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What’s Stopping You from Growing Your Own Food?

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Now, more than ever, the news is full of health scares and epidemics caused in no small part by the quantity-over-quality approach to food production, and it’s happening all over the world. China might be the foremost violator of health standards, but our country is just as at fault, feeding our citizens with food that is inherently unhealthy for us.

Many of us have already been beating the drums against eating factory-farmed and genetically tweaked foods, but the majority would rather cover their ears and keep consuming the more accessible, bigger, allegedly more flavorful stuff that lines our grocery shelves.

The result? Obesity, diseases, and infirmities of all sorts manifesting in us. Worse, our children just as badly affected. Why do we do this to ourselves? (Read More....)

Cutting Corners? Which Items to Buy Organic and Which to Avoid

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:

Buy Organic:

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....)

How to Make Your Home More Organic

From the soils that grow the food we eat to the personal care products that we use on our bodies, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and other hazardous agents can be found almost everywhere, in everything, it seems. What’s worse is that these dangers are not only a threat to us as individuals–they’re a threat to the environment as a whole. The best way to beat this army of toxins is to make your home more organic. When you choose to go organic, you choose to reduce your exposure to a laundry list of harmful substances. Are you ready to make the switch but not sure where you should start? Highlighted for you here are several things you can do to transform your home into a more organic one.

Buy Organically Grown Foods

One way to make your home more organic is to buy organically grown produce, meats, and dairy products. Organic produce is chemical-free, grown without the use of dangerous fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Organic meats and dairy products come from animals that are never fed antibiotics, hormones, or (Read More....)

How Turning To Organic Can Benefit Your Family

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....)

How To Start An Organic Garden

organic-gardenCountry livingAs the number of chemicals and insecticides in our food supply increase, and as the genetic modification of our produce reaches frightening proportions, the popularity of organic gardens has exploded. People want to be able to feel good about the food that they are putting into their bodies.

In addition, the recent economic uncertainty, rising food prices and a desire to be more self-sufficient have also fueled the trend towards home gardens.

So just what is an organic garden?

An “organic” garden means that you do not use any fertilizers or pesticides that contain chemicals.

That does not sound easy, and it isn’t, but if you are willing to put the extra work in, then you will end up with produce that is healthier and better tasting than the produce that comes from conventional gardens.

So how do you start an organic garden? The following are 9 steps that you can take to get your garden started…..

#1) Decide What Your Goals Are – Do you want to grow enough just to add a few vegetables to your dinner once in a while? Do you want it to be able to provide enough food for your family if there is a major emergency?

Some people who want to live “off the (Read More....)