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Freshly Milled Flour: Worth the Splurge

The flour that we typically buy from the store is not usually something we given a second thought to, just a bland, white pantry staple without much character. At least, that’s was how I felt until I worked for a farm that grew and milled fresh, heirloom wheatberries into whole grain wheat flour. It completely […]

in Agriculture, Find Local Food, Learn More, Mieko Diener

A Word on Waste: Part I

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste. Throwing out spoiled food is already a bummer, but many of us are unaware of the major impact food waste has on our environment and economy both locally and globally. Did you know that 40% of food […]

in Find Local Food, Food Waste, Learn More, Mieko Diener

Food @ MSU: What to eat, what not to eat

Food can be confusing for anyone, but as a mom, it’s even more complicated. I’m constantly attempting to achieve balance between what’s healthiest for my family and what my boys are willing to eat, which changes often. And I don’t always succeed, despite good intentions. My oldest regularly requests mac and cheese, while the toddler […]

Eggs: Unscrambling the Science

If it seems like every few years the recommendations for eating eggs changes, that’s because it does. The issue is that egg yolks are a rich source of dietary cholesterol, but do not contain saturated fats which co-exist in most other sources of cholesterol like red meats. Cholesterol is an important structural component in all […]

in Find Local Food, Health, Learn More, Mieko Diener

Combating Climate Change: Creating Climate-resilient Orchards

In my previous post of this Climate Change series, (see the first and second post here), I discussed how tree fruit growers in Michigan are faced with adapting to a “new normal” due to climate change. Pest and disease profiles are shifting, frost dates are less predictable, and precipitation is becoming more erratic. Growers adapt to […]

in Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Julia Linder, Learn More