Where is the Best Place to Buy Organic Produce?

best organic produceMy in-depth review of Earth Fare caused several people to email asking about organic produce.

Why hadn’t I compared the quality and price of the produce? Which big box retailer do I like best to buy organic fruits and veggies for my family?

Organic Produce and Mega-Retailers

The hard truth is that big box retailers like Earth Fare,

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Does Borax Make the Cut for a Green Home?

borax usesWhen I was a kid, I was always intrigued by the boxes and bottles under grandma’s kitchen sink. One of those boxes that was prominently emblazoned with a Mr. Yuck sticker was “20 Mule Team Borax.” What a strange name, I thought as a kid (and still kind of do as an adult).

Just because Grandma used borax and she lived to be 95,

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9 Reasons Earth Fare is the Best Big Box Natural Foods Retailer

earth fare storeThe natural foods industry in North America continues to pick up steam as mega-chains rapidly expand into metro markets both large and small. Sometimes, they set up shop right across the street from each other! As someone who has mostly patronized small, locally owned healthfood stores since 1990, the speed of this development is a bit overwhelming.

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Keeping Backyard Chickens. Top 6 Tips for Making it Easy!

backyard chickensNot so long ago, the United States government actually advocated for people to keep backyard chickens – two per family member. The USDA took the lead on the push for families to own laying hens with the slogan “in times of peace, a profitable recreation, in time of war a patriotic duty”.

Posters prominently hung around communities proclaimed that:

Even the smallest back yard has room for a flock large enough to supply the house with eggs.

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Amazing Azomite. What it is and How to Use for Home and Garden

azomiteAzomite is one of those beneficial substances that is useful for many things around the home. It belongs in the same category as apple cider vinegar, diatomaceous earth and baking soda.

For this reason, it’s best to have some on hand especially during springtime!

What is Azomite?

While many people have heard about azomite,

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Glycerin. When it’s Safe and When it’s Toxic

glycerin benefits, uses and dangers

Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients in the world. Industry loves this sticky, thick liquid because it is colorless, odorless and above all …. SWEET.

Hence its wide and varied use in processed foods, personal care products, and medicines. In fact, there is almost no industry where you won’t find it –

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Is Sustainable Salmon Safe? How Does it Compare to Wild?

wild vs sustainable salmonOver the last 10 years or so, the public became aware of the enormous difference in the nutrition of wild salmon compared with farmed varieties.

Since up to 90% of the salmon consumed in the United States is farmed, the viability of a very profitable industry was threatened by this newly educated,

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Trihalomethanes in Drinking Water. Created by Chlorine, Harder to Remove

trihalomethanes

To protect drinking water from disease-causing organisms, municipal authorities routinely add disinfectant to public water supplies. Chlorine is by far the the most widely used chemical for this purpose.

This important and very necessary process of disinfection has significantly reduced the incidence of waterborne illness by killing disease carrying microbes.

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Cleaning Wool Carpets and Rugs without Chemicals

cleaning wool carpets and rugsOnly one room in our house is carpeted. The rest is wood and tile (bathrooms). This single wall-to-wall carpet in the family room is made of 100% cut pile (aka pet friendly) wool.

I love the look, feel, and nontoxicity of chemical-free flooring. However, it is important for those considering wool to undertand that maintaining and cleaning it is quite a bit different from conventional carpet.

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