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« on: December 03, 2007, 02:21:23 PM »

By Deirdre Dolan
Updated: 11/15/2007 2:36:02 PM
 
Ask an Organic Mom

It seems like every day someone emails me another news story about the hidden dangers of plastic.

I usually stop whatever I'm doing to read it, more convinced with every each new study and infertile rat that we're doomed to extinction by plastic. When I'm done I usually look up to find my one year-old daughter trying to stuff something plastic into her mouth, despite the variety of brightly colored non-toxic wood toys lying around her on the floor.

So I was happy to read something good this morning about something that plays a big part in my life —they've proven that organic milk is better for you! All the money I've been spending on the stuff — and it's up to $15 dollars a day because I'm pregnant and it really helps my heartburn — is worth it. The same goes for organic food.

For the past seven years, the organic food lobby in England has been trying to get the Food StandardsAgency (FSA) to change their claim that organic food isn't safer or healthier. And now, after a 4-year, 12million pound, European Union-funded investigation led by Newcastle University that shows organic foods have far more nutritional value, they may soon get their way. The study isn't over yet and the results will be published over the next year, but the hope is that the FSA will change its claim that "the balance of current scientific evidence does not support" the idea that organic food is more nutritious than conventional.

The Quality Low Input Food project, the biggest of its kind, took a 725-acre farm in north-east England, grew conventional produce (like cabbage, lettuce, potatoes and what) next to organic produce, and compared the results.

The biggest contrast was found for milk. The study found that levels of antioxidants in milk from organic cattle were between 50% and 80% higher than conventional milk (60% to 80% more nutrients in the summer than conventional milk, and 50% to 60% more in the winter). Organic milk also has higher levels of vitamin E, and 60 percent more antioxidants and desirable fatty acids. Antioxidants help with a healthy circulatory system and help keep cancer and heart disease away.

Other highlights:

Fruit and vegetables contain up to 40% more nutrients if they are grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Up to 40% more antioxidants could be found in organic fruit and vegetables than in those conventionally farmed.
Potatoes, kiwi fruit and carrots were among the organic produce found to be higher in vitamin C.
Higher levels of minerals and antioxidants were found in organically- farmed lettuce, spinach and cabbage. Organic spinach and cabbage have more minerals.
Organic produce also had higher levels of iron and zinc, vital nutrients lacking in many people's diets.
Organic cheese can have up to twice as many nutrients than conventional varieties.
Organic tomatoes, wheat, potatoes, cabbage, onions and wheat have 20 to 40 per cent more antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables.

Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu are the authors of The Complete Organic Pregnancy. They write the Ask an Organic Mom blog for The Daily Green.com, where they answer your questions about how to raise a toxin-free baby.

More from TheDailyGreen.com

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007, 12:29:17 AM »

Peg big fan of organic milk in my house too. Have been drinking for last 2 1/2 yrs. Right now really love the one from All Natural Farmers' Creamery non-homogenized, grass fed, VAT pasteurized, no antibiotics, no added hormones. kalonaorganics.com Jewel carries it along with Whole Foods. Plus the organic milk is full of minerals that the body needs.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007, 11:31:15 AM »

Interesting quote that I found on a bag of organic soup vegetables from a nearby organic farm:

"If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called 'produce' and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?" -- attributed to Ymber Delecto

Organic is the REAL stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007, 11:46:06 AM »

JJ,
I agree with you about the organic milk.  I sort of lost my taste over the years for milk and even felt it was making my coffee taste lish dirty dishwater.  I even went so far as to try the soymilk......I'm going to apologize to all those who love it but for me it was bleech.  Discovered the organic milk about a year and a half ago and boy am I in my glory ;DSo delicious...........and I only drink 1% so there is taste and creaminess.  Organic eggs are another passion of mine.  Nothing beats a good hardboiled organic egg yummmmm............

And catbird......that is the best quote I've heard in a long time and how I wish we could make it happen!!

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007, 11:56:55 AM »

Wouldn't it be great if the non-organic stuff had to have a caution label, like they do with products that contain peanuts and other common allergens?

"Caution:  this product may contain pesticides, added hormones, frankenfood, and other nasty cr*p?"

or how about like cigarettes

"Caution:   Eating this may be hazardous to your health"
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007, 12:07:15 PM »

Great Idea Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007, 07:43:18 PM »

Love that idea - this product/pkg/bag/jar/box may contain parts of dead bugs, always residue of pesticides, herbicides, meat was washed with chlorine bleach to make it fresh so we could continue to sell it waaaayyyy beyond freshness, etc. And lest they not forget to put on the label - Warning, eating this 4-5 times a week might possibly give you cancer, diabetes or even drop you dead as a doornail.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2008, 10:53:37 PM »

I too love organic milk.. one of the big dairies locally has gone natural ( half the price of organic yet still tastes good) ... NO rsbt  or antibiotics..

organic soy can be good if you use a vanilla or choc

This yr I found  organic egg nog...YUMMMMM

do organic eggs taste like the green ones for anyone who knows??
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2008, 07:59:23 AM »

It is sad that through the years human-kind have lost the natural products that were just the norm in early America. I don't recall our first settlers having to grow food using so many pesticides. I often hear my almost 90 yr old mom say, "Food just doesn't seem to taste like it used to, and I'm using the same recipes!" She grew up on a farm so was used to eating food the natural way. 

I'd like to see a chart showing dates, products and when chemicals were first applied to commercially grown food. And I'd also like to see a chart by date range that shows the rising disease and death rates by said disease (like the growth in numbers to cancer).

Does anyone know of such a chart that would reflect this growing trend of use to this chemical yuck being applied to our food chain by years?

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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2008, 08:02:41 AM »

do organic eggs taste like the green ones for anyone who knows??
The more local and therefore fresher your eggs, the better they will taste.  Organic eggs shipped from far away can taste just as blah as the other grocery store types. If by "the green ones" you mean eggs from Araucana chickens, AKA Easter Egg chickens, well, they are usually not in the mass market and are sold more locally, so they may taste different to you.

What is fed to the chickens is also very important.  IMO local, free-range eggs, where the supplemental grain fed to the chickens is organic, are by far the best.

This thread has some technical problems and you may not be able to view it, but there is more info here about eggs:

http://itchmoforums.com/off-topic/whats-in-eggsa??conversations-with-a-chicken-farmer-t2380.0.html
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2008, 08:18:14 AM »

catbird,

The link didn't work, but when I went to the 'off-topic' forum, I found it on page 9 and was then able to bring it up. It looks like it may have lost some posts due to the server crash in Nov.


Page 9 in  'off-topic' forum:
http://itchmoforums.com/off-topic-b67.160/
 
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2008, 11:54:42 AM »

do organic eggs taste like the green ones for anyone who knows??
The more local and therefore fresher your eggs, the better they will taste.  Organic eggs shipped from far away can taste just as blah as the other grocery store types. If by "the green ones" you mean eggs from Araucana chickens, AKA Easter Egg chickens, well, they are usually not in the mass market and are sold more locally, so they may taste different to you.

What is fed to the chickens is also very important.  IMO local, free-range eggs, where the supplemental grain fed to the chickens is organic, are by far the best.

This thread has some technical problems and you may not be able to view it, but there is more info here about eggs:

http://itchmoforums.com/off-topic/whats-in-eggsa??conversations-with-a-chicken-farmer-t2380.0.html


Yup they are local Araucana eggs ... man are they good ... I often get reg white or brown naturally grown from the senior center mom goes too
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2008, 08:29:19 PM »

thx for the link but when I clicked it wouldn't come up. Will try and go direct to off topic and see if that works -hopefully it will.
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