August 23, 2006

Brew Organic Beer at Home

Organic Beer

Brewing beer at home then why not go organic. Sure they cost a bit more, but because organic malts have less protein you'll get a clearer beer. You can also get a faster fermentation and there's a variety of sites including Brew Organic that can get you started.

Via Goto Reviews

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August 21, 2006

Mass Produced Organic Food - Is it Better?

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Now that organic food is growing in popularity, agri-business is getting on board and mass producing organic food instead of it being grown on smaller farms. Is there a difference?

"Industrial organics." The mere mention of the recently coined, aptly turned phrase describing mass-produced organic foods grown on giant industrial farms and sold in superstores such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Safeway, can cause our palms to sweat.

As you can see it can turn some people to panic, but isn't the use of less pesticides, less fertilizer and less of all those evil chemicals a good thing?

As food systems consultants and school food reform advocates, we regularly take a firm stand on a wide range of controversial food issues. So what is it about industrial organics that kicks our nervous systems into high gear? Is it that we so strongly believe that industrial organics constitute an incongruity so dangerous as to destroy any remaining prospect of developing a truly sustainable agriculture system? Or, is it because we fervently believe industrial organics are the long-awaited savior -- almighty capitalism's answer to eradicating pesticides, hormones and antibiotics from our food supply?

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August 7, 2006

Kellog's Organic Cereals - Organic Raisin Bran Anyone?

Kelloggs-Organic

It's about time. Sure - we can safely say it's nice to see Kellogs and others making organic products, but we're not so sure the large scale farming that must be behind such large scale products can be good for the planet. Only time and some investigation will tell. What we do like, is the fact that these cereals will bring the importance of a pesticide free breakfast to the masses and continued awareness.

Via Treehugger at Kellogs

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July 31, 2006

Fruit Sticker Tells You When Fruit is Ripe

Apples

I have to admit - I'm terrible at knowing when fruit is ripe. I pour over the entire bin of apples and often get fruit that isn't even close to being ripe. Looks like those crazy scientists may have found an answer to my problem - a sticker that changes color as the fruit ripens. Perfect.

Via SCI FI Tech at USA Today

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July 20, 2006

The Ever Growing Natural Foods Market

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It's really no surprise that what's old is new again. Natural foods are now being renamed - organic food products and they're just taking off. This article from the Chicago Tribune really outlines what's happing at the grocery store.

Some old world foods are cutting edge again, as consumers clamor for organics and other natural products. Just ask Julie Smolyansky and Chad Pawlak, two dairy industry entrepreneurs who see opportunity in foods that harken back to simpler times.

With organic products on the rise, Smolyansky, president and chief executive of Morton Grove-based Lifeway Foods, is targeting company sales of $24 million this year. That's double the level of 2002, when she took the helm of the publicly traded company upon the death of her father.

The 100-employee company has been introducing a growing number of products made with organic milk and other organic ingredients, including its latest, Probugs, a kefir drink for kids launched at retail this month.

Read more at A growing market for natural foods | Chicago Tribune

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July 18, 2006

Junk Food Versus Organic Food

Gabyjacq180706 228X200It's really an age old debate - junk food versus healthy food or now organic food. We realize the need for you to choose better quality food for your family or yourself, but a little junk food really won't kill you. Or will it? This article from the UK has some interesting tidbits on the topic.

More of us than ever are choosing organic foods. But while it might seem a healthier option, would you really notice a difference in wellbeing if you went totally organic? We challenged a dyed-in-the-wool organic family to swop lifestyles for a week with a family who love ready-meals. The results make fascinating reading.

At Junk food versus organic | the Daily Mail

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July 13, 2006

How to Buy Organic "Green" Milk

Th News CowsMilk. We all drink it and we all know we'd rather have it good for us and the planet. We just stumbled across this interesting video at Treehugger about "Green" milk. What's green milk? Milk that's both organic and also made from cows that don't impact the planet too much.

Got milk? Want it to be good for you and the planet? This week TreeHuggerTV goes shopping with nutrition expert Marion Nestle to figure out which milk is the least impactful on the planet and the most healthful for us. We continue our ode to the white stuff with a look at EcoHood's organic rap. (Warning: This segment's friendly, but not vegan-friendly. Rest assured TreeHuggers, we do have joy for the soy. . .and the rice and the almond and the oat!)

At Treehugger TV

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Organic Sales in UK Supermarkets Lead to Profits

180Px-Apples It's no surprise that food organic food sales are also growing in Europe as they are here in the US. What's really surprising is how much traditional grocery stores in Britain are turning around sales by offering organic.

Sales of organic foods are booming in supermarkets in England. In 2003 sales of organic food and drink rose twice as fast as the rest of the grocery market. Now in 2005 Sainsbury’s,the third largest supermarket, has increased sales in the last three months by 5% and attributes a significant part of this profit to higher sales of organic foods.

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