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Is That Organic Broccoli or a Tuft of Toxins?

September 21st, 2013 · 8 Comments · Green Living

Does Your Organic Food Have Frequent Flyer Miles, Enough Heavy Metals to Be a Necklace, or Both? at lifeyourway.net

You’ve probably seen the statistics about how far food often travels from farm to table – the average number of miles is staggering.

I’m over at Green Your Way this week exploring whether buying organic food actually increases that total – and more frighteningly, whether it actually decreases your load of toxins at all, depending on one little detail:

If you were startled by someone cheering in the freezer aisle at Costco last week, my apologies. That was me.

I was just excited that the frozen organic broccoli was from Ecuador.

No, I’m not some weird closet Ecaudor stalker.

I was really just relieved it wasn’t from China, because then I would have had a tough decision to make.

I like the organic frozen broccoli from Costco. Its quality is head and shoulders above the $1/lb. bag of frozen veggies from any other store, and it’s organic to boot.

But previously, the produce itself had been sourced in China. China, according to some, is no place you want to get your food. Organic, shmorganic. Some are saying that any food grown in (most parts of) China is far from toxin-free, even if it’s grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Check out the rest as I detail the history of the organic food from China debacle, where we are with the issue at present, and what you might do about it – right HERE.

I really want to hear from you in the comments!

Introducing Harmony Acres

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Beer soap?

Oh yes. If you’re looking for a fun little gift (Secret Santa, stocking stuffer?) for both men and women, you’ll love perusing the scents (I want to say flavors!) of soap over at Harmony Acres, a new September sponsor at KS.

My mom and I ordered soaps from Harmony Acres a while back, and we just finished our bar of beer soap in the shower – it lasted a long time, feels good and smells great! My mom sliced off less than an inch of each of her purchases for me to try, and I’m not kidding, after 6 months they’re still in the soap dish. They’re just very solid soaps that really last. I currently have a “MintyNilla” for hand soap – Mmmmm. If you could smell it, you’d see what I mean about “flavors.”

Be sure to always use a good soap dish, by the way, when you buy handcrafted soaps – sitting in water is the quickest way to waste your soap!

Harmony Acres also carries lotions, deodorant, perfume, baby products, a poison ivy and smelly dog soap, and boo boo care. Enjoy your window shopping, and if you see something you like, use the code SMELLY for 15% off your order.

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Crunchy Mamas Winner

Congrats to Caitlin (caitlin.donoh…@), who won the Crunchy Mamas giveaway from last week! Please email katy at kitchenstewardship.com with your mailing address for the prize.

Come on back Sunday night for the overdue bento lunch box reviews – my writing time Friday morning was taken up fighting a moth infestation, ugh! Check out what happened.

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • Heather :) :) :)

    Thanks for sharing the link for Harmony Acres. I’m going to check out their products. I’m always on the lookout for good, natural products to use on my skin…and they said their soaps are gluten free :) :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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  • Sarah DJ

    GASP it’s from Ecuador now!?!? I sure hope our Costco has transitioned, too – I’ve skipped over it for quite some time now since reading the back of the package and seeing China…

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  • Suzanne G.

    You mentioned having a good soap dish. What do you use? Mine must be worthless because my bar soaps barely last a couple of weeks much less lasting for a couple of months :)

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Suzanne,
    I just have hand-me-downs and second hand stuff, actually, but it probably helps that I don’t think everyone uses the bar since I have a pump at all the sinks, too. Harmony Acres sells a wooden slatted soap dish, if that helps at all. :) Katie

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  • Jamie Kaiver

    Why don’t you get produce from a local farmer?

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    Rebecca Reply:

    DITTO this, we live in WI so the growing season is not year round, but during spring summer and fall we eat only what is seasonal and local, even if not “organic”. Most local producers that sell to individuals use far fewer sprays than bigger farms, and didn’t have to be picked weeks ago half a world away to get to you.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Jamie and Rebecca,
    I certainly prioritize local during the growing season (Michigan) and in fact only went to Meijer about twice all summer and Costco a few times for things I can’t or haven’t sourced locally. It’s all a balancing act, and having some produce in the freezer is important to keep me sane when I can’t get to the market on a given week.

    Thanks!
    :) Katie

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