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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Arsenic, Caffeine, Antidepressants and Banned Antibiotics are Fed to Chicken

Last year, I put up a post about how arsenic was temporarily banned for use in conventional chickens.

Whether conventional chicken growers actually paid attention to the ban is anyone’s guess, but a column I read yesterday in the New York Times just made me shake my head even further.

In his column, Nicholas Kristof talked about recently released studies that suggest that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and arsenic.

He went on to say that chicken from China showed that it contained an antidepressant whose active ingredient is in Prozac. Yes, chickens are getting antidepressants. Can you imagine?

These animals are fed coffee pulp and green tea powder, so they stay awake longer and eat more often.

Presumably, they need the active ingredients in Prozac and Benadryl to keep them calm and keep them from getting sick, as a result of a lack of sleep.

MY TAKE

Reading stories like this don’t surprise me in the least.

Conventional, factory-farmed food is an absolute disgrace and the things that these farmers utilize to increase profits (toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, synthetic growth hormones, genetically-modified ingredients, etc.) have no business being in our food supply.

Unfortunately, our government is so influenced by Big Ag that they bow to pressure, play ignorant, and allow this nonsense to go on.

At the end of the day, American citizens will be the ones who ultimately pay the price for cheap, risky, compromised, and nutritionally-deficient food.

Please share this post with your friends and family, so we can get more people eating the healthiest food on the planet – organic food.

Organic food strictly prohibits the use of antibiotics, GMOs, toxic pesticides, synthetic growth hormones…..and, yes, Prozac as well.

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NYT: Pesticides are Making the Water in California Undrinkable, Citizens Must Buy Bottled Water

All we hear from the chemical industry is that synthetic pesticides are safe to consume, and they will go to any length to make sure that Americans are exposed to as many chemicals as possible.

Here are a few examples.

* A pro-chemical group called The Alliance for Food and Farming attacked the Environmental Working Group‘s Dirty Dozen list, the list of the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables, and demanded that the EWG stop publishing it.

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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All Organic Eggs are NOT the Same – Here’s How to Buy the Best

If you walk into the supermarket and are confused about which organic eggs to buy, it is important to understand a few things.

First, not all organic eggs are the same. In fact, there are massive differences in organic eggs, particularly in regards to how the birds were raised.

Second, don’t select a carton of organic eggs simply because it has the nicest, most attractive packaging. That doesn’t tell the whole story.

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