Organic, Natural and Certified Organic – what is the difference?

What is Natural? ONE Group’s definition of Natural: Existing in, or formed by nature; not artificial. The Cosmetic Industry definition of Natural: Any ingredient 'derived from' a natural substance. With so many 'natural' products in the market, how can we tell the real thing? We often see long chemical names followed by the phrase "derived from coconut oil". For instance, to create cocoamide DEA from coconut oil requires the use of the carcinogenic synthetic chemical diethanolamine (DEA). It is therefore no longer natural and to imply it is a natural substance by adding the phra...

Certified Organic – look for the logos

By Dr Andy Monk, Former CEO, Biological Farmers of Australia Co-op Ltd The world is set for a food and farming revolution due to the lead taken by the Australian organic food and farming sector. We are moving from a reactive disease and sickness management industry to a preventative health management industry – whether in personal wellbeing, or increasingly now, in our food and agriculture sectors. Since the 1980s, in Australia, a leading group of farmers, processors and consumers with a common aim to ensure production and consumption of safe, organically wholesome foods has been mai...

Organic food might reduce heart attacks

from New Scientist Print Edition By Rob Edwards Eating organic food may help reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. The finding will reignite the debate over its health benefits and may force regulatory agencies to reconsider their position. Until now there has been little scientific evidence to suggest that organic food is any healthier than conventional produce. The head of the British Food Standards Agency, John Krebs, has gone so far as to say it is no better. But John Paterson, a biochemist at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, criticises Krebs for making such...

Evidence that Organics are healthier

from New Scientist Print Edition By Rob Edwards Eating organic food may help reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. The finding will reignite the debate over its health benefits and may force regulatory agencies to reconsider their position. Until now there has been little scientific evidence to suggest that organic food is any healthier than conventional produce. The head of the British Food Standards Agency, John Krebs, has gone so far as to say it is no better. But John Paterson, a biochemist at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, criticises Krebs for making such...

why Organic Food costs more than Industrial Food

From Daily Breeze - Torrance,CA,USA Monday, August 22, 2005 Sustainability a factor in higher price of organic food More expensive production requirements, a demand that exceeds supply and slower selling rates contribute to bushel of reasons for cost discrepancy. By Ellen Simon The Associated Press Question: Why does organic food cost more than conventionally grown food? Answer: There are a bushel of reasons why organic food costs more than conventional food. Some of them: ? Organic produce, meat and dairy simply cost more to produce than their conventional counterparts. Limits ...

Organic Skin Care

The terms "organic skin care" or "natural skin care" are becoming more the norm on product labels. It is testament to the heatlh and environmental movements that industry realises that the terms organic and natural are more likely to appeal in the market place. First it is important to realise that there are no legal requirments for the terms "natural skin care" or "organic skin care" in most countries. Consequently you are going on trust when purchasing these products or ideally you have read the label and made an informed decision. Many companies will define "natural" as skin care prod...

Organic Cosmetics for Natural Beauty

By Narelle Chenery, creator and formulator of Miessence and co founder/ director of ONE Group As the number of people who are concerned about toxins in our environment grows, more and more cosmetic companies are seen to be jumping on the natural and organic bandwagon. But what does natural and organic mean when we see it on a product label? How do we know what we are buying is really natural and organic? What are the natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals? And is natural really better for us? Our skin is the largest eliminatory organ in the body. It is a two-way membrane. Toxins are...

The Importance of Lactobacillus Bacteria

By Czerral, creator ofMiVitality, InLiven organic probiotic Lactobacillus bacteria is shown to be of benefit in maintaining good health. Research suggest a healthy immune system is one of the keys to good health. History shows where Lactobacillus bacteria was used for fermentation of certain foods. For example, yogurt, sour milk, sauerkraut. Research suggests lactobacillus bacteria helps maintain the natural flora of the gut. Lactobacillus are a family of friendly bacteria which are considered to play a role in: The formulation of well balanced indigenous microflora. Improving the co...

What’s wrong with Fluoride?

By Andreas Schuld - head of Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children (PFPC). Fluoride, according to the 1984 issue of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, 5th Edition (1984) is more poisonous than lead and just lightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is used as a rat poison. The EPA has set 0.015 ppm as the maximum "safe" level for lead in drinking water--yet the maximum "safe" level for fluoride is currently set at 4.0ppm, over 250 times the permissible level for lead. Studies have shown that fluoride causes motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and/or learning disabilities in humans...

The Living Food System

By Czerrel, creator of MiVitality, inLiven. LIVING FOOD SYSTEMS: In today's society disease is pandemic. In the USA alone 2 out 3 people die of either heart disease or cancer. What is happening? The answer is simple. Our bodies are a complex chemical factories that depend on organic nutrients in to promote wellness. The majority of foods available to society are either nutrient deficient or void of nutrients altogether. Food supplements are not the answer. If they were we would not be a sick society. Again the reason is simple. You can not fracture nutrients and synthesize them...

Organic Farming & the Developing World

TheSustainable & Organic Farming Increase Crop Yields by 79% in the Developing World GM Watch Daily, Dec 7, 2006 from http://www.gmwatch.org EXTRACT: Scientists found that techniques such as crop rotation and organic farming increased crop yields by an average of 79%, without risking future harvests. The study, possibly the largest of its kind, looked at more than 280 projects in 57 of the world's poorest countries. GM WATCH COMMENT: These findings are nothing new. As New Scientist commented back in 2001: "Low-tech 'sustainable agriculture,' shunning chemicals in favour of natur...

Organics and Third World Poverty

From Hindu Times Staff Reporter `People must be reminded of old food culture' Environmentalist calls for priority to market organic produce `Climatic change taking its toll on farming' BANGALORE: Environmentalist Vandana Shiva on Friday cautioned that poverty in rural areas was increasing and called for adoption of ecological agriculture which was not only productive but also a solution to poverty. Delivering a lecture on agrarian crisis at the Indian Organic Congress 2006 organised by the Organic Services and International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) here, ...

Organic Industry Continues to Boom

By: Karen Fernau Burlington Free Press October 24, 2006 The demand for organic foods -- from fruits, pizza, breakfast cereals and cookies to pasta, ketchup, sirloin steaks and baby food -- is growing stronger: Sales of organic food have grown about 20 percent during the last five years, with this year's tally expected to top $15 billion, the Organic Trade Association reports. More than one-fourth of Americans are eating more organic products than a year ago, according to a 2004 survey by Whole Foods Market. At the same time, more than half of Americans have tried organic products. ...

The Importance of Soil and Organics – by Alf Orpen

(Excerpts from a new book by Alf Orpen) "We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot". – Leonardo da Vinci Many cultures’ creation stories have us coming from the soil. Even the biblical beginning has the first people named Adam (from the Hebrew word adama meaning "earth" or "soil") and Eve (from hava meaning "living"). Together, they hint to us that life comes from soil or the soil is alive. Literally both are true. EO Wilson, professor of ecology at Harvard University, states that "the soil is a living organism... It’s dynamic. It’s full of ...

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