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.
I really want to hear from you in the comments!
Introducing Harmony Acres
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.
For the two bundle sales – the traditional recipes bundle (800 recipes, 17 eBooks, $14.97) ends TONIGHT at midnight, and the Ultimate Survival Bundle (46 resources – eBooks and videos – from 36 experts, $29) ends Monday night. I will earn affiliate commission on either of those if you are interested and purchase. Thanks!
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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