Bite on This: More Grocery Store Secrets

We all know chlorine is a poison. It’s toxic and has been linked to infertility and disease. Sadly it’s everywhere—in our drinking water, bleaching our paper towels and toilet paper, in pools, in PVC plastics, in pesticides, so we do our best to avoid it by getting unbleached products and filtering our water (even the showers!) and just when we thought we were safe, we find out that chlorine is routinely used to keep our healthy produce “fresh” by, and I quote the MMS Newsletter:

“In the grocery store, glistening carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. all glisten and look fresh primarily because five days ago they were picked, washed, then passed under a cloud of ClO2 gas that destroyed bacteria and disease-germs that ordinarily cause food to quickly spoil.

Some transportation trucks carrying produce (sometimes on two-day trips) can blow some ClO2 into the enclosed truck before closing the rear doors. The spoiling of food begins from invisible surface contaminants. ClO2 eradicates such bacteria.”

I learned this first hand before searching for it on the web to confirm. A truck driver was explaining how when transporting strawberries, chlorine vapor kept his strawberries from molding and therefore looking pretty and lasting longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Green Round-Up

Walmart Knows What’s Best for Us Green Moms. Right? by OrganicMania — Lynn shares her thoughts on the Walmart Sustainability Index, which they are putting together with NO consumer input. (This makes me feel all kinds of stabby, particularly as one of our ad networks, despite past objections, has been running Walmart ads this week on our site.)

Bottled Water is Best by Crunchy Chicken — Bottled water isn’t nearly as bad as you might think and Deanna will tell you exactly why… It’s awesome satire with a sly side of sarcasm.

Cast Iron Cookware by Big Green Purse — Diane discusses alternatives to toxic PFOA (i.e. Teflon) non-stick pans. I personally use cast iron and love it.

Reviewing ‘The Story of Stuff’ by Enviromom — In this post, Renee reminds me of a fantastic short film—The Story of Stuff is twenty minutes of awesome that I promise you won’t regret watching.

Why Bother by Crunchy Domestic Goddess — CDG discusses a NY Times article by author Michael Pollan about reasons to NOT give up and throw in the towel in fighting climate change.

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Organics Have Gone to the Dogs

karma_organic_sm.jpgDog owners, you want your pet to have the very best, right? Consider this: because of his smaller size, your beloved Fido is more prone to the chemicals, hormones and additives found in conventional pet foods and supplies. Fortunately, the pet supply market does have safer, healthier organic and all-natural options for your canine furbabies.

Check out these awesome goods from Karma: organic, all-natural dog food and shampoo. Each seven-pound bag of kibble is made with 95% organic ingredients that are USDA Certified Organic, including fresh meats and whole grains, all-natural fruits and vegetables and complete vitamin and mineral supplements—same with the Vermont Soap Organics Pet Shampoo, too – it’s made with natural and organic essential oils and aloe vera (natural rosemary extract is the only preservative found in this shampoo). It’s hypoallergenic, free of petroleum and animal by-products, and it meets all USDA Organic Food Standards.

Food and shampoo for your dog, with no synthetic herbicides or pesticides, and no chemical preservatives or additives? We think that puts the WOW back in bow wow!

Find It Here: Alamo Organics

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