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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



Take the Organic Challenge like Nate Reuss, Lead Singer of Fun!
May 16, 2012, 8:59 pm
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Get Naked or Go Organic…just like Nate Reuss, lead singer of Fun., did at Sunset Sessions. Click here to buy the “Act Now” organic tee we gave to Nate!



You’ve Been Slimed!

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Today, Beef Products Inc., the company that manufactures beef product known as “Pink Slime,” announced that they would close three of their four manufacturing plants that make what they refer to as “Lean Beef Trimmings.” According to the Change.org petition that brought attention to the Pink Slime controversy, “’Pink slime’ is the term used for a mixture of beef scraps and connective tissue (formerly used only for pet food and rendering) that is treated with ammonia hydroxide to remove pathogens like salmonella and E coli.” After treating the mixture, it is blended into ground beef and hamburger patties.

Disgust over the Pink Slime publicized by Change.org and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver quickly led to thousands of people signing the petition, and sharing their outrage across various social media channels. In turn, fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King as well as supermarkets like Kroger, Safeway, and Walmart have announced that they will no longer carry ground beef containing “Lean Beef Trimmings” from BPI.

You know, I wish they would sell the Pink Slime separately.  I’ve been really curious if you can blow bubbles with it like bubble gum…just like my brothers and I used to do with the mozzarella on our eggplant parmesan until my mother would yell at us for being morons.

But thanks to the USDA for keeping pink slime alive. According to the Huffington Post’s article today, they plan to order about seven million pounds of Lean Beef Trimmings for the national school lunch program. So eat up all you lucky kids in America…You’ve been slimed!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Superheroes for Organically Grown

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This ad appeared in the November 1977 edition of Seventeen magazine featuring Lynda Carter as the spokesperson for Organically Grown. At the time, Lynda was the star of the hit TV show Wonder Woman. In the seventies, women fought for equal rights, such as the basic freedom to earn the same salary as a man for doing the same job. Even though Wonder Woman had been a popular comic book character for many years prior, it was Lynda’s role as Wonder Woman in the seventies that made the world believe that a woman could be a superhero. Ms. Carter was the perfect choice to represent Organically Grown… strong, independent, confident and beautiful…standing tall in the American way.

Today Organically Grown is in the middle of a different struggle. Day by day, more and more people learn of the toxins in their foods, but now it is our job to inform them of the hundreds of millions of pounds of toxins used to conventionally grow the cotton they wear, and the disastarous effect its production has on our planet. Organic cotton removes these toxins, and the clothes we sell at www.shoporganicallygrown.com are made from 100% organic cotton. 

So be a superhero like Wonder Woman, and help us spread the word about the power of organic cotton and all the amazing things we are doing at Organically Grown. And to all the women of the world…don’t give up the fight!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

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Organically Grown “Gets Naked or Goes Organic” at Sunset Sessions!

The 15th annual Sunset Sessions is now a beautiful memory. Held this year at San Diego’s luxurious Rancho Bernardo Inn, Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions is a music industry event that gives recording artists a chance to be heard by music supervisors and radio programmers. I would like to thank all of the great recording artists who stopped by the Organically Grown booth. We asked all of the musicians to “Get Naked or Go Organic,” choosing to take off their non-organic tees and replace it with one of Organically Grown’s organic t-shirts. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s farmable land, and is the world’s second most heavily sprayed crop; conventional cotton requires 1/3 pound of toxic chemicals to make just one t-shirt, adding up to hundreds of millions of pounds each year. I was surprised that the concept of organic cotton and organic clothing was new to so many artists, but then again, that’s why we were there…to let the creative community know about the destruction caused by conventional cotton production, because they are the ones with the voice who will get the message out!

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The "Creating Change" panelists

I don’t know how Michele Clark manages to do all the amazing things she does, in putting together this event each year. We met with so many amazing new and emerging artists, and it was especially satisfying to meet and interview reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. It was also great to be on the “Creating Change” panel with Conor Gaffney from Café Gratitude & co-producer of May I Be Frank, Stephen Powers from Agape International, Bushwalla, Erica Krusen from MusiCares and Jim Lindberg, the former lead singer from the band Pennywise. Also on the panel was my dear friend Kevin Lyman, who made the 60-plus tour buses on the Vans Warped Tour change to biodiesel fuel when, at the time, it was not the most economical thing to do.

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Jason Mraz perfroming "I'm Yours"

Jason Mraz lit up the stage with an intimate concert catered by Chipotle, who use fresh avocados grown on Jason’s orchard to make their guacamole, and use about 25% organic beans in their food. Jason got his big break at Sunset Sessions with “I’m Yours,” which would eventually be nominated for a Grammy Award, and would spend 76 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, breaking the record for the most weeks spent on the chart. As a major star, it was great to have Jason back as an alumni. From everything I know about him, from spiritually supporting the musical efforts of his friends like the Makepeace Brothers and Bushwalla, as well as Michele’s efforts, more important than being a star, he is a gentleman.

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Lucinda Williams performing

Thanks again to Michele for allowing Organically Grown to be a sponsor of this amazing event, and to all the artists who performed, and whom we interviewed. Not only did we get to interview many amazing artists, it turns out we have made friends. We will be posting the videos of these interviews in the next few weeks.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Get Naked or Go Organic at Sunset Sessions!

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Organically Grown is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Sunset Sessions, to be held Feb. 16-18 in San Diego. Recording artists, radio program directors (the people who decide what songs are played on the radio), record company executives, and music supervisors (the people who help decide what songs will be placed in films, television, commercials and video games) will convene to listen to performances by both well known and up and coming recording artists. The roster includes Jason Mraz, Lucinda Williams, Everlast, Eve 6, Jimmy Cliff, Wayne Coyne and many new artists.  There are 54 artists playing during three days and nights of music!

At Organically Grown, our greatest challenge is to get the message out as to the devastation caused by conventional cotton production. At Sunset Sessions, we will be asking artists to Get Naked or Go Organic. If they are wearing anything that is not organic, they either have to get naked or put on an organic cotton t-shirt by Organically Grown. It should be a lot of fun, while also getting out our message.

In addition, for the first time at Sunset Sessions, there will be a panel called Creating Change: Socially Spiritually and Environmentally, that I am proud to be a part of. Moderated by Sunset Sessions Manager Chris Wrightsman, the panelists include Conor Gaffney from Café Gratitude & May I Be Frank, Stephen Powers from Agave International, Bushwalla, Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour (and one of the greatest guys in the world), Erica Krusen from MusiCares and Jim Lindberg, the former lead singer from the band Pennywise.

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 during Sunset Sessions.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Looking Forward
January 2, 2012, 8:09 pm
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New Years is a time when we look ahead. The United States must do the same. We must ask ourselves as a country: Do we move forward and choose energy alternatives such as solar and wind or do we stay with oil and subject ourselves to all of oil’s consequences? It is appropriate that energy is called “power” because those we control it definitely have the “power.”

This year, why not take greater control of your life and have the quality of life you desire? Be proactive by exercising, eating organically  and do the right thing by wearing organic. Changing the world starts with changing yourself.

Happy and a Healthy New Year!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown