Our GREEN AND ORGANICS segments feature news you can use — from the latest trends in solar power and eco-fashion, to the latest research on organic foods and sustainable farming. Now more than ever, even the smallest changes we make in our daily lifestyle and product choices can have an impact on the health of our environment — because a healthy planet is a healthy YOU.
New Trends in Eco-Fashion
Six designers were in the spotlight at a fashion show in Anaheim.
They all wanted their clothes to pop, but they also all had three things in common: concern for the health of the planet, the health of consumers, and the health of the people who make their clothes. The result is something called eco-fashion that gives “green” a whole new look.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
When most of us think about air pollution, we tend to conjure up images of billowing smoke stacks and toxic auto exhaust.
But it turns out our indoor air may be much more polluted than what’s outside. So many of us these days are paying attention to “greening” our homes from the inside out.
The Power of Solar
See what it takes to make the wheel on your utility meter spin backwards!
Even when the Hanks family is home, Eric says their rooftop panels cut their energy bill from almost $200 a month to about $35 dollars a month. Installing the system cost about $12,000 once state and federal tax credits were factored in. Eric estimates that they’ll recover that investment in about four years even though they live in a place where the skies are often overcast.
From Congress to Your Kitchen Table
We hear a lot these days about the benefits of being organic, but what does that really mean?
And how does organic compare with products that call themselves “natural”? We interview Chris Kilham, a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, renowned ethnobotanist and author of 14 books. He knows a lot about the category of certified organics because he helped create it when he lobbied Congress to pass the Organic Foods Production Act of 1991.
Proven Benefits of Organic Foods and Farming
There is a common myth that organic food is for the elite, it’s a luxury item, and in tough economic times it’s something that should perhaps go by the wayside.
But Dr. Alan Greene, a nationally-known author, clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University and member of the board of directors of The Organic Center, tells us that we need to think about our well-being from a long-term perspective. Investing today in organic foods and farming, he says, helps us to stop borrowing against our futures, both in terms of our personal health and the health of the planet.
Understanding the Scientific Evidence
Dr. Alan Greene is a pediatrician, a nationally-known author and an expert on the growing body of scientific evidence about the true value of organic foods.
He says the health benefits of organic is actually a pretty big issue, and it falls into two categories: getting less of the bad stuff, and getting more of the good stuff. Organic foods are grown without the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, genetically modified seeds, without cloning, without antibiotics, and without chemical fertilizers. On the plus side, organic foods are shown to have 25% more nutrients than conventional.
Raising Kids with Nutritional Values
You might call Jesse Cool an organic crusader. She’s been a pioneer in the world of organic cooking for 30 years.
A prolific author and owner of three San Francisco-area restaurants featuring organic food, Jesse’s raised a family of her own and has no illusions about the challenge of promoting a healthy diet in a world of processed foods. Helping kids really connect with healthy ingredients is something Jesse says is well worth the effort.
Avoiding Overprocessed Ingredients
When it comes to meals with our kids, it’s very important to start them out with the healthiest foods possible.
Our organic nutrition expert, Dr. Alan Greene, tells us that nutrient quality from conventional agriculture is on the decline. He also explains why parents don’t want overprocessed baby foods that could lead to a taste for processed foods as a toddler and as an older child. Plus, the EPA has determined that babies are more vulnerable to chemical toxins than adults because they consume more pound for pound.
Avoiding Genetically Modified Crops, Part I
Choosing organic corn means skipping most conventional foods. In fact, more than 4,000 U.S. products contain corn as an ingredient, and that doesn’t count all the corn used in livestock production.
More chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used on corn than any other crop, and most corn (over 50 million acres in the U.S.) is genetically modified. Switching to organic corn, according to Dr. Alan Greene, is not yet an easy thing to do, yet it could do wonders for our health and our planet.