Organic Facts

" . . . The quality of the fruits and vegetables available at grocery stores is terrible. Most are laden with toxic substances, such as sulfates on grapes, pesticides . . . many times fruits and vegetables are imported from foreign countries that use toxic pesticides that are illegal in the United States."
As stated by Dr. Ronald Steriti in our article Antioxidants and Organic Foods

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What’s the secret ingredient in the bracelet pictured above?

Genuine Kentucky coffee beans, which are paired with recycled Fair Trade glass beads.

These coffee-themed designs are created by Josie Lamb Williams and Mark Williams, who work with strictly organic, eco-friendly and recycled materials.

Big Agribusiness Dictating U.S. Food Safety

farmstandStudies show minorities in America eat way too much junk food, resulting in higher rates of diabetes and heart disease, but yet many McDonald’s commercials seemed aimed to inner city youth.

Where’s the social responsibility? What about compassion for the consumer? Clearly profits win out.

Agribusiness is no different. The market for organic foods is growing. So big corporations like Monsanto rig the game, influencing food regulations and making it impossible for small independent farmers to operate...

President Obama: Protecting Our Food Is a Fundamental Responsibility

I blogged yesterday about President Barack Obama’s new FDA appointments: two medical doctors with extensive experience in food safety and public health.

Today, I’d like to share some of the president’s comments on food safety, broadcast on Saturday as part of his weekly radio address.

His remarks are welcome news for mainstream and organic consumers, whose interests were often ignored during the Bush years as officials caved to big-business lobbyists and protected the interests of food producers and factory farms.

World Tour of Recycling Bins


It’s always weird to see what mundane things like phone booths, parking meters and trash cans look like in other countries. Recycling bins are no different. Here’s a snapshot tour from around the world, including places like Austria, England, Australia and many more.

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    Creating a Water Garden in a Tub
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    Water gardening has become very popular in the last 20 years. Many homeowners have installed small ponds or water features to grow a wide variety of plants and to enjoy the ambiance that water provides.

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    Top Tips for Shopping for Organic Foods on a Budget
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    Transitioning to a healthy, nearly all-organic, whole foods diet is a major factor in how I lost my last hard to lose 10 pounds 10 years ago. In fact, green living is the way I've been able to keep the weight off ever since!

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    Organic Food and Safety
    Lauras Letter

    Hey Everyone,

    There's a lot happening in the consumer product world these days. There's the tomato salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of consumers and, U.S. marshals seized pet-food products stored in unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center in Joliet, Illinois. These pet foods were susceptible to rodent, bird and pest contamination, a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

    I don't know about you, but with all these food scares, I am even more inspired to stick to my strict organic diet (I just recently lost another 5 pounds without even trying). With food and oil prices on the rise I know this can be a tough decision economically, but what most people don't understand is that certified organic farmers have to abide by stricter rules and regulations then conventional farmers imposed on them by our government.

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    Selecting and Growing Heirloom Tomatoes
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    In a world that worships the new, sometimes older is better. For me, that's true with tomatoes. While modern hybrid tomatoes look great and are very productive, the old heirloom varieties have the taste and look of "real" tomatoes.

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    Heirloom tomatoes are those varieties grown prior to World War II. They often are regional varieties from around the world that have been passed down within families.

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    Organic Food: Get the Message!
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    As campaign director for Farm Aid, the Somerville, Massachusetts-based organization that represents the interests of family farms, Mark Smith is well aware of what Americans read in newspapers and see on TV each day: mad cow disease, high levels of toxins in farmed salmon, genetically engineered growth hormones in milk, rising obesity levels in children, and pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables.

    Each highly publicized concern is "driving people to search out more healthful and safe food," Smith tells

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