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Spring Forward with Organically Grown

Please remember to “Spring Forward” this Sunday by setting your clocks ahead. You may lose some sleep, but you’ll enjoy the extra hour of daylight.

After you’ve adjusted and if you happen to be in the neighborhood, please come visit Organically Grown at the Whole Foods in Tarzana, CA. We will be there from 12-6pm, showcasing our locally made organic women’s tops.

Also, come join us every Tuesday night at the California Heritage Museum’s Market and Food Truck Night. Organically Grown will be there from 5-9pm, selling our organic products at a special price!

A special thank you to the brilliant Michele Clark, founder of Sunset Sessions, for allowing us to offer a discount on Organically Grown to the attendees of last month’s Sunset Sessions in San Francisco. Rumor has it that the long-awaited return of Whitebread to the stage stole the show! 

by Bob Stein, founder of Organically Grown



The Real Reasons to Buy Organic

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Stanford University scientists recently published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine comparing the benefits of organic versus non-organic food, concluding that they “did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives.”

Some people may view this study as a reason to not buy organic products. However, in my mind, nutrition was never the reason to buy organic to begin with, and this study just brings us further away from the real reasons to buy and eat organic.

The main reason you should eat organic is so that you and your family consume as little GMOs, pesticides, and other toxins as possible. Even the Stanford researchers concluded that consuming organic food reduces your risk of consuming pesticides by 30%. So while Stanford concluded that there is no difference in nutrients…Ask yourself this: Do I want to consume more toxins, now that I know that they’re just as nutritious as the organic version? That would not be logical.

Beyond our own health and nutrition, buying organic means “to respect the land your food came from,” as the Atlantic wrote in their response to the study. Another crucial reason to buy organic is to encourage environmentally sustainable farming practices, which are more healthy for not only our environment, but for the farm workers who are no longer exposed to the toxic chemicals they otherwise would have sprayed on the food. 

As the National Resources Defense Council wrote: “Pesticide or fertilizer laden runoff from farmlands washes into rivers, lakes, and streams, contaminating waterways, and destroying habitat. Many pesticides are also toxic to health, and have been linked to respiratory problems, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer and reproductive problems. Every year, farm workers and people living near conventional farms suffer from poisonings and serious health effects from pesticide spraying.”

So, reduce your consumption of toxins, protect the environment and the farm workers, stop contaminating the waterways and water supply. Eating and wearing organic accomplishes this. You do not have to attend Stanford to excercise common sense.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Now for this Commercial Interruption!
August 2, 2012, 8:01 pm
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It’s bad enough that your television shows have to be interrupted by commercials, but why do they have to be so insulting?

First, there are our friends at BP playing Cajun music, urging us to come back to the Gulf of Mexico, where the beaches are beautiful and the seafood never tasted better. Or the smiling faces of the friendly folks at Exxon Mobil and Chevron, pumping not just billions of dollars out of the ground, but also into commercials targeted to influence how you think.

How willing are the news networks going to be to criticize Big Oil, when Big Oil is paying their bills through the commercials? You know that saying? ”Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” You see how well the Chinese Wall worked for Arthur Anderson.

It’s one thing when oil companies and clean coal want to persuade you into thinking they’re your best friends and that they care about the environment. But now there is a recent trend of “Environmental Bashing” commercials. Shaquille O’Neal promotes Buick by stating: “I’ve got shoes bigger than most hybrids- more stylish, too.”

Now there’s the Geico gecko commercial, mocking a couple that wants to buy only organic food at the market, making them look like over-educated geeks. The guy is even wearing an argyle sweater. This is just one more insult to people trying to do the right thing and live a healthy lifestyle.

I am off for a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains…without commercial interruption!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



ORGANICALLY GROWN LIVE FROM THE GREEN CARPET AT SUNSET SESSIONS ROCK!

 The Organically Grown team just returned from Michele Clark’s second annual Sunset Sessions Rock!, where we were a proud co-sponsor of the event.

 There was a lot of great music from both emerging artists and rock legends such as Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, who dazzled the women of Organically Grown. Richie played some of his new songs on his solo album set to be released on September 4, as well as some of the classic Bon Jovi hits that he co-wrote, such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

 

Also performing at the event were Lit and Everclear, who are co-headlining the Summerland tour, which stops in LA tommorow at the legendary Greek Theater. In addition, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan was the keynote speaker.

One of the great emerging bands is Cheating Daylight. These young sensations range in age from thirteen to eighteen, and totally lit up the stage. Be sure to catch them on tour this summer!

I was proud to be on the “Creating Change” panel, along with Shireen Janti-Reid from MusiCares, Jesse Billauer from Life Rolls On, lead singer of Pennywise Jim Lindberg from Havoc TV, Bushwalla, Ryan Clark from Liberty Bottles, and legendary record producer Peter Bunetta from Playing for Change.

During the panel, moderator Chris Wrightsman challenged me to see if I could still rap, and I put the doubters to rest. A YouTube video of the panel will be released soon.

I interviewed over 30 bands, with the mission of educating them about the hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides used in conventional cotton, and how at Organically Grown, we take those toxins out of our products and out of the environment.

We will post these interviews on our YouTube channel in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! The biggest star of them all is Michele Clark…for pulling off an amazing event once again! 

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

PS – Be sure to check out our Facebook page for our full album of Sunset Sessions Rock photos!



Starting Tomorrow, June 21, Organically Grown Will Be Live on the Green Carpet at Sunset Sessions!

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The Organically Grown team will be at the beautiful La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, California, where we are excited to be a sponsor of the second annual Sunset Sessions Rocks! From Thursday through Saturday, the top tastemakers in the music industry will gather to hear live performances from both emerging and established rock & roll recording artists, including Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, Lit, Everclear’s Art Alexakis, Dead Sara, Jim Lindberg, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan. 

Stay tuned, as Organically Grown will be tweeting live from the Green Carpet at Sunset Sessions! We will be asking the artists to “Get Naked or Go Organic!” and if they are wearing something not made of organic cotton, they either have to get naked or put on an organic t-shirt from Organically Grown! For videos of artists such as Jimmy Clif, Nate Reuss from Fun., and Brandon & Leah “Getting Naked or Going Organic” at this past February’s Sunset Sessions, please visit the Organically Grown YouTube channel here.

In addition, I am honored to be a part of the “Creating Change” panel, along with Shireen Janti-Reid from MusiCares, Jesse Bilauer from Life Rolls On, Jim Lindberg from Havoc Cares, Bushwalla, Ryan Clark from Liberty Bottles, and Peter Bunetta from Playing for Change.

We will keep you posted, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute insanity, great photos, and videos.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Organically Grown

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Last week, Los Angeles became the largest US city to ban single-use plastic bags, after the Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly endorsed a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags in grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies within city limits. 

Regarding the passing of the bill, Councilman Paul Koretz said, “I’m deliriously excited about the passage of this measure. Ever since I first heard about the floating plastic island in the Pacific, while I was still in the state legislature, I have been trying to move the ball forward on banning plastic bags in this state.”
 
Great job, Paul! Paul Koretz is my council member and a passionate, great guy.
 
Councilmember Eric Garcetti, added: “Plastic bags clog our landfills, clog drainage systems, and litter neighborhoods. This ban will help us keep our communities healthy and clean.”
 
At Organically Grown®, we have been struggling with the philosophy of our packaging. The idea that our clothes are packaged in a plastic poly bag personally disturbs me. However, others believe that our customers expect it as part of a finished product.
 
What do you think?

By Bob Stein, founder of Organically Grown




Organically Grown Supports the Stroller Brigade
May 23, 2012, 10:54 pm
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Yesterday, the Stroller Brigade, mostly a group of moms and children, who marched at the Capitol to urge Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act to supersede the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The Safe Chemicals Act would require chemical manufacturers to prove that their chemicals are safe before they can be sold. Since the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, only five chemicals have been banned under this law. 

 According to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families: “Early puberty, childhood cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities are rising at alarming rates. Studies show links between toxic chemicals we’re exposed to every day and many of these negative health trends. Almost all pregnant women in America contain toxic chemicals in their bodies.”

“The stroller brigade is carrying an important message to Congress that we’re not going to stand by and let our kids continue to be exposed to chemicals that make them sick,” Lautenberg, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, told The Huffington Post.

At Organically Grown, we support the efforts of the Stroller Brigade. It will be interesting to see how this bill does in Congress. This should not be a Democrat or Republican matter, as the safety of our children is a non-partisan issue.

By Bob Stein, founder of Organically Grown




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