Monday, September 04, 2006


What's the big deal about organic foods?

TO AVOID ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS: This includes synthetic colors and flavors, all prohibited by the new regulations.

TO CUT "BAD" FATS FROM YOUR DIET: Artery-clogging partially hydrogenated oils are not allowed in organic food. Irradiated or genetically engineered ingredients also don't make the cut.

TO LIMIT EXPOSURE TO PESTICIDES: Under the new rules, organic produce can't be treated with synthetic pesticides. But it's not pesticide free: There may be chemicals lingering in the soil or the air. A recent study found that organic foods contain a third of the residues present on conventional produce. Even so , the jury's still out on whether trace amounts of these substances are harmful to the consumer. Hormones, steroids, and antibiotics are also banned from organic meat, dairy, and poultry.

TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT: Organic farming reduces water contamination, improves soil quality, and protects wildlife habitats. G.H.

Don"t stop here. Go to my BLOG READS on 6/19 and click on, dated Aug. 23, entitled "Virus Sprays: The New Food Additive." Hot dog today anyone? I just bought two prepackaged packs of lunch meat after reading about it twelve days ago. Will we ever heed the warnings? I thought I read somewhere, it's not what goes into the mouth that defiles you, it's what comes out of your mouth that defiles you. Have a nice Labor Day.

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