Another Reason to Eat Organic – Pesticides Can Cause Brain Damage to Your Children

Another Reason to Eat Organic - Pesticides Can Cause Brain Damage to Your Children

Each day, more and more news comes out about the harm that pesticides can do to our bodies. This time, a report out of Europe says that pesticides can cause brain damage. Yes, brain damage.

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Each day, more and more news comes out about the harm that pesticides can do to our bodies.

This time, a report out of Europe says that pesticides can cause brain damage. Yes, brain damage. Read more »


Don’t Be Influenced By Pretty-Looking Organic Egg Cartons

Don't Be Influenced By Pretty-Looking Organic Egg Cartons

Whether you’re new to organic or have been eating it for decades, here is a very likely scenario when you go to buy eggs. You stand in the refrigerated section of the market, look at all of options, check out the prices and make a decision largely based on the packaging of each brand. Some […]

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Whether you’re new to organic or have been eating it for decades, here is a very likely scenario when you go to buy eggs.

You stand in the refrigerated section of the market, look at all of options, check out the prices and make a decision largely based on the packaging of each brand.

Some have attractive pictures of rolling farmland, others show actual farmers, some have photos of the animals. Most certainly, the brands are using buzz words such as “cage-free”, “sunlit porches”, “omega 3-s” or “heritage breed”.

Are these brands being falsely deceptive?

I don’t believe so at all. They are trying to make the packaging as attractive as possible, and rightly so. I would do the exact same thing.

While brand recognition and price are key factors, what the packaging looks like and the emotional reaction that it has on you can heavily influence purchasing decisions.

As I have written about before, all organic eggs are NOT the same — all birds are fed differently and are treated differently — but people forget this and may get seduced by wholesome, folksy packaging.

So, I took a sampling of 8 different organic egg brands and pulled their ratings from the Cornucopia’s Organic Egg Scorecard to see how they stacked up versus the attractiveness of the packaging.

The Organic Egg Scorecard classifies each brand into one of five categories:

“5-Egg” Rating: “Exemplary” – Beyond organic

“4-Egg” Rating: “Excellent” – Organic promoting outdoor access

“3-Egg” Rating: “Good to Very Good” – Organic, complying with minimum USDA standards

“2-Egg” Rating: “Fair” – Some questions remain concerning compliance with organic standards

“1-Egg” Rating: “Industrial Organics” – No meaningful outdoor access and/or non-transparent

Here is what I found.

VITAL FARMS === 4-EGG RATING

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Why Organic Food is a MUST for Men — Pesticides Have Been Linked to Lower Sperm Count and Quality

Why Organic Food is a MUST for Men -- Pesticides Have Been Linked to Lower Sperm Count and Quality

As someone who has eaten close to 100% organic since 2001, my personal experience is that women are more concerned than men about the quality of food they are putting into their bodies. While this is based on anecdotal evidence, there are a few data points to back this up. The Pew Research Center’s recent […]

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As someone who has eaten close to 100% organic since 2001, my personal experience is that women are more concerned than men about the quality of food they are putting into their bodies.

While this is based on anecdotal evidence, there are a few data points to back this up.

The Pew Research Center’s recent report called The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science concluded that women are more likely to care about GMOs than men.

According to Google Analytics, approximately 2/3rds of Living Maxwell readers – people reading about organic – are women. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell the FDA “NO” to Genetically-Engineered Mosquitos in Florida

TAKE ACTION: Tell the FDA "NO" to Genetically-Engineered Mosquitos in Florida

With last year’s approval of genetically-engineered salmon, which is now being contested in court, the FDA continues to put our health at risk. This time, however, it is with mosquitos. The FDA is close to approving an experimental trial that would allow the release of millions of genetically-engineered mosquitos into the Florida Keys, the very […]

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(Photo courtesy of Center for Food Safety)

(Photo courtesy of Center for Food Safety)

With last year’s approval of genetically-engineered salmon, which is now being contested in court, the FDA continues to put our health at risk.

This time, however, it is with mosquitos.

The FDA is close to approving an experimental trial that would allow the release of millions of genetically-engineered mosquitos into the Florida Keys, the very first time that this has happened in the U.S. Read more »


HUGE NEWS: General Mills to Label GMOs, Becomes Second Major U.S. Food Company to Do So

HUGE NEWS: General Mills to Label GMOs, Becomes Second Major U.S. Food Company to Do So

Following in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, General Mills has just announced that it will label all GMOs in its products. In its press release, the company says that with Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill going into effect on July 1st, it wouldn’t make sense to label GMOs in its products just for that state. So, whatever […]

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Following in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, General Mills has just announced that it will label all GMOs in its products.

In its press release, the company says that with Vermont’s GMO-labeling bill going into effect on July 1st, it wouldn’t make sense to label GMOs in its products just for that state. So, whatever GMO-labeling requirements that Vermont will mandate, General Mills will put those same labels on its products for every state in the country. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell the Senate to Reject the DARK Act, Call These Specific Senators

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Senate to Reject the DARK Act, Call These Specific Senators

UPDATED ON MARCH 16, 2016: The Senate voted but failed to pass the DARK Act, which is a huge victory for U.S. consumers. Expect this bill to resurface, however, after Easter. Big Food will definitely not be giving up, and we have not seen the last of the DARK Act, especially with Vermont’s GMO-labeling law going into effect […]

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UPDATED ON MARCH 16, 2016: The Senate voted but failed to pass the DARK Act, which is a huge victory for U.S. consumers.

Expect this bill to resurface, however, after Easter. Big Food will definitely not be giving up, and we have not seen the last of the DARK Act, especially with Vermont’s GMO-labeling law going into effect on July 1st.  

On Friday night, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) sponsored a new version of the House-approved “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”, an act widely known as the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act)”, and submitted it to the Senate Agriculture committee. Read more »


Why We Should be Very Worried about GMO Contamination of Alfalfa

Why We Should be Very Worried about GMO Contamination of Alfalfa

Many people are under the impression that organic crops will just “always be there”. Meaning, we don’t have to worry, we’ll just go to the local farmers market or Whole Foods, they’ll always have organic. These people will figure out any potential problems. Yet, if you look behind the scenes and learn what is happening with alfalfa, […]

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Many people are under the impression that organic crops will just “always be there”.

Meaning, we don’t have to worry, we’ll just go to the local farmers market or Whole Foods, they’ll always have organic. These people will figure out any potential problems.

Yet, if you look behind the scenes and learn what is happening with alfalfa, a main source of feed for animals in the organic meat and dairy industries, you’ll quickly realize that the situation for organic is very dire. Read more »