Nov 292012
 
healthy-or-unhealthy

 

1. Organic Food is Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)
2. Not Ingesting Deadly Pesticides, Poisons and Herbicides
3. Pure – No Artificial Colors, Flavors, Additives, Preservatives, Sweeteners
4. Unprocessed
5. No Residual Antibiotics or Growth Hormones in Organic Meat or Milk
6. No Fillers are used to bulk up foods
7. Leaps and Bounds Safer for Babies and Children to consume
8.  Higher Quality and Better Tasting, More Flavorfull, Real Flavors
9.  Health – Higher Nutrition Content, More Vitamins, Minerals, and Essential Fatty Acids
10. Irradiation is used on non-organic foods to kill bacteria and it alters the molecular structure and live properties of the food
11. Enviromentally Sound – Keeps Pesticides Out of Streams and Ground Water
12. Supports local farms and farmers, and the local economy
13. GMOs and Pesticides in foods have been linked to several Diseases: Sterility, Cancer, Obesity, Alzheimer’s, Silliacs, ADHD, and Birth Defects to name a few
14. Emotional benefits – Feeling Good about eating something that is Pure Food, Healthy for You, and Tastes Better than processed food and you are Helping the Environment

 

 

Nov 272012
 

Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States, is advising members to limit exposure to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In its Northwest Fall 2012 newsletter, Kaiser warns of the potential danger GMOs pose to the national food supply. According to the newsletter:GMOs have been added to our food supply since 1994, but most people don’t know it because the United States does not require labeling of GMOs. As of 2012, most corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, and sugar beets are genetically modified. Nearly 80 percent of processed food and most fast food contain GMOs.Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health. Independent research has found several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found that GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.Kaiser Permanente goes on to suggest several things members can do to help limit their exposure to GMOs. In particular, Kaiser recommends buying USDA Certified Organic and “Non GMO Project Verified” foods.To learn more about how to know what foods are GMO and which are not, visit
Nov 272012
 

Advantages of organic food range from health benefits to environmentally safe solutions.  Organic’ refers to the way the food was grown and processed. Organic farming maintains and replenishes fertility of the soil so it’s not depleted and.or over-farmed. This helps to maintain the nutritional integrity of the food grow in that soil. A point not highlighted enough in the GMO verses Organic debate Pesticides and toxic fertilizers are not used for organic farming. There is the saying, “You are what you eat”. Many people wonder, why eat poisons and toxins if you don’t have to? Even the smaller advantages of eating organic food turn into significant health benefits over time.

 

More Bang for your Buck!
A recent $25 million study sponsored by the European Union, confirms the benefits or eating organic food and that it is more nutritious than non-organic food. The study found that organic fruits and vegetables have up to 50% more antioxidants, and more vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. Antioxidants are known to attack free radicals in our bodies that can lead to cancer and other diseases. They also help combat heart disease. Other studies have shown that by eating organic foods, people have a stronger immune system, less weight problems, and better sleep.

Good Soil Produces Good Food. Bad Soil Produces Bad Food. Good Soil Cannot Produce Bad Food and Bad Soil Cannot Produce Good Food. It’s Simply Is Not Possible.

What’s Left Over?
Pesticide residue has been found in not only produce, but also breads, baby food and even human breast milk. So we have residue from the pesticide and we’re also being exposed to GMOs at the same time. Tell me again how this is better for me and my family?

Who is Environmentally Friendly?
Organic farms are gentler on the environment while massive, the GMO commercial farms erode the soil, harm or displace wildlife, and deplete nutrients from the ground. Huge industrial farms have been known for their cruelty to animals. Having an organic vegetable garden is a rewarding, earth-friendly process that benefits all life on the planet and provides healthy, delicious and nutritious food for us all.

Nov 232012
 

There is a Food War going on right now. It’s GMO/Monsanto verses Organic Food/Planet Earth and if you are not aware of this yet, let me be the first one to tell you “We’re Surrounded!” but there is still time and a way for Real Food to win in the end. It’s called the Internet and the Free Market and YOU.

It Can Be Done!
I believe we can win with clean food education and the free market solution of voting with your dollars in the checkout

line. When you BUY ORGANIC you are picking Non-GMO. I have already watched organic variety go up and prices go down in the Organic section at my local Kroger. Organic is labeled and easily identifiable. It doesn’t take that much more effort to become an Organic Shopper and truthfully it’s a lot of fun. Best of all is the feeling you get seeing your child eating clean and knowing you’ve done your very best to protect and encourage healthy growth, body and mind.

Pay with Dollars Now or Your Health Later?

Some people are under the impression that they can’t afford it. In reality your really can’t afford not to and let’s be serious, there is not a price to be put on good health. As we already see, most people will pay and do anything to regain their health once threatened with death. Why wait to do what it takes to prevent serious health issues? Why do the kids have to face the same up hill battle we do to eat clean, real food?

Problem Solvers Guide to the Cost Conundrum:
If cost is a concern then have no worries. I have found two approaches that both work great and are more affordable than jumping straight to 100% Organic.

1. The first approach is the one I current subscribe to as we are also a family effected by this economy. I call it Kid First and it is exactly what it sounds like. The idea is to move your children to Organic first and Mom and Dad second. You can do this either piece by piece or all in. Our son Cole has been Organic from the start but as they grow so does the variety and range of food products. However, when we first started moving him to solids we had this very choice to make. How can we afford to keep his food clean and everything else?

2. The second approach is switching out single items one by one. Start with one or more of each food group and choose Organic for the most used product. For my house that would be Milk, Chicken, Blueberries, and Bread. At the same time you can take this opportunity to drop something from the “junk food” category if you have any of that on your current regular shopping list. Piece by piece you can take charge of your food quality and your health while insuring you’ve done the best you can for your children’s health and future habits.

Ready, Set, Go Organic!
I’m going to recommend if you decide to explore these ideas, and I hope you will, go into it with the “no other option” attitude from the start and don’t look back. I have spent a lot of time in my local Kroger and other Organic Friendly Stores and I have discovered everything you need is there and there are deals to be had. As more and more folks make the switch and start voting with their dollars as well we’ll all see our food prices come down, more deals, and even more variety. This war is going to be fought in the Market and it is entirely up to us as to whether we win or lose. The future of Clean Food is looking bright and you are part of this fight.

Nov 222012
 

From the Jerry Doyle Show …. Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time Magazine made a ridiculous statement on MSNBC comparing frozen and canned food to organic food saying it was nutritionally the same. Jerry brought on Robert Scott Bell to talk about that and much more regarding the Food War between International Corporate GMO and the Organic Farmers of America.