Posted by: chooseorganic | January 31, 2008

Choose Raw Food For A Better Future

Eating a Raw Food Diet has a majority of remarkable health benefits. Not only is it one of the healthiest diets a human can consume, it’s good to our earth and its precious ecosystems. Choosing to Raw means you are choosing to eat what the Earth has provided us with.

When you consume uncooked, unprocessed Raw Food in its pure state you are benefiting from all of that particular food nutrients possible because of several factors. Raw Food contains things called “Enzymes”. These Enzymes are simply chemical reactions that help digest our food. When food is cooked above 116 degrees Fahrenheit these enzymes begin to break down. When enzymes are exposed to heat their functions becomes impaired and eventually destroyed. When all enzymes are destroyed food becomes lifeless. What happens to a body when it’s constantly being fed dead, lifeless food? Disorders begin to surface. The body cannot function to its full potential without enzyme-rich, nutrient-dense, live-food.

Enzymes are very important as they add in the digestion and absorption of your food enabling your body the chance to repair, build cells and defend against infections and viruses.

Eat raw reduces the amount of chemicals, toxins, and pollution to the Earth’s atmosphere, creatures, and soil. You are choosing to eat Organic Raw food which means your one less person to promote animal cruelty by being Vegan. Among this because you eat Organic your one less person to promote soil and air pollution. When you choose Organic, Raw food you are removing yourself as chain in the “link” of societies bad habits. You are choosing a better future.

Source: TasteRaw.com – Modified with permission

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Posted by: chooseorganic | January 27, 2008

Choose a Better Future With Organic Food

The basis of Organic refers to methods of farming and processing foods that are safe for the earth and its future.

Organic farmers do not use chemicals to alter their food in any way. Farmers ensure their food is grown without the use of conventional pesticide, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge. For animals, organic means these animals are raised in a humane way without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetic modification.

When you buy Organic you are investing in your health and future generations. You are making statement that you do not wish to buy food with chemicals and ingredients you can’t pronounce. You are sending a message to the conventional food business that you want change and won’t accept anything but the highest quality, purest food available. Every time you checkout at the supermarket with organic food in hand you are sending a message to yourself and food producers that says, “I deserve better”.

When you have the choice between Conventional and Organic, think about the quality, care, and love that Organic stands for. It’s not just about you. It’s about the earth and people. Your actions affect are a direct representation of yourself. Make the difference – choose Organic.

Whether your new to organic, or have been buying it for several years – think of this when you have the choice. Think about your health and future.

Posted by: chooseorganic | January 27, 2008

Organic Farming Techniques

Organic farmers do not use chemicals to alter their food in any way. Farmers ensure their food is grown without the use of conventional pesticide, artificial fertilizers, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). For animals organic means these animals are raised in a humane way without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetic modification.

Organic farmers utilize traditional farming techniques with modern technology to balance our Earth’s natural ecosystem. Some techniques include:

Crop Diversity: Conventional farming relies on monoculture. Monoculture is the practice of growing one single crop over a wide area. Organic farming emphasizes Polyculture, planting multiple crops over a wide area. Planting a variety of crops through

Crop Sequencing has a wide range of soil benefits including – beneficial insects, soil microorganisms, and increases in local biodiversity. A diversity of crops avoids the susceptibility of pathogens and pests that monoculture growing is vulnerable too.

Crop Rotation improves soil structure and fertility while providing a balance through various crops to avoid depletion of important soil nutrients. Crop Rotation techniques include alternating deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants to encourage soil nutrients and promote healthy soil conditions.

Green Manure: A type of cover crop grown to add nutrients and organic matter to soil. This promotes soil improvement and soil protection.

“The role of organic agriculture, whether in farming, processing, distribution, or consumption, is to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems and organisms from the smallest in the soil to human beings.”-International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM)

Through these techniques we can create a vibrant future for all living creatures.

Posted by: chooseorganic | January 26, 2008

What does “Certified Organic” mean?

In 2002, the USDA established standards for organic products. To meet these standards you must meet strict standards through an organic certification process. To achieve these standards farmers must follow methods that minimize environmental hazards such as soil degradation, and air/water pollution.
Farmers and companies that process and handle organic foods must meet these standards to achieve Organic Certification. Below are some rules that must be followed:

  • Farmer and processor must have annual certification inspections
  • Detailed records must be kept of practices
  • No conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, or harmful chemicals have been applied for at least 3 years
  • Ecologically friendly methods and substances must be used improve soil conditions and control pests

USDA Organic is most notably known by their logo found on food that is at least 95% Organic. Many may think that “USDA Organic” logo means the product is 100 percent Organic which is untrue.

  • 100 percent Organic with USDA Seal: All ingredients and methods used are Organic
  • USDA Organic Seal: At least 95 percent of the ingredients are organic
  • Made with Organic, no USDA seal: At least 70 percent of the ingredients are organic
  • No seal or organic reference: Used when less than 70 percent of ingredients are organic. Check the ingredients label for what particular ingredients are organic
  • All Natural: Be careful. When ingredients are labeled “natural” they may be confused with “Organic”. This statement is very misleading. Some ingredients may organic but most will not. This is a great advertising term used by the food industry to make you pay more for lower quality products. See the article “The Truth about All Natural Food” for more information.
Posted by: chooseorganic | January 26, 2008

What is Organic Food?

The basis of “Organic” refers to methods of farming and processing foods that are safe for the earth and its future.

Organic farmers do not use chemicals to alter their food in any way. Farmers ensure their food is grown without the use of conventional pesticide, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge. For animals, organic means these animals are raised in a humane way without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetic modification.

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