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams test kitchen, and ... Read More »

Strength in Numbers

It Takes a Village to Feed the World Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 ( All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, ... Read More »

Natural Deli in Granville Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Sam Dodge opened Alfie’s Wholesome Food in April 2013 with the mission of providing fresh, wholesome, locally sourced ingredients to residents of the region. His shop’s first birthday party will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 10, celebrating with multiple businesses on the block promenade, and including the grand opening of Wisp Knitting Shop. Attendees can take ... Read More »

Local Food in Licking County

by Felicia Brower Buying locally grown food stimulates the local economy and strengthens community health. Licking County has numerous local food advocates who strive to connect food providers with consumers and to educate people about the benefits of eating locally. One group increasing access to local food is the Licking County Local Food Council (LCLFC). This 100 percent volunteer-run organization ... Read More »

Business Spotlight: Raisin Rack

Stocking Natural Food Options for Over 30 Years by Felicia Brower What started as a small shop in Canton has grown to become a trusted resource for health food and information in Central Ohio. Raisin Rack, a health food market owned by Don and Paulette Caster, was created after Don’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and needed an alternative diet. ... Read More »

Good Food on a Tight Budget

Tips to Get Top Value from Each Dollar by Kathleen Barnes For many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in ... Read More »

Eating Ecology

Daily Decisions Make a Difference by Judith Fertig Consuming food has such an enormous ripple effect that making small changes, one meal at a time, can reap big benefits. How we choose, prepare, cook, serve and preserve our food can improve nutrition, weight loss, cost savings and the environment. Decide What to Eat Choosing what we eat is critical. New ... Read More »

Feeding Our Feelings

Solutions for Emotional Eating by Judith Fertig A stressful day might have us seeking solace in ice cream, pizza or potato chips. At other times, we may consider a second donut or high-calorie treat our just desserts for a task well done. Occasional food indulgences are one of life’s pleasures, but habitually eating in response to our emotions can cause ... Read More »

Sustainable Weight Loss

Five Secrets for Feeling Like Yourself Again by Judith Fertig Health experts agree that many foods can play multiple roles in weight loss. Starting in the 1970s, natural foods advocate and journalist Kathleen Barnes, of Brevard, North Carolina, avidly practiced vegetarianism, yet through the years she still gained weight. Searching for answers, she shared her findings in an array of ... Read More »

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