Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

… take into account various background factors among the mothers, such as age, diet in general, level of education, income, and if the fetus had developed normally. However, the results are observational and must be interpreted with caution, as there might be other differences related to organic food consumption which may have influenced the results, and because of the low number of hypospadias cases in the study. This is the first time an association between consumption of organic food and …

Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic Supply

From www.inquisitr.com | July 5, 2015 The past five years have seen the most growth pertaining to the demand of organic food. This is thanks to a high number of independent studies showing the negatives of conventional foods made with science (such as GMOs). Because of this, organic food has become a viable business as well as a viable diet. The former is exampled best by the fact Costco, the second-largest wholesale retailer in the United States, has invested in organic food to the point it is …

Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… used in the process, is going organic the way for farmers to win them over? Bang for buck The number one criticism of organic produce is that it is too expensive, according to Dr Ian Musgrave, senior lecturer in farm ecology at the University of Adelaide. “The major barrier to people eating fresh fruit and vegetables is cost and organics cost more,” he said. “You get more bang for your buck from buying conventional vegetables which will have more health benefits.” But …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… Local eating can reduce the number of miles that food travels, which lessens the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating close to home also helps to keep local jobs safe, because the farmer can sell his products within the community. Local farms, cooperatives, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) and, increasingly, supermarkets, may all be local options. If you can, grow your own food, whether it is a crop of tomatoes or a favorite herb. To continue reading this article, …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015 The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house. Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

By Leanne Gerich | June 15, 2015 With the majority of us living in cities, our toxin levels are at a high. We are surrounded by pollution from the air, water and wastes and are affected by these toxins on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate to say that our food is no different. With pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotic and hormone fed animals, our diet is also changing from how our ancestors ate. Do you eat organic? An alarming number of us don’t. Our busy lives have us rushing 24/7 and we …

Organic not healthier than other foods: Organic junk food still junk | Genetic Literacy Project

… value 40 percent of the time where nonorganic foods have a higher nutritional value only 15 percent of the time. And, a study released last year by Great Britain’s Newcastle University said that organic crops are up to 60 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones. But not all agree. “Organic junk food is still junk food. And conventional fresh, health food is still healthy,” said Rene Ficek, a registered dietician and lead nutrition expert at Seattle …

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction – CityLab

… a big, bladeless turbine. Though not the most curious windmill concept out there (that distinction goes to Berlin’s hydra-headed monster), it certainly is bizarre on a number of fronts. Foremost, the appearance: Shrouded in fog and pink light in the above rendering, the Windwheel looks like a mix of a supervillain’s lair and the Eye of Sauron —not exactly the thing you’d want to move the kids into. It would also be partially submerged in the Rotterdam port, like an alien …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… companies decide to embrace them. Organic seafood would be welcome news for the increasing number of organic shoppers — and for retailers that have profited from their higher prices. It also could help the U.S. farmed fish industry find a premium as it struggles to compete against cheaper imports. Among the seafood that is commonly farm-raised in the United States and would be covered: salmon, tilapia, catfish, shrimp and mollusks such as mussels, oysters and clams. The United States is …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

… Product Expo, which specialises in showcasing organic and natural foods, says the UAE’s population is quite young and “keen to embrace a healthy lifestyle”. In addition, he says the rising number of professionals, with a growing interest in healthy eating habits and chemical-free foodstuffs is a further reason for the segment’s popularity. There’s also a high foreign expatriate population. In the UAE alone, around 80% of residents are foreign ex-pats. For western …