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EWG Announces its Dirty Dozen List – Where’s the Outrage?

EWG Announces its Dirty Dozen List - Where's the Outrage?

(The Dirty Dozen list below has been updated to reflect the 2017 results.) Just the other day, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) announced its “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 […]

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(The Dirty Dozen list below has been updated to reflect the 2017 results.)

Just the other day, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) announced its “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 »


Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic. Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is […]

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In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic.

Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is going to carry more weight with consumers than “Organic”.

On many levels, this is incredibly worrisome, mostly because shoppers are making the absolute wrong and unhealthy decision at the supermarket. Read more »


An Amazing Night with the Environmental Working Group at Suite ThreeOhSix in NYC

An Amazing Night with the Environmental Working Group at Suite ThreeOhSix in NYC

Last week in NYC, I went to a fantastic event hosted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and its Executive Director, Heather White. Not only did we get a chance to meet Heather White in person, but we were updated on the many exciting things that EWG has in the works.

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Last week in NYC, I went to a fantastic event hosted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and its Executive Director, Heather White.

Not only did we get a chance to meet Heather White in person, but we were updated on the many exciting things that EWG has in the works. Read more »


There is A LOT to Love About Sakara Life, the Organic Meal Delivery Service

There is A LOT to Love About Sakara Life, the Organic Meal Delivery Service

Recently, I stopped by the offices of Sakara Life, the fantastic organic meal delivery service based here in NYC. Even though I have known co-founders Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle for a few years, I hadn’t fully researched their company until now. And what a huge mistake that was because it is an incredibly impressive […]

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Recently, I stopped by the offices of Sakara Life, the fantastic organic meal delivery service based here in NYC.

Even though I have known co-founders Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle for a few years, I hadn’t fully researched their company until now. And what a huge mistake that was because it is an incredibly impressive operation with delicious food.

Currently, Sakara Life is delivering fully-prepared, 100% organic, gluten-free, plant-based meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The service will eventually be expanded to other parts of the country, with California on the company’s near-term radar screen.

Here were a few things that I tasted. Read more »


5 Essential Ways to Avoid Genetically-Modified Food (GMOs)

5 Essential Ways to Avoid Genetically-Modified Food (GMOs)

The other day on Facebook, I shared a post that I wrote a while ago called Consuming Genetically-Modified Soy is a Very, Very Risky Proposition. (If you are unfamiliar with the health risks of eating genetically-modified food, please read this article.) As a follow-up from that post, I got an e-mail from a reader asking […]

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The other day on Facebook, I shared a post that I wrote a while ago called Consuming Genetically-Modified Soy is a Very, Very Risky Proposition. (If you are unfamiliar with the health risks of eating genetically-modified food, please read this article.)

As a follow-up from that post, I got an e-mail from a reader asking how she would know if she is eating genetically-modified soy or not.

Figuring that many other people may have that same question, I wanted to explain how to avoid eating genetically-modified food (GMOs) and the things that you need to look out for.

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#1 – Buy USDA Certified Organic Products  GMOs are prohibited in organic food. Therefore, look for products that contain the USDA certified organic seal.

Even though GMOs are prohibited in organic, organic crops can be contaminated by GMOs through cross-pollination and drift. (That is why the proliferation of GMOs is a real threat to organic farming. The co-existence of GM-crops and organic crops is simply not possible, despite what our government would like us to believe.)

USDA rules require that organic certifiers test samples from at least 5% of the operations they certify on an annual basis. Read more »


MUST-SHARE Video: The Organic Industry Rolls out its First Advertising Campaign – The Natural Effect

MUST-SHARE Video: The Organic Industry Rolls out its First Advertising Campaign - The Natural Effect

(When I come across a meaningful video, I’ll usually write MUST-WATCH.  Please read below why I wrote MUST-SHARE.) A very, very important advertising campaign called Only Organic has recently been launched by Organic Voices, a non-profit backed by some of the biggest names in the industry including Stonyfield, Nature’s Path, Annie’s and many others. While educated organic […]

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(When I come across a meaningful video, I’ll usually write MUST-WATCH.  Please read below why I wrote MUST-SHARE.)

A very, very important advertising campaign called Only Organic has recently been launched by Organic Voices, a non-profit backed by some of the biggest names in the industry including Stonyfield, Nature’s Path, Annie’s and many others.

While educated organic consumers will watch this video and get a laugh, the reality is that this is no laughing matter. Why? Read more »


Organic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Organic Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have curated a wide variety of the best and most interesting organic gift ideas that I could find. And it just so happens that they come from many of my favorite organic companies. SWEET GIFT BOX BY ONE LUCKY DUCK Having daily access to One Lucky Duck […]

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have curated a wide variety of the best and most interesting organic gift ideas that I could find.

And it just so happens that they come from many of my favorite organic companies.

SWEET GIFT BOX BY ONE LUCKY DUCK

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Having daily access to One Lucky Duck is reason enough to live in NYC.

But not to worry if you don’t live here because One Lucky Duck has you covered. They will ship your Valentine a box of organic, gluten-free, vegan, raw cookies, brownies, and chocolate to anywhere in the country. Read more »