Nature

Eating clean is not only beneficial to the body but also to the environment. Find out how small changes  to your lifestyle can make big changes for the planet.

Boreal Shield

Boreal Shield – A Changing Landscape

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Nature
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Published January 28, 2018
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Updated August 21, 2018
The Boreal Shield, Canada’s Northern Mosaic Encompassing approximately 35% of Canadian land, from amidst the northern tundra of the Yukon Territory to the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador, is the illustrious Boreal forest, Canada’s largest biome. Magnificent and monumental, it occupies 77% of Canada’s forested land, a majority of which is characterized by coniferous trees. […]

Foraging for Berries

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published June 19, 2017
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Updated April 21, 2019

In the lamest terms foraging is gathering food from the wild. It’s not like hunting, that is slightly different and good luck getting your hands on a wild turkey. In retrospect you could always forage for cans of beans, but who would want that when you can get your hands on some berries or cherries!! […]

The Smell of Spring

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published June 10, 2017
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Updated August 21, 2018

We have had a slow start to our spring this year in Ontario, Canada. Snow mid-April was not a happy surprise and put me back from planting vegetables. There is no question it’s here now and in my opinion in an absolutely wonderful and abundant bloom. The early morning dews bring up a smell, slightly […]

Nutritional Wisdom - Plant Secondary Compounds

Nutritional Wisdom – Plant Secondary Compounds

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Nature , Nutrition
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Published June 10, 2017
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Updated August 20, 2018
Gottfried Fraenkel in the 1950’s proposed the hypothesis in his paper “The Raison d’être of Secondary Plant Substances” that plant secondary compounds/metabolites were not the waste products of plant metabolism but a means of ensuring plant protection from insects and other animals, as well as a communication system with pollinators. There are two parts of […]
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