6 Great Books for Animal Rights Activism

For over the past two decades the animal rights movement, or animal liberation movement, has championed efforts to scale back animal abuse, as well as sought to end the ongoing use of animals in the food, clothing, research, and entertainment industries. With animal rights activism growing more and more daily, the movement has already made significant strides during this time, and is now backed by the following:

  • Doctors

  • Lawyers

  • Academia

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5 Proven Benefits of Living the Country Life

In the last 50 years or so, urbanization has always been the talk of the day; people moving out of rural areas and heading into the big cities. However, the recent couple of years have seen a slow reversal of that trend - more and more people are realizing the benefits of living the country life.

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5 Simple Ways to a Green-Minded Life

With the climate crisis becoming ever direr, it is critical for us all to do what we can to help protect the environment. These five tips can help you live a greener lifestyle. 

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Big or Small, Does (Organic Farm) Size Really Matter?

Having spent the first 19 years of my life in Iowa, I am keenly aware of the juxtaposition of big Ag and small family farms. For the most part, Iowa is a vast rolling landscape of corn and soy, planted and harvested by one agricultural soldier with his tractor, GPS, and a battery of inputs. In places like Kalona, Iowa, it's the Amish community farms with draft horses and wide-brimmed hats. Their small family plots produce vegetables, corn, eggs, milk, and delicious cheese curds.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Consider the Onion

You may ask why I should choose to reflect on the lowly onion.

So pale and strong in its commonplace role in the kitchen. It marches forth into stews and soups alongside routine bedfellows of celery, carrot, and spuds. We barely give onions a second thought as we shop and chop and cook. Yet, they were once of prominent importance and played a role in love and war and cuisines of the ages. Not always so mundane were these tender, translucent orbs of pungency.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Immediate Benefits of Eating Organic

Conventional wisdom would tell us that eating food sprayed with toxic chemicals can’t be good for us.

Avoiding flesh or fruit grown without poisons seems like a much healthier alternative.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Can We Really Afford to Pay for Cheap Food?

I found myself on a plane to mingle and speak at the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association  (INFFRA) conference in Minnesota. As the great desert gave way to the patchwork of Midwestern fields, I was awed by the amount of food being produced beneath me.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Your Clothes - What's Organic GOTS to Do With It?

Most of us don’t think much about how or where our clothes were produced.

We’re more likely to take a fancy to the style of the cut or the hue of the cloth. Or perhaps we’re after a bargain and relish the least expensive adornment to garnish our bodies.

If you care to pull back the curtain, the production of textiles is actually a dirty rotten business.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

California Organic - A Vision For the Future

I moved to central California as a teenager with the unlikely intention of following the Grateful Dead. I landed instead in the most fertile region of the Golden State. Rich with Salinas Valley loam and Central Valley heat, I arrived in the fruit and vegetable capital of the world. At the same time, organic agriculture was spreading its influence across the bountiful landscape, creeping into strawberry production, baby lettuce mixes, sweet peaches, and pears. California was the cradle of organic agriculture, nurturing an agrarian child that would quickly grow to be a formidable presence.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

7 Reasons You Need to Start a Home Garden Today

I, for one, never really cared about gardening.

The whole “start a home garden” trend seemed like another part of the organic eating phase. If you’re still on the fence about starting your own garden because you don’t buy into the organic trend, I get you. Really.

Even if you want to eat organic food, you may need some convincing to commit to a home garden. It does take some work, and you may need to persuade your family to help, as well.

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Waking Times, Where Evolution and Revolution Collide, is an independently owned and operated online magazine that seizes on the transformational power of information to trigger personal revolution and influence humanity’s evolution.

Personal revolution begins with awakening from contemporary consciousness. We provide ideas to help you imagine a more sustainable, more free, and more loving world. We author and aggregate mind-opening articles, editorials, and videos that inspire our readers and liberate them from the status quo.

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09/11/2020
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For over the past two decades the animal rights movement, or animal liberation movement, has championed efforts to scale back animal abuse, as well as sought to end the ongoing use of animals in the... read more
Rural farm houses on lake shore
09/09/2020
In the last 50 years or so, urbanization has always been the talk of the day; people moving out of rural areas and heading into the big cities. However, the recent couple of years have seen a slow... read more
Close up of girl eating an apple while looking out the window
08/17/2020
With the climate crisis becoming ever direr, it is critical for us all to do what we can to help protect the environment. These five tips can help you live a greener lifestyle.  1. Shop... read more
Woman working with seedlings on a farm
07/23/2020
Having spent the first 19 years of my life in Iowa, I am keenly aware of the juxtaposition of big Ag and small family farms. For the most part, Iowa is a vast rolling landscape of corn and soy,... read more
A red onion on cutting board with peppercorns and vegetables
07/02/2019
You may ask why I should choose to reflect on the lowly onion. So pale and strong in its commonplace role in the kitchen. It marches forth into stews and soups alongside routine bedfellows of... read more
Hand places sign that says FARM FRESH infront of fruit basket
05/07/2019
Conventional wisdom would tell us that eating food sprayed with toxic chemicals can’t be good for us. Avoiding flesh or fruit grown without poisons seems like a much healthier alternative. Now... read more
Man and woman tip bags of chips in mouths in store.
01/29/2019
I found myself on a plane to mingle and speak at the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association  (INFFRA) conference in Minnesota. As the great desert gave way to the patchwork of... read more
Row of blue and gray sport coats on clothes hangers
01/10/2019
Most of us don’t think much about how or where our clothes were produced. We’re more likely to take a fancy to the style of the cut or the hue of the cloth. Or perhaps we’re after a bargain and... read more
Person holding wooden box of fresh picked vegetables
08/01/2018
I moved to central California as a teenager with the unlikely intention of following the Grateful Dead. I landed instead in the most fertile region of the Golden State. Rich with Salinas Valley loam... read more

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Three white cows looking at camera
09/11/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
For over the past two decades the animal rights movement, or animal liberation movement, has championed efforts to scale back animal abuse, as well as sought to end the ongoing use of animals in the... read more
Rural farm houses on lake shore
09/09/2020
In the last 50 years or so, urbanization has always been the talk of the day; people moving out of rural areas and heading into the big cities. However, the recent couple of years have seen a slow... read more
Close up of girl eating an apple while looking out the window
08/17/2020
With the climate crisis becoming ever direr, it is critical for us all to do what we can to help protect the environment. These five tips can help you live a greener lifestyle.  1. Shop... read more
Woman working with seedlings on a farm
07/23/2020
Having spent the first 19 years of my life in Iowa, I am keenly aware of the juxtaposition of big Ag and small family farms. For the most part, Iowa is a vast rolling landscape of corn and soy,... read more
A red onion on cutting board with peppercorns and vegetables
07/02/2019
You may ask why I should choose to reflect on the lowly onion. So pale and strong in its commonplace role in the kitchen. It marches forth into stews and soups alongside routine bedfellows of... read more
Hand places sign that says FARM FRESH infront of fruit basket
05/07/2019
Conventional wisdom would tell us that eating food sprayed with toxic chemicals can’t be good for us. Avoiding flesh or fruit grown without poisons seems like a much healthier alternative. Now... read more
Man and woman tip bags of chips in mouths in store.
01/29/2019
I found myself on a plane to mingle and speak at the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association  (INFFRA) conference in Minnesota. As the great desert gave way to the patchwork of... read more
Row of blue and gray sport coats on clothes hangers
01/10/2019
Most of us don’t think much about how or where our clothes were produced. We’re more likely to take a fancy to the style of the cut or the hue of the cloth. Or perhaps we’re after a bargain and... read more
Person holding wooden box of fresh picked vegetables
08/01/2018
I moved to central California as a teenager with the unlikely intention of following the Grateful Dead. I landed instead in the most fertile region of the Golden State. Rich with Salinas Valley loam... read more

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