The health risks posed by meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on factory farms are well known. But now there’s growing evidence that organic alternatives not only eliminate those health risks, but actually provide significantly more nutritional value. We know why products sourced from factory farms, can’t be good for our health. Animals
Over the past couple of years, I had the unpleasant experience of having bloodwork done to confirm that I am gluten intolerant, only to have it come back and say, “Nope, you’re just crazy.” The same thing happened to my good friend Melissa Melton, who was terribly ill before she cut wheat out of her
Those of us who are proponents of whole foods and scratch cooking have known it all along, but a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirms it. Time spent in the kitchen equals a better diet. 1319 participants in the Seattle Obesity Study answered questions about the amount of time they spend preparing food for
By: Dr. Mercola - There are many good reasons to choose your foods seasonally, and contrary to popular belief, there are many foods in-season during the fall. Seasonal foods will taste fresher and their nutrition will be at its peak level, as opposed to foods picked prior to ripeness, which are then chilled and
By: Cornucopia - OTA/Corporate Interests Creating “Trojan Horse” to Soften Image, Increase Influence... In a move that would look just as cynical as if General Motors decided to create their own workers-union, the powerful Organic Trade Association (OTA) has created their own Farmer Advisory Council and is now discounting memberships to smaller family farmers in an
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aren’t allowed in organics because they fall into the “excluded methods” category—meaning things that are excluded from organics. But there’s one exception to the “no GMOs in organics rule”—GMO vaccines for livestock. Under current law, GMO vaccines are allowed in organic, but only after they’ve been reviewed and approved by the
By: Pamela Coleman, PhD | Cornucopia - At their October 2010 meeting, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously approved a guidance document recommending that “Engineered Nanomaterials be prohibited from certified organic products as expeditiously as possible. We respectfully request that the National Organic Program take immediate actions to implement this guidance document.” As of
By: Warren Beaumont, organicwellnessnews.com - (EUROPE) Key EU policy-makers and organic stakeholders met at the 8th European Organic Congress in Bari, Italy in mid September and agreed, that the EU must support the development of the organic sector across Europe to achieve a sustainable agricultural system that benefits people and the planet, IFOAM EU said.
If you think buying organic chickens keeps you safe from added antibiotics, think again. Organic chickens are not necessarily 100% antibiotic-free. There is a loophole, allowing unhatched eggs and freshly born chicks to be administered small doses of antibiotics, including the powerful antibiotic gentamicin. Even if the label reads “organic”, the law regulating antibiotic use
The message that the United States Secretary of State broadcast to the World is ridiculous. I am sure the Terrorists threatening the World and the United States are scared of Climate Change. John Kerry announced that Climate Change was the most critical problem facing the World at this time. He must have a big investment in
By: Adam Belz, Star Tribune - Latest acquisition adds to General Mills’ presence in organic and natural foods. General Mills is buying its way into the natural and organic food market as it wrestles with stagnating demand for its traditional packaged items. The company said that it has agreed to purchase Annie’s Inc., the firm
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, according to soil health experts—unless the apple comes from a tree grown in healthy, organic soil. According to Australian soil scientist Christine Jones, as reported by Courtney White in his book, Grass, Soil, Hope, apples have lost 80 percent of their vitamin C.
Here’s my recommendation for your end-of-summer food preservation. You need 100 pounds of tomatoes. 100 pounds? Are you insane, Daisy? Yes – 100 pounds, and more if you can get them. No other item of produce increases in nutrients when cooked and stored like tomatoes. Canning them is like loading your shelves with vitamins. These
For nearly 15 years, Frank Kutka has been working to save prevent genetically modified (GMO) corn from cross-pollinating with organic and other corn varieties. Kutka, a plant breeder, has been developing what he calls “Organic Ready” corn varieties that have the ability to prevent cross-pollination. “We need corn that organic farmers can grow without fear
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The Grocery Store Rebellion continues… This week, we didn’t buy much in the way of weekly food. Instead, I invested my money and time in prepping tomatoes for the year ahead. We learned several things this week, one of which is the vast importance of networking. Very few of us can self-sufficiently provide every bite