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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. While we weren’t certain back then how the new takeover would change the entire industry we did end up seeing the change happen within a relatively few years and it wasn’t good.

Large corporations who have purchased most of the our nation’s organic food industry and farms include: Coca-Cola, Cargill, General Mills, Kraft and M&M Mars, Kellogg’s, and Heinz, to name a few.

With the change in who regulates organics also meant the demise of thousands of small family owned organic farms. Stoneyfield Farms is one perfect example of how a wonderful food product can change virtually overnight and become nothing more than just another average commercial yogurt producer whose product is no longer truly organic, not to mention the fact that the product tastes disgusting as a result.

About 43 years ago, Michael Potter founded Eden Organics, back in the days when the word and label “organic” actually meant that something was super pure and truly natural. During those days, carrageenan, which is a seaweed-derived thickener that has a controversial health record, was not considered organic and was not allowed in a certified organic product. Also on the list of not organic ingredients was synthetic inositol, an ingredient manufactured using chemical processes. Today, those ingredients are permissible in labeled certified organic products. Worse yet is that GMO foods and ingredients are also allowed in labeled certified organic products.

For those of us who remember what food tasted like before the takeover all I can say is what is being sold and labeled today as organic is nothing more than a joke, the entire regulation and certification is shameful. Since the late 1970s I had gone out of my way and spent extra money for organic foods and products. Since 1999, I stopped wasting my time and money. What I’ve done instead is search out local small farms and individuals who practice the old methods and standards of organic. I have trusted their word for years, over the now meaningless certified organic label.

Once again, a few days after the most recent review on May 22, 2012, the NOSB board voted to keep carrageenan on the increasing list of non-organic ingredients which can be used in foods and products with the “certified organic” label.

It is beyond me how any regulatory body can approve known non-organic ingredients to be included in products with a certified organic label. I suppose the only real way we can get the organic industry back to the wholesomeness it was prized for is to stop buying certified organic foods and products altogether, if there is no profits to be made they will stop making phony organic certificates and claims.

To make matters worse, the onslaught of GMO seed is potentially contaminating not only the environment but organic seed and crops as well through cross-pollination. In my mind, the fact that GM soy can and is allowed to be fed to animals in certified organic feedlots is a huge step back in our evolution of maintaining a clean source of food for those who demand better.

Michael Potter says…

“The board is stacked. Either they don’t have a clue, or their interest in making money is more important than their interest in maintaining the integrity of organics.”

Michael Potter refuses to place the certified-organic label on Eden’s product, claiming it a fraud.

I am delighted that Eden Organics is speaking out about this. They are the only larger organic company that I am aware of that farms by the old regulations. Of course there are many beyond organic small farms dotting the county and I encourage you to seek them out through Local Harvest.

Previous posts on the concern and safety of our food:

Growing Flax: a story of beauty, prosperity and ruin

The Trail of Corn: going where no man or woman has gone before

GM Canola Found Growing Along Roadsides

FDA Says GM Salmon, Trout, Tilapia Safe for Human Consumption

Organic Certification: is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Sustainable Beyond Organic Meats: we ARE what the animal eats

Evelyn Vincent Evelyn Vincent

Native Plant Landscaper, Gardener, Labyrinth Design, Feng Shui Practitioner,  Aromatherapy / Essential Oils, Big Fan of Nature and Living Simply.

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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Buying Salmon: Differences Between Wild vs. Farmed

Wild Salmon 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 (never mushy or smelly) here are the primary reasons we like their fish best…

They carry the purest wild seafood possible: fish and shellfish that grow in the wild environment to which they are adapted, free of the antibiotics, pesticides, synthetic coloring agents, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which are commonly used at fish farms.

Their seafood is tested regularly by independent labs, and the results show that it is free of harmful levels of mercury and other industrial contaminants. Longer-lived predator species such as Halibut and Tuna accumulate mercury over time, by selecting only the smallest of the catch ensures optimum purity.

Further reading:

Fresh Fish Diets Delay Dementia, Protect Memory, Ward-off Alzheimer’s (fish and health)

The Trail of Corn; going where no man (or woman) has gone before (GMO)

Growing Flax: a story of beauty, health, prosperity and ruin (GMO)

Superior Wild Salmon, Naturally

Unlike penned, grain-fed, flaccid-fleshed farmed Salmon, Vital Choice wild Alaska Salmon spend several years feeding on the sea’s natural foods and straining against the strong, cold currents of the North Pacific before migrating thousands of miles to the headwaters of their birth rivers.

Of the millions of young Pacific Salmon that begin this demanding ocean odyssey every year, only the strongest, healthiest fish will reach harvest age. This is why wild Salmon offer flavor, texture and nutritional profile far superior to any farm-raised fish. While the U.S. government has standards that should ban imports with high levels of antibiotics in seafood, there is essentially no enforcement.

Only one percent of sustainably harvested wild Salmon meets Vital Choices’ strict quality standards.

Wild Salmon vs. Farmed: Environmental and Purity Issues  Continue reading

Evelyn Vincent Evelyn Vincent

Native Plant Landscaper, Gardener, Labyrinth Design, Feng Shui Practitioner,  Aromatherapy / Essential Oils, Big Fan of Nature and Living Simply.

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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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.Steak

Myths About Beef??? Depends on what kind of beef you’re buying and eating.

  • High in saturated fats
  • Marbled with fat is a better cut
  • Increases your risk of certain diseases
What if I were to tell you that it turns out that a lot of these issues are triggered by an unnatural pH in a cow’s first stomach. The fermentation chamber that initiates what will ultimately be the critical balance of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and enzymes that are essential for human nutrition, the first stomach must be healthy in order for an animal to produce healthy meat.

Forage-grazing animals have a healthy, highly-functioning pH of 7, which allows for an abundance of the essential fermentation bacteria that create high levels of CLA, omega-3s, branch-chain amino acids, vitamins and digestive enzymes. But even a small amount of grain can throw all this off: just 30 days on a grain diet can offset 200 days of grazing chemistry.

For over ten years I had searched high and low to find a source for the best quality, most nutritious meats; a reliable source that went beyond organic. Here’s what I found, I support this farm and their practices entirely, their standards are as high as my own. Here’s their story…

John Wood, the founder of U.S. Wellness Meats, has always been a farmer. In fact, he comes from a long line of farmers. And for the last few decades, they farmed the “standard” way. They raised their animals on pasture before fattening them on grain in confinement, and then selling them off to a big animal processor when it was time for them to be harvested.

But in the late 1990′s, John began to question the “standard” way of farming…  Continue reading

Evelyn Vincent Evelyn Vincent

Native Plant Landscaper, Gardener, Labyrinth Design, Feng Shui Practitioner,  Aromatherapy / Essential Oils, Big Fan of Nature and Living Simply.

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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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 superior quality essential oils to prevent and get rid of bed bugs. 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. Purification essential oil blend

Unlike chemical sprays, unadulterated and undiluted essential oils are not toxic to us and the environment. This type of essential oil does not 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 on their waxy exoskeleton which causes the insect to loose water from their body and become dehydrated and die.

As for eggs and larvae, the essential oils simply kill them if they’re present. I personally have found my Young Living essential oils to be extremely effective against insect pests in both my garden and home. They are not your typical aromatherapy oils found in stores.

Here are two ways we use the Young Living essential oil blend Purification (#3399) to prevent bed bugs from ruining our lives and what others have done to get rid of nasty bed bugs:

1. Diffusing Purification Essential Oil Blend for Bed Bugs

Diffusing with Young Living’s Essential Oil Diffuser (#3764)(cold-air / nebulizer type) or with the TheraPro Diffuser (#4495) is an all-natural way to help get rid of those nasty bed bugs. See both types of diffusers here.

How to Diffuse to Get Rid Bed Bugs

During the day, while you’re at work, turn on and fill your diffuser with Purification essential oil blend using the highest diffusing setting. Allow the diffuser run all day. Do this every day until the bed bugs are gone.

The TheraPro Diffuser produces a micro-fine essential oil mist in the air which slowly settles and makes contact with the bed bugs. Like most insects, bed bugs have a waxy coating on their body and the essential oils break down that waxy coating. Shortly after that the bed bug will die of dehydration; so you’ll want to do some thorough vacuuming often, here is more information preventing bed bugs and getting things under control.

Added Benefits: Diffusing Purification oil can also prevent and eliminate mold and kill micro-organisms that cause colds and flu.

Caution: Do NOT leave pets in the room when a diffuser is running all day; too much of even a good thing can be overkill for those we cherish!

2. Purification Bed Bug Sachets for Under Your Mattress

These little sachets are placed between your mattress and box-spring. Here’s how to make them…

  • Cut 8 – 4″x4″ squares of gauze type fabric and sew each square on 3 sides.
  • Take 2 cotton balls and sprinkle each with several drops of Purification essential oil blend.
  • Place 2 cotton balls in each sachet and sew up the open side of fabric.
  • Place each sachet between your mattress and box-spring, spending them out in a grid layout.
  • Refresh cotton balls every 1-2 months with Purification.

You can buy Purification and the TheraPro Diffuser at my Young Living website.

Evelyn Vincent Evelyn Vincent

Native Plant Landscaper, Gardener, Labyrinth Design, Feng Shui Practitioner,  Aromatherapy / Essential Oils, Big Fan of Nature and Living Simply.

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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