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Let Whole Foods do the Cooking

I had dinner last night at Whole Foods in Tarzana. Their salad bar offers some organic vegetables. I am excited to tell you about their new offering (if you are not a vegetarian). You can choose your own fish or meat and they will cook it for you at no extra expense. Whole Foods does not add the usual chemicals to fish and meats, so if you eat that kind of stuff, you can eat healthier than in most restaurants. In this way, it is a breakthrough, although you still have to navigate between organic and non-organic.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN

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Wal-Mart to Require Healthier Foods
January 25, 2011, 12:49 am
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In July 2008, Wal-Mart, not the FDA, banned the chemical Bisphenol-A from being used in the plastic baby bottles sold on its shelves.

This week, again with no FDA intervention, Wal-Mart announced that they are requiring suppliers to reduce the sodium content of packaged food by 25%, and added sugars by 10%, as well as remove any industrially produced trans-fats. Although I  try to avoid processed, canned, frozen, and non-organic foods, I can’t help but wonder how many lives will be saved by Wal-Mart’s bold decision.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Environmental Legacy

In my last blog, I wrote about the “Promise of America.” Today, we honor a man who embodied the potential of how great America can be: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appealing to the moral decency in all of us, Dr. King showed us how change can occur without violence.

Dr. King’s final speech was in support of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. The workers were being exposed to disease, making for very unsafe working conditions.  Following King’s death, city officials resolved the strike, providing new protections to the city’s sanitation workers.

Being able to live and work in a healthy environment should be a basic human right. Just as the Memphis sanitation workers were subjected to poor working conditions, people around the world who work in conventional cotton production are subjected to hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides each year, according to the Organic Exchange. Seven out of ten of these pesticides are on the EPA’s list of known, likely, or probable human carcinogens. By choosing organic cotton products, made without pesticides, we can make a difference in the quality of life for those farm workers.

Everyone should have the right to make healthy decisions, regardless of where they live or how much money they possess.  Being able to choose organic products is an economic issue because they are generally more expensive. At Organically Grown, we try to provide our customers with fashionable organic cotton products that they can afford. We hope that as the demand for organic products grows, the price will continue to decrease – making them increasingly accessible to everyone.

Martin Luther King understood that environmental justice is social justice, and to truly celebrate his legacy, we need to listen to his words and work together towards his vision of a free, equal, and healthy America, and for that matter, the world.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Organically Grown Salutes Emma Watson

Because of the blockbuster success of the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson has become a worldwide superstar at a young age. Even more impressively, Emma has used her celebrity for a higher cause and has shown concern for the planet by shining a spotlight on the importance of wearing organic clothing.

Much like the Harry Potter books enticed children who were busy playing video games to pick up a book, Emma is a role model to other young people who may not otherwise know or care about organic clothing options. At Organically Grown, we admire and thank her for her extraordinary efforts.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



A Visit to San Francisco’s Organic Farmer’s Market

In October Bobby and I went up to San Francisco to attend a friend’s birthday party. We had some time on Saturday to go up to the Farmers Market in San Francisco. From their website:

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a California certified farmers market operated by the nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).  The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. It is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmers markets to visit. On any day, especially Saturdays, some of San Francisco’s best known chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market.  The market provides a forum for people to learn about food and agriculture.  Each week nearly 25,000 shoppers visit the farmers market.

The farmers market is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay.  The markets offer fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats and eggs from small regional farmers and ranchers, many of whom are certified organic.  A wealth of other products include regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses and jams.  The Thursday market  features an array of artisan street food: wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, sandwiches, and tacos, while the Saturday market also includes local restaurants serving a variety of hot, delicious meals.


I have never seen in all my travels such a collective of high quality and ORGANIC product in one place.  If you have a chance to go – do so. And bring your appetite!

BY JULIA STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



New Reasons to Love Organic Cotton

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love the softness of eco friendly organic cotton, Suite 101’s Kara Smith has come up with NEW reasons to love organic cotton. Smith encourages readers to continue to support the efforts of organic cotton farmers by regularly purchasing organic products. The article is spurred on by the fact that the organic cotton market dipped between 2007 and 2009, but has increased in 2010. It is essential for the organic cotton farmers that this upward trend in buying continue to increase.

Smith also notes that there are statistics which show that having a baby or a young child increased the awareness of buying organic. Parents who might not buy organic for themselves want the best, healthiest options for their children, and do not want them dressed in clothes that may have been sprayed with harsh chemicals and pesticides. Smith writes, “It might be safe to say that if the Earth were a baby, most of the crops it’d be wrapped in would be organic.”

Thankfully, by Summer 2010, organic cotton in California has reached a market price which makes it profitable for farmers to grow or switch to organic cotton. As long as customers continue to purchase organic cotton products, the demand will make sure that the farmers are able to economically produce organic cotton.

In conclusion, Smith reminds readers of several facts about organic cotton:

-Organic fruit and vegetables are higher in antioxidants – somewhere between 19 and 58% higher.

-Cotton farming uses approximately 3 billion dollars of pesticide which is poured onto the planet each year.

-Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides and are therefore free from residues which can actually stay in the cotton even after washing.

-Groundwater contaminated with pesticide residues does seep into drinking water and is not ‘washed out’ in treatment plants as there is no found treatment, yet, that can eliminate these residues.

BY EMILY LAIRD, DIRECTOR OF NEW MEDIA, ORGANICALLY GROWN