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GMO Fast Facts

By Paige Brady, September 30, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

At Whole Foods Market, we believe you have the right to know what’s in your food. October is Non-GMO Month, so it’s the perfect time to share some of the basics as well as delve into the details.

GMO stands for genetically modified organism.

What are they? Organisms whose genetic make up (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.

Why do they do it? Crops are currently modified to survive herbicide treatment, produce their own pesticides and resist certain diseases.

Where do you find them? Everywhere. In North America, more than 70% of our packaged foods contain GMOs.

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Going Nuts for Cashews

By Alana Sugar, September 29, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Cashews are native to South America but are cultivated today in many tropical regions. There are several varieties, some are quite large (called “jumbo cashews”), and others quite small, comparatively. The nut is actually a seed that grows on the end of the cashew “apple”, an edible fruit known in tropical regions but unfamiliar in America and Europe due to its fragility which makes it unsuitable for shipping and transporting. This rich, curved nut — which is actually lower in...

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What to Make This Week

By Megan Myers, September 28, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Cooking a good meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when we’ve taken all the guesswork out of meal planning for you. Make these recipes for the entrée or to round out your main dishes this week!


Butternut Squash and Kale Salad...

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The Source: Allegro Coffee

By Caitlin Riley, September 27, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Caitlin Riley

A cup of coffee brings to mind tattooed baristas and fancy espresso machines, and cute little flower designs made out of milk. But there’s so much more to coffee.

To actually get that dose of liquid heaven into your hands takes hundreds of hours of work and countless thousands of miles traveled. Every cup of coffee tells a story, many of them involving small family farms in some of the most remote regions of the world.

Journey to northern Peru with Darrin Daniel, director of sourcing for Allegro Coffee, and experience the adventure of finding the perfect bean. When you see what goes into getting your coffee from the source, you’ll appreciate your daily jolt that much more.

We've got more images from Darrin's trip, as well as five signatiure drinks from Allegro Coffee baristas and a handy guide to selecting...

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Why I Buy Organic

By Coach Mark Smallwood, September 26, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Coach Mark Smallwood

When grocery shopping, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many labels on food packages. Here’s how I make it simple. When I shop, I just look for just one label: the UDSA Certified Organic seal.

Why? Because I am clear on the benefits of organic from the 60+ years of research we’ve done and continue to do at Rodale Institute. I know how profoundly important organic farming is to our environment, our...

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