Field Notes

Visit any health food store and scan the labels on different meal replacement drinks. The majority of those ingredients? They hail from China, Egypt, and India, countries that historically lack transparency with truth in ingredients.

For instance, think back to the pet food scandal of 2007, in which the kidney failure of many animals led U.S. authorities to recall hundreds of pet products made in China for containing compounds that falsify the volume and/or concentration of protein content (eg melamine, cyanuric acid, ammeline and ammelide). Likewise, the USDA detained vegetable proteins from China to prevent their

If you’ve set foot in a grocery store or juice bar in the last decade, you’re aware that kale is having something of an extended moment in the spotlight. A relative of cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, this hearty veggie is the all-star of leafy greens.

But, is kale healthy? As you’ll soon find out, there’s a reason they call it a superfood…

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Ever notice how Fido or Furball sometimes munches on grass or weeds? It turns out dogs and cats like their greens just as we humans do. Though their diet should be primarily comprised of protein, pets also eat plant matter for digestive aid, nutrients and detoxification. When their body needs it, they make use of whatever’s handy (including―but not limited to―your lawn).

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