Taking a Stand on Organic Regulations Again: Organic Fraud

Taking a Stand on Organic Regulations Again: Organic Fraud
How refreshing it was to watch (see video below) Michael Potter, Chairman and President of Eden Foods, in his testimony before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Many are too young to remember that back in the early 1990s there was quite a bit of concern and protest going on in the health food stores and among the organic food co-op's. The fear back  was that the USDA and the now NOSB would ruin the organics industry in some manner. Prior to the USDA taking over organic regulation it was actually quite difficult for growers and farmers to meet the very strict organic regulations. ...
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Buying Salmon: Differences Between Wild vs. Farmed

Buying Salmon: Differences Between Wild vs. Farmed
Most salmon and seafood consumed in the United States is imported, and much of it is farm-raised, with little oversight regarding use of antibiotic drugs or additives. Without independent lab testing for harmful levels of mercury and other industrial contaminants farm-raised salmon and other seafood can be harmful to our health. One criteria I have when it comes to what I buy is to know and trust the source. After much disappointment, I finally found what both Curt and I feel is the best possible source for all of the fish we buy, Vital Choice Seafood. Other than superb flavor and texture (...
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Sustainable Beyond Organic Meats: we are what the animal eats

Sustainable Beyond Organic Meats: we are what the animal eats
What if everything you've been told or read about beef is wrong? Well, wrong that is unless you have been buying and eating beef that has been raised on grass all their lives, hormone-free, no antibiotics. There's an enormous difference between store-bought meats raised in fedlots, certified organic, and beyond organic. Here I am talking about 'beyond organic' meats because I do not support the lax standards the certification has put into place the last decade. Myths About Beef??? Depends on what kind of beef you're buying and eating. High in saturated fats Marbled with fat is a bette...
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Essential Oils: a Solution for Getting Rid of Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs Be Gone! That's what many say when using certain essential oils. I have no personal experience in getting rid of bed bugs but I think that's because I use and diffuse my essential oils often.  Unlike chemical sprays, unadulterated and undiluted essential oils are not toxic to us and the environment, and are safe when used correctly. Essential oils do not necessarily get rid of insect pests through smell alone but rather by the essential oil disrupting the waxy coating found on many species of insects bodies. The essential oils work by coating the insects waxy exoskeleton which then...
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Organic Certification: is it all it’s cracked up to be?

I had been a devoted "certified organic" shopper for 25 years, when something struck me while shopping in a well known supermarket in 2003. While selecting broccoli in the produce section I couldn't help but notice that the appearance of both the conventionally grown and the "certified organic" broccoli looked exactly the same! I picked up a bunch of each; felt them, smelled them, both seemed exactly the same... so, I bought both to perform a little experiment. I continued my shopping and as I walked each isle I began wondering... how was it that just a mere few years ago that none of my lo...
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Braised Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine with Onions and Carrots Recipe

Braised Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine with Onions and Carrots Recipe
This is one of our all-time FAVORITE slow cooked grass-raised beef recipes! This recipe is a good example of how to slow cook meat too. It takes only 10-15 minutes to prepare and while it's cooking for 4-5 hours we can be out doing gardening or other work, how much better does it get than to smell amazing aroma's coming from the kitchen while you're outdoors doing yard work or gardening! Not to mention, coming indoors hungry and having this incredible meal ready to eat! You will need: 1 thick cut of grass-raised Beef (any cut and size is great, however, it must be 2" or more in thick...
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