December 30, 2009
Organic dog food is the best option if you need to rely on commercial preparations. Commercial dog foods usually contain high levels of sodium, preservatives, artificial colors and other additives that are toxic to your pet. Organic dog food products provide a guarantee that the product is natural and does not contain these toxic additions. Furthermore, the ingredients may be free of pesticides but you would need to check to make sure.
Some organic dog food products are better than others, providing high quality ingredients and ensuring that only whole grains and high quality proteins are used. Manufacturers can make all sorts of claims about their products, so you will need to take some time to research which organic dog food products are best. Once you have found a few products that look genuine, try them. Monitor your dog’s health carefully. If he has more energy and looks better after a couple of weeks using a particular organic dog food brand, that is a good indication that the product is good.
However, canned organic dog food products are still processed and dry organic dog food is even more so. It is important for your dog’s health to incorporate some raw food and healthy scraps in his diet as well. Sardines are good for providing essential fatty acids and your dog will probably enjoy them. You may also wish to consider a nutritional supplement for your dog to ensure he is getting adequate nutrition.
Here are three good reasons to use organic dog food:
1. Non Toxic. Good organic dog food products are free of harmful chemicals that can lower your dog’s immunity and compromise his health. Liver and kidney failure can result if your pet’s system is exposed to too many toxic chemicals, particularly when they also are not obtaining adequate nutrition. Just by avoiding harmful additives and exposure to poisonous chemicals, you’re dog will be much better off. By also feeding him a highly nutritious, natural product, you are making it possible for him to live a long and healthy life.
2. Nutritionally Sound. A genuine organic dog food product will not only be as natural as possible and organic, it will contain high quality ingredients that offer your dog sound nutrition. The internet is a great place to source quality organic dog food products. Read the information carefully. Do they use whole grains? Do they guarantee high quality protein? Do they offer any guarantees to consumers? The best products are likely to be made by small manufacturers whose business is serving the best needs of your pet.
3. Your Dog Will Be Happier. At the end of the day, don’t we all want our pets to have happy lives? If your dog eats a healthy diet, he will have more energy and naturally be more active. This is the cycle leading to good health. If your dog is suffering from any degenerative illness that is diet related, it is possible to reverse it with a healthy, balanced diet and exercise.
Genuine organic dog foods can make all the difference to your dog’s health and well being. Ultimately, if they can be combined with raw food and added home made meals, your dog will probably be the happiest dog on the block!
December 30, 2009
The new Plum Baby product is made from organic mango, banana and quinoa grain from South America. Many mums want to feed their babies organic and healthier food as a pure organic diet can be more beneficial during the first few months of life than at any other time. Babies have immature systems and need the very purest and safest foods.
Organic produce is one of the fastest growing food retail sectors in the country. Health scares such as BSE and foot-and-mouth, plus fears of GM crops/food and synthetic dyes and ingredients such as Sudan1 have led to considerable growth in the organic and the healthy food market as worried consumers seek out more healthy and natural products for both adults and children. This has lead to Organic baby foods becoming increasingly popular. Once only available in health shops or via online, organic baby foods are becoming much more widely available and you can now find them in local convenience shops. Sales of organic food now account for half of the entire baby food market. Organic baby foods are not necessarily an improvement on organic home cooking, but are more convenient. It is worth noting that descriptions on products — such as natural, traditional, or environmentally friendly — do not mean they are organic.
How do I know its Organic or Fairtrade?
The term organic is defined by law – all organic food production and processing is governed by a strict set of rules. Look for symbols such as the Soil Association symbol for your guarantee of the highest organic standards. The Soil Association organic symbol is the UK’s largest and most recognizable trademark for organic produce. Wherever you see it you can be sure that the food you have purchased has been produced and processed to strict and rigorous animal welfare and environmental standards. Other symbols to look out for include the Organic Food Federation and Certified Organic Ingredients.
The Fairtrade Foundation exists to ensure that producers are guaranteed a minimum price for their goods irrespective of world prices. This means that Fairtrade goods are often more expensive in the UK than those without the Fairtrade logo. Although people are now arguing that supermarkets are fuelling their excessive profits by adding large mark-ups to these products This premium that the producer charges covers the basic food, housing, health and education needs of the local communities in countries such as India and Brazil. The Foundation awards a consumer label, the Fairtrade Mark, to products which meet internationally recognized standards of Fairtrade. It is the only such certification in the UK. The fairtrade label is often a black box with a half yellow, half blue circle with the text Guarantees a Better Deal for Third World Producers. Look at the Fairtrade Mark
Most people dont have enough time to read the labels of all the different food products that they buy to check for organic or fairtrade ingredients. So look for the various symbols.
The use of such symbols is entirely optional and a product can still be organic or fairly traded even though it doesnt carry the symbol of a certifying body. That means if you want to be 100% satisfied that what you are eating or using is organic or fairtrade, always read the label or speak to the vendor.
December 29, 2009
What are the chemicals and other substances involved in Organic Pesticide? (i heard you need up to use much more of it since its inefficient, so its worse sort of.)
What are the effects of Organic Farming on the environment? (i heard it takes up more land, so more destruction of forests is required)
Is organic food healthier? (i heard its genetically the same as other foods, and some say it has more nutrition while other studies say it doesnt)
(would be nice if you could source it)
Thanks for your help!
1) One of the major points of organic farming is to cut down on the rampant use of pesticide and fertilizer. They do not use any synthetic chemicals for pest/fert, and thus use stuff like ladybugs to kill pests and rotting fish to fertilize the land.
2) You use up more land per unit of production, but you don’t destroy forests to make more land. There’s plenty of arable space left unfarmed in the USA and other “organic conscious” countries. In addition, organic farms leave the ecosystem in much better shape since the plants there are more diverse.
Also, “A 2003 investigation by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs in the UK found, similar to other reports, that organic farming “can produce positive environmental benefits”"
3) Organic food is genetically the same, but we have no conclusive evidence for or against the nutrition claims. However, they have noticeably less pesticide, which can be a plus in your “is this food healthier” decision.
December 29, 2009
With all the attention we give to ensuring we are eating the proper diet, it’s no wonder that this consideration has extended to our furry friends. Organic food – once thought of only as a human commodity that vastly benefits our overall health and the environment to boot – has now been made available for our pets. Also not surprising, is the growing popularity of organic pet food as conscientious owners look for ways to invigorate the health of their pets and extend their life span.
Organic food – grown and produced without the use of chemicals, hormones, and pesticides – is vastly healthier for the human body. While these substances continue to be used without reservation in traditional food production, it is unstudied and unclear as to the long term effects of chemicals on our health and longevity. For these reasons, and the positive impact that organically grown food can have on the environment, more and more people are making the switch to organic food. Just as organic food benefits humans, its advantages extend to animals as well, through the use of organic pet food.
Research has suggested that a switch to organic pet food greatly reduces the possibility of illness and disease. Pets that are fed organic pet food are healthier overall with a healthier coat and teeth, improved energy, and increased longevity. Organic pet food comes in meat based or vegetarian varieties and is not much more expensive than traditional pet food.
For those looking for organic pet food, they can find a growing selection available at many pet supply stores and large retail chains. As the popularity of organic pet food continues to grow, consumers will soon see a larger and larger assortment of products as the benefits become clear to pet owners everywhere.
For those who have limited access to organic pet food in specialty pet food stores and retail outlets, the Internet can be a terrific resource for such items. Additionally, organic pet food that is ordered in this manner can be shipped directly to your door.
December 28, 2009
Nuts are highly nutritious and healthy, easier to digest and their nutrients are more readily available if they are first soaked overnight in water and then dried. Organic nuts are sold in different forms; the systematic production is also carried out with special care. Few organic nuts are used as heart-healthy as of certain types of dried fruits and nuts that are high in antioxidants. Again, organic nuts helps to combat arthiritis. Snacks with extra vitamins for children are also popular. Organic nuts like organic almonds, organic cashews, organic pecans, organic walnut, organic pistachios, organic pumpkin seeds, organic Brazil nuts, organic pine nuts, organic mixed nuts, organic hazel nuts, nut butters etc. are used as healthy snacks. Instead of cookies and acackers, these organic nuts’ popularity are truly increasing. www.AgCommoditiesInc.com consists of relevant information.
Over thousands of years nuts have been an important food for humans. On the other hand these organic nuts are cholestorel free and contains unsaturated fats. The chemicals remaining within the nuts are extremely good for human body. Organic almonds are high in nutrients and just a handful of almonds are leading source of vitamin E and Magnesium. Beside Potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, almond nuts also contains phytonutrients. Organic cashews are good source of minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. Organic cashews also provides more essential trace elements like iron, copper and zinc. Regular intake of organic pecans can be of great use as regular consumption of pecans along with the diet helps in controlling cholesterol. As pecans are composed of only monosaturated fatty acids, it is extremely good for the cardiovascular system of the body. In comparison to its size, the organic Brazil nuts contain variety of nutrients. Fiber, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, and thiamin along with considerable amount of vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin B6 and minerals like potassium, zinc, copper, calcium and iron are integral ingredients of organic Brazil nuts. Pumpkin seeds are immensely used for preparation of medicines; they have been used for their Amino Acids like L-tryptophan.These organic pumpkin nuts are essential for men, women and children. Organic Pistachios have usually a life span of one year and these are truly delicious. Organic walnuts are extremely tasty and it also has high food value. www.AgCommoditiesInc.com consists more relevant information. Organic walnut is equally popular.
Organic nuts protects both physical health and nervous system. These organic nuts are certified by several cerrtifying agencies after vivid quality check. Many of the organic nuts are mixed and mixed nuts are formed. These popularity of the mixed nuts are forcing the potato chip brands to produce organic snacks. Organic Walnuts are extermely popular. Hand selected organic golden walnuts are blended into our smooth, sweet and intense butters. Delicious desserts made up of butters, made of organic nuts are highly on demand. Organic nut butters are made using low heat process. The finest and newly harvested nuts are used for preparation of these organic nut butters. More information on organic nut butters is available from www.AgCommoditiesInc.com.
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