Organic Food Part 2: Is Organic Food really healthier and safer?

The obvious place to start is the section of the grocery store that every customer is lead to upon entering, the produce section.You may not realize it, but most or all of the produce you buy is treated with chemicals to either sterilize or force ripening. Organic produce cannot undergo these processes in the way that conventional fruits and vegetables can.

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Organic Food Part I: How It All Started

Because my passion is sustainable agriculture and gardening, organic certification is an issue I have strong opinions on, but I want to set those aside to focus instead on what organic means in various kinds of foods you buy.

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Food Safety Implications of Raw Food and Juice Bars

One very recent trend in the Midwest is the opening of juice bars and raw food restaurants that have dotted the coasts for a while now. This move to purchase high-end drinks, salads and raw food bowls is frequently (if not exclusively) marketed as a push towards helping people look and feel better.  The use of more exotic ingredients and the removal of preservatives, fats, oils and processed sugars is heavily marketed for these establishments. I applaud this dietary push, but it also makes me very concerned for the general safety of my community as well as food safety nationally.

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