Organic Produce Delivery Available Everywhere

Posted by Merlin on Dec 21, 2007

Organic Grocery:

In agriculture, this means that crops were grown without the use of chemical pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without food additives (like chemical preservatives). Animals must be reared without the routine use of antibiotics and growth hormones and fed a diet of organic foods. In most countries, organic produce can not be genetically modified.

Organic Grocery Stores:

Historically, organic produce was almost exclusively available directly from small family-run farms or at community farmer’s markets. Lately, though, organic foods are becoming much more widely available; organic food sales in the United States have grown by 17 to 20 percent a year for the past few years, while sales of conventional food have grown more slowly, at about 2 to 3 percent a year.  This has created a number of companies who will deliver organic produce nationally.

Pet Food Ingredients Make All The Difference

Posted by Merlin on Nov 21, 2007

Pet food labels must contain at least four elements:

  • Clear identification as dog or cat food
  • Brand name not misleading to the consumer
  • Guaranteed chemical analysis
  • Ingredients listed in descending order (from most to least)

Choose foods with a minimum amount of the following preservatives: BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. Better preservatives include vitamin C, E, oils, rosemary and clover.

  • Vegetarians: not all dogs and cats will be able to successfully live a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, although some swear by it. Be especially careful when trying this out on cats, who need a chemical called taurine that is only derived from muscle meats. Dogs need sufficient levels of B12, also found in meat.

Words like “beef dog/cat food” and “beef dinner” on pet food labels also mean two very different things. In order to describe itself as “beef dog food”, the product must be at least 95 percent beef, chicken, etc. But if it is called “beef dinner”, then it must only contain at least 25 percent beef. The “dog food with beef/cat food with fish” moniker need only contain at least 3 percent beef, so it might contain literally a spritz of beef, or chicken or fish-just enough to make it palatable to the animal.

Natural Organic Cosmetics

Posted by Merlin on Oct 22, 2007

“USDA has no authority over the production and labeling of cosmetics, body care products, and personal care products that are not made up of agricultural ingredients, or do not make any claims to meeting USDA organic standards.” USDA

Cosmetics found in supermarkets are generally made of synthetic chemicals for color additives, emulsifiers, thickeners, solvents, moisturizers, Ph adjustment, and more. Ingredients such as glycerol, ethanol, hexachlorphene, paraffin, and phenol are petroleum products that are harmful to the body, and isopropyl alcohol actually promotes premature aging of the skin; all of which are found in cosmetics.

Propylene glycol is a solvent strong enough to remove barnacles from boats and can cause brain damage, as well as liver and kidney abnormalities. Diazolidnyl urea contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Parabens are widely used even though they cause redness and itching and are known to be toxic. Of course all of these chemicals are found in many popular cosmetics that are on the shelf today.

By insisting on 100% organic cosmetics, you ensure that USDA is governing what is on your cosmetics packaging and that it is made only from agricultural (natural!) products.