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Orcas Food Co-op is now accepting applications for the 2020 Community Hero program – Islands’ Sounder

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Submitted by the Orcas Food Co-op.

The co-op is currently accepting applications from non-sectarian, non-partisan charitable community groups for the 2020 Community Hero Campaign. To qualify for consideration please submit the application by Nov. 30. Please mail your application to Orcas Food Co-op Attn: Sarah Benson Post Office Box 913 Eastsound, Washington, 98245, or email

The Orcas Food Co-ops Community Hero Program serves as an umbrella for Three Percent Thursdays, Register Round-Up and Coins for Community. Selected organizations will be the recipient of funds gathered through the following:

Three Percent Thursday: Three percent of the gross receipts on the third Thursday of the month.

Register Round-Up: Shoppers have the opportunity to round up their purchases throughout the entire month.

Coins for Community: Wooden coins donated when customers bring their own bag.

Organizations will be eligible for the program based on their service to the community in the following areas: local community service organizations; organic food; healthy food for children or seniors; environmentally friendly and sustainable agricultural practices; human rights, environmental preservation; and groups with similar missions and values. The Community Hero selection committee and Co-op Management team will select the winning organizations and assign each to a Thursday in one of the months of the following calendar year. The winning programs will be contacted prior to the first of the year.

We believe this program offers benefits that extend far beyond the monetary contribution. If your organization is selected we would like to make sure the event receives as much attention as possible on both our marketing materials and yours. We look forward to combining our efforts to promote your organization and its values to our members and to the community at large.

If you have any questions please contact the Co-ops Marketing Specialist, Sarah Benson, at 360-376-2009 or email

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Organic Board to Vote on Whether Nitrates Can Be Used in Curing Organic Meats – PerishableNews

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WASHINGTON In an effort to remove cancer causing nitrites from deli-type and other processed meats labeled organic, the industry watchdog OrganicEye has petitioned the USDAs National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). At its public meeting next week, the NOSB will consider whether cured organic meats may continue to be processed with nonorganic celery powder, which contains high levels of nitrates. The powder is derived from celery grown with high levels of synthetic nitrogen that are absorbed by the plant and then used as a nitrate-based preservative.

The continued use of this material in organic meat is in conflict with the law that requires all synthetic and non-organic ingredients to be safe for the environment and human health, saidMark Kastel, director or OrganicEye, a project of national group Beyond Pesticides, which bridges consumer, farmer, environmental and public health interests.

The Organic Foods Production Act prohibits synthetic nitrate use in organic crop production and adding nitrates or nitrites in processing. Nitrates and nitrites are prohibited in organic food because of their impacts on human health, which include methemoglobinemia, hypotension, risk of pregnancy complications, a number of reproductive effects, and cancer, the groups lead scientist, Terry Shistar, PhD, stated. Substituting celery powder grown with high applications of synthetic nitrogen, when it has the same biological action in the human body, is unethical and undermines the reputation of organic food as the safest marketplace alternative, she continued. As an alternative to celery powder, OrganicEye suggests that meat processors and retailers can distribute similar products, without preservatives, that would be required to be kept frozen rather than adding nitrates.

OrganicEye is also recommending that the Board remove the synthetic amino acid methionine from the list of allowed synthetic substances, no longer allowing it to be added to organic poultry feed. The additive facilitates industrial-scale confinement operations, rather than managing poultry with outdoor access as required by federal law.

OrganicEye is a project of Beyond Pesticides.

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Organic Food and Beverages Market in Emerging Economies will witness a CAGR of 16.4% through 2022 –

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Organic Food and Beverages Market Report, published by Allied Market Research, projects that the global market is expected to reach $327,600 million by 2022, from $115,984 million in 2015, at a CAGR of 16.4% from 2016 to 2022. The organic beverages segment occupied a dominant share, accounting for about three-fifths of the market in 2015, and is expected to maintain this trend during the forecast period. The organic fruits and vegetables and other organic food segments collectively accounted for half of the global organic food market share in 2015, whereas the organic coffee and tea sub segments contributed nearly one-third share of the organic beverages market in 2015.

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Organic foods and beverages offer ample advantages over conventional foods such as health benefits, free of harmful chemicals, and others. The global market is poised to witness significant growth during the forecast period, owing to increase in income levels, rise in awareness regarding advantages of organic products, and advancements in organic farming techniques. The demand for organic food and beverages is anticipated to increase by three-folds by 2022 as compared to that in 2015. In addition, factors such as heavy investment and supportive investment policies by government organization for organic farming provide lucrative opportunities to market players. However, high price of organic products and low shelf life hamper the market growth.

Organically grown fruits and vegetables have high nutritive value, and are free from pesticides and other chemicals. Furthermore, organic nondairy beverages are in high demand among consumers due to increase in health awareness among consumers. Therefore, this segment accounted for significant share of the global market in 2015, followed by the fruits and vegetables segment. The popularity of organic meat, fish, and poultry has increased among consumers, as these products are free from chemicals and contain less fat and cholesterol. Moreover, the organic baby food segment is expected to witness huge potential in the near future, as these products are safer than the conventional baby foods.

Presently, North America and Europe jointly contributed for more than four-fifths share of the global market. The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to register the highest CAGR of 23% during the forecast period. The organic dairy products market has the highest potential for growth in European countries. The countries in Latin America and the Middle East are projected to exhibit significant growth in the near future.

Though establishment of exclusive diet centers, untapped geographical regions such as India, South Africa which are offering a rising demand, limited shelf life of organic foods pose limitations in the market. However, each factor would have its definite impact on the market during the forecast period.

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Organic Food and Beverages Market Key Findings:

The organic food segment is projected to grow at a significant CAGR of 16.6% from 2016 to 2022.

Among organic beverages, the nondairy beverages segment is projected to grow rapidly during the forecast period.

The organic beverages segment accounted for about three-fifths of the global market in 2015.

The Asia-Pacific region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 23% during the forecast period.

The coffee & tea segment accounted for nearly one-third share of the market in 2015.

Top Key Players: The key market players profiled in the report are The WhiteWave Foods Company, Hain celestial Group, Inc., General Mills Inc. United Natural Foods, Inc., SpartanNash Company, Amys Kitchen, Inc., Dean Foods Company, Starbucks Corporation, The Kroger Co., and Whole Foods Market Inc.

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Natural Grocers to fill former Hastings location on South Hill – The Spokesman-Review

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Natural Grocers is coming to Spokanes South Hill, according to city permit data.

The health food chain that sells organic food and produce will take the space formerly occupied by the Hastings Entertainment store, 2512 E. 29th Ave., near the intersection of 29th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard.

Permits for $820,000 in work have been filed and are under review by the city, but if the store opens, it will join the other Natural Grocers in the area: 4603 N. Division St. in Spokane, and 222 W. Neider Ave. in Coeur dAlene.

The company was founded in Lakewood, Colorado, in 1955 as a door-to-door sales business by Margaret and Philip Isely. According to the Colorado alternative newspaper, Westword, the Iselys then began what was originally called Vitamin Cottage after Margaret Isely became chronically ill and became interested in the growing field of supplements and health food.

Ahead of its time, the store focused on organic, local food and the practice of butchering and using the whole animal. The Isley family meals were filled with tongue, heart, liver and other offal after the prime cuts were taken to sell at the store.

The store name changed to Natural Grocers in 2008 to highlight its grocery selling and move away from vitamins.

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Forager Project Welcomes Danone Manifesto Ventures As A Minority Investor, To Accelerate The Growth Of Its Organic Plant-Based Creamery -…

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The San Francisco-based company, which produces and markets organic, plant-based food and beverages, has received a minority investment from Danone Manifesto Ventures, to continue to build its portfolio of innovative products, enhance sustainable sourcing and production, increase brand awareness and widen distribution.

John Charles and I have spent three years getting to know Jean Francois, Laurent and the Danone Manifesto Ventures team. Its the right time and they are the right partner good people with leverageable, relevant experience and capital, said Stephen Williamson, Forager Project Founder & CEO.

Forager Project is a family-owned and operated organic food company that has been crafting plant-based foods in California since 2013. The company has developed a broad portfolio of organic plant-based products including Yogurt, Milk, Sour Cream, Half & Half as well as a range of Protein and Probiotic Shakes. Forager Project believes that the food we eat should be aligned with nature. The purpose of Forager Project is to improve our planet and human health by making exceptional tasting, organic, plant-based whole foods more widely available.

Danone Manifesto Ventures believes Forager Project is a unique brand with strong potential in the fast-growing plant-based space. Forager Project is fully aligned with Danones ambition to continue developing a best-in-class platform to meet the increasing needs of plant-based consumers globally.

Forager Project and Danone have highly aligned values focused on improving human and planet health through food, and a shared commitment to sustainable, enduring business growth, said Laurent Marcel, CEO of Danone Manifesto Ventures. Over the years we had the chance to develop a special relationship with Stephen and his talented team, and today were very excited to start this partnership with Forager Project. added Jean-Francois Hurel, Chief Investment Officer for Danone Manifesto Ventures.

Danone Manifesto Ventures launched in 2016 with the mission to support innovative and healthy food and beverage companies, and partners with disruptive entrepreneurs that share its vision of a healthy and sustainable future. Through this unit, Danone makes investments and provides financial and operational support to its portfolio companies through access to its experienced teams around the world. Danone Manifesto Ventures has invested in various companies including Harmless Harvest, Farmers Fridge and Sustainable Bioproducts in the US, Michel et Augustin and Yooji in France, as well as Epigamia in India. It was certified as a B Corp in 2018.

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Leaders in the realms of local food and ag talk about how we can eat according to our values. – Monterey County Weekly

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Ethical eating has many parts and definitions: eating with social, political or ethical concerns in mind; or consumer, economic, health, well-being and environment front and center. It could pertain to not wasting food, buying local, eating vegetarian/vegan, nourishing your kids, labor practices, packaging.

Taking that array into account, we emailed the same set of questions to local experts from different facets of the local food supply chain and ag industry, and let them tell us what ethical eating means to them, how they do it, and how we can do it too.

Jessica Harris has a succinct definition of ethical eating: Making food choices in harmony with your values.

But values are not only different from one person to the next, but may change over a persons own lifetime. When younger, a person may favor affordability; as a parent, nutrition content and safety concerns may override.

Her most vital ethical eating practice is eating organic, partly because its easy and partly because she believes in that USDA organic seal.

I tend to use organic as a simple shortcut for my grocery shopping, she says. There are rigorous standards for earning the USDA organic certification and I appreciate farmers and other food producers who make that effort. Organic touches all of the pieces in the supply chain that matter most to me eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides, keeping the soil healthy, caring for workers and communities while still providing an outstanding product each and every day.

Harris esteem for organics is also informed by the company she worked at prior to its being bought out by Taylor Farms earlier this year.

At Earthbound Farm, our previous mission statement was to make organic food accessible to as many people as possible, and I feel like we achieved that, she says. You can find organic in more than 75 percent of grocery stores today, with a large majority of those greens and vegetables coming from Monterey County.

Shes also a board member of the ag industry trade group the Grower Shipper Association, and, not surprising considering that Taylor Farms dominates the packaged salads category, she gives plastic packaging some license, saying that it plays a vital role in our food chain.

For certain uses (for example, organic salads) we just havent found a material other than plastic that can keep the food fresh and safe and provide the kind of visibility to the product that shoppers are looking for.

Shes also not opposed to giving people some license, too.

You have to make it as simple and convenient as possible or youll wind up agonizing over every decision at the grocery shelf. You cant torture yourself. Sometimes, youre hungry and theres nothing perfect around its OK!

As the director of the famed Salinas soup kitchen, Jill Allen says, We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to eat well and healthy, and most often, the homeless people we serve do not have as much opportunity as you and me.

If homeless people refuse food based on the same ethical guidelines that more privileged people do its not fair practice, or organic, or local they go hungry. So she sees their job as not just nourishing them nutritionally, but trying to abide by ethical standards on their behalf.

Here in Monterey County, particularly, she believes we should source locally. And more.

I believe that the farm workers that harvest our vegetables and fruits should be paid a living wage and should not be expected to work in conditions that are harmful to their health, she says. This includes working in fields where harmful pesticides are used, not being allowed to take breaks to relieve themselves of the often painful bent-over position, and providing adequate health insurance. If that raises the price of lettuce and broccoli, so be it.

But she suspects theres a way to do all that while keeping food costs affordable.

She says that people should support the local Food Bank for Monterey County and not just with canned goods at Thanksgiving time, she notes, but with money to buy healthy foods. And that everyone locally should support the new Blue Zones Project, which she says can shore up food ethics in Salinas and beyond for the next four years. Dorothys Kitchen will apply for Blue Zones certification next year, and already meets most of the criteria.

For her own familys ethical food practice, Allen says they eat organic and locally sourced, grow some of their own vegetables, buy fair trade food, reduce waste and compost scraps, and frequent the farmers markets. And as with Harris, she allows some latitude.

My guys sneak hot dogs in there for lunch, and eat more fast food when theyre out of the home than I would like.

As part of the ethical consideration of food practiced by Dorothys Kitchen, they are opening a deli/cafe called Red Artichoke Cafe at the new, low-income Moon Gate Plaza and will employ people from their client base, teaching them ethical food practices and helping them find permanent jobs in the restaurant industry.

Susie Brusas two main ethical eating components are the treatment of animals and the treatment of the planet (in terms of pesticides, distribution distance, packaging).

I am not a vegetarian, she says. I am looking for animal protein that has been treated humanely. The benefit is not just in my psyche; there is a tangible benefit in that the meat tastes so much better! This is noticeably true for both chicken and for grass-fed beef.

She says her cousin used to own a beautiful buffalo ranch in the Badlands of South Dakota, and applied for and received permission to shoot the buffalo on the plains from a distance. This spared the animals from the fear and stress of being herded into trucks and taken to slaughter, and preserved the taste and texture of the meat.

Several of our respondents touted knowledge and learning in order to guide ethical eating.

Brusa knows where to find resources, including Dave Dorrance, a Mt. Toro rancher who has conducted studies of the grasses and animals, and moves the herd so the land can regenerate; and Mark Farr of Corral de Tierra Cattle Company, which Rancho Cielos Drummond Culinary Academy Dining Room (which trains at-risk kids in running a restaurant) sources for meats.

And, again, another critique of plastic packaging.

In terms of the planet, I have a particular interest in plastic usage, she says. I dont condemn businesses for using plastic its the best-performing and cheapest option for packaging. Because of its lighter weight, the distribution of it (mostly in trucks on highways) has reduced emissions. So we have to find a replacement that can be as reasonably priced and scalable for mass usage.

She turns to expert guidance in Daniella Russo, founder of the nonprofit Think Beyond Plastic, which is enlisting large companies dependent on plastics to seek alternatives: Shes a badass.

Eating ethically is more expensive, Brusa admits. But it can be approached in bite-sized pieces.

Here are some things I do: Buy veggies that are not packaged. Buy in season. Reuse single use plastic bags for cleaning the cat litter box. Compost. Grow a garden. Recycle like a nutjob. Do not waste. Eat leftovers for breakfast. Label leftovers in the fridge with the day of the week you made them so that you eat them before they go bad. Again, nutjob.

Lastly, she invites people to eat at Rancho Cielo on Friday nights, starting on Oct. 18, courtesy of the young people who are learning to thrive in the world by learning practical skills at the Drummond Culinary Academy.

The word harvest is a key ingredient for this nonprofit operator of certified farmers markets. Another is season.

I think that learning to eat locally and seasonally are really important steps people can take to eat more ethically, Norris says. When you walk into a supermarket, the selection of produce does not reflect the actual agricultural community we live in. Apples, for example, are harvested on the California coast during the fall, but big grocery stores import them throughout the year, often from South America, and give the impression that apples (or any fruit or vegetable) should be available all the time.

Whereas at a farmers market, you will see the yearly coming and going of seasonal fruits and vegetables that correspond to the season and the harvest. Although in Monterey County, because the growing season is year-round, there is more abundance than in, say, Norris former home state of Indiana.

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Like Brusa, Norris turns to higher authorities on certain matters of food.

Alice Waters is my personal hero in this regard and her bookThe Art of Simple Foodis my culinary bible.

He says that Waters strategies can be applied to eating fish and meat, with the goal of buying locally from people you know are using responsible practices. And he encourages people to take their ethical food practices into their own hands even further by learning how to garden and preserve foods. And to think of others.

Access to local food is not equitably distributed throughout our community, and many local families face significant challenges in gaining access to the great food produce in the Salinas Valley and on the Central Coast, he says.

That is a guiding principle behind the mission of Everyones Harvest, which was begun in 2002 as a capstone project by Iris Peppard when she was a CSU Monterey Bay student.

The Aquariums Seafood Watch list (and app) has done as much as anything else to transform the way diners, chefs and restaurants think about, purchase and consume seafood, and to promote options that are more sustainable for the oceans.

So its no surprise that Bigelow states, Personally, I approach ethical eating as considering the environmental impacts of my food choices. That might mean considering the carbon footprint of my meal and having less dairy, for example, or asking questions about my seafood and choosing a Seafood Watch-recommended item.

And, again, maybe not surprising, he encourages people to first consume information in order to make better decisions about the foods they consume. He concedes that information isnt always easy to get or to pin down (should sea urchin be harvested and eaten by humans more to protect the kelp forests that the echinoderms feed on?).

But he says that by simply asking questions, consumers can sway businesses and, ultimately, improve the health of ocean stocks. Specifically, he encourages local folks to favor rockfish, sand dabs and other local species. But if the ethical choices are not clear or available, he offers an easy out.

If you dont know what youre buying, consider a vegetarian option before defaulting to meat.

Like some of the other respondents, he places responsibility into the hands of those who have the means to act on ethical concerns.

For many people around the world, unequal food access and poverty make [sustainable decisions] difficult or impossible, he says. For those of us lucky enough to have the relative wealth and information necessary to improve the sustainability of our diets, it is doubly important that we strive for more ethical and sustainable diets.

To me, ethical eating means trying to learn and be informed about my choices, and using what I know to pick the most nourishing and sustainable options for myself and my family, Forrest Melton says.

Thats easy for him to say. Hes a scientist. With NASAs Ames Research Center, no less. But he simplifies it into easily digestible terms: Eating one meal a day that is mostly legumes, vegetables, fruits and grains is a great way to start.

And he says that living in the abundant Monterey County makes it easier (if economic barriers dont exist) to check a bunch of ethical eating boxes, including eating locally grown foods, choosing foods low on the food chain, or those that are sustainably grown or harvested.

In his own life, when it comes to supporting local companies he says are improving sustainable practices (I like to think of the money we spend as a family on food as votes in the economy), hes not above a little name dropping.

Companies like DArrigo Bros. (Andy Boy), Driscolls, Scheid Vineyards, Huntington Farms, Rio Farms and others are making real efforts to measure and efficiently manage their irrigation and fertilizer and/or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, he says. Other companies, like Tanimura & Antle, are investing in affordable housing for their workforce, and many others make a point of giving back to their community (e.g., Mann Packing, Giannini Farms).

At home, they eat pretty low on the food chain, buy local when they can, make low-waste lunches, and minimize food waste. And just so this doesnt intimidate people, he adds, But we are definitely far from perfect, and feel that making a start is the most important thing.

And, because ethical eating includes drinking, a word about water.

One of the biggest issues locally is ensuring that we leave enough water for future generations of farmers. A number of local agricultural companies are working hard on water efficiency, and hopefully the development of the groundwater sustainability plan for the Salinas Valley Basin will accelerate this trend.

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EWG News Roundup (10/18): California Seeks To Reduce Lead From Daycare Facilities, Debunking PFAS Polluters’ False Claims and More – Environmental…

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This week, California regulators announced steps to reduce childrens lead exposure at day care facilities across the state. In a hearing, the State Water Resources Board adopted a goal of reducing lead in centers drinking water to no more than 1 part per billion the toughest lead reduction action in the nation to date.

Lead exposure at the earliest, most vulnerable stages of a childs life can have pronounced and lifelong consequences, said Susan Little, EWGs senior advocate for California government affairs. The boards action is a huge step forward in making sure we do everything possible to protect them from the risks of this potent neurotoxin. Parents shouldnt have to worry if their children are at risk from lead-contaminated water and food when they drop them off at day care. This move will go a long way toward making sure that doesnt happen."

EWG, along with CalPIRG, Clean Water Action and other organizations and advocates,urged the water boardto adopt the 1 ppb goal as part of the regulations for a new lead testing law recently signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that was originally sponsored by EWG.

Opponents to designating PFAS the family of highly toxic chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law claim the designation will effectively ban PFAS across all commerce. EWG broke down these claims and explained why they are not true.

Heres some news you can use going into the weekend.

EPA Lead and Copper Rule

E&E News: Enviros lament lost opportunity with lead rule revamp

"It is indeed a very good thing," agreed Olga Naidenko, the Environmental Working Group's vice president for science investigations. "It is fair to say it is long overdue to not allow sample cheating."

Heliyon Cumulative Risk Assessment

Environmental Monitor: Assessing Cumulative Risk From Water Pollutants

New research from scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that an approach that assesses cumulative risk from water contaminants could save lives. EWG senior scientist Tasha Stoiber spoke with EM about how the team developed the innovative new approach.

Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change + Health

Live Kindly: What is Red Meat Really Doing to the Planet?

Lamb also has a high carbon footprint. Some believe its even higher than beef. According to the Environmental Working Group, this is because lambs produce less edible meat than cows.

Metals in Jewelry

National Jeweler: CA Law Tightens Restrictions on Lead, Cadmium in Jewelry

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) introduced SB 647 in February. It was co-sponsored by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Environmental Health.

Monsantos Glyphosate

Salon: Why Dr. Zach Bush believes herbicides could end life on Earth

As Salon's Matt Rozsa reported earlier this year, an Environmental Working Group study tested 21 oat-based cereal and snack products for glyphosate. 17 of then contained glyphosate at levels considered unsafe for children, including multiple brands of Cheerios.

Medical Health News: Why Dr. Zach Bush believes herbicides could end life on Earth

As Salon's Matt Rozsa reported earlier this year, an Environmental Working Group study tested 21 oat-based cereal and snack products for glyphosate.


Enviro News: CAUTION ADVISED: Study: Tea Bags Leaching off Billions of Microplastic Particles into Herbal, Green Teas

There is very little published research on the potential adverse health effects of chemicals that leach from plastic food containers, so its difficult to say theyre safe with any degree of certainty, especially with long-term use, Anila Jacob, MD, Senior Scientist with the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit advocacy organization, told WebMD.

Seafood Guide

Mercola: Would You Trade the Worlds Most Nutritious Food for Gold?

Similarly, when the Environmental Working Group tested farmed salmon from U.S. grocery stores, they found farmed salmon had, on average. Reprinted byHealthGlu

Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

American Fitness Professionals and Associates: The Science Behind Three Commonly Consumed Red Fruits & Vegetables

When possible, you should always look for organic tomatoes as they are included on the Environmental Working Group's 2019 Dirty Dozen List.

Eating Well: How to Lose Weight on a Budget

If organic is important to you, the Environmental Working Group has identified the foods that are most contaminated (that you should consider buying organic), as well as the produce that is cleanest and most free of pesticides (that you can buy conventional).

Winnipeg Free Press (Canada): The trouble with buying organic

To start, check out the Environmental Working Groups annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists (, which provides information about the produce with the highest pesticide residues and those with the lowest. This can help with shopping for organic produce.

Ask Men: Best Sunscreens for Mens Faces

In addition to that, this cruelty-free daily facial sunscreen scored an EWG rating of one, which is not an easy feat.

Beauty World News: Beach, Please! Its Time to Break This Hideous Beach Habit

The EWG rates ThinkSport SPF 50 Sunscreen with a perfect score, as it has no known biologically toxic chemicals and is water-resistant up to 80 minutes.

She Knows: Protect Your Kids Skin With These 5 High-SPF Sunscreens

But perhaps best of all, it has an excellent rating from the Environmental Working Group for ingredients that are least likely to have negative impacts on humans or the environment. Reprinted byWomans Tale;Yahoo!

Tap Water Database

The Garden City News (NY): Go Green with Kelly and Colleen

Get angry, and then get educated. Review the resources available on the websites of the Environmental Working Group (; Our Water, Our Lives (; Water for Long Island (; and The Citizens Campaign for the Environment (

Natural News: Whats really in your tap water? (The answers might surprise you)

Sending your samples off to a lab might not be practical, but you may be able to find out more about your water online. If you use a municipal water supply, check out the EWG Tap Water Database. ReprintChemicals News

The News-Star (Monroe LA): Tulane study points to natural cause for arsenic-tainted water

According to a new study from the Environmental Working Group, even tap water that has been dubbed 'safe' may not be and could increase cancer risk.

North Carolina Health News: DEQ, Greensboro wont identify industry that contaminated downstream drinking water

Melanie Benesh, the legislative attorney for the Environmental Working Group in Washington, said in an email that Greensboro should absolutely notify residents in the vicinity and downstream from this accidental spill.

Telegram and Gazette (Worchester MA): Shrewsbury town meeting to address chromium in well water

Unexpected levels of the chemical, recognized as a human carcinogen when inhaled, were first detected in the towns wells in 2016 after a report from the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit watchdog group.

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Sustainable living: Why consuming organic food is good for health – The Indian Express

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It is important to know what you eat because healthy food choices lead to a healthy mind, body and soul. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock Images)

It is often said that we are what we eat. As much as it is essential to have a nutritious diet, a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, vitamins, and minerals for a healthy lifestyle, it is also important to observe the effects of it on the environment. In India, a major problem of lack of nutrition in diet due to adulteration may lead to problems such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and eating disorders.

It is important to understand what you eat because the right food choices lead to a healthy mind, body and soul. with more awareness, the consumption of organic or naturally grown food has increased.

Adopting an organic diet is a wise choice for both the environment as well as personal health. Organic items are free from harmful components and more nutritious than regular food along with better taste, while being sustainable in the long run.

Free from harmful pesticides and chemicals

Pesticides and chemicals such as fertilisers and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides are majorly used in conventional agriculture which are dangerous for health, especially for children and pregnant women, as they can cause serious health issues like cancers, brain tumours, leukaemia, immune disorders, infertility, cardiac disease, hypertension, Alzheimers and numerous other diseases. In organic farming, naturally derived pesticides are used, in place of synthetic pesticides that are common in conventional farming. Natural pesticides are non-toxic, thus eliminating the risk of major health issues.

Better quality

Organic vegetables and fruits ensure high quality as they are grown using natural methods of agriculture, without chemicals and toxins. Organic food products are always fresh because they are not treated with any preservatives or wax for longer a shelf-life. Though they do not taste like our favourite junk food, which is more spicy and sugary, they are rich in flavour thanks to the use of natural fertilisers such as manure and compost.

Supports environment

They are environment-friendly as organic vegetables, fruits, and dairy products are not treated with harmful chemicals or pesticides, which are not only dangerous to us to consume, but also for farmers and people living near farm areas. Chemicals can contaminate soil, water, and other plants too. Organic farming includes natural cultivation practices, which increase soil fertility, conserve water and reduce pollution. It also helps in reducing carbon dioxide, slows down climate change and the effects of global warming.

Organic food is GMO- free

In Genetically Modified Organisms, structural DNA of plants and animals are changed through the process of genetic engineering or Gene Technology. Its used to improve levels of nutrition and create specific traits. However, they have higher levels of toxic chemicals and pesticides, which can cause organ damage, gastrointestinal disorders, among other ailments. Antibiotics and other growth hormones can also have major health effects, while reducing ones immunity. Non-GMO foods contain more nutrients, such as omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Organic farming keeps the soil healthy

What you buy at the time of grocery shopping tells a lot about your health as well as the environment. Conventional foods are sprayed with harmful chemicals that kill living organisms which is needed by the soil to become nutrient-rich. Once these organisms get killed or replaced by synthetic fertilisers, it becomes more harmful and toxic.

Even organic dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, cream, cheese are rich in nutrients, have higher level of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin A and vitamin B. Therefore, organic products are much safer and because of high nutritional value, protect us from various diseases and help in reducing the risk of heart disease, preventing skin diseases, cancer, arthritis, and numerous eye diseases, while providing strength to our immune system, said Rishabh Chokhani, Founder, Naturevibe Botanicals.

With an increased number of people suffering from health issues, switching to organic food is the right decision for better health.

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If you like organic products, they work for you, and you can afford them, then go for it. Just know you're not poisoning yourself with the regular sort.

OPINION: One of the stranger interactions I've had lately was explaining to someone why I didn't want to write about thetampons they werepromoting.

I had tried them, I'd said, and I didn't like them. I should have left it at that.

Instead, I became embroiled in an unexpectedly intimate email exchange where I tolda well-meaning acquaintance that the thing about this particular brand of tampon, fashioned from organic cotton, was (and I quote myself here): "They don't hold shape well so you sort of have to smoosh them up."

I've long been wary of the organic tampon.

My friend, a nurse, once found herself at the mercy of an after-hours GP a dead ringer, as it happened, for Robin Williams' character in Mrs Doubtfire after borrowing such a device from her flatmate, only to find that when the time came to remove it,just the string emerged.

Despite her medical prowess, my friend was unable to retrieve the rogue tampon on her own, cue the Mrs Doubtfire encounter. She recalls the examination room's decor posters featuring topless men on motorcycles and the expression of disgust on the doctor's face (so unprofessional!) as she fished that sucker out. My friend hasn't been tempted toward an organic tampon since.

The thing is though, organic tampons are GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT and GOOD FOR YOUR BODY. This is what we are told by people trying to make money off our guilt (about ruining the planet) and fears (about all the stuff that could prevent us living our best lives), so, it must be true.

It doesn't matter that wearing one of these things feels like being stabbed in the pancreas whenever you sit down suddenly.

Organic tampons allow our plastic-bag-shunning metal-straw-sucking virtue signalling autopilots to extend all the way into our probably-not-organic-cotton undies.

They fulfil an intangible purpose, as well as a practical one.

I've always been a sceptical sort a brief but severe phase of evangelical Christianity notwithstanding but my bulls metre is currently at an all-time high, following a close reading ofThe Vagina Bible by Canadian ob/gyn Dr Jen Gunter.

Theinternet arch nemesis of sexy-charlatan-in-chief Gywneth Paltrow, Gunter has made something of a sport calling out quackery, countering fear mongering with fact wielding, offering peace of mind and probably saving women across the world thousands of dollars in the process. The book is essentially a user guide for anyone who has a vagina(including trans women and trans men), or came out of one, or finds themselves in proximity to one from time to time.

It's hundreds of pages of everything that's missing from the school health curriculum, and plenty that's missing from the medschool curriculum, too. I have been insufferable about it for weeks. When my flatmate said:"I'm 37, what more could there possibly be to learn?" my eyes lit up.

Having specialisedin women's health for 25years, Gunter has a particular interest in menstrual products. She has a whole section on "Menstrual Products and Mythology", and a chapter devoted to the time-worn question: "Are there toxins in tampons and pads?"

The paraphrasedanswer is: yes, but because of environmental pollution, not manufacturing processes, and even then, the concentrations are thousands of times less than those you'll find in food.

And, there's no difference between the levels of toxins found in "health food store"tampons versus "conventional"cotton/rayon blends, although, Gunter adds: "In one study the tampon that had the highest levels of dioxins was from an 'organic' company."

Gunter is not a fan of "where's the harm?"logic, particularly when it comes to companies capitalising on women's insecurities.Putting a sea sponge in there is an actively bad idea, for example they'rebreeding grounds for potentially harmful bacteria and impossible to effectively clean. As for knitted or crochetedtampons (Etsy has a lot to answer for...) she says: "Give them a pass."

But Gunterwould no doubt say that if you like the organic tampons on supermarket shelves, they work for you, and you can afford them, then go for it. Just know you're not poisoning yourself withthe regular sort.Me? I'll keep my virtue signalling confined to not owning a car and rarely eating meat, and my Carefree Silk-Ease firmly where they belong.

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THE cannabis industry is on a roll. Over the last year, a budding array of hemp products have started appearing on the high street. Leading this green revolution is Westbourne-based, Daiba Organic. The company sell the compound Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which has been credited with helping relieve pain and reduce anxiety. The oil wont get you high and is legal in the UK and Europe. Its currently classified as a food supplement, but you do have to be over-18 to buy it.

Daisy Smith, who runs Daiba Organic with her partner Bart Majkut, have been selling CBD products since 2017.

Daiba Organics range of CBD infused products include crafted organic oils, tea and chocolate. Daisy and Bart recommend taking a few drops daily orally or adding to your favourite drinks or recipes. The oil is grown organically and in accordance with the European Union law. To extract the oil from the plant they use a cold press extraction process, which ensures the best quality oil with no heat damage.

Daisy, 33, says: More people are becoming aware of the benefits of hemp and CBD products. Its moving away from the previous associations of recreational drug use to the more beneficial properties of CBD. Our oil is 100 per cent organic and our products packaging are eco and vegan-friendly.

The pair describe cannabis as a versatile and powerful plant, packed full of flavour and fragrance, with a whole range of natural benefits.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report suggests CBD oil could be used to treat anxiety and depression but in spite of the reported health benefits, NHS Englands website said the quality and content of many cannabis-based products is not known. It reads: Some products that might claim to be medicinal cannabis, such as CBD oil or hemp oil, are available to buy legally as food supplements from health stores. But theres no guarantee these are of good quality or provide any health benefits.

Daisy added: Most of our followers are quite astute and already aware of the growing popularity and benefits of CBD products. Our oil is perfectly safe to use, and we make sure we choose the right plants at our farms. CBD oil is currently classified as a food supplement and not a medicine. The government legislation is very strict with claiming any medical benefits, but I can only say that we have many happy customers that are using our oil and they are finding life a lot more pleasant!

Heres one of Daiba Organics recipes, created in collaboration with Epi-Foods, to try at home.

CBD Power Balls SkinFood

Ingredients (basic dough):

100g dates, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight

100g roasted almonds

1 or 2 full droppers of Daiba CBD Oil 5.5%

Toppings (optionally):

Coconut flakes


Cranberry Powder


Grated Almonds

Cocoa nibs

Grated Daiba CBD Chocolate


Blend your soaked dates to a fine puree. Chop the roasted almonds with a large knife and mix with the date puree and Daiba CBD Oil into a dough. Form small balls from this dough. Roll these balls through any ingredient from the "Toppings" list above and garnish on a plate or wrap in sandwich paper.

* Daiba products are also stocked at Sunrise Organics and Earth Foods

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