Chemical concerns should steer families toward organic food

DirtyDozenEWGWhen Sally Struever was pregnant with her 9-month-old son, Jasper Eiermann, she made an effort to avoid the plastic chemical BPA and to eat food free of pesticides. An avid gardener, she tends two organic garden plots, preserves many of the vegetables for winter, and cooks the majority of her food from scratch, avoiding packaged and processed foods. Her pediatrician even shared concerns with her that peanut allergies may be tied to the large quantities of pesticides applied to the legumes.

“Babies are so tiny, even small doses of things can have a big effect,” said Struever, who lives in Portland with her husband, Peter Eiermann. “It just made sense to me to avoid pesticides as much as possible.”

A growing body of research is backing up Struever’s concerns. A study published in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics looked at the connection between prenatal pesticide exposure and a child’s size at birth. By measuring pesticide residues in umbilical cord blood, the researchers found a link between prenatal pesticide exposure and babies with lower birth weights, shorter birth lengths and smaller head circumferences.” Read the rest of this article here:  http://www.pressherald.com/2011/10/05/chemical-concerns-should-steer-families-toward-organic-food_2011-10-05/

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July 16, 2014 · 7:58 am

Grow Your Own Food Summit

This is a free on-line event happening on July 7 through 14, 2014.  Go to the site, look it over, and register for the event.  It will be worth it.  Click HERE.

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Save the Bees!

Image  To follow up on yesterdays post, here is a petition you can sign to help stop the use of the pesticide that is killing bees.  Credo Action is hosting the petition.  Here is an except from their article with the petition:

A blockbuster study released this week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has for the first time labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an “unacceptable” danger to bees.1

Scientists have long thought that clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. – nearly 30% of our bee population, per year, has been lost to so-called colony collapse since 2006.2

But the EPA has repeatedly ignored scientists’ warnings and Americans’ urgings to ban its use, citing lack of evidence.

Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the precipitous decline in global honeybee populations.

Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that’s killing bees!

Please take a moment to sign this petition!  Link is HERE

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Our Precious Bees

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The evidence still seems to point to pesticides as the culprit in the demise of our precious bee population.  It’s bad news, but at least we know, and we can do something about it.

I came across this article today:

The world’s most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an “unacceptable” danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe’s leading food safety authority, sounds the “death knell” for the insect nerve agent.

Quoted from “theguardian” a UK publisher:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/16/insecticide-unacceptable-danger-bees

The Europeans are publishing study results on this issue.  Now we need to get moving here in the US.

You can find my earlier comments in this previous post here:  http://grandstrandorganics.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/pesticides-to-blame-for-bee-colony-collapse-disorder/ from the Rodale Institute.  The photo and article from 2010 are no longer online at their site.  But I did find this article there:  http://rodaleinstitute.org/2012/honeybee-crisis-update/

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Please Donate to Re-Elect Obama

President Obama is protecting our freedom, economy, equality, rights, education, and health.  Please help to re-elect him this year.

I have created a grassroots fundraising page.  Please go to this PAGE to make your donation.  Even a small amount will matter.  Thank you!

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Great Giveaway on Nourished Kitchen blog

Nourished Kitchen is a blog that I follow and really respect.  In my email inbox today I found their announcement of a giveaway they are holding which is sponsored by Chaffin Family Orchards.

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They are a California farm with olive groves, producing exceptionally pure, flavorful, and unadulterated olive oil.  They also grow and sell many fruits including figs, avocados, and mandarin oranges.

The giveaway consists of a gallon of Chaffin Family Orchards’ wonderful olive oil.  You can gain entry points by simply joining newsletters and sharing the giveaway on social media.  Piece of cake.

Go to this LINK on the Nourished Kitchen blog to read more and enter, and you should check out that blog as well.

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Free Sample Filled Tote with $40 worth of Green and Natural product samples

Get a free sample-filled tote ($40 value) with any $30 purchase in the green and natural department!

I tested this offer and you simply select the gray colored square to the right of the top menu which is labeled “green and natural.” Select your purchases. And the free tote with samples will automatically appear in your shopping cart at check out. Enjoy!


This offer is made by drugstore.com.

Help save the environment by carrying this Nordic Naturals tote and get a TON of samples when you spend $30 in our green and natural department. The samples come from top natural brands like KIND, Seventh Generation, Yes to Carrots, and more! Offer good while supplies last.

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Why Organic is Worth the Price

Photo of people and buckets of applesAccording 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”Generations of Organic logo and seems to be a project of The Organic Center The Organic Center logo.  The site is full of great information: recipes, stories, nutritional data, etc.  Check it out www.GenerationsOfOrganic.org

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Being Organic on a Budget

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.Shopper with list and cart, scratching her head

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).

Click HERE for the complete article.

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‘God’s diet plan': Health food is organic farmer’s ministry

Organic farmer Richard Kann says his hydroponic-vegetable farm helps him fulfill his Seventh-day Adventist faith

By Jeff Kunerth, Orlando Sentinel

7:16 p.m. EDT, September 8, 2011

There are those who believe in locally grown organic food because they are health-food aficionados and others who believe corporate industrialized farming is bad for your health and some who believe that food trucked halfway across the country is harmful to the planet.

Organic farmer Richard Kann believes he’s on a mission from God.

“We regard this as a health ministry,” said Kann, owner of Heart of Christmas Farms, an organic farm that produces hydroponic vegetables in east Orange County. “Everything is natural and God-given. We call it God’s diet plan.

“Kann is putting his faith as a Seventh-day Adventist — healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit — into practice by raising squash, beets, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and greens without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or soil.

Follow this link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/os-adventist-organic-farm-20110908,0,4822144.story to read the full article.

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