The Trouble with Research (Part 2)

In a previous article about “The Trouble with Research’” I wrote about the infuence of industry groups who fund research in order to advance their viewpoint. Independent research is great, but when it’s funded by an industry group, the lines of independence become blurred. Researchers need funding, so when large contributors call, it’s hard to … Read More.

They Too Shall Garden

Murderers, child sexual predators, heroin dealers, identity theft perpetrators, robbers and burglars. Perhaps not the ‘type’ you would want living near you. But they do. We delude ourselves by believing that we are surrounded by law-abiding citizens who have driver’s licenses and car insurance, pay taxes and obey all the rules.
Eventually, many of them are … Read More.

American Herbalists 28th Symposium

[ October 5, 2017; October 6, 2017; October 8, 2017; October 9, 2017; ] 28th Annual Symposium Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton October 5 – 9 
The American Herbalists Guild is holding its 28th Annual Symposium, at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon. The Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. The Guild believes that … Read More.

The Trouble With Research (part 1)

In a previous edition of the Green Living Journal I wrote about ‘The Trouble with Natural’, in which I explained that ‘natural’ has no defined meaning from the USDA or the FDA. This term often used in food marketing gives the consumer no real information for decision making.
I will address sponsored food- based research, which … Read More.

The Trouble With Natural

Natural foods have been popular with consumers for a long time now, and both consumers and food businesses have been interested in their appeal. Seems natural enough – why not eat naturally and avoid unnatural (or added chemical) ingredients?
Problem is – there is not universal agreement on just what is a “natural food”. The term implies … Read More.

Green Canyon Apothecary Grand Opening July 9th

[ July 9, 2016; 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ]

Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods has opened The Green Canyon Apothecary .

Their retail store aims to be a hub of health and well being for the Mount Hood community. They’re a full service herbal apothecary, & natural living classroom space. They will be serving teas, healthy snacks, and nourishing smoothies. They’ve got a focus on using … Read More.

Mother Earth News Fair!

[ June 4, 2016; 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. June 5, 2016; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Do you have an interest in Back to the Land, DIY, Self Reliance,  Backyard Homesteading?

You need to be at the  Mother Earth News Fair!

150 + Hands-On Workshops

Organic Gardening
Food Preparation & Preservation
Natural Health
Renewable Energy
Homesteading
Small-Scale Livestock
Green Building
Remodeling
Green Transportation
and More Related Topics

Local and national experts will lead the sessions.

In … Read More.

Local Research on Natural Therapies

National College of Natural Medicine’s Helfgott Research Institute is a professional independent, non-profit research institute located in SW Portland, whose mission is to conduct rigorous, high quality, research on the art and science of healing, specifically working to understand natural forms of medicine.  At Helfgott, scientists from the fields of naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, immunology, and nutrition … Read More.

New Year, New You: How You Can Spend More Time Outdoors

The average American spends 93 percent of their time indoors, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. When it’s broken down, the time spent in buildings accounts for 87 percent and the last six percent is spent inside of vehicles. If you’re ready to resolve to spend more time outside, … Read More.

Is Your Garden Hose Toxic?

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than cold water. Whether it’s in a tall glass or straight from the garden hose, there’s nothing like a cool drink for both you and your plants.
Both you and your gardens need it and most of you don’t think twice about using your hose as a source … Read More.