Archive for the ‘Organic’ Category

Reasons to Eat Organic

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Plants and animals which are organic have not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, antibiotics and fertilizers from sewage sludge.
The very nature of pesticides and herbicides makes them toxic and they enter your body from contaminated food.
Also organic food is not GMO – which more and more we see is poisonous in many ways.
When you think of children eating all the “popular” non-organic food you see the build-up of toxins from an early age.
Do you wonder why our children have all these illnesses?
Mother, your choice what you feed your children.

Lacking Nutrients from Real Foods

Friday, April 11th, 2014

So many people today are eating processed foods. Unfortunately most of the nutrients are taken out of processed food through the process itself. Especially the B vitamins are missing. Also zinc and magnesium are missing. The result is a lot of depressed people who don’t have the energy to prepare a meal with real food. When you look at the cost organic food is very inexpensive because you have a life and you’re not always getting sick.

Try real food for a change and see the difference. It may take a few times to get off the sugar and salt high from all the processed food but your life will thank you for it.

Monoculture Farming

Friday, February 11th, 2011

With the rise of industrial agriculture we have basically limited ourselves to just a few grains and vegetables. This leads to a simplification of our diet to mostly corn and soy. Even half of all broccoli grown commercially today comes from a single variety – Marathon. The vast majority of commercial chickens in America are one hybrid – the Cornish cross, and 99 percent of turkeys are Broad-Breasted Whites.

When farming corn and soybeans it helps that the government subsidizes the farmer to grow corn and soy. Then most of that goes into the feed of our animals (which is unhealthy) and the rest into processed food (again unhealthy).

Today the four crops of corn, soy, wheat and rice account for two-thirds of the calories we eat. Then the way these grains are raised leave the soil deficient. In stead of the many nutrients you find in organic soil you will only find a half-dozen from commercial fertilizers. You will get the macronutrients but not the micronutrients which sustain life.

With today’s commercial fertilizers you must eat organic if you want to eat healthy and get all the nutrients that you will only find in REAL food.

Organic vs. Conventional

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

A recent British report claims that organic is not better than conventional foods. What they left out was the amount of pesticides in conventional foods. And as the American food “experts”  do they left out the lack of flavonoids and antioxidants in conventional foods. The study was sponsored by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency which I believe is like the U.S. standards – just enough to keep you alive. Also, what they left out was the health consequences of pesticide levels on conventional foods, or the ecological benefits of organic farming.

A French study done last summer showed that organic foods are nutritionally superior and healthier, due to higher mineral and antioxidant contents, lower pesticide residues, and 50 percent fewer nitrates than conventional foods.

Dr Weil would recommend organic even if the two were equal because research links pesticides to various health conditions. One study showed that laborers working with pesticides had an increase risk of Parkinson’s disease. A Seattle study of children found that blood levels of two common pesticides dropped dramatically after the children were fed only organic food for five days.

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Newsletter, November 2009

Good News – Bad News

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Good news= more people are going to organic food

Bad news= the U.S. organic sector is becoming more dependent on imported ingredients

Good news= the current roll of organics was up 15.8 percent in 2008

Bad news= in 2004, 13 percent of organic handlers failed to meet market demand for at least one of their products

Good news= certified organic acreage has doubled since 1997; organic food sales have quintupled over the same period, from 3.6 billion to 21.1 billion last year

Bad news= food handlers look to foreign markets which are often cheaper due to lower labor costs

Good news= in 2007 USDA certified 27,000 producers or handlers worldwide to the U.S. organic standard: 16,000 U.S. and 11,000 in 100 foreign countries

Bad news= USDA wants to lower the standards for the term “organic”

(That’s why some small organic farmers don’t bother to lower their standards to the U.S. standard)

 

According to the Hartman Group, a market research organization, 69 percent of Americans bought organic in 2008.

 

In 2008 Congress included provisions to provide direct financial support to farmers to convert to organic production. (I don’t know how this is working for the small farmer.)