What’s the Latest in Genetically Modified Foods? Apples that Don’t Turn Brown: Foodie Underground

What's the Latest on the List of Genetically Modified Foods? Apples that Don't Turn Brown: Foodie Underground

ColumnGenetically modified foods: the plastic surgery of the plant world. 

In February, the United States Department of Agriculture cleared a new genetically modified food: a wünder apple that doesn’t turn brown after it’s sliced.

Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. has been waiting three years for the USDA to give it the green light, and as Politico reported, the USDA has decided that the new Arctic Apple in Golden and Granny varieties “doesn’t pose any …

7 Guided Meditations to Bookmark for When You Just Can’t Even

7 Guided Meditations to Bookmark for When You Just Can't Even

Guided meditations for when you feel like your head’s about to pop right off.

Okay, so you’re at work and a wave of anxiety strikes. Maybe you’re on a tight deadline or you know you have to be somewhere at a certain time and the edginess kicks in: “Will I finish in time? Can I finish in time? Ugh, I could really use a Xanax.” (Or maybe that last part’s just me.)

Ironically, the stress spiral distracts you to the point of making …

Are You Sending Your Guy Friend Mixed Signals?

Are You Sending Your Guy Friend Mixed Signals?

Warning: You may be sending your guy friend mixed signals—and not even know it!

We’ve all been there: He wants to be more than friends, and you… well, don’t. To add to the awkwardness, he’s mistaken your friendliness as flirting, and you’ve mistaken his flirting as friendliness. Womp, womp. Blame it on evolution. No, seriously. A recent study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology says so.

Researchers at the Department of Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that while both men …

5 Books Making the Case for a Plant-Based Diet: The Essential Reading List for Vegans and Vegetarians


If you are already vegan/vegetarian or simply interested in a plant-based diet, the following reading list is your fireside of truth. Together, these foundational books bolster your arguments for going veg and further your knowledge about why a plant-based diet is so important and effective, not only for your body but also for the world. Cozy up and get reading!
Reading List Fit for Vegans and Vegetarians
Some of these books on the following reading list are strictly diet and recipe based while others are more in tune with the environmental, …

Screw Tradition: Have a Sensible Wedding to Save Cash and Stay Sustainable

Have a sensible wedding and keep your mind... and money.

Ugh. Who says you need to follow specific traditions to have a baller wedding? Not I! And really, any bride with a bit of creativity (and respect for her wallet), will be willing to forgo certain “traditional” wedding aspects to save her peace of mind… and money.

Many modern brides-to-be aren’t buying new wedding dresses (or reception dresses… or honeymoon dresses) and some are even nixing the pre-wedding parties — they’re opting to have a sensible wedding.

If you think you may be on …

3 Fashion Tech Startups to Watch

3 Fashion Tech Startups to Watch

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the era of fashion tech.

It seems that there’s a dedicated startup community to every industry. With wearable technology rapidly permeating popular culture, it’s no surprise that fashion has become an active player in the world of small, emerging businesses. It wasn’t very long ago that the intersection of style and, say, mobile devices seemed revolutionary, like when Michael Kors handbags first appeared with a built-in iPad case: a feature that today seems no more than standard.

It seems fitting that a New York …

How to Put the Kibosh on Ingrown Hairs and Razor Bumps for Good

How to Put the Kibosh on Ingrown Hairs and Razor Bumps

Stop ingrown hairs and razor bumps from ruining your otherwise perfect shave.

Okay, so shaving’s kind of a drag—but it’s one of the quickest, most convenient ways to remove unwanted hair… you know, shy of those uber-annoying (and itchy!) ingrown hairs that disrupt our otherwise silky smooth legs.

You may be tempted to pluck them out with your trusty tweezers, but it’s important to resist the urge. “Coaxing hair out of the ‘bump’ at home by poking or tweezing should be avoided,” Nada Elbuluk, …

Acknowledging Eating Disorders: Ending Excessive Photoshop Jobs Helps, but Isn’t the Answer

Eating disorders are varied and dangerous.

Eating disorders aren’t funny, a fad, a phase, or motivation to lose weight – they are deadly and incredibly hard to treat.

Eating disorder awareness week happens every year from February 22-28; but similar to all “awareness” weeks, months, etc., this illnesses needs to be in the spotlight year-round.

Eating disorders run the gambit. You’re probably more familiar with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, but there is at least a handful (if not more) other types of eating disorders (Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia) affecting men and women, and …