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Organic Foods And The Economy September 22, 2010

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Organic Foods and the Environmental and Economic Impacts

If you are interested in switching to organic foods, you may first do a little bit of research. If so, you are likely looking to find more information on the benefits of eating organically. When doing so, you will see that there are a number of health benefits to eating organically, but did you know that organic foods can also help to improve the environment and the economy? They can and for more information on how so, please continue reading on.

It is no secret that many farmers use pesticides and other chemicals when growing many fruits and vegetables. Although many of these pesticides are “technically,’ considered safe, many still have concerns. After all, if the chemicals can be used to kills bugs and bacteria, what can they do to our bodies? This is a huge concern for many individuals, especially those who are concerned with their health and exactly what it is they are putting in their bodies. Also, does simply just rinsing a vegetable make the food any safer? What about the impact on the environment? These are all common questions that many have.

Speaking of the environment, did you know that many soils become contaminated when pesticides and other similar chemicals are used? Contamination is more than possible. In fact, did you know that many of the farmers who wish to switch to growing organic foods need to overhaul their fields or wait a specific period of time until their soils can be considered clean again? This is true in many cases. This just goes to show the impact that unnatural foods an have on the environment.

Another one of the many ways that organic foods can help to improve the environment and the economy is with the survival of quality food manufacturers. All organic food should be certified by the QAI (Quality Assurance International). This certification process is not easy to pass, as there are a number of strict rules that must be followed and certain qualifications must be met. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to meet these standards. This means that only the quality and dependable organic food makers are likely to survive. Although many do not look at it from this point of view, it can be good for the economy.

In keeping with the economy, many farmers are getting a second chance with organic foods. Now, it is costly to run a farm. In fact, that is why many farms are shutting down. Although some farmers are choosing to give up their operations, others are choosing to make the switch to organic foods. Although it does take a lot of hard work, determination, and a large investment to make the switch to organic, many farmers are finding big payoffs. There are also many economists who believe that switching to growing organic foods is the only way that many farms, especially those that are small in size, will be able to survive.

As you can see, there are a number of ways that organic foods can impact the environment and the economy. Fortunately, these ways are all positive in nature. As a reminder, organic foods are also safe, healthy, and natural to eat. What does this mean for you? It means that there are a number of benefits to eating organically. For that reason, if you are interested in making the switch to organic foods, you should go ahead and do so.



Gotta watch This Video On Organic Foods September 20, 2010

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Please watch, it’s great and pretty short :)

Organic Foods For Toddlers September 20, 2010

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Organic Foods Great for Toddlers

Are you the parent of a toddler who is looking to make sure that your child is eating right?  If so, healthy foods are likely what you are searching for.  With that in mind, it is important to know that healthy foods come in a number of different formats.  To provide your toddler with the best healthy foods possible, organic foods should be examined.

After a close look, you will see that there are a number of benefits to eating organic foods.  These benefits include natural foods, as opposed to foods that are filled with sugars and other additives.  Eating organically can also help to improve one’s health, as well as the environment.  It has been said that the longer you eat organic foods, the better your health is likely to be.  That is why you should encourage your toddler to eat organically.

One of the biggest concerns of parents is that their children will not like organic foods.  Chances are, your toddler will not be able to tell the difference.  Of course, you do not want to lie or withhold the truth from your child, but you may not want to let him or her know that they are eating organic foods right away.  For toddlers and preschoolers, organic isn’t necessarily a word that is associated with “yummy,” foods, even though it can and is.  After your child has developed a liking for organic foods, then let them know.

Another concern that many parents have is what they can feed their children.  Many toddlers and preschoolers are able to eat table food with adults.  This is easy if the rest of your family eats organic foods as well.  Your child can simply just enjoy a meal with you.  With that said, there are many parents who also want to provide their children with kid friendly foods.  This may include foods that have fun character shapes or characters on the boxes.  Parents also want foods that are convenient and easy to prepare for certain occasions.  The good news is that you can still get these foods organically.

When looking to buy organic toddler food, you will find that you have a number of different options.  There are a number of organic food companies that specialize in selling food designed for toddlers.  Of course, Earth’s Best Organic is not the only company that you have to choose from, but they are one of the most popular.  Earth’s Best Organic comes highly rated and recommend by many parents, teachers, and even some healthcare professionals.  For that reason, we will be examining their line of organic food for toddlers so that you can get a good idea as to what types of food your toddler can eat when on an organic diet.

Earth’s Best Organic, as well as number of other organic food companies, have a line of foods that are ideal for breakfast.  Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is important that your child is able to eat a food that they love.  The good news is that you do have a number of different options.  Three popular options for toddlers are organic waffles, organic O shaped cereal, which tends to resemble cheerios, and organic instant oatmeal.

As previously stated, many parents want to have organic foods on hand for their toddlers that are healthy, but also fun to eat and easy to prepare.  Earth’s Best Organic, as well a number of other natural food companies, have a number of products for you to choose from.  Just a sample of what you may find can include frozen whole grain pizzas or organic soups.  As for snacks, which many toddlers consume before lunch and after dinner, there are a number of different options as well; however, organic crackers, organic cookies, and organic fruit bars are recommended and kid approved.

As you can see, you have a number of different options when looking to feed your toddler organic foods.  As a reminder, you do not necessarily have to purchase foods that are designed for toddlers, as many toddlers can eat the same organic foods that adults, like you, do.

Saving Money Buying Organic Foods September 11, 2010

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How to Save Money When Buying Organic Foods

Are you interested in eating healthier?  If you are, you may be interested in eating organic foods.  Unfortunately, if this is the first time that you are looking to do so, you may be turned off by the costs.  We all know that organic foods can be expensive, but did you also know that there are a number of ways that you can save money?  This is important to know if you are looking to try organic foods, as you do not want to write them off right away due to costs.  A few of the many ways that you can go about saving money on organic foods are highlighted below for your convenience.

A great way to save money on organic foods involves searching for affordable prices.  You will want to find an organic food store that is known for their great sales or one that is known for their everyday low prices.  If you have a number of stores to choose from, be sure to visit them all.  This can help you get a good idea as to which stores have the best prices, as well as the largest product selections.  When looking for organic food sales, look for store sale fliers or search online to see if they are posted on a store’s website, should one exist.

Using organic food coupons is another great way to save money on organic foods.  Unfortunately, this can sometimes be difficult to do, as organic food coupons can be difficult to find, but it is more than possible to do so.  For starters, you can use the internet.  Online coupon websites may have organic food coupons available for printing.  Also, check the online websites of companies that make or sell organic foods, as you may also find printable coupons online.  You should also check your local newspapers, namely on the weekends.  Since organic foods appear to be increasing in popularity, many coupons are now appearing in newspaper inserts.  Also, look for coupons that may be offered in-store.

In keeping with using organic food coupons to help you save money when eating healthy, there are a few extra tips that can help you save even more.  Organic food coupons can sometimes be hard to find in the newspaper, but at least one coupon typically appears each week.  If possible, examine your newspaper in your car.  If you see a coupon or a number of them for organic foods, go back and buy another newspaper.  Most expatriation dates are set so that you can make two or three trips to the store to use your extra coupons before they expire.  Also, ask friends or family members to be on the lookout for organic food coupons.  If they don’t eat organically themselves, they can pass the coupons on to you.

In addition to shopping for organic foods locally, the internet should also be examined.  You can and should shop online for organic foods or at least browse through your options.  A number of websites sell organic foods. These can be online stores or product manufacturers that have mini-stores on their own websites.  What is nice about using the internet is that you can compare products and prices from different websites all in a few minutes.  Just be sure to keep an eye on the cost of shipping, as you don’t want to pay more than you need to.

The above mentioned ways are just a few of the many ways that you can go about saving money when looking to eat natural, organic foods.  Extra tips involves stocking up on foods when they are on sale and visiting local, traditional grocery stores.  In addition to specialty organic food stores, most supermarkets have organic food sections.  They may also have great sales on their products.  In fact, you can examine store sale fliers or the internet to see if these sales do exist.  This is a great way to find affordable natural foods, without physically having to shop around yourself.

Organic Gardening September 11, 2010

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Steps to Success with Organic Gardening

If you have long been curious about organic gardening, you may now be familiar with how things are being done in this process. But even so, you must not tire out from learning new things to help you with this venture.

It is important to keep yourself updated with how things are being done. You should be in tuned with the local gardeners in your area so that you can talk things out with enthusiasts like you. If your goal in going organic in terms of gardening is to help nature, then you are on the right track. For sure, nature itself will find ways to help you out and for you to be able see solutions to your problems just around the corner.

This is how generous nature is. And this is also the basic idea of the organic process of gardening. It is to give back to nature what nature has bestowed you with. In gardening, you will have to veer away with synthetic materials. You only have to use what can be found on the ground or the environment around you.

For example, in fertilizers, you have the option to make your own compost. But this is no easy task. Doing so will take a lot of effort and time on your part. The first method to go about this is to gather dried leaves, certain animal manure, vegetable peels and the likes on a compost bag. You have to attend to it periodically to add moisture once in a while and to make sure that you are doing things right.

The second method is to pile up the materials that you have gathered on the ground. Pile those up in a space that you will allocate for your compost. You just leave them there and let nature takes its course through those materials. Through time, years even, that pile will be turned into compost materials that you can also use as fertilizers for your garden. But you’ve got to be careful to choose only the part that is not infested with pests. If not, you’ll have bigger problems with your garden.

The latter method will take longer. And because it is open and you cannot regulate it, certain elements can be accommodated into the pile which may be harmful to your garden. So when you are already using that, you still have to check very closely so that you will retain your garden’s health and beauty.

You have to remember that you must be picky with your plants. Ask a local dealer what plants will grow easily on your location. You must not opt for something you like that will not survive the site’s conditions.

Learn the art of mulching. You have to do this periodically in your garden beds. This will kill the growing weeds. You’ll be able to monitor the unnecessary pests and get rid of them. This also moderates the temperature of the soil. And by mulching it, you’ll prevent the soil from eroding.

Have a variety of plants in your garden. This way, you will be able to attract beneficial insects. These are the types that would feed on the pests that your garden may incur.

And the most important thing to do in organic gardening is to befriend your plants. You must know all them fully well. This way, you will have an idea as to what to do in cases where a problem struck and you have no one to help you.

Organic Foods September 10, 2010

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Organic Foods:  Why You Should Buy Directly From Farmers

Are you interested in improving the way that you eat?  If you are, you will want to examine natural, organic foods.  After a close examination, you will see that there are a number of benefits to eating organic.

As previously stated, there are a number of benefits to eating organic foods.  One of those benefits is your ability to shop at a wide range of locations.  Organic foods are available for sale at supermarkets, organic food stores, and online.  With that said, organic foods are also commonly sold directly by the farmers who grew them.  If you have local farmers who sell organic foods, you should consider doing your shopping directly through them.

When it comes to buying many organic food products, such as fruits and vegetables, directly from organic farmers, many individuals wonder why they should do so.  In all honesty, there are a number of reasons, as well as benefits to buying organic foods directly from the source.  One of those benefits is the assistance that you will be providing to local farmers.  It is no secret that many farmers find it difficult to stay afloat financially.  In fact, hundreds of small farms shut down each year.  Instead of shutting down, many farmers are now making the switch to organic foods.

As previously stated, a large number of farmers, all across the United States, are now making the decision to go organic.  Unfortunately, this decision isn’t always easy.  It can be costly in the beginning, as well as very risky.  Although you may not necessarily think about it at the time, you can provide financial relief and assistance to organic farmers by buying their products directly from them.  When you buy organic fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer or farmers who made them, they are able to receive all profits, not just a portion of them.  In this aspect, you can consider buying organic fruits and vegetables directly from farmers your good deed for the week or month.

As nice as it is to hear that you should purchase some organic foods directly from the farmers who grow them, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so.  For starters, farmer’s markets should be examined.  Farmer’s markets typically involve the setup of stands and booths.  Many farmer’s markets in the United States allow a large number of farmers to attend and set up booths.  Depending on your local farmer’s markets, its size, and who is present, you may be able to find organic food sold.

In addition to visiting one of your local farmer’s markets to see if organic foods are for sale, you can also visit local farms in person.  To help you decide which farms should be visited look for signs or advertisements in local newspapers.  It is also usually easy to spot farms where organic foods are being sold.  This is because many set up roadside booths or have a storefront building on their property, which is usually easy to see from the road.  If you do make the decision to shop with a local farmer, be sure to bring cash, as many small operations are not equipped to accept checks, debit cards, or credit cards.

As highlighted above, there are a number of reasons why you should buy your organic foods directly from the source, farmers.  With a number of different buying options, you are encouraged to support your local organic farmers.

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