Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the country, is sprayed on everything from cotton to canola, lawns to golf courses. So it stands to reason that the stuff winds up in our air and water. But when you’re eating “Roundup Ready” food, as in, food that’s been genetically modified to withstand all those dosings of Roundup, you’re eating it too. That’s problematic because scientists are learning that Roundup affects defensive enzymes our bodies use to keep us healthy. Roundup also reduces a plant’s ability to take up vital micronutrients that humans require for survival.
Corn, soy, and canola are common crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand heavy dousings of Roundup (or other glyphosate-containing chemicals), and foods containing these ingredients tend to contain higher levels of Roundup than other crops do. To avoid genetically engineered (GE) foods and Roundup in your food, buy organic food or look for Non-GMO label.
Most mass-produced olive oil is grown with pesticides, which can be even more concentrated in the oil than on the olives. Budget for domestic (likely California), small-producer olive oil labeled organic.
Unless they’re organic, nearly all corn or soy products or byproducts on the U.S. market are genetically modified and may place your health at risk. Read more about the study, GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure
April 22 is Earth Day, but here at EdibleNature, we endeavor to do right by Mother Earth all year round. One of the mainstays of our business since 2001 has been our environmentally beneficial certified organic products. Also, our Frontier bulk herb and spice are earth-conscious options that reduce grocery-related packaging waste. And you can feel good when you buy Fair Trade products; Fair Trade Certified means thriving communities, kids in school, and a healthy environment. By purchasing Fair Trade products, you support the farmers who grow and deliver quality tea, cocoa, vanilla and sugar. What is good for Mother Earth is good for our health and well-being too!
Until the USDA revised the standards last year, 30 to 40 percent of the milk sold in the U.S. that was labeled organic was actually from factory farm-raised cows. Regulations are tighter now, but not all organic milks are created equal. Check your brand at sustainabletable.org — and opt for antibiotic- and rBGH-free (no artificial bovine growth hormones). If just 40% of households bought organic milk, we would change the dairy industry for the good.
It’s not just what you eat that matters. All those pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to produce your juice, milk, coffee, tea, wine, and cocktails, too. On top of that, coffee is often grown on land where rain forests once thrived. By destroying rain forests, we’re not only increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but also sending half of all bird species in those areas into extinction. Luckily, organic coffee is easy to find, as are organic cocoa, organic tea and wine.
When you buy organically farmed products, you help prevent soil erosion, save the energy it takes to produce synthetic fertilizers, protect the health of farm workers and help keep the carcinogens found in most herbicides and pesticides out of our water systems as well as the food we eat. Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all beings.
New research published in Pediatrics has found an association between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and pesticide exposures. Pesticides break down into compounds that can be measured in urine. Almost universally, the study found detectable levels of pesticide’s in children’s urine. The compounds turned up in the urine of 94 percent of the children.
Researchers said people can limit their exposure by eating organic food. Frozen blueberries, strawberries and celery had more pesticide residue than other foods in one government report. A 2008 Emory University study found that in children who switched to organically grown fruits and vegetables, urine levels of pesticide compounds dropped to undetectable or close to undetectable levels. More
The latest President’s Cancer Panel Report exhorted consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones, to help decrease their exposure to environmental chemicals that can increase their risk of contracting cancer.
“Organic production and processing is the only system that uses certification and inspection to verify that these chemicals are not used on the farm all the way to our dinner tables,” said Christine Bushway, executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). “Consumers should know that organic foods have the least chemicals applied in their production and the least residues in the final products. Thus, those seeking to minimize their exposure to these chemicals and follow the recommendations of the President’s Cancer Panel, can look for the USDA Organic label wherever they shop.”
The panel, in a letter to President Obama, urged him to “strongly use the power of [his] office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity and devastate American lives.”
October is both Fair Trade and Celiac Disease (the chronic inflammatory disorder of the small intestine caused by gluten intolerance) Awareness Month and we have a product that meets
customer needs on both accounts. Simply Organic® Fair Trade Certified™ Baking Mixes are gluten free,as well as organic.
Our line-up of mixes includes Banana Bread (item #18933), Carrot Cake (item #18934), Chai Spice Scones (item #18935), Cocoa Biscotti (item #18936), Cocoa Cayenne Cupcakes (item
#18938) and Honeypot Ginger Cookies (item #18939). These irresistible mixes are easy to make requiring 2 to 3 common ingredients and require 5 minutes of prep time or less.