Being Political, What I Try To Do Here

Written by Max Goldberg on February 7, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

I was at a Super Bowl party on Sunday and ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in quite a while.

We started talking and he mentioned someone’s name to me, a former Wall Street professional who is now an organic foods chef.

The first thing that he said about this individual is “He’s very political.”

Without hesitation, I responded “So am I. When you see what is going on, how can you not be?”

Given my background, it is hard to believe that these words now come out of my mouth.

Even though my college was a hotbed for political activism, I avoided that scene altogether and never had any strong opinions, about politics or otherwise. Read More »

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The USDA is Set to Approve a GM-Corn Resistant to 2,4-D, a Primary Ingredient in Agent Orange

Written by Max Goldberg on January 9, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 1/3/2014

Does our government have any interest in putting the health of its citizens ahead of corporate profits of the chemical industry?

Based on recent news, it doesn’t appear that this is the case.

The USDA is poised to approve Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a primary ingredient in Agent Orange.

In case you’re not familiar with Agent Orange, it was the code name for one of the chemicals used in Vietnam as part of a broad herbicidal warfare program.

Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result of this lethal strategy.

But it wasn’t just the Vietnamese who suffered greatly. U.S. soldiers came back from the war and realized that exposure to Agent Orange had greatly impacted them as well. Read More »

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Consumer Reports Vindicates Dr. Oz, Says Conventional Apple Juice Contains Very High Levels of Arsensic – Make Sure You Buy Organic

Written by Max Goldberg on December 1, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

A few months ago I reported on a study that Dr. Oz did where he found excessive levels of arsenic in non-organic apple juice.

Needless to say, it got a lot of national media attention, and much of it was not positive.

In fact, ABC News’ Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, a former classmate of Dr. Oz, called his report “fearmongering”.

This is nothing but standard operating procedure for organizations that make money from Big Ag and major consumer packaged goods companies (ABC sells A LOT of advertising to them).

Well, Consumer Reports just came out with their own report about arsenic in apple juice (PDF) and what did they find? Read More »

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Top 5 Non-Food Organic Products of Expo East 2011

Written by Max Goldberg on September 29, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

For the most part, I only cover organic food products here on livingmaxwell, yet I fully understand that living well incorporates a lot more than just food.

While organic food is the primary motivation for me attending the Natural Products Expo East and Natural Products Expo West Trade Shows, I also come across many non-food products that organic consumers ought to know about.

These five really captured my attention at last week’s Expo East in Baltimore. Read More »

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Flow – A Documentary That Highlights The Very Serious Water Issues We Face in the World

Written by Max Goldberg on August 30, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

If you read my blog frequently, you know that I am a water fanatic. But there is a good reason for this.

I know that eating organic food, food grown without pesticides and GMOs, is imperative to good health.

But I also know that drinking very high quality water and using a filter in the shower/bath are just as, if not more, important than eating organic food.

Since our bodies are approximately 70% water, it is essential that people put great effort into making sure that the water they drink and are exposed to is as clean as possible.

In the U.S., our tap water is filled with chemicals, gases, rust, fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceuticals and other contaminants. (Read this fantastic exposé in The New York Times about our unhealthy drinking water.) Read More »

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The Best Night Ever at Organic Avenue with David Wolfe

Written by Max Goldberg on June 17, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

David Wolfe, the most well-known person in the raw food world, is famous for saying “have the best day ever.”

Well, I can tell you that it was indeed the best lecture and after-party ever at Organic Avenue on Wednesday night. Read More »

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For Earth Day, the Importance of Organic Food Cannot be Underestimated

Written by Max Goldberg on April 21, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Earth Day, which is tomorrow, immediately brings to mind recycling, consuming less gasoline, driving a hybrid car or ways to conserve energy. Rarely, however, do people think about eating organic food as an essential component of saving our environment.

A case in point is a former girlfriend of mine. She literally used to take home empty bottles of beer from bars because she was so worried that they wouldn’t be recycled. Yet when it came time to eating organic food, it wasn’t a concern of hers at all.

The reality is this. Eating organic food is a statement that you care not only about yourself but also about the planet.

The Evidence

Conventionally-grown food uses a tremendous amount of pesticides on the crops. How much exactly? Read More »

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