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Organic Recipe of the Month

Southwestern fiesta salad with peaches, black beans and avocado
This delicious salad is the perfect mix of sweet and savory with just a little kick!  It’s hearty, healthy and can be served as a main course, as a side to any meal, or as a party snack with tortilla chips. Remember, those delicious peaches add much more than a little bit of sweetness to this salad. Peaches have been shown to contain antioxidants known as polyphenols that may prevent certain cancers—and you can increase your intake of these beneficial compounds even more by choosing organic peaches! GET THE RECIPE

Hot Science

Most widely used weed killer—glyphosate—"likely to cause cancer".
How to avoid it? Go organic. Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world and is found in over 750 different products used on farms and in urban areas.  Human exposure occurs through inhalation during spraying and through the consumption of contaminated food and water. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) working group assigned the risk level as “probably carcinogenic to humans” after reviewing results from pertinent scientific literature that showed evidence glyphosate exposure is linked to certain cancers in humans, induces tumors in mice, damages human DNA, and disrupts beneficial intestinal microbes in humans. The National Organic Program standards prohibit the use of glyphosate in organic production. READ MORE.

Go organic to save the bees. And the beetles.
Neonicotinoid pesticides, banned in organic production, have been criticized for the harm they may cause to bees. A recent study published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has found further support that exposure to even very low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides may harm bees. READ MORE
Now, a growing body of literature suggests the use of neonicotinoids may also indirectly harm beneficial insects that prey on insect pests. One recent study published in the scientific journal Crop Protection found that when wheat was treated with neonicotinoids, lady beetles—which are predators to aphids—were negatively affected, and to what extent depended on the density of aphids on the wheat plant. READ MORE

Want to avoid antibiotic residues in your milk?
A study was recently conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigating almost 2,000 dairy farms for antibiotic contamination in milk. The FDA report showed that a small proportion of milk had residues of illegal antibiotics, causing worry about the use of drugs barred from use the dairy market. While these results are disturbing, it is important to remember that consumers choose organic in order to avoid exposure to any residues from any antibiotics—legal or illegal. The organic standards prohibit the use of products like synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones. Organic products also have consistently been found to contain lower levels of these chemicals than conventional products, which means eating an organic diet can reduce the levels of pesticides in your body. READ MORE
Eating organic reduces your health risks.
Avoiding pesticides is one of the top reasons people choose organic, and a recent publication by Consumer Reports once again confirms that the organic standards are effective at protecting consumers against pesticide exposure. Check out our blog post explain the science behind the report’s recommendations, and learn how unnecessary pesticide exposure puts your health at risk. READ MORE

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