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Food stamps go organic

NBC Bay Area

There was much outrage in March when Salon.com exposed hipsters who dared to use food stamps to buy organic food.

Now one Bay Area group is encouraging low-income residents to use their government subsidies to not only eat organic but to eat local as well.

Members of the government run Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program are using the Healdsburg and Petaluma Farmers Markets as a trial run to encourage food stamp recipients to shop at their local farmer's markets, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Well, is it organic or not?

The New York Times

It can be hard enough to decipher the term “organic” when it comes to food. Are there hormones in that skim milk? Did those chicken wings get enough exercise?

But when it comes to personal care items like toothpaste and body lotion, claims like “made with organic ingredients” or “authentically organic” can flummox even the greenest consumer. No federal agency polices organic claims for personal care items — at least not yet — so manufacturers have been able to use these customer-pleasing terms loosely and liberally.

Nancy Mims

Organic Home Decor Textiles Expert

Here, Nancy Mims, co-founder of Mod Green Pod, explains how organic home decor textiles differ from their non-organic counterparts, what you should look for when buying them, and why they are worth it in your home.

nancy mimsQ: Why should people "go organic" when they are buying home decor textiles?

Buying Organic is Easier and More Affordable Than Ever Before

Download OTA's resources on the science and value behind organic & how to feed a family of four on a $25/day budget using all organic ingredients.

12 Brands, Retailers that are snapping up the world's organic cotton


Organic Exchange’s annual ranking of the top brands and retailers who purchase organic cotton always makes for an interesting read, particularly because inclusion in the list doesn’t necessarily place a company’s ethics—and by extension, environmental commitment—above reproach. (Case in point, Walmart has been numero uno for three years running.) Size, in this matter, is everything, which means that supply-chain volume and global reach count more toward racking up those numbers than any overarching, beatific vision of sustainability.

Kirstie Alley

Organic Lifestyle Expert

In this interview, Kirstie Alley explains the role of organic in her new weight loss program, Organic Liaison, and in her day-to-day life. Plus, she shares her top tips for shedding extra pounds.


Global Organic Cotton Market Grows 35 Percent

Organic Exchange

Lubbock, TX. (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 25, 2010 -- Despite the recession, 2009 was a dynamic year for the organic cotton sector. Global retail sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated $4.3 billion in 2009, according to the Organic Cotton Market Report 2009 released by the non-profit organization Organic Exchange (OE) today.

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Organic Pet Food Gets Leg Up from White House


Organic pet food received an indirect boost from the White House last week when the President’s Cancer Panel Report exhorted consumers to minimize their cancer risk by choosing food grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones.

“Many known or suspected carcinogens first identified through studies of industrial and agricultural occupational exposures have since found their way into soil, air, water and numerous consumer products,” the panel wrote in an accompanying letter to President Obama.

Eco-friendly furniture gains momentum

Miami Herald

 Forget "crunchy'' furniture that looks like it was discovered in an old hippie commune from the 1960s.

"Green'' or sustainable furniture now has a level of style and sophistication we didn't see three years ago when the eco-friendly design movement first gained momentum. Eco-friendly no longer has to mean furniture that looks like it was thrown together from the scrap pile.

Why you should prefer organic cotton clothing

Healthy Eating Diet

In the event that you wish to remove dangerous items out of your existence, you should perhaps think about making the progres to wearing simply organic and natural cotton clothing. Cotton is well known because of its capability to wrinkle when you perform so much as seem at it incorrect. Cotton that can this hasn’t been treated using a chemical substance called Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde bonds while using natural substances of cotton, which usually stops it from wrinkling.