Last night we hosted an Organictakeover at Atlantis Natural, a children’s enrichment and wellness education center in Miami. During the Q & A part of the event one of the guest was seriously mislead about the organic farming method. We understand how all the information on the internet might lead you astray but we are here to dish out the truth. So we decided to do a quick review on the topic.
In order to qualify as organic farmers, the producers must use renewable resources and endeavor to conserve soil and water to enhance the environmental quality for future generations in the organic farming method.
- Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones during their lives.
- Organic food is produced without using harmful, conventional pesticides; fertilizers containing synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
Definition of farmers’ markets: a common facility or area where several farmers or growers gather on a regular, recurring basis to sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and other locally-grown farm products directly to consumers.
- “Local Food” is food that is consumed within 100 miles of where it is grown and produced.
- The (only) difference between organic and conventional food is the way how the food has been produced and processed.
- Organic food is defined as the product of a farming system, which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives (such as antibiotics, growth hormones and medications in an effort to prevent disease and spur quicker growth)
- Organic farming rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control.
- The use of fertilizers and pesticides is restricted in organic production.
Thomas Jefferson used the phrase “All men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence. But in dealing with “food” not all organic food is created equal. Guess they abrogated that in their declaration. This is an important fact to keep in mind when shopping for healthy food.
For more information please visit http://organicwinds.blogspot.com/2012/08/open-house-childrens-holistic.html
Roosevelt Desir, one of the Co-Founders and Executive Chefs of Be Organic, many of you are aware, is a cancer survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
This past January 15, 2011 marked the fourth year anniversary of his stem cell/bone marrow transplant. He has never felt better! We are reaching out to you to get involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life by registering online or donating. The cancer patients and survivors need your support.
After registering online, a personal fundraising web page is issued to the person party registering. It explains what the Relay for Life is and why it is important to get involved. The web page also has a fundraising goal and how much money has been raised so far. Please visit my page and check out more information about Relay for Life, and make a donation to the American Cancer Society?
Your donation will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The amount you donate will count towards the fundraising goal.
Please join us on June 3, 2011 at First United Methodist Church: 9087 Glades Rd Boca Raton, FL 33434 as we raise resources to continue to help and find cures. We will be serving some great organic healthy meals and refreshments as you join us for this great cause. See you there!!
Thank you so much for your help – there will be continued updates on the Relay for Life efforts’ progress!
This is the first year that we were given the opportunity to be invited to South Beach Wine & Food “The Grand Tasting” event. For those who aren’t aware of these festival let us give you some insight. Imagine a big tent…..a really BIG tent that probably is about half a mile long and about two semi-trucks length. Now picture all types of different prestigious wines, liquor, and mixed drink vendors. Now picture foods from almost every nationality you can think of and the best of the best chefs preparing and serving them. Now place them all under one roof; and what do you have? Well that’s what the Wine & Food Festival is about!! We want to thank everyone that support us doing this years fest and hope to see you next year.
This weekend we had the honor to be invited to the Florida Blue Center in Winter Park Florida for their Health Wellness Summit. Thank you Blue Cross Blue Shield for allowing us to share our culinary art with your staff and guest.
For more information visit www.jlgo.org
Orlando Florida home of Mickey Mouse, Orlando Magic and where you can get a nice pair of Italian shoes from one of the various outlets was the host of the 22nd Anniversary Celebration of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. In the spirit of Black History Month numerous vendors, artisans and entertainers were present to celebrate the life and accomplishments of this wonderful human being. The pleasure was truly ours to be an integral part of health awareness through interactive demonstrations and pallet pleasing tastings.
Commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Be Organic hosted a total of nine cooking demonstrations for public attendance. You heard of the house that Jack built well this became the tent that Be Organic built. Sheltered from the elements, the aromas danced through the air appealing to the senses drawing all partakers to hear the message which was “Health is Wealth”. Featuring our meatless vegetarian lettuce wraps and showcasing our honey mango sauce was not only a hit but left many in disbelief from flavor overload. Most eating habits stem from tradition and we challenged over 300 people a day to step outside their comfort zone and experience what food was meant to be. Who said organic food couldn’t taste good? In the wake of deep fried happiness that many people chose to indulge; Be Organic’s light nutrient packed delicacy was an instant hit. The organic trio took the opportunity to enlighten, empathize and network with all willing green conscious participants. In addition to our offerings the opportunity presented itself to walk the hallowed grounds of Eatonville, the first freed slave colony. Needless to say the feeling was overwhelming as we stopped and talked with natives that shared the history and accomplishments of this great town. The impact was mutual and we look forward to revisiting the “Town that freedom built”.
To take a view of more pictures from the amazing event please click here: http://on.fb.me/h7jqDK
The Big Blue and You Foundation presents their first annual Art By The Sea Celebration! The Big Blue’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower today’s youth to become stewards of the Earth and guardians of the Oceans through fun and educational interactions that encourages them to initiate change by being tomorrow’s leaders.
We’re currently anticipating at least 100-150 people to participate in the event plus any families that are already on the beach that day. Remember your sunblock.
*Creative Arts Ed – EcoFashion Show
*Meme Ferre – Banner painting and water color posters
*Edwin Villasmil – Water Bottle Fishes
*Eduardo Crespo – Recycled Mosaic
*Biscayne Bay Waterkeepers – 10×10 Canvas Pictures and canvas of *Biscayne Bay Map
*Oceana – Hand painted banner
*Be Organic – Delicious organic food samples
*Biscayne Nature Center – Touch tank with live sea creatures
*Streetwaves – Surfing/paddle boarding lessons sign-up
*Big Blue & You – filming for web show. We will be interviewing kids around the tents about their knowledge of the ocean with the help of Big Blue Ambassadors
*101.5 Lite FM – live broadcast with games and give-aways
For more information call 954-558-9664 or visit www.thebigblueandyou.org
We had the pleasure of working with the Holistic Network of Palm Beach (HNPB) during our OrganicTakeOver Bicycle Tour in 2009. It’s a great network filled with massage therapists, chiropractors, dermatology, organic grocery stores, fitness centers, holistic dentists, personal trainers and many more.
The best thing is now they offer benefits plans for the Holistic Lifestyle!! By joining the network, you gain access to a community of real support, a family of caring practitioners and professionals AND you receive exclusive discounts only available to members! HNPB offers several packages you can choose from to suit your lifestyle. When you register as a new member, you will receive 5 services from providers in your area of Palm Beach County.
HNPB is also developing relationships with non-profit and community organizations such as women’s shelters, homeless shelters, environmental groups, public schools, parks and other organizations that would become stronger with our help. They are establishing programs and events where their providers can educate and provide services free of charge.
Also 10% of membership fees will go to local nonprofits throughout Palm Beach County, to help build a stronger, healthier community.
For more information please visit their website at www.holisticpalmbeach.com.