How Will You Vote for Labeling GMOs in Oregon?


Understanding the Issue When It Comes to GMO Labeling

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As of late, GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, have been a hot-button issue. The states of Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine have all passed initiatives requiring foods that contain GMOs to be labeled as such, but big biotech and its lobbyists are making every effort to undermine these initiatives. California and Washington’s GMO labeling initiatives were narrowly defeated, due in no small part to the biotech industry’s deep pockets.

Now, a ballot initiative in our home state of Oregon has gathered the signatures necessary to qualify for a statewide vote. If passed, it would require all food that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. Continue reading

What Is Quinoa?


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If you keep up on the latest superfoods, then you’ve undoubtedly heard of quinoa. Pronounced “keen-wah,” this nutrient-rich staple has been popular among healthy eaters for years, but these days it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Chances are good that a coffeehouse near you is serving up quinoa bagels as we speak, and it’s also been showing up in cereals, chips, pastas, and even chocolate bars and whiskey. So, what is this nutritional powerhouse, and why all the fuss?

It’s a Grain. It’s a Vegetable. It’s Quinoa!

Quinoa is often used as a substitute for grains such as rice and barley, but it’s actually more closely related to spinach and tumbleweeds than any of the cereals it typically stands in for.

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Profile on Fatty Liver Disease


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While excess body weight may be the most visible symptom of the obesity crisis,  fatty liver disease and obesity go hand in hand. So what is fatty liver disease? What causes it, and what are its effects? And most importantly, how can it be treated, or prevented from developing in the first place?

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Lake Oswego Laughing Planet Opens


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In its ongoing quest to bring savory burritos, tasty bowls, smoothies, and peace to the entire galaxy, the Laughing Planet is always on the lookout for strategic locations from which to spread its irresistible tide of deliciousness.

It hovers benevolently over the landscape, scanning sleeping cities with its single, all-seeing eye.  “Hmm. Let’s see… Yes! Right there!” it richly intones, in a voice not unlike James Earl Jones’, “That would be an excellent location for our next outpost.” As it speaks, it relaxes the gravity holding the rings orbiting its midsection in place, ever so slightly, and a small stone is slung toward the eventual destination of a new Laughing Planet Cafe restaurant. As it touches down, the greenest planet’s human emissaries detect the stone’s gently jingling resonance, and go to work building the newest Laughing Planet Cafe.

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All About Summer Squash


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We love summertime. Everyone’s out enjoying the sunshine, the parks are filled with laughing children, and even strangers on the street seem happy to see you. And of course, it’s peak season for one of our favorite foods: summer squash. The summer squash family includes Yellow Crookneck Squash, Pattypan Squash, Zuchetta, Yellow Summer Squash, and Zucchini.

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