Sweeter by a Mile

Roger, Michelle and Emily Benrud raise organic dairy cattle in Goodhue, Minnesota. Their cows are certified organic, which means they eat only organic grass and pasture and receive no growth hormones or antibiotics. Twice a day, every day, the Benruds milk their 80 cows in an automated “milking parlor.” The milk is then transported by […]

Why I Made the Switch to Organic

My mom started touting the benefits of organic foods years before I actually started buying them. But then, my mother has always been on the leading edge of the natural health movement – sometimes even a little out in left field – with me taking a little longer to catch up and catch on. I […]

What is organic chicken? Can I buy kosher organic chicken?

Buying organic chicken is a great choice. Not only are no antibiotics or hormones administered to organic chicken, organic chicken is only fed organic grains and raised in a humane setting where they are given access to the outdoors. Some companies do produce chicken that is both organic and Kosher. Wise Kosher Natural Poultry, Inc. […]

Do natural foods contain all organic ingredients?

I can answer your question in one word.  No.  Natural only means the manufacturer started with a natural source and that the product is not artificial.  For example, natural applesauce may contain only apples and apple juice which are both natural products.  According to Jesse Ziff Cool’s book, Your Organic Kitchen, Apples, on average are […]

Are there benefits to drinking organic milk and is organic milk pasteurized?

Aside from supporting organic agriculture and the humane treatment of cows there also appear to be health benefits to drinking organic milk.According to a study performed by the Danish Institute of Agricultural Research that tested milk from cows who were farmed both organically and conventionally organic milk was higher in Vitamin E, beta carotene, the […]

What Is Organic Food?

You could say that the simple definition of organic, both the food and the farming system, is that it’s antichemical. It’s true that organic farmers must keep their plants, soil and water free of chemicals. But in order for them to put the organic label on their vegetables, quite a number of other conditions must […]

I can’t always buy organic produce in my area, but I would like to reduce my exposure to pesticides. Do some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain more pesticides than others?

Although I believe that it is important to eat organic food as often as possible, I understand that due to budget and limited availability many consumers are forced to make choices when buying organic. Certain fruits and vegetables tend to contain more pesticides than others. According to the Environmental Working Group, apples, bell peppers, celery, […]

I am sensitive to the sulfites in wine and my friend recommended that I drink organic wine. What is organic wine and are all organic wines sulfite free?

Under the USDA National Organic Program, for a wine to be labeled organic, it must be made with at least 95% organic ingredients and must not contain added sulfites. Many foods and beverages—including wine—do contain naturally occurring sulfites. According to federal law, if a wine contains 10 ppm (parts per million) or more of total […]

What are the benefits of using organic beauty products?

One of the key benefits of using organic beauty products is to minimize exposure to chemicals. According to Pharmacopia, over 5,000 chemicals are used in personal care products and up to 60% of some ingredients in body products like moisturizer and bubble bath will absorb through the skin and into the bloodstream. A study by […]

Trends in Consumer Use of Organics

The rise in popularity of organic foods in mainstream America is not a passing fad nor is it exclusively in response to concerns about the environment. Rather, people have turned to organic foods as a way of taking care of their health and well-being. That said, the world of organics is ever changing. Here is […]

Why Do People Buy Organic Products and Foods?

Before Michael and his wife had a baby, purchasing organic products was never a consideration and buying mainstream goods was a matter of course for the busy couple. However, when Emma was ready for solid foods, Michael told us, “We just decided to go with organic baby food…My wife read something in a magazine about […]

Organic Center Report Indicates Organic Foods Have Elevated Levels of Antioxidants

FOSTER, R.I. (January 26, 2005) – The Organic Center’s second State of Science Review (SSR) concludes that organic farming methods have the potential to elevate average antioxidant levels, especially in fresh produce. Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., compiled and analyzed existing scientific information for his report, Elevating Antioxidant Levels Through Organic Farming and Food Processing. The report […]