The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has been working for years to gather facts and distribute the truth about toxins in our environment and the effect upon our health. You can trust these folks and their writings!
Fresh Organic Strawberries
Every spring EWG releases their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™. The guide can be used by anyone trying to avoid pesticides, but it’s especially important for parents to limit their children’s exposures to these toxic chemicals.
This article on their website has a lot more good information and links to resources. Hope you find these links useful!
Artificial sweeteners commonly used in foods and drinks have a toxic effect on digestive gut microbes.
According to a study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that six common artificial sweeteners approved by the Food and Drug Administration and 10 sport supplements that contained them were found to be toxic to the digestive gut microbes of mice.
This article comes from US News and World, published Oct. 1, 2018. HERE is a link to the full article.
The Environmental Working Group previously published their article called “Low-calorie sweeteners: Are they better or worse for you than sugar?”
A new page has been added so that I can blog about my research and experiences since being diagnosed with Lupus in 2014. Info on it is sparse right now, but watch for much more to come.
10 Tips and Tricks to Eat Organic on a Budget
Here are 10 surefire methods to help you eat well without breaking the bank:
- Plan your shopping; Reduce Waste; Buy in season; and more…
This article has some useful ideas. Check it out HERE
When Sally Struever was pregnant with her 9-month-old son, Jasper Eiermann, she made an effort to avoid the plastic chemical BPA and to eat food free of pesticides. An avid gardener, she tends two organic garden plots, preserves many of the vegetables for winter, and cooks the majority of her food from scratch, avoiding packaged and processed foods. Her pediatrician even shared concerns with her that peanut allergies may be tied to the large quantities of pesticides applied to the legumes.
“Babies are so tiny, even small doses of things can have a big effect,” said Struever, who lives in Portland with her husband, Peter Eiermann. “It just made sense to me to avoid pesticides as much as possible.”
A growing body of research is backing up Struever’s concerns. A study published in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics looked at the connection between prenatal pesticide exposure and a child’s size at birth. By measuring pesticide residues in umbilical cord blood, the researchers found a link between prenatal pesticide exposure and babies with lower birth weights, shorter birth lengths and smaller head circumferences.” Read the rest of this article here: http://www.pressherald.com/2011/10/05/chemical-concerns-should-steer-families-toward-organic-food_2011-10-05/
To follow up on yesterdays post, here is a petition you can sign to help stop the use of the pesticide that is killing bees. Credo Action is hosting the petition. Here is an except from their article with the petition:
A blockbuster study released this week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has for the first time labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an “unacceptable” danger to bees.1
Scientists have long thought that clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. – nearly 30% of our bee population, per year, has been lost to so-called colony collapse since 2006.2
But the EPA has repeatedly ignored scientists’ warnings and Americans’ urgings to ban its use, citing lack of evidence.
Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the precipitous decline in global honeybee populations.
Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that’s killing bees!
Please take a moment to sign this petition! Link is HERE
precious honey bees
The evidence still seems to point to pesticides as the culprit in the demise of our precious bee population. It’s bad news, but at least we know, and we can do something about it.
I came across this article today:
The world’s most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an “unacceptable” danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe’s leading food safety authority, sounds the “death knell” for the insect nerve agent.
Quoted from “theguardian” a UK publisher: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/16/insecticide-unacceptable-danger-bees
The Europeans are publishing study results on this issue. Now we need to get moving here in the US.
You can find my earlier comments in this previous post here: https://grandstrandorganics.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/pesticides-to-blame-for-bee-colony-collapse-disorder/ from the Rodale Institute. The photo and article from 2010 are no longer online at their site. But I did find this article there: http://rodaleinstitute.org/2012/honeybee-crisis-update/
According to the Organic Trade Association , “there is mounting evidence that if all the indirect costs of conventional food production—cleanup of polluted water, replacement of eroded soils, costs of health care for farmers and their workers—were factored into the price of food, organic foods would cost the same or, more likely, be cheaper.” We are just learning about what the harmful effects pesticides have on our bodies. It is too soon to tell what health care costs will be associated with all of the chemical exposure. Buying organic is certainly worth it.
This is the closing statement in a terrific article that I found today. The full text is definitely worth reading. Click HERE
The website where I found this article is called “Generations of Organic” and seems to be a project of The Organic Center . The site is full of great information: recipes, stories, nutritional data, etc. Check it out www.GenerationsOfOrganic.org
Here’s an excerpt and link to a really good article from the current issue of Organic Lifestyle Magazine. I encourage you to take a look at their website http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com and magazine.
IT CAN BE DONE! by Stephanie Dickison
If you shop at a typical supermarket, the prices on organic produce might be enough to convince you that only the rich can afford an organic diet. But you, too, can afford to eat organic.
The first step is to educate yourself. Right now, we are spending money on being sick (health insurance, co-pays, medication) instead of spending money on being healthy. Your health begins with eating good food loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Whenever possible, that means buying an organic product over a regular one. But it doesn’t always need to be labeled USDA Organic to be a better choice. Did you know the Certified Naturally Grown label also certifies food as organically grown?
Locally grown fruit and vegetables bought at a vegetable stand on the side of the road may have been grown organically. Many small farmers don’t go to the expense of certification. Ask them about pesticide use and crop rotation and do your best to support these small organic farms. Their food has more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than the organic food farmed by the big agriculture companies (due to a lack of crop rotation).
Click HERE for the complete article.
Organic farmer Richard Kann says his hydroponic-vegetable farm helps him fulfill his Seventh-day Adventist faith
By Jeff Kunerth, Orlando Sentinel
7:16 p.m. EDT, September 8, 2011
There are those who believe in locally grown organic food because they are health-food aficionados and others who believe corporate industrialized farming is bad for your health and some who believe that food trucked halfway across the country is harmful to the planet.
Organic farmer Richard Kann believes he’s on a mission from God.
“We regard this as a health ministry,” said Kann, owner of Heart of Christmas Farms, an organic farm that produces hydroponic vegetables in east Orange County. “Everything is natural and God-given. We call it God’s diet plan.
“Kann is putting his faith as a Seventh-day Adventist — healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit — into practice by raising squash, beets, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and greens without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or soil.
Follow this link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/os-adventist-organic-farm-20110908,0,4822144.story to read the full article.