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).
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.
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.
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Organic products may not be a priority to some people, but there is one thing that cannot be disagreed upon. Fertilizers are not used with these products which is always a benefit when it comes to pollutants that enter our rivers, lakes and streams.
I came across this article today and wanted to share it with all of you. It was posted on Beauty Salon Glasgow in August of 2007 but it is just as true today as it was then. Their title of the article is “What Does it Mean if you Buy Organic Products” so I shortened it slightly. It’s a fairly long article, but very clear and informative. You might reallly enjoy reading it. Here is the link: http://beautysalonglasgow.com/anti-wrinkle/what-does-it-mean-if-you-buy-organic-products/