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Queen of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? – A Movie We All Need to See

Queen of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? - A Movie We All Need to See

While I spend a lot of time here talking about the importance of eating organic food for our health, the subject of bees does not get nearly enough attention. For those who are unaware, we are facing a very serious crisis with the disappearance of bees in our world, often referred to as colony collapse […]

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While I spend a lot of time here talking about the importance of eating organic food for our health, the subject of bees does not get nearly enough attention.

For those who are unaware, we are facing a very serious crisis with the disappearance of bees in our world, often referred to as colony collapse disorder.

In this fantastic documentary called Queen of the Sun, we learn first-hand why bees are so essential to our existence, what are the probable causes of their disappearance and how the EPA is exacerbating the problem by continuing to allow dangerous pesticides, which are severely harming the bees. Read more »


Robyn O’Brien – One of the Country’s Leading Advocates for Food Safety and An Amazing Human Being

Robyn O'Brien - One of the Country's Leading Advocates for Food Safety and An Amazing Human Being

If you don’t know who Robyn O’Brien is, please watch this video and learn her story. As the founder of AllergyKids and author of the book The Unhealthy Truth, Robyn O’Brien spends her life trying make the food supply safer for all of us. She and I became friends on Twitter and met in person […]

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If you don’t know who Robyn O’Brien is, please watch this video and learn her story. As the founder of AllergyKids and author of the book The Unhealthy Truth, Robyn O’Brien spends her life trying make the food supply safer for all of us.

She and I became friends on Twitter and met in person for the very first time this past March at Expo West. Not only is she an amazing and committed individual doing some very important work but she is also a huge inspiration to me, in terms of the impact that I want to have on the world.

Thank you Robyn! We appreciate everything that you are doing! You are a star.


The New York Times Gets it Right – The Tons of Antibiotics We Give to Animals is a Major Cause of Our Food Safety Problems

The New York Times Gets it Right - The Tons of Antibiotics We Give to Animals is a Major Cause of Our Food Saf

On Friday, I wrote about a horrifying op-ed piece in The Washington Times that called for a moratorium on organic. Fortunately, there are some journalists out there who have some intellectual honesty and understand that organic is not the true crux of the problem. Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times is one of those […]

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On Friday, I wrote about a horrifying op-ed piece in The Washington Times that called for a moratorium on organic.

Fortunately, there are some journalists out there who have some intellectual honesty and understand that organic is not the true crux of the problem. Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times is one of those individuals.

The title of Nicholas Kristof’s most recent column is When Food Kills, and it should be a must-read for everyone, vegetarian or not. Read more »


Organic Passover — What Are The Options?

Organic Passover -- What Are The Options?

With Passover coming up soon, I wanted to talk about organic food options for this holiday since many people don’t even know they exist. For me and many others out there, holidays do not mean a holiday from eating healthy food. Regardless of how special the day is, I never want to be putting pesticides […]

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With Passover coming up soon, I wanted to talk about organic food options for this holiday since many people don’t even know they exist.

For me and many others out there, holidays do not mean a holiday from eating healthy food.

Regardless of how special the day is, I never want to be putting pesticides or synthetic growth hormones into my body.

MINI-MATZOH

This is the first time that I’ve ever come across mini-matzoh. I guess it is for kids or people who think that the standard size matzoh is too big.

Someone in Aviv’s marketing department must have been working overtime on this one. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

Top 5 Organic Food Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

Even though I do not have any children or a pregnant wife (or a wife, for that matter), I give a tremendous amount of thought as to how I would feed my kids. And given that many of my friends are now pregnant or already have young kids, it is interesting to observe how these […]

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Even though I do not have any children or a pregnant wife (or a wife, for that matter), I give a tremendous amount of thought as to how I would feed my kids.

And given that many of my friends are now pregnant or already have young kids, it is interesting to observe how these parents make decisions about food.

The one thing that I notice is that organic food becomes much more of a priority when children come into the picture.

For many people out there who are completely new to this area and don’t know where to begin, these are are my Top 5 Organic Food Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers.

1) Start Now — While You Are Pregnant This is the biggest mistake I see — women don’t start early enough.

I come across many mothers who are very enthusiastic and adamant about feeding their kids organic food. Read more »


Bottled Water Rankings from the Environmental Working Group

Bottled Water Rankings from the Environmental Working Group

The post that I wrote the other day about water generated a bunch of emails and Tweets, particularly about me not drinking the Poland Spring water in my office. Since so many people buy bottled water, I thought that I would share the bottled water rankings which the Environmental Working Group recently put out. It […]

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The post that I wrote the other day about water generated a bunch of emails and Tweets, particularly about me not drinking the Poland Spring water in my office.

Since so many people buy bottled water, I thought that I would share the bottled water rankings which the Environmental Working Group recently put out. It is the most comprehensive report that I have ever seen on this subject.

It not only grades each brand of bottled water but asks the water companies the following questions:

– Where does the water come from?

– Is it purified? How?

– Have tests found any contaminants? Read more »


Organic vs. Natural: Understand the Difference, Educate Others

Organic vs. Natural: Understand the Difference, Educate Others

These past few days have been heaven for college football junkies such as myself. Why? We got to watch a ton of great bowl games and the best is yet to come — January 10th when Auburn and Oregon play for the National BCS Championship. Then, a few months later comes March Madness, the college […]

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These past few days have been heaven for college football junkies such as myself. Why?

We got to watch a ton of great bowl games and the best is yet to come — January 10th when Auburn and Oregon play for the National BCS Championship. Then, a few months later comes March Madness, the college basketball championship tournament.

Now that I got the sports plug in, let’s talk about Organic vs. Natural.

I am addressing this now because when I was watching the Rose Bowl game yesterday (TCU vs. Wisconsin), a major potato-chip manufacturer kept popping up with its “all-natural” ads. The vegetables in the ads looked pristine, the kitchen was sparkling white and the cutting board was beautiful. It was about as picturesque and healthy looking as you can imagine.

And, they kept saying their potato-chips were “all-natural”.

According to the USDA’s website, this is what “natural” means.

As required by USDA, meat, poultry, and egg products labeled as “natural” must be minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients. However, the natural label does not include any standards regarding farm practices and only applies to processing of meat and egg products. There are no standards or regulations for the labeling of natural food products if they do not contain meat or eggs.

Did you read that last sentence? There are no standards or regulations for the labeling of natural food products if they do not contain meat or eggs.

As a result, “natural” has been badly abused as a marketing technique, and tons of companies have used genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic chemicals, and growth hormones in the production of their “natural” foods.

Since the government has been unwilling to enforce any type of standard for the term “natural”, class action lawyers have gotten involved and filed lawsuits against corporations such as Pepsi (Naked Juice) and Kashi who have used ingredients that are anything but natural.

What to do?

Avoid buying products labeled as “natural” and purchase “organic” products.

Organic food has very strict standards — no GMOs, no toxic pesticides or chemicals, nothing artificial, nothing can be irradiated or grown in sewage sludge — and the certification process is rigorous. Organic food is MUCH healthier for a person and for the planet.

So, the next time some person or some advertisement says that a food product is “natural”, now you know what the word really means. Or, doesn’t mean.

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