Embracing a Healthy Family: organic food
Showing posts with label organic food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organic food. Show all posts

Join Moms Meet: Learning to Live Greener

Moms Meet is sponsored by Kiwi Magazine and Earth's Best to educate and share knowledge on living greener. If you are one of many who don't necessarily recycle or choose products that are best for the environment, it's okay as living green also encompasses living healthier.  Living healthier also encompasses choosing products that are organic in nature.  I picked up on choosing products that are organic due to health concerns of products containing artificial flavorings, sugar substitutes, processed flours and sugars along with a host of other chemicals and additives that really aren't fully understood in the long term relative to safety.

Moms Meet encourages moms to meet up and form groups in their communities to broaden the knowledge available to live greener, to live healthier.  It's full of great articles ranging from your family to you which is something us busy moms neglect to take care of.

You can join Earth's Best for valuable coupons, offers and more information articles.

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The Criteria for Organic Food

I received my All You magazine and read it last night.  I was interested in one particular article that discusses how to fit organic food into your budget and what allows a seller to state their food is organic. 

Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the seller must adhere to "strict" rules to call their food organic and what they are allowed to place on their food label:
  • Food must be produced without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics or growth hormones.
  • Food cannot be genetically modified, include animal parts or come into contact with sewage sludge (i.e. our wastes retrieved from wastewater treatments plants<-- yes, they do that as I used to be a state inspector for a state agency) or ionizing radiation.
I've long wondered the ramifications of growth hormones not only to speed up the growth factor of animals but also the milk hormones given to dairy cattle to get them to produce milk quicker and in higher quantities.  It seemed odd to me that after the 90's, there seems to be an abundance of teens that weigh 100 pounds and have a size D chest.  Coincidence?  Maybe but if you ever watch television shows from the 80's and early, there aren't many big chested girls.  Granted the late teen and older women are getting surgically enhanced but I doubt the early teen girls are.  I digressed ...

What do the labels mean?
  • USDA Organic - single ingredient foods  (fruit and vegetables, milk, meat, eggs or cheese) certified under USDA rules and multi-ingredients products made with at least 95% organic ingredients.
  • 100% Organic - all the ingredients in multi-ingredient foods with this label are organic.
  • Organic - products bearing this label contain at least 95% organic ingredients.  The remaining ingredients are not available organically but have been approved by the USDA's National Organic Program.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients - these products must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.
To see more specifics on label claim rules, the USDA has a page here.  If you are interested in purchasing organic food and don't know if you have a local farmer's market, you can check here.

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SproutBaby Twelve Days of TwitterFest: Tuesday

Today's Twitterfest deal from SproutBaby.com is 20% off Sprout Food! Simply follow @sproutbabyclub on twitter and purchase using this link: http://bit.ly/8V9jtS.

Every 7th buyer will be rewarded with a FREE Repeat Utensil set!

Watch as Sproutbaby.com’s youngest helper, 3-year-old Eden and mom Emily tell us about today's deal. Visit http://www.youtube.com/sproutbabyclub for their special video!

Also don't forget that SproutBaby.com is still celebrating its first birthday with $2,500 giveaway! Every purchase at http://www.sproutbaby.com/ between October 15, 2009 and December 15, 2009 will automatically enter you to for a chance win. Every completed purchase is a new entry into the drawing, so come back and visit us as many times as you like!

Last day so hurry!

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