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A German study put bananas to the test and found some “organic” bananas were not truly organic.
“At least, three active substances were found in 28 of the conventionally cultivated bananas. A test for the remaining conventional banana from Colombia contained some tracks of pesticide. With respect to organic bananas, no verifiable rakes of pesticides were found. However, three classified as organic bananas were complained about the presence of active substances (Thiabendazol, Imazalil), these substances cannot be contained in organic produce according to the organic cultivation regulations.”
Now if only I could scientifically analyze all of my produce just to make sure.. haha.
SunOpta, a distributor of organic and natural food products, announced a new deal with the South American fruit industry that will make organic fruits and vegetables more readily available to the public.
“Steve Bromley, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunOpta commented that “We have had an excellent relationship with these companies over the past number of years and are delighted to expand these relationships to ensure our customers of a high quality, reliable and growing source of key organic products. These transactions reflect our strategy of extending our international sourcing capabilities for products that are in short supply globally.”
Maybe now blueberries won’t cost six dollars for four ounces?
It’s really no surprise that food manufacturers want to cash in on the whole “organic trend.”
“Top processors including Kraft and General Mills have started organic lines or are buying organic companies to add to their portfolios. Wal-Mart is planning to double its organic offerings this year. Retailers such as Safeway and Super Target have launched their own private labels, with Super Target having gone the extra step to get USDA certification as an organic retailer. McDonalds is serving organic coffee. The shelves at 7-Eleven are stocked with organic snacks.”
It’s a good thing though because it makes eating organic food a little easier and more readily available. It’s also nice to see products everyone is familiar with go organic i.e. Frosted Mini-Wheats, Welch’s Grape Juice, Ragu Sauce, etc. etc.
Target becoming USDA certified seems pretty interesting..
After coming home from a long day of school or work, most people don’t seem to care what they eat as long as it’s quick and tastes good. The whole “organic” concept is completely lost, with the only concern being about eating something. On these occassions, fast food is ideal for the wallet, stomach and watch (maybe not your health though.) Fortunately, more and more health conscious fast food joints are opening up. If you are lucky enough to live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you have the option of ordering up a delicious and healthy organic pizza.
“Pizza Fusion (www.pizzafusion.com), the leader in organic, quick-service food and a better quality of life, kicked off the opening of their first franchise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend with a highly successful launch party. 600 people showed up on Saturday to be the first to taste the new restaurant’s offerings, consuming more than 300 pizzas and an extensive list of organic beer and wine.
..The popularity of the organic food industry coupled with Pizza Fusion’s aggressive environmental approach makes for an amazing restaurant concept that has entered the market at just the right time,” Jeffrey Yagoda explains. “However, their concept wouldn’t be a success without the high quality of their product. They’ve mastered the art of the pizzeria with a pie that’s taste speaks for itself. From the oval shape of our gourmet pizzas to the unique taste of our specialty pies, it’s a pizza unlike any other. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.”
I can’t believe the FDA is seriously thinking about approving cloned food.
“The FDA announced Dec. 28 that a four-year review of data showed milk and meat from cloned cows, pigs and goats posed no increased safety risks.”
Read more about the cloning controversy.
The FDA is wrong about EVERYTHING. How could anyone possibly trust them? This is all too gross. Cloned products won’t even be labeled! You could be eating Bessie’s clone without knowing it. Whether it’s from your supermarket or a restaurant, animal clones will be everywhere. (This is starting to sound like science fiction..)
There’s still time to let the FDA know how you feel. You can submit your opinions until April 2. Don’t let this happen!
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Farmer Arthur Harvey had a problem with how the goverment labeled organic food. So what did he do? He stood up for what he believed was right and ended up winning:
“Harvey’s legal focus is ensuring food labels are accurate and that food producers cannot label a product certified organic if it isn’t. The result of his recent work is a change in federal laws – effective June 8 – that better define what organic means for milk and food, and better inform the public about the products they are purchasing and consuming.
…You’ve got to watch these federal agencies like a hawk,” Harvey said. “They can take an act of Congress and shape it to suit the industry rather than the consumer. It’s my objective to get the regulations back in sync with what the Congress intended.
“Organic consumers need more than government assurance that food is safe,” Harvey said.”
I think we all owe Mr. Harvey a big thank you for all of his efforts. He used to have a website at restoreorganiclaw.com, but it appears to be down.
Go Organic! for Earth Day might be just what you need to convert yourself into a organic foodie:
“Go Organic! for Earth Day helps consumers cut through the clutter and take the first steps toward making organic products part of their daily lives, http://www.organicearthday.org/.
This April, more than 3,500 grocery stores and 40 leading organic manufacturers will come together for Go Organic! for Earth Day to help consumers discover, understand and ultimately enjoy organic products as part of their daily lives.”
Of course, it’s not hard to make the switch anyway: all you need to do is buy the items that you usually buy from organic companies instead of conventional. I’m sure this program will be helpful to some people though.
I was excited when I found out Stonyfield Farm was coming out with an organic energy drink called Shift. Even though the flavors (Berry Boost, Power Punch and Strawberry Banana) weren’t all that appealing to me, I still picked one up and had it for breakfast the next morning. Man, was it horrible. This review from The Message Whore pretty much sums it up.
I don’t think I’ll be buying Shift again anytime soon. It has a terrible aftertaste and packs no energy despite the added acai, ginseng, protein and vitamins. I tried Strawberry Banana and it tasted like a horrible combination of old yogurt, apple juice, strawberry and banana. When I looked at the ingredient list, guess what the first ingredient was? Apple juice concentrate. Does that even make sense? My prediction is it will be discontinued soon.
(P.S. I swear I will start writing proper reviews soon! I just need to find the cable that connects the digital camera to my computer and I’ll be all set.)
There is no point using harsh chemicals around the house when natural or organic alternatives exist.
“While natural household products account for only 1 percent of the household cleaners market, the industry has grown in the U.S. to $100 million annually, according to one retailer of natural goods, Seventh Generation.
You can easily replace the chemical lab beneath your kitchen sink. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are readily available locally or can be purchased online or through catalogs. Consumers will find some of the natural cleaning products are more costly than conventional cleaners while some are more economical.”