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Congress Holds First Ever Hearing on Genetically-Engineered Salmon – An Extremely Positive Step

Congress Holds First Ever Hearing on Genetically-Engineered Salmon - An Extremely Positive Step

When you follow the organic industry closely and care deeply about health, it is very easy to get frustrated with how our leaders place such little importance on organic. While we do have a small number of organic advocates in Washington D.C., the overall policy that emanates from our government is one that supports genetically-modified […]

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When you follow the organic industry closely and care deeply about health, it is very easy to get frustrated with how our leaders place such little importance on organic.

While we do have a small number of organic advocates in Washington D.C., the overall policy that emanates from our government is one that supports genetically-modified food, largely because the GM-industry uses its vast resources to influence politicians and regulatory bodies.

And if you think the GM-industry hasn’t gotten to Obama, think again.

Not only did he renege on his promise to label genetically-modified food while on the campaign trail in 2007 but he supported the deregulation of genetically-engineered alfalfa, a policy that has disastrous implications for the organic dairy and meat industries. Read more »


Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk. Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies […]

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk.

Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies are sourcing their DHA and ARA from Martek Bioscienes Corporation.)

This is all fine and good except for the fact that Martek’s DHA and ARA are synthetic and something antithetic to everything that certified organic stands for.

At the recent USDA/National Organic Standards Board meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the issue of DHA and ARA was discussed and voted on. Needless to say, the decision was a big loss for organic consumers. Read more »


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

Consumer Reports Vindicates Dr. Oz, Says Conventional Apple Juice Contains Very High Levels of Arsensic - Make

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 […]

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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 »


My Sincere Thanks to the Organic Food Industry and to My Readers

My Sincere Thanks to the Organic Food Industry and to My Readers

In terms of organic food, there is a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. While every single participant in the organic food industry plays a critical role, I’d like to single out these three groups this year and express my sincere gratitude. Organic Farmers Is there anyone more important to the industry than organic […]

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In terms of organic food, there is a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

While every single participant in the organic food industry plays a critical role, I’d like to single out these three groups this year and express my sincere gratitude.

Organic Farmers Is there anyone more important to the industry than organic farmers?

These are the individuals who work brutally long hours, face the high costs and burdensome paperwork for USDA organic certification, and deal with unpredictable weather conditions, all to bring us the most nutritious food available. Read more »


The EPA Continues to Ignore the Danger of Atrazine, Which is Ruining Our Water Supply and Putting Our Health in Jeopardy

The EPA Continues to Ignore the Danger of Atrazine, Which is Ruining Our Water Supply and Putting Our Health i

One of the reasons that many of us purchase organic is because we don’t want to put food into our bodies that contains synthetic chemicals. Yet even though we may not eat conventionally-grown food ourselves, we still need to be very aware (and concerned) about what is going on in the non-organic world. Why? Because […]

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One of the reasons that many of us purchase organic is because we don’t want to put food into our bodies that contains synthetic chemicals.

Yet even though we may not eat conventionally-grown food ourselves, we still need to be very aware (and concerned) about what is going on in the non-organic world. Why?

Because the toxic chemicals that are sprayed on conventionally-grown food end up in the water supply.

And the EPA is not doing its job when it comes to protecting the integrity of our water.

WHAT IS ATRAZINE AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

One of the most widely used chemicals that gets sprayed on conventionally-grown food is Atrazine, a toxic weed killer.

According to 2008 data from the USDA Pesticide Data Program, Atrazine has been found in 94% of of our water supply. Read more »


The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it. We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible. […]

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For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it.

We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible.

We know that food is medicine.

Yet, there are too many people out there who are just not that concerned about the food that goes into their bodies. They largely assume that since our government allows it on the shelf, it is safe.

Well, maybe the recent news will make them think otherwise. Read more »


Expert: U.S. Soil Has Much Higher Levels of Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Than Previously Thought

Expert: U.S. Soil Has Much Higher Levels of Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Than Previously

In the end, it is all about soil. Rich, nutrient-dense soil plays a huge role in the level of nutrition in food. Healthy soil = healthy food. (This assumes organic seeds, not genetically-modified seeds, of course.) There was some very grim news that I heard about recently, and it has to do with the quality […]

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In the end, it is all about soil.

Rich, nutrient-dense soil plays a huge role in the level of nutrition in food. Healthy soil = healthy food. (This assumes organic seeds, not genetically-modified seeds, of course.)

There was some very grim news that I heard about recently, and it has to do with the quality of our soil, as a result of the nuclear accident at Fukushima.

After the earthquake in Japan, scientists at UC-Berkeley (UCB) measured the radiation levels of soil in various parts of California. Read more »