|Posted by Lea Romero on March 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
What does “organic” mean?
Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
How do I know if something is organic?
The USDA has identified for three categories of labeling organic products:
100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients
Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients
Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.
Information from: www.Organic.org
|Posted by Lea Romero on March 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
People are intrigued by the thought of becoming vegetarian for many reasons. Some for the health reasons and some for green reasons. Wanting to leave a smaller carbon print on the earth. But whatever the reason, it's a great choice. It's not as scary as you think!
Thankfully, there are a multitude of studies based on plant based diets and homes. An estimated 70% of all diseases are a result of diet. SEVENTY!!! A vegetarian diet reduces the risk of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, hypertension, obesity and more!
If you switch from a traditional American diet to a vegetarian, plant based diet, you can enjoy 13 healthy, energy filled years to your life.
Vegetables & Fibers such as dry beans, tofu, dark green vegetables such as kale, collards, broccolli and turnip greens give you a large and healthy dose of calcium. So if you're not a fan of dairy, this a great way to obtain the same, if not more, amounts of calcium for your body.
People who consume a vegetarian diet have fewer episodes of constipation, diverticulitis, and hemmroids.
You'll save animals! Ten billion animals are slaughtered for our consumption each year. Unlike farms in the past, our animals are now mistreated. Often shoved into small pens with no waste manager, poor diet and treated with horrible hormones and chemicals. We then eat those hormones and chemicals. YUCK!
You're saving more than the animals and nature. You're saving yourself. Start off slowly. Take away red meat first. Then begin with pork, Then chicken. I promise there are tons of options out there that can replace all those meals that are filled with meat.