What’s really in the food? The A to Z of the food industry’s most evil ingredients

Ever wonder what’sreallyin the food sold at grocery stores around the world? People keep asking me, “What ingredients should I avoid?” So I put together a short list that covers all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply. These are the substances causing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and leading to tens of billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs across America (and around the world). (more…)

Has this Chemical Destroyed the Meaning of Organic?

Perchlorate is a pollutant and powerful endocrine disruptor that is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It can now be found in virtually all humans tested, and it continually makes its way up the food chain through ground and drinking water, into feed and edible plants, animal products, milk and breast milk. Perchlorate contaminates conventional and organically grown food alike. (more…)

Are You Unwittingly Devouring Dangerous Toxins?

Fourteen.

That, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is the average number of pesticides you are likely to be unknowingly gulping down in an attempt to be healthy by eating your five fruits and vegetables per day.

Of course, that’s if the produce you’re choosing happens to be on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the worst overall pesticide scores. (more…)

Many types of organic compost are really packaged human sewage

Do you want everything that goes down your drain winding up on your backyard produce? Well that’s what happens to those who use organic compost made with municipal sewage.

More than half of the 15 trillion gallons of sewage flushed annually by Americans ends up in a fertilizer product and those products contain everything that goes down the drain from Prozac flushed down toilets to the motor oil rinsed off factory floors (http://motherjones.com/environment/…). The U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t regulate which fertilizers can be labeled as “organic” which means anyone can use the term, including those companies that are packaging what we flush.

A 2009 EPA survey of U.S. sludge samples found 12 pharmaceuticals, 10 flame retardants, and high levels of endocrine disruptors such at triclosan, an antibacterial soap ingredient that scientists believe is killing amphibians.

In communities where sludge has been used, effects on the community have been reported by ailing residents with complaints ranging from migraines to pneumonia to mysterious deaths. In an often-cited 1994 episode, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy died of a staph infection after biking through sludge at an abandoned mine (http://motherjones.com/environment/…).
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Saving Our Soil: Why You Should Eat Organic

The soil is alive.

Mostly. Some bits of land have been farmed over and over again with the same crop and using the same batch of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This goes on and on until the soil reaches a point of depletion and harvest is poor; minerals have been leeched out, colonies of mutually beneficial bacteria destroyed, and the fungi that give ground its sponginess and prevent erosion are completely obliterated.

Simply tilling the soil disrupts what is called mycelium, an underground web of thread-like structures that give rise to mushrooms and, more importantly, provide an essential underground table of nourishment for plants to grow upon. (more…)

Organic VS Conventional

Another day, another stupid study! In case you missed the headlines:

In fact, not one of these headlines accurately represents the study results. The study categorically did not claim that antioxidant levels were the same in organic and conventionally grown food. What it did claim is that polyphenol levels were the same. Polyphenols are only one particular subset of antioxidants. That’s very different from claiming that the levels of all antioxidants were no different. It would be like if Roger Ebert, the film critic, said that Robin Williams, the comedian, was a good actor, and then all of the newspapers ran headlines that said, “Roger Ebert says all comedians make great actors.” You can’t extrapolate from the specific to the general. But the problems connected with this study go far beyond media exaggeration. In fact, there are three problems with the study results as promoted. (more…)

Got (the Right) Milk? Understanding the Milk Controversy

Perhaps one of the most controversial dietary topics amongst whole foodies today, aside from grain, is cow’s milk.

On one hand, there are the die-heart supporters – the Weston Price, Sally Fallon, and Tom Cowan followers who consider raw milk a curative for a host of ailments, from allergies to heart disease.  On the other, there are those that say milk, regardless of it being raw, is not meant for human consumption.  These folks point out that human beings are the only mammals that still consume milk after infancy, and the digestive characteristics of a calf are very different than that of a human’s, hence not an appropriate fit.

Those who advocate drinking raw milk are also in contention with supporters of pasteurization.  Within pasteurized varieties, one finds consumers of both commercial and commercial organic milk. And more recently, a debate is growing amongst the raw milk community over A1 and A2 cows. Then there are those that prefer to drink only kefir milk.

The following article will give a brief overview and dissemination of what these various milk identities are, and some of the pros and cons attributed to them: