Review: Quaker Lower Sugar Instant Oatmeal

...y adding sucralose, the artificial sweetener known as Splenda (and kicking up the sodium significantly). The front of the box says nothing about artificial sweeteners. Diet foods will have a jaunty “With Splenda!” label, but this cereal apparently isn’t being marketed that way. The only indication that you’re dealing with a fake sugar product is in the list of ingredients, which I hadn’t checked. And that was a mista...

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New Health Food Trends at the Natural Products Food Expo West

...rise of gluten free products. Gluten intolerance is a problem for many people. One out of 131 people have Celiac diseases and a great many more probably have some sort of wheat allergy. However, someone tell me why we have to label products like tomato sauce and raw chicken as being “gluten free?” Most new gluten free products, everything from pasta to crackers to power bars, use quinoa. The Natural Products Expo’s own trade pub...

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Why we moderate comments

...are even generated by the business owner themselves. Comments planted on our site by businesses are not offensive in their content, but are offensive in themselves, because they are irredeemably false: false discourse, false community. Community is something we treasure, and try to build, so we cannot let false comments stand. Real human presence cannot be outsourced to sweatshops. It takes lots of time and a deft touch to be a positive internet...

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Goat Worship: A Halloween Exclusive!

...bells on. I’ve always wanted goats. It was a wonderful afternoon–about forty “goat curious” people like me showed up. Gloria and Steve’s goal in this, as in many of their activities, is to build community. They want more goat owning neighbors. They want everyone to be as excited about goats as they are. Gloria also said that when she got her first goats, she didn’t know any goat keepers. She knew nothing. Eve...

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Urban Chicken Classes

...eneral meeting of local chicken enthusiasts. If you aren’t local but want to learn about chickens there are of course many resources out there. And if you already have chickens maybe you can share your knowledge in your community. I know that I certainly wish I new more when I got started. But its live and learn. Sadly, not all the chickens lived. But the hens helped me to meet my fellow urban homesteading neighbors…… and the...

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Bikin’ in LA

...l of a car. In Los Angeles and most of the rest of the country the answer to both of these questions is a big fat, obese NO! However, we’re at a turning point here in L.A. The testifying and lobbying that we in the bike community have been working on has begun to pay off and, I hope, make life for everyone here better. When folks talk to me about national politics I say, sure you should vote but it’s the local that really matters. It&...

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LA’s Parkway Garden Dilemma: Not Fixed Yet

...#8217;m all for vegetable in the parkway, I also think that the city should be encouraging the planting of native and Mediterranean plants. My advice for the Bureau of Street Services for their new regulations: Consult the community: activists, landscape architects, non-profits and individuals like Ron Finley. If you had done this the last time we would not be wasting time and money to re-craft the parkway regulations. Throw out your plant lis...

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Age of Apocalypse

...e possible destruction of the world and humanity. (To be fair, there was a diversity of opinion among the attendees, though none, as far as I could tell, were skeptics. This conference was less about conversion and more about community. It could be compared to a church retreat camp, where people go to strengthen their faith, not to question it.) I believe we were picking up on was what Greer calls the “apocalypse meme” within the doom...

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Saturday Linkages: Passive Cooling, Cats and Three Mules

...n-beautiful-cat-climbing-shelves/ … DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes http://inhabitat.com/diy-video-how-to-make-a-mason-jar-herb-garden-with-model-summer-rayne-oakes/ An Open Source Community Model to Save Seeds – a WordPress Seedbank Plugin http://permaculturenews.org/2013/09/25/an-open-source-community-model-to-save-seeds-a-wordpress-seedbank-plugin/ … Permaculture Paradise at Alex’s PermaGarden – Par...

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Village Homes: A Model for Sustainable Suburbs

...l around in the abundant shade and pick fruit at will. Only the almond crop is off limits–the almond crop is harvested every year and sold to support the the gardening services for the entire development. There are also community garden space available for those who wish to raise more food crops than their own yard space allows.  The lush growth coupled with the reduced asphalt surfaces makes the whole development 10 degrees Farhenhiet cool...

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