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Cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet

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Did you know conventional cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet? It contains pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. More toxins are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.

Cotton is found in numerous daily uses such as beds, clothing, sanitary products, home furnishings, towels, bathrobes, bedding and more.

Conventional cotton contains:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields

 

Reasons to use organic cotton:

  • Made without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • No bleach
  • No GMO
  • Free of allergens and nasty chemicals
  • Does not cause any allergy or irritation in people with sensitive skin
  • 100% plant-derived
  • Soothing
  • High absorbent properties

The methods used for organic crops are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Cover crops
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Beneficial insects
  • Human labor for weed control
  • Replenish and maintain soil fertility
  • Reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers
  • Build biologically diverse agriculture

By purchasing organic cotton you are lessening the impact on our environment. Organic farming enables us to:

  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm
  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
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10 Reasons to be healthier and prolong your life by going organic

Organic food is the most heavily regulated food system in the U.S. Only organic guarantees no toxic persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO’s are used in production, and no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to livestock.

Going Organic

The USDA states “Organic certification requires that farmers and handlers document their processes and get inspected every year. Organic on-site inspections account for every component of the operation, including, but not limited to, seed sources, soil conditions, crop health, weed and pest management, water systems, inputs, contamination and commingling risks and prevention, and record-keeping. Tracing organic products from start to finish is part of the USDA organic promise.”  USDA Label more info

More nutritious

Recent studies have found that organic fruits, vegetables, and grains have more antioxidants, fewer nitrates and cadmium and fewer pesticide residues than non-organic crops, making them more nutritious. Cambridge.org

Fewer pesticides

It means that if pesticides are used on organic farming they must be derived from natural sources, not synthetically manufactured. Many of the synthetic pesticides have carcinogens in them.

Soil health is the capacity of soil to function as a living system, with ecosystem and land use boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and promote plant and animal health.

GMO-free

The best way to ensure your food is GMO-free is to buy organic. GMO’s are prohibited from the production and processing of organic foods. Genetically modified food has not been independently tested for their long-term effects on our health.

No sewage sludge

Many conventional farmers spread sewage sludge as fertilizer on their fields. Sewage sludge includes anything that is flushed, poured or dumped into the waste water system.  Organic farmers are prohibited from using sewage sludge on their fields. Sewage Sludge

Antibiotic-free meat

You’ve heard about antibiotics in conventional livestock production, right? Well, conventional livestock production has contributed to the development of anti-biotic resistant strains of harmful and dangerous microbes.

Organic farmers will only treat their livestock as a last resort with antibiotics. And if they do receive an anti-biotic they will lose their organic certification.

Humane Animal Treatment

If you are an organic farmer or rancher, you must meet the health and wellness requirements. Organic farmers give their livestock year round access to the outside, fresh air, shade, space for exercise, clean drinking water, shelter, clean and dry bedding and direct sunlight.

Feeding

All livestock must be fed 100% certified organic feed

Sustainable Agriculture

Organic farmers use methods to promote soil health, minimize water use, and lower pollution levels on the farm. Consumers and retailers concerned with sustainability can look for “values-based” foods that are grown using methods promoting farm worker wellbeing, are environmentally friendly and strengthening  the local economy. Union of concerned Scientists Explain

No Irradiation

Organic food cannot be irradiated (exposed to radiation). Irradiation damage to quality of food by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals.

No Hormones or Pathogens

Organic farming does not contain animal by-products which could have been contaminated with pathogens. Organic livestock have lower levels of pathogens due to high animal welfare standards. If you are eating organic meat, you are very unlikely eating food that contains antibiotic residues or pathogens.

 

Look for labels such as these below:

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Remember Celery?

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Celery is a plant from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. These are aromatic plants that grow celery, parsley, and carrots.

Without all the latest food fads, people tend to forget about good old celery and its key facts of benefitting your health. Did you know celery helps with many things such as being an anti-inflammatory as well as, an antioxidant for your kidneys?  It contains, vitamin A  (in the form of carotenoids) vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium with rich supplies of potassium, folate, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, fiber, sodium and plenty essential amino acids and folic acid.

  • Celery also has anti-cancer compounds, such as Acetylenic that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.
  • Celery has Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells.
  • Celery has Coumarins, which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.
  • Celery is also beneficial for effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Celery is wonderful for constipation, as it works as a laxative and relaxes the nerves because of the fiber benefits.
  • Celery is great as a diuretic, as well as, regulating your body fluid, stimulating urine flow and is helpful to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s).
  • Celery helps curb your appetite for weight loss because it curbs those “sweet tooth” cravings.

When purchasing celery these are things I keep in mind. Organic bunches offer more nutrients and fewer pesticides, unlike conventional alternatives, which may also have a high level of pesticides in comparison to other produce. In most cases, the organic version costs a bit more, but is better quality and tastes better.

Helpful Tip: I realize that some of you who read this article will say juicing is a fad, as well as the latest vegetable. Don’t get me wrong, most people do not “juice” their celery or juice at all. By juicing the celery, the juice forms and acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

If you eat celery raw try it with some hummus, salad dressing and or peanut butter for some protein.

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Organic, Non-Organic and GMO’s

Welcome to Organic Relevance. This blog is to bring organic, non-organic to your attention. I am just like all of you being inundated with factual and non-factual information with organic farming by the internet, news and the media.
It seems everything is bad for us. So what should we do? Educate ourselves and buy healthy, non-processed foods with no GMO’s. It can be frustrating and overwhelming. Especially when you are on the go with work, family, grocery shopping and where to get the best deals, while living on a budget

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GMO’s are a genetically modified organism. Which means, man is tampering with it. In laboratories, scientists are taking genes from the DNA of one species and are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated animal or plant. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.
Despite GMO and pesticide industries, organic food has a higher nutrient content than food produced with GMOs and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
The media say’s that some organic farmers are still using pesticides but, they are all natural. And conventional farming is using pesticides that cause cancer, diabetes, and neurological effects.
Some say that organic farmers do not use chemicals, they do not feed their animals with anything that is not organic, nor use any drugs. They do not spread their fields with pesticides and they use chemical- free fertilizer.
NOT everyone has “Certified Organic” label, such as your local farmers and at the farmers market. However, most are organic and you can always ask if they use pesticides or not.
• The USDA has a “Certified Organic” label that you can find on many products which mean it is 100% Organic. Made with Organic Ingredients are from 70% to 94% organic and will not bear the “Certified Organic” label.
• If the package just says Organic, it is 95% to 99% organic ingredients by weight.
• GMO packaging will have a “Non-GMO” label on it/if there is no GMO. Watch out for some GMO labeling because it will display that it is not all GMO- free. It needs to state NON – GMO for it to have no GMO’s.

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Conventional farmers, on the other hand, are more than happy to use chemically treated soil and spray with pesticides and some don’t use any pesticides. Although organic farmers use pesticides as well, some don’t use them either. Confusing, I know!
Now there are myths out there as well, that I’d like to bring to your attention. The myth that organic farming has no pesticides. I’ve heard that the government is not watching over organic pesticide or fungicide. In organic farming, there are many chemicals commonly used in the growing and processing of organic crops that the US Organic Standards approve. The pesticides they do use have an organic certification.
If it states it is “All Natural”, check the ingredients and watch your meats labeled this way, as they still have been fed foods that are not organic. So, for example, you want meat that is 100% organic, but the cow was not necessarily fed 100% organic, that’s why it is labeled all natural versus organic. There are many theories out there. Whether it be pro- organic or not- pro, I am definitely pro- organic. Between the EPA, NOP, Harvard, Scientists, National Institute of Health, Annals of Internal Medicine and so on and so forth. Studies, many years back and current studies will keep you busy for hours on end. The best thing is to just trust ourselves and our research.
It’s overwhelming to try and eat healthily. Looking at labeling for GMO’s and Certified Organic is very time consuming when trying to better feed ourselves and our families.
The best thing to do is find out what methods are used by crop producers. If you purchase locally, ask them what their methods are for producing.