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Attack of the Jellyfish

No Brain...no heart...no lungs... and they're taking over. No, this isn't a Stephen King tale of horror, but it's no less scary. In the early fall of 2007 billions of jellyfish attacked a salmon farm in Northern Ireland destroying more than 100,000 fish. In Japan, the number of jellyfish has risen so dramatically they are devastating the livelihoods of fishermen. Mass jellyfish sightings are now common along the Mediterranean coast, off southern Africa, the west coasts of England, Wales and Scotland, the beaches of Waikiki, and the Gulf of Mexico.

These giant jellyfish can grow up to 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kg (440 lb). And, they pack a wallop. Over 19,000 stings were reported in the Mediterranean last summer including resorts in Italy and France. Twelve thousand pounds of jellyfish were scooped up in three days off the Costa Tropical last year.

Good Food -- Getting Started

Who should you trust? Yourself. Where to start? Buying local is important. This is probably one of the most difficult steps, but by giving up your dependence on conventional supermarkets your options open up considerably. Limiting yourself to the organic section or natural foods section of your grocer is a great way to pay too much for your more wholesome food selections.

Do some research. These days there are tons of places to buy organic or natural foods. Besides the supermarkets, you can find them in health food stores, specialty stores, co-ops, gourmet delis, farmers' markets, community-supported agriculture programs, convenience stores and even vending machines. Have some fun exploring your community and beyond.

Avoiding GE Food in Your Grocery Aisles

Genetically engineered foods are so prevalent that if you randomly pick an item off your grocery store's shelves, you have a 75 percent chance of picking a food with GE ingredients. At least seven out of every 10 items have genetically engineered additives.

In 2003, countries that grew 99% of the global genetically engineered crops were the United States (63%), Argentina (21%), Canada (6%), Brazil (4%), and China (4%), and South Africa (1%). Unregulated, quiet and with lightning speed expansion has been spearheaded in the US by a handful of companies making billions of dollars in sales.

Storing Organic Produce

Once vegetables are picked they begin to lose nutrients. While there is no way to avoid this loss--other than growing the vegetables yourself and eating them right from the vine--you can easily increase the staying power of your vegetables by storing them properly.

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