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July 20, 2016

Eating organically is fantastic, but usually expensive.   Here are 6 tips on how you can do it for less…

  1. Eat fruits & vegies in season.   Buying in season ensures better freshness, and costs you less (due to shorter storage times and a lower market price when there’s plenty of the produce available)

  2. Buy at farmers’ markets.   Buying direct from the farmer means you don’t have to pay an additional wage for the `middle man’

  3. Hunt around the local organic shops.   We've often found organic food in local organic shops that's a lower price per Kg than the standard supermarket for non-organic food!

  4. Join a food co-op.   There are plenty of these to be found on social sites like Facebook.   Buying in bulk as a group can save you money, but be aware that some co-ops charge a high amount of freight, especially if you live some distance from where the goods are purchased

  5. Grow your own.   Real estate costs you the earth (s’cuse the...

March 10, 2015

Here's a step by step journey of our organic garden project at home.   Read about the benefits of organic eating on my previous blog (and note that the process of organic gardening has its own benefits for your health too)!

 

Step 1 - Choosing The Right Place - We placed our garden against a Western fence line, allowing morning sunshine during all seasons, and aligned our gardens lengthwise from East to West.

 

Step 2 - Lasagna Gardening - this doesn't mean you'll have a fine crop of lasagna!   It's a fantastic way of layering your garden to maximise plant growth, and you don't even have to dig first!   Find out how to build a lasagne garden here.

 

Step 3 - Adding more lasagna layers

 

Step 4 - Building The Structure.   Our garden measures 10 metres by 4 metres, with 6 garden beds each measuring 1 metre by 3 metres.   We allowed a walkway in between the beds, then surrounded the gardens with a fence (to keep our chooks out) and a roof structure (to allow shadecloth roofing).   Using trea...

March 6, 2015

 

There's a lot of debate about organic foods Vs non-organic, with many studies proving no health benefit from eating organically.   A new study(1) has found that organic eating does matter, for the following reasons;

 

Organic food contains higher antioxidants.  

These compounds 'donate' electrons to unstable elements in the body (pro-oxidants), reducing cellular damage.   This helps reduce the risk of inflammation, subfertility(2,3), cardiac disease, neuroligical disease, cancer and premature ageing.    Studies show that antioxidants (polyphenols) are 19% - 69% higher in organic foods than non-organic foods.

 

Organic food contains lower levels of Cadmium

Cadmium is a metal compound found in higher levels in soils fertilised with super-phosphate fertilisers.   Cadmium easily deposits in liver and kidney tissue, causing damage to these organs, and also increases the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.

 

Organic food contains lower levels of pesticides

Pesticide residue is up to 4...

August 15, 2014

I’ve long held the view that the rising levels of peanut allergy are probably due to underlying contaminants in the peanuts, or alternatively, disturbances of the immune system from other causes (possibly antibiotic or vaccination effects).

 

2 things support the peanut contamination view;

 

1)      One of my clients has immediate anaphylaxis to peanuts, yet absolutely no reaction to organic peanuts.   There are only 2 peanut species in the world, with a constituent profile almost exactly the same, so it’s doubtful the type of nut per se is to blame.   While organic peanuts have no pesticides or herbicides, non-organic peanuts may be exposed to over 20 pesticides/herbicides during growth & production, and the types used differ between countries.

 

2)      A recent journal article proposed the link between glyphosate Herbicide (Roundup) and coeliac disease, showing a strong correlation between the use of glyphosate and increasing levels of coeliac...

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