Do you know what's in Your Food?

by Katie O'Sullivan

Do you know what goes into the food you're eating this holiday season?

Over the last twenty years, more and more of the crops in the U.S. grow from genetically engineered seeds (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Seventy percent of all processed foods contain GE ingredients, not including those that specifically say "certified organic" or "No GMOs."

In practical terms, seventy percent means each of us has GMO foods in our cupboards but don't realize it.

The food industry modifies crops through genetic engineering to make them more resistant to pests and disease while tolerating drought, cold and herbicides. In developing countries, some food, such as rice, is engineered to add more nutrients and vitamins than non-GMO rice.

These seem like positive outcomes achieved by scientists – "Better living through chemistry," as one old ad used to say.


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No Labels, by Sebastian Francis-Burnell

Discover the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon Volunteer Trail Naturalists Kathy and Joe

What is the Massachusetts Audubon?

Massachusetts Audubon is a state wide organization that has 45 staffed sanctuaries. It exists to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.

I volunteer at one of two of their sanctuaries on Cape Cod, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (WBWS). The other Audubon sanctuary is called Long Pasture, located in Cummaquid.

WBWS is one of Massachusetts' largest and most beautiful of the sanctuaries with 944 acres and 5 miles of hiking trails that traverse woods, salt marsh, heath land, beach, ponds and tidal flats.

There is also a state of the art "green building" nature center (LEED certified), that houses huge aquariums and other nature exhibits and a pretty great shop and bookstore too.


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A Local Shopkeeper's Guide to Shopping Local this Holiday Season

by Jen Villa

As owner of The Little Beach Gallery, an art gallery and gift shop in Hyannis that features over 40 local artists, I understand the benefit of shopping local. I make that a priority year-round in my own life.

I've decided to share some of my favorite choices for shopping local for this upcoming Holiday Season… that is, before or after you stop by my shop! Happy Shopping!


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Holidays at the Heritage

November 25 – December 18
5:00PM - 9:00PM
This is a holiday celebration not to be missed!

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