A community for topics centered on Organic agriculture to keep GMO, pesticides, and other synthetic (artificial) additives out of our foods, and drinks; this perspective is particularly focused on Organic as both regulated industry and the issues and interests that make it essential for a sustainable food-chain and environment.
USDA Organic regulations:
OMRI List of approved substances:
Organic Seed Finder:
Sustainable Agriculture Reasearch and Education:
Organic Seed Alliance:
Managing Cover Crops Profitably: (Organic and Conventional information)
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:
Seed Companies By Region: (please message a mod to add more must have at least some organic offerings)
High Mowing Organic:
Johnny's Select seeds: (Not 100% Organic)
Baker creek Heirloom:
Working on an after school program activity that would include freshman-sophmore level children dying shirts using organic vegetables to dye their shirts. Wanting to reach out to see what people have for ideas on what could be the "take home message" or importance of this activity.
Just thought i’d ask on here maybe someone has used it before
Feel like I am stuck in a never-ending quest to find a grocery chain that supplies consistently decent quality blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.
I've tried about every chain in town that exists, but every time I think I've found a good produce supplier the quality eventually drops off a cliff. (And I'm not even counting the number of times I've seen the entire berry stock looking like a pile of rotting compost, which happens frequently)
The "organic" berries they're selling lately seem to be getting larger and larger, and less flavorful, or even taste terrible. Today I bought a package of gigantic blueberries (which I hate) that taste like straight-up sulfur. I know size is not supposed to matter, but in my experience the bigger the fruit the more terrible (or flavorless) it tastes.
Anyway, not really sure if I have a question or just looking to rant. I live by my morning berries though so this never fails to get me stirred up! ✌️
I only buy organic food but I was wondering if grass fed/finished meat (without saying it is organic) is ok? I am concerned if the grass the cows eat might have chemicals on it......I feel like no matter how hard I try I cant win with how corrupted food has become and how much deceptive advertising is going on, plus prices are becoming too much to afford. Thank you!
My 5 month old grand daughter was put on a soy based formula and is now having a hard time sleeping and her eyes look glassy. The first two ingredients are water and SUGAR. I saw quite a few organic formulas online and I feel overwhelmed and unsure. The doctor claimed she cant tolerate milk based because she spits up a lot and they said she has microscopic amounts of blood in her poop. She isnt a fussy baby at all and she smiles a lot though. If anyone has any info on a good quality organic soy formula, it would sure help me out so much....thank you
What are hot chips alternatives that do not have red 40? I recently found out that red 40 is made with chemicals derived from petroleum and is linked to ADHD symptoms and causes other neurobehavioral effects. All of the chips I like have this synthetic food dye and would like to find healthier options.
I heard comfrey and stinging nettle are great bedding for worm bins, though I don't think any comfrey grows around here in southern California.
I've seen stinging nettle, but in very small patches, and I went to the place where it used to grow in the wild and I didn't see any.
Are there any other good bedding materials that can be collected in the wild, here in SoCal?
(In the mountains I've collected fallen oak leaves, those do take forever to break down, but they kinda mixed in with the soil and were sharp, and just seemed messy. Was wondering if there's anything better. Trying to keep it as natural as possible, and try to incorporate local bacterial life, I don't want to use newspapers, cardboard, etc).
Which organic foods are "worth it?" With food prices, both organic and non-organic raising I've been thinking about this a lot. Are there foods you only buy organic? Are there foods that you prefer organic but will buy conventional? Are there other foods that you do not think are worth the price to buy organic? Example: I think its important to get organic oats because they spray glyphosphate on conventional oats right before harvest, which can result in high residual chemical. On the other hand I would think foods with a peel like a banana would be less important to buy organic because the peel would protrct the fruit (and you) from the bulk of harmful chemicals.
I recently saw a video explaining that pesticides and preservatives used to coat produce are oil based, so no matter how much you rinse your produce with water, it’s not coming off. The creator of the video used an alkalizer (I think) to bring the pH of their water up to 11.5 to clean their produce. Do any of y’all know a good way to remove this oil coating in lieu of an alkalizer? I’ve also tried the white vinegar/water soak but it didn’t seem to do much. Shopping organic isn’t always an option for me- broke college student!
So, I bought organic bananas for the first time and immediately noticed that the inside was denser, yellower, and just tasted better than the non-organic kind. Best banana I've had in my life. It was such a big difference that I was starting to wonder if it was a different cultivar from the "standard" ones. Are organic bananas Cavendishes like all the rest? What is the reason their texture and flavor are different from non-organic?
Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Organic imply Non-GMO? Seems like a massive waste to get the Non-GMO project Tag
Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for organic skincare - whether face wash, body wash, moisturizers, etc. And when I say organic I don't mean it just says "organic" on the label. Skincare is completely unregulated with no fixed standards for what makes something "organic", "natural", "plant based", etc. Almost every time I find products labeled with these things, when I go to read the ingredients there is still a bunch of chemicals with long names that don't strike me as truly organic.
For instance, I plan to start using pure grape seed oil as a moisturizer. Does anyone know of any simple ingredients that I could use as a face wash? Or any brands that may have washes with ONLY actual organic, pure ingredients.