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!
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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?”
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/
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.
“EatingWell” Magazine has recently become one of my favorite sources for good, healthy information. There is so much to read on this site, and all of it is helpful in efforts to live a clean, healthy life. Check out their newsletters, recipes, articles, and more. I follow them on Facebook as well.
This article just caught my eye today. It covers a wide range of toxins that we all need to know about and protect ourselves from (bad grammer, I guess). I read every bit of it. Here’s a sample and a link to the full article:
Find out what everyday items are the worst for your health in terms of chemicals and toxins and what you can do about it.
Nobody knows just how much of a risk toxins in our food really pose. Most of the associations between chemical exposures and disease are just that—associations. But we’re exposed to dozens, if not hundreds, of chemicals, and the effects of some multiple exposures may be more than the sum of their parts, say experts. Or, in some cases, they might cancel each other out.
What’s more, toxins get into our bodies through more than just food. We are exposed to them through our carpets, lawn chemicals—even our clothing. Check out these 7 toxins you can avoid in your diet and get simple solutions for minimizing these chemicals and toxins in your diet and life.
Here’s you link to the article: http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/organic_natural/7_simple_ways_to_detox_your_diet_and_your_home Enjoy.
Google News is one of the ways that I search for the latest organic products information. Today I found a press release about this terrific interview. Here is the first paragraph and a link to the original article. The Newman products and their company philosophy have such a benefit to all of us. So glad she’s on this path!
Nell Newman, founder of Newman’s Own Organics, grew up tomboy-style in the Connecticut woods, fishing and hiking and exploring the natural world. Soon after graduating from college, where she earned a degree in human ecology, she worked to re-establish the bald eagle in Central California. Now in her late 40s, Newman is an avid Santa Cruz surfer and angler who occasionally reels in her own salmon for dinner. As photogenic as her famous parents, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and as business-savvy as most Harvard MBAs, Nell Newman has been a major force in the organic food business. She welcomed us into her Aptos office to talk about her career.
Click HERE to read the full interview.
Hope you enjoy it!
Found this today in the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Hope you enjoy it!
Today’s shoppers can choose from an increasing array of foods labeled organic. But while organic foods continue to grow in popularity, they often seem to come with a higher price tag.
Organic food production is strictly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers cannot use synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, genetic engineering, chemical fertilizers or waste products in the growing process. And organic foods must come from farms that have been certified organic by the USDA. All these requirements can boost the cost of producing foods with the organic label. Read complete article here.