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Non-Organic Milk Tests Positive for Illegal Antibiotics, High Levels of Growth Hormones and Controversial Pesticide Contaminants

Non-Organic Milk Tests Positive for Illegal Antibiotics, High Levels of Growth Hormones and Controversial Pest

For years, I have been warning about the health risks of drinking non-organic hormonal milk. But it isn’t just the synthetic growth hormones that are worrisome. It is also the alarming level of antibiotics that animals receive and the pesticide-soaked, GMO grains they are fed. A recently published report from researchers at Emory University, in […]

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For years, I have been warning about the health risks of drinking non-organic hormonal milk.

But it isn’t just the synthetic growth hormones that are worrisome.

It is also the alarming level of antibiotics that animals receive and the pesticide-soaked, GMO grains they are fed.

A recently published report from researchers at Emory University, in collaboration with The Organic Center, is validating our concerns with non-organic milk. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic – Higher Levels of Antioxidants in Onions

Another Reason to Eat Organic - Higher Levels of Antioxidants in Onions

When people ask why they should be eating organic, there are several answers. First, organic prohibits the use of super-toxic pesticides, such as glyphosate.

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When people ask why they should be eating organic, there are several answers.

First, organic prohibits the use of super-toxic pesticides, such as glyphosate. Read more »


Report: What the Habits and Motivation of Organic Shoppers are Telling Us

Report: What the Habits and Motivation of Organic Shoppers are Telling Us

Acosta, a sales and marketing organization for the food industry, recently published an interesting research report called Back to our Roots: The Rise of the Natural/Organic Shopper. While it is common knowledge that the macro trends of the organic industry are very favorable and conventional supermarkets are embracing organic more than ever, the report takes […]

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(Photo courtesy of Acosta)

Acosta, a sales and marketing organization for the food industry, recently published an interesting research report called Back to our Roots: The Rise of the Natural/Organic Shopper.

While it is common knowledge that the macro trends of the organic industry are very favorable and conventional supermarkets are embracing organic more than ever, the report takes a deeper look at the habits, motivation and preferences of organic shoppers. Read more »


Transitional Program will Increase U.S. Organic Acreage and is a Great Development – What You Need to Know

Transitional Program will Increase U.S. Organic Acreage and is a Great Development - What You Need to Know

One of the major challenges that organic farmers face is the transition period in switching from a conventional farm to a certified organic farm. Under current USDA rules, the soil on a farm needs to be verified by an organic certifier that it has not been sprayed with toxic pesticides for the previous 36 months. […]

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One of the major challenges that organic farmers face is the transition period in switching from a conventional farm to a certified organic farm. Under current USDA rules, the soil on a farm needs to be verified by an organic certifier that it has not been sprayed with toxic pesticides for the previous 36 months.

This presents a serious financial hurdle for farmers because they are essentially being asked to farm organically yet must sell their products in the marketplace at conventional prices for three years.

An excellent new program called the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP), developed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and in partnership with the USDA, is seeking to make this transition period less burdensome for farmers, with the goal of getting more of them to switch to organic. Read more »


Analyzing the Pew Research Food Report: Millennials Don’t Trust GMOs, We Have Lots of Education To Do

Analyzing the Pew Research Food Report: Millennials Don't Trust GMOs, We Have Lots of Education To Do

The Pew Research Center recently released its findings from a new report called The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science, which largely focused on Americans’ perceptions of organic and genetically-modified foods (GMOs). It surveyed 1,500 nationally representative adults (whatever that means), and I found the data to be both encouraging and worrisome.

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The Pew Research Center recently released its findings from a new report called The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science, which largely focused on Americans’ perceptions of organic and genetically-modified foods (GMOs).

It surveyed 1,500 nationally representative adults (whatever that means), and I found the data to be both encouraging and worrisome. Read more »


Another Reason to Support Organic — Organic “Hotspots” Significantly Boost Local Economies

Another Reason to Support Organic -- Organic "Hotspots" Significantly Boost Local Economies

(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic) While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies. In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been […]

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(To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to follow me on Snapchat: maxorganic)

While there are many reasons why we should support organic food, we now have yet another one: organic boosts local economies.

In a new study by the Organic Trade Association called U.S Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies, it has been found that organic food and crop production – and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture – creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. 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 »