Three child-friendly recipes with chia

lemon lime chia with spirulina

One reason Chia is enjoying a terrific popularity in our family is probably because it instantly became Zoe’s favorite. And, to be quite honest, that doesn’t happen often with something that’s healthy and nutritious. Flax, another beloved seed with comparable nutritional benefits, has always been greeted with a dose of grumpiness. I think it’s the playful and jelly-like texture that’s really fun and inviting for the kids. Also, chia has no taste that can interfere with other flavors. Today, I {Read More}

Sulfites in Wine? Don’t Worry it’s Still Organic (At Least in the EU)

sulfites in wine EU vs US

My friends who used to give me fragrances now give me organic wine and works of art instead. In that new spirit, I recently received two bottles of organic wine purchased in Germany, but I learned (from reading the label) that the red (Cabernet sauvignon) came from France and the white (Chardonnay) from Italy. If you care to read the labels, you can see that this organic/bio wine contains sulfites. However, that’s not what you’ll see on organic wine produced {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part IV: Know Your Organics (Certification and Other Issues)

organic farmer in asia

Buying organic food is a great way to support the health of the soil and wildlife. Also, many select organic food for being more beneficial and nutritious to themselves and their family. But the true significance of organic farming is that supports a long-term environmental sustainability. For concerned consumers a range of issues comes into play when choosing organic foods. And, particularly so if they want to extend the impact of choices they make beyond the walls of their own {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part III: Benefits of Organic Farming

benefits of organic farming

The word “organic” has a holistic, deep-rooted implication referring to living organisms. The term comprises of a system of farmer, food and consumer. According to the organic philosophy, consumer’s health is achieved by “whole, fresh and organically raised food.” (Oelhaf, 1978). Organic means a special and nurtured connection between the farmer and the soil. The philosophy of the food system starts with the soil; this is the center of attention of organic farming. Organic farmers perceive themselves as feeders of {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part II: Safety of Conventional Farming

conventional farming chemical safety

Here’s the second part of the conventional vs. organic series. This part deals with the safety of conventional farming. Safety of Conventional Farming: Should Consumers Be Concerned? The goal of agriculture is the production of food. The US Department of Agriculture indicates that US consumers increasingly expect safe and healthy food and the agriculture is more being defined as “consumer-driven”. From the consumer side, it is necessary to ask questions about safety of conventional agriculture, about the effect of agricultural {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part I: Environmental Effects of Conventional Farming

organic vs conventional farming

If you were raised on a farm and your parents were organic farmers, you might be naturally equipped with everything you needed to get the best from the soil by using ecological principles. But if you were raised in an urban environment and your parents were, say, a journalist and a lawyer, your learning about the soil and farming methods might not come so easy. You might need to consult literature (and, most likely on your own) about different approaches {Read More}