3 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes

With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.

Heading to the Mother Earth News Fair

The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.

Study: To Live Longer, Eat Fewer Calories

According to the Okinawan diet, those who eat fewer calories just might live longer. Dr. Amber French discusses this study and analyzes how cutting 20 percent of your daily calorie intake might help you lose weight stave off age-related disease.

Lisa’s Organics Introduces Vegetable Side Dishes Line

Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.

6 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

Sodas cause abnormal weight gain and are laced with unpleasant ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and BPA. Need a reason to stop drinking soda? We’ll give you six.

Zero-Waste Holiday Decor for the Home

Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.

EPA Proposes to Restrict Use of Glymes

Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.

Green Festival Seattle!

Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.

In The News: Donate to Herbs for Japan

In light of the recent natural disasters in Japan, two woman are asking herbalist to ban together to help protect a few lives and donate herbal supplies for an organization called Herb for Japan.

In The News: New Dietary Guidelines Unveiled

The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.

In the News: The Benefits of Cocoa

Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range of health conditions, including heart failure and strokes.

In the News: The Great Garbage Patch

Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.

In the News: Kroger Recalls Pet Food

Kroger recently recalled select pet food brands from 19 states. Learn how to protect your pets from contaminants found in store-bought pet food by making your own.

In the News: Bilberry for Healthy Eyes

A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.

Herbs at the Mother Earth News Fair

The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!

Cool Find: Corpse Flowers

Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.

NRDC Sues FDA Over Antibacterial Chemicals

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.

Light Up the Night with Fireflies

A summertime symbol, the firefly, is slowly disappearing from nature. Read how you can help prevent this from happening.

In The News: The Cilantro Controversy

Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about cilantro. It's bold appeal becomes overwhelming for some. Let's just chalk it all up to genetics.

In the News: Angostura Bitters Substitute

Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.

In the News: Cosmetic Laws That Make Sense

Diethyl phthalate is an ingredient used in many body care products that guest blogger Dawn has concern with. Learn how to use a costemic safety database to find out if your cosmetics are safe or include harmful ingredients.

Mother Earth News Radio: Making Chai

Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I share a bit of the history of chai including hints for making the perfect cup. 

In The News: Mistletoe for Cancer

Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.

In the News: Insomnia Causes

A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.

Giving the White House a Green Thumb

Michelle Obama's new organic White House vegetable garden is the first of its kind since World War II. I spoke with a friend who was at the scene as students from a local elementary school broke ground Friday, which was the first day of spring. Find out what the new "First Herbs of the United States" are.