A friend sent me this article. All the more reason to buy local, buy organic.
A Win for Walmart May 3, 2010
I know, I know…Walmart?
Yep. I can honestly say I am impressed by Walmart and their move toward supplying more organic and “green” products. Say what you will about their employee policies and business ethics, but they sure made my organic gardening easy and affordable.
On a random trip to my local Walmart, I was shocked to find biodegradable seed starters with organic soil, organic potting mix and plant food and organic seeds. Hooray! I was preparing to order from catalogs and hunt down supplies throughout the Portland area.
I felt so much better knowing that was I was growing was organic, and being sown in organic soil. No harmful pesticides or chemicals will get into my food this growing season.
Organic fruits and veggies…. March 16, 2010
First off your local farmers market is your best bet for local, fresh and organic fruits and veggies.
Ask the farmer if they follow organic practices. Some farmers have always followed organic practices but haven’t paid for the certification.
Find a farmers market or farmer near you! Go to local harvest .org
You can also choose to buy into a Farm, called a farm share. You can learn more about Community Supported Agriculture on the local harvest website as well. I found some farms on craigslist in my area that are offering a farm share. The idea is to buy into a farm for the growing season. in my area it costs about $19 per week and each week you pick up your “share” of the crops. Many farms also offer classes and would love for you to take part in the farming experience as much as you’d like!
Buying out of season or at the supermarket: The environmental working group lets you know which fruits and veggies are best/worst in regards to pesticides. This link gives you a list of 47 different varieties. So you can make an educated decision and choose which ones to buy organic and which ones to not buy organic.
Dr. Mercola site has several links and ideas on promoting sustainable agriculture.
Peeling your fruits and veggies to avoid buying organic:
I have heard from many people, that you if you can peel a fruit you can buy it non-organic. I’m not sure I buy this. Things in nature absorb chemicals including our bodies. I can’t imagine that an apple doesn’t absorb the pesticides into it. You can make that assumption on your own.
I can’t seem to find any info on this, if you know please let us know!
Cereal update… March 12, 2010
I found a cereal the kids like and it is organic, plus it is from a company I like. Barbaras Bakery. We found their puffins cereal to make a great snack but not the best cereal and milk sort of thing. So finding the Organic Wild puffs is a plus!
Proceeds are donated to a great cause, helping to save puffins. It’s a bird I didn’t know of before buying the cereal, but in reading the box my kids got excited about helping an animal, learning about the animal and learning that our purchase choices affects others. Such a great concept!
Okay so on to our new favorite cereal,
They seem to like it!
It’s Organic, so I’m confident in what is in it, non GMO, and all natural ingredients.
The only thing I’m not sold on is the price, so it looks like we’ll enjoy a bowl of Organic Wild Puffs once in a while….at $4.59 a box, I’ll keep an eye out for sales. Oh and I just saw cocoa ones too! My kids love their chocolate. I’ll have to give them a call and find out if they use free trade chocolate! 🙂
Maybe I’ll start a cereal co-op. Who’s in?!
Until next time~Sarah
Minor melt down… March 8, 2010
Oh my, I almost had a tiny nervous breakdown. I was looking for some bamboo sheets for Katelan, when I came across sheets that said, “rayon bamboo” curious by this term I decided to research bamboo fabric and i found this article that made me almost cry, literally.
Let me explain. Jordyn, my nine month old, is cloth diapered and I made her some bamboo inserts for her Gdiapers. I almost cried when i saw how many chemicals are used to break down bamboo, and that it is marketed as organic but really might not be. I just thought, “wow, I’ve gone cloth to expose her to as few chemicals as possible and then I end up exposing her to a ton of them right in her sensitive area! *sigh*”
After some more reading and calming myself down I realized that bamboo does have a certification through OEKO-Tex. I then thought, “Hooray! she’s safe!” I also reminded myself that nothing I do will ever be perfect. I need to relax and remember what Sue (Katelan’s mom) says about what we do most of the time.
I’m on a mission to research fabrics, but at this time unbleached organic cotton and wool might just be the best options. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Bamboo sounds too good to be true. I still want to love bamboo as much as I have in the last nine months. I’m on the fence though. As for hemp, I do not like it because of its smell. Literally I thought someone had lit up and smoked in my baby’s room one morning after she woke up with a very saturated hemp diaper. *yuck* not a happy smell to have when picking up baby, just didn’t feel right. lol
Blown Away at Bob’s March 3, 2010
Today, I went to Bob’s Red Mill. Wow. It was incredible.
Someone had asked me to make a gluten free cake for a baby shower . In all my research and searching, I found Bob’s gluten free chocolate cake mix to be the tastiest, with a texture closest to “normal” cakes. So, hoping to find better prices than Fred Meyer had to offer, I headed out to visit the Mill.
I was wonderfully surprised, first of all, by the prices. They were half the cost, and sometimes a bit less than half. The selection was outstanding, from fresh baked breads and pastries, to bulk foods, to restaurant sized bags of dry goods. Organic options were all over the place, and most of Bob’s products are GMO free and all natural. I also enjoyed a fabulous lunch (the potato soup was to die for!) My meal was very reasonably priced, down right cheap for the quality of food I got. Yummm. Breakfast is also popular here, and some of the meals I saw around me looked super.
Overall, I was totally impressed with Bob. I can say I will be using him for all my baking needs.
Another sustainable success!
Cereal wars… February 25, 2010
Thank you Food Inc. for being so informative and for making me so aware of what I am putting into my family’s bodies.
After yesterday’s post, Katelan asked me why the Quaker Oats Company is bad. I didn’t have a solid answer, I just know that after watching Food Inc. and King Corn, I’m much more skeptical of big box companies. Just to put to rest my insecurity over the Quaker Oats Company, I looked up Mother’s cereal. I called their customer service to find out where the corn used in their cereal comes from. The woman on the phone said, “I can’t tell you if the corn used in our cereal is genetically modified (GM) or not. I’m thinking, “are you kidding me? Your cereal claims to be all natural but since “80%” of corn grown in the us is GM, there is no way to tell?” I’m sorry but all natural doesn’t scream GM to me! And as Katelan pointed out, they probably didn’t use fair trade cocoa either. So small children were most likely enslaved to bring me my Mother’s Natural, Cocoa Bumpers. In retrospect, I should have just gone co0-co0 for Cocoa Puffs and actually enjoyed the bowl of chocolately goodness. Okay, so I just went a little overboard with the cocoa puffs comment, honestly I did avoid the High Fructose Corn Syrup among the other things I can’t pronounce by purchasing the “all natural” cocoa bumpers. And this is a process, I’ll figure it out in due time, and we will survive after eating our box of cocoa bumpers. This process of calling companies has, however has put me on a mission to find a cereal that doesn’t use GM ingredients and doesn’t break the bank. I’m on a mission, wish me luck!
Soap Box: So scientists might think that genetically modifying my food is a good idea but I sure don’t. My mom was at Costco yesterday and over heard a woman very frustrated saying, “I need to blow off some steam! I can’t believe that guy thinks eating Organic is pointless.” My mom went over and told her she believe in eating organic. The woman proceeded to explain that a man next to her in the aisle said he was a scientist and he thought eating organic was a big ploy to get American’s to spend more money and eating organic makes no difference in the quality of food you’re buying. admittingly I once thought much like the scientist. But I have since changed my views after some research and education.
To the scientist in Costco: You’re telling me that pesticides are good? I’d like to see him curled up next to the fire with a hot steaming cup of pesticides!
Still on a search for Non-GM, Healthy, Tasty, Organic, Fair Trade Cereal…
Too much to ask? ~Sarah