Do We Want to Live Longer? By Dave Webb
Why we age . . .
I started studying how long we live about 20 years ago. I was about 50. Don’t really remember when it started. I guess it started when it began effecting me personally. We are all going to die of one thing or another within about 120 years. But how much of that life is quality life and how much is hanging on in misery and ill health? I believe the answer to that question is pertinent to all of us.
I have always been fascinated with the historical record of humanity in the Bible. We started out as a creation from God and his court. We were created in “their” image. That is the clue. We were artificially created, not evolved as part of the regular creation on Earth.
The second clue is in the story of “Eve”. Originally, the myths of the Jewish People refer to Adam’s mate as a person named Lilith. Or some such name. The myth describes a woman that rebelled against God and all of her children were condemned by God because of this rebellion. The myth described the eradication of this entire line of humanity. (Read More....)
When it comes time to head to the store, whether we are struggling college students or six-figure entrepreneurs, our minds inevitably head first to our checkbooks. As important as it is to buy as many organic and environmentally-conscious products as we can, we must admit that these types of items also come with heftier price tags. However, the reason we buy organic is, first and foremost, to protect our bodies from harmful toxins and to provide them with better nutrients, and there are many ways to get the most bang for your buck with this primary goal in mind. Here are a few ways that you can divide up your shopping list according to what most definitely should be purchased organic, and what can be fulfilled with generic products. Read on for some of the top products to buy organic, and where to skimp:
1. Thin-skinned produce.
One of the determining factors in the level of pesticides that will be found in a piece of produce is the amount of protection the fruit (Read More....)
Changing towards organic food can be a big step when you’ve got a family. Organic food is often harder source, and may require that extra bit of effort to locate – although most small and large supermarkets are now including more organic ranges on their shelves.
For many of us, the benefits of turning organic are confusing, or we just overlook them. We’d rather opt for convenience than spend the extra few minutes searching for the organic counterpart on the shelf. But the benefits of using and buying organic products shouldn’t be overlooked at all. Here we’ll outline just a few of ways your family can benefit from turning organic.
1. You’re setting a good example
Buying organic food, and explaining to your children why you’re doing so – is a great way to introduce these good eating habits to them gently. Make it into a game with them, when you visit the supermarket. Set them challenges to find the organic label or the organic products
– it’ll be fun whilst also setting a great example to follow as they get older. I think buying organic or free range is especially important when ordering meat of (Read More....)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a viable alternative model for food production and acquisition for many years. Begun in the 1960s in Europe and Japan under the influence of Rudolf Steiner, CSAs provide consumers with ready access to farm-fresh produce and products while building strong community ties that foster shared risks and benefits.
Picture Credit-Grant Family Farms CSA
Benefits for Farmers
For farmers, the benefits of offering shares in the form of weekly produce boxes for member subscribers are multiple. With the opportunity to market the product early in the season, the farmer can focus on production during the peak season, secure in the knowledge that she has already sold the majority of her produce.
CSAs also build a strong community tie for farmers who not only become personally acquainted with (Read More....)
What’s in Our Food? By Scott Humphrey
Food safety is an issue that keeps growing in its importance to our national health, and there are many of us that don’t know a whole lot about it. Over the past twenty plus years we have seen massive changes to our food supply in America. Large agriculture corporations have taken over much of what we eat through genetic patenting of organism. Monsanto is the leader of this pack, controlling roughly 90% of the seed supply.
Industrialized production of vegetable, fruits, chickens, cows, and pigs have brought a lot of strange accoutrements. More and more people are slowly becoming aware of the practices of the industrial food suppliers, and they aren’t pleased. The list is long and hard to bear, but let’s go through just some of the things we face, so we might become more informed about our food.
The GMO Labeling Dilemma
Genetically modified organisms are found in 80% of the processed foods we find on our supermarket shelves. An unbelievably high number to be sure, but what exactly are GMO’s? Biotech corporations like Monsanto have scientists experimenting with splicing genetic material from different species to achieve results like making corn resistant to their extremely powerful and toxic pesticide, “Roundup”.
Monsanto and other biotech corporations have been lobbying to keep GMO labels (Read More....)
The importance of supporting local organic farms to promote community health
By Scott Humphrey
Consumers have many health concerns about food today. Food products can be genetically modified, irradiated or covered in pesticides. Fortunately, consumers can use food product labels to make sure that their food is safe. By shopping at local organic farms, buyers are guaranteed safe and healthy food while contributing to a vibrant and healthy community.
Local organic farms are by far safer than food that has been shipped from larger farms. Local organic farms will not use dangerous pesticides, and their crops will be diversified to control potential threats and to ensure quality. You can support local farms by investing in a Community Supported Agriculture farm, where you pay a regular fee to “subscribe” to baskets of fresh produce delivered to your door. You could also shop at local farmers’ markets if you want more freedom in what you can buy. These fruits and vegetables will be fresh and healthy.