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Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 29, 2014
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic

There is one thing that most chefs agree on, it is that they prefer organic produce to that which is conventionally grown by an overwhelming margin. While choosing organic is a moral, environmental and indeed healthy choice, for chefs it is all about taste.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce.[1]

Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed. Organic food is also produced with renewable resources that promote the conservation of soil and water to enhance and preserve the environment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put in place a set of national standards that food labeled “organic” must meet, whether it is grown in the United States or imported from other countries. …read more of Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards? here

 
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Green Barbecue Tips

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 23, 2014
File under: Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet.

Charcoal Grills:

Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air. The smoky flavor in charcoal comes from charred wood and contributes to deforestation. Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust bound with a type of glue and may also contain limestone, sodium nitrate and coal dust.

Lump Charcoal

Lump charcoal is made from natural hardwood and will generally produce far less ash. Natural wood charcoal will light very easily and does not contain fillers and are therefore free of chemical pollutants. …read more of Green Barbecue Tips here

 
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Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 21, 2014
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Since 1970, Earth Day has become a global event that promotes environmental protection. For vegans, every day is Earth Day.

There are many good reasons to choose a plant-based lifestyle, with compassion for animals and concern for health and for the environment being cited most often.

Plant based-eating, AKA the vegan diet is an easy and economical way to reduce your environmental footprint. Research published in the journal Earth Interactions, was one of the first to report that the average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a vegan diet.[4]

Science has weighed in with a mountain of evidence associating meat-centered diets with numerous debilitating health conditions. From heart disease and hypertension to obesity and diabetes, the plant-based diet has been shown to prevent and even reverse disease. [1] [2] [3]

Being aware of the link between all living things and what we put on our plate, our health and the health of the planet helps us to make smart choices. Issues of health and sustainability are inextricably linked and for the thinking consumer, the answer lies in the content of our plate! …read more of Celebrate Earth Day with Rose Scented Chocolate Almond Brownies here

 
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1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 26, 2014
File under: Alternative Therapies, Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products, Natural Remedies

 

The demands of modern life can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and physicians all too often prescribe medications with significant side effects that make it difficult to function.

Sales of antidepressants continue to rise and industry experts are forecasting that sales of these anti-stress medications will reach almost $6 billion by 2017. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about one in every 10 Americans is taking a prescription antidepressant and among women from 40 to 50, the figure is one in four.[1]

Antidepressants most widely prescribed come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Kava is a root that is best known for its relaxing qualities and has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Kava is said to produce a feeling of relaxation, elevate mood, wellbeing and contentment, and several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. …read more of 1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray here

 
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Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 22, 2014
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Organic, Shopping, Vegan

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. …read more of Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event here

 
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