My Take on the NYT Article Regarding Organic Baby/Toddler Food in Plastic Pouches

My Take on the NYT Article Regarding Organic Baby/Toddler Food in Plastic Pouches

On my Facebook page the other day, I posted a link to The New York Times story about the incredible growth of organic baby/kids food in squeezable pouches and how these convenient products have impacted the family dynamic. This article generated some questions from a few of you, and I thought that I would address […]

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On my Facebook page the other day, I posted a link to The New York Times story about the incredible growth of organic baby/kids food in squeezable pouches and how these convenient products have impacted the family dynamic. This article generated some questions from a few of you, and I thought that I would address them here.

First off, the article is not an indictment against organic. (Many parents know that organic is much, much healthier than conventional food, and that is one reason why organic pouches are booming in popularity.)

Rather, the NYT article discusses how our lives have become so busy, so scheduled, and so hectic that organic food in a pouch is slowly becoming the de facto way to feed our kids.

As a result, the family ritual of dinnertime is going by the wayside, a very sad commentary.

Even though parents may be buying these organic food pouches for themselves or for their children because of time constraints, there is something very important to keep in mind here. Read more »


New “Dirty Dozen List” is Announced, Pro-Pesticide Groups are Outraged

New "Dirty Dozen List" is Announced, Pro-Pesticide Groups are Outraged

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just announced its revised version of the “Dirty Dozen”  – the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables that people should avoid. Interestingly enough, there has been an outcry calling for the EWG to cease publishing its Dirty Dozen List. I’ll get to this absurd demand in a minute. Let’s first talk […]

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just announced its revised version of the “Dirty Dozen”  – the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables that people should avoid.

Interestingly enough, there has been an outcry calling for the EWG to cease publishing its Dirty Dozen List. I’ll get to this absurd demand in a minute.

Let’s first talk about the Dirty Dozen, and there are a few things to keep in mind:

1) In case you are shopping and can’t remember what is on the list, the basic rule of thumb is this: the fruits or vegetables that have nothing to be peeled off (no skin) generally have the most pesticides.

2) If money is tight and not everyone in the household can eat all organic, kids are the absolute priority. Their bodies are still developing and are very susceptible to the toxic dangers that synthetic pesticides present.

3) If you think that washing with water or scrubbing the fruits with a produce wash is going to take off the pesticides, do not be fooled. The pesticide is already deep inside of the cells of the food, and no wash is going to remove the chemicals. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic – Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Conventional Food

Another Reason to Eat Organic - Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Conventional Food

I almost fell over in my chair the other day when I read this one in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. In nearly half of the samples tested, researchers found traces of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in peanut butter, cold cuts, turkey, beef, and other fatty foods. So what is HBCD exactly? It is a flame retardant […]

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I almost fell over in my chair the other day when I read this one in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

In nearly half of the samples tested, researchers found traces of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in peanut butter, cold cuts, turkey, beef, and other fatty foods.

So what is HBCD exactly?

It is a flame retardant commonly used in the foam insulation of building walls, upholstered furniture, automobile interior textiles, car cushions and electronic equipment.

How toxic is it and who is concerned about it? Read more »


Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima is Found in Bluefin Tuna Near California

Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima is Found in Bluefin Tuna Near California

This has not been a particularly good few days for fish. Or for the citizens of our planet, for that matter. Last week, the Senate gave into pressure from the biotech industry and voted that further environmental testing on the safety of genetically-engineered salmon is not necessary. (In case you are new to this whole […]

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This has not been a particularly good few days for fish. Or for the citizens of our planet, for that matter.

Last week, the Senate gave into pressure from the biotech industry and voted that further environmental testing on the safety of genetically-engineered salmon is not necessary.

(In case you are new to this whole GE-salmon issue, here is an excellent video about it.)

Our government seems incredibly intent on making sure that this horrible technology gets into the environment and ruins the ocean’s ecosystem forever. It even went so far as to give the company that owns this technology, AquaBounty, a $500,000 grant last fall as it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Read more »


Cornucopia Institute Goes Public with Charges of Regulatory Abuse and Violations of Federal Law in the Organic Industry

Cornucopia Institute Goes Public with Charges of Regulatory Abuse and Violations of Federal Law in the Organic

In what may be the most scathing report the organic industry has ever seen, The Cornucopia Institute, the leading organic farming watchdog organization, has just released a white-paper called The Organic Watergate. The Organic Watergate (PDF File) details an incredibly close relationship between the USDA and corporate agribusiness, which has not only undermined the integrity […]

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In what may be the most scathing report the organic industry has ever seen, The Cornucopia Institute, the leading organic farming watchdog organization, has just released a white-paper called The Organic Watergate.

The Organic Watergate (PDF File) details an incredibly close relationship between the USDA and corporate agribusiness, which has not only undermined the integrity of the organic industry but has allowed for very questionable and potentially dangerous ingredients to be approved for use in organic food products.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT

In its report, Cornucopia details violations of federal law and ignoring congressional intent, both of which have created a climate of regulatory abuse and corporate exploitation. Examples include: Read more »


Food & Water Watch Unveils its New Smart Seafood Guide and “Dirty Dozen of Fish”

Food & Water Watch Unveils its New Smart Seafood Guide and "Dirty Dozen of Fish"

Since I don’t eat fish myself nor is there such a thing as USDA certified organic fish (national organic standards for fish have not yet been approved), I don’t pay too much attention to this food group. This does not mean, however, I don’t get asked questions about fish. I do, quite a bit. So, […]

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Since I don’t eat fish myself nor is there such a thing as USDA certified organic fish (national organic standards for fish have not yet been approved), I don’t pay too much attention to this food group.

This does not mean, however, I don’t get asked questions about fish. I do, quite a bit.

So, for the people who want to know what is the best fish to eat, what fish should they avoid, what fish have the most contaminants, and what are the least sustainable fish, our good friends at the Food & Water Watch have just released their 2012 Smart Seafood Guide.

The Smart Seafood Guide gives an excellent analysis on over 100 different fish, provides regional guides, and offers helpful suggestions so that consumers can make the healthiest and most sustainable choices possible. Read more »


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

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 […]

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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? Read more »