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Guide to Organic Juices
Organic juices are processed, stored, and handled in accordance with precise technical standards and certified as "organic" by the USDA or another internationally recognized labeling authority.

The best varieties are “direct” juices that are cold pressed from organic fresh fruit; they are not from concentrate and contain no additional sugar, colorants, preservatives, GMOs, or hormones. However, some brands add juice concentrate and ascorbic acid. Most are bottled without filtering the pulp, which is one of the healthiest parts of fruits. Many brands also use flash pasteurization to keep the flavor and the nutrients intact, as well as to lengthen shelf life. Organic juice can be very rich in vitamins and potassium and can help increase resistance to infections.
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Guide to Organic Vegetables
Farms producing organic vegetables largely avoid pesticides. About 10% of organic vegetable farmers admit using the 5 “acceptable” organic pesticides, namely, Bt (a bacterial toxin), rotenone, pyrethrum, copper, and sulphur. However, the chemical exposure level of vegetables grown organically is considerably less than those grown in conventional farms. Because organic vegetables contain less agrochemical residues (linked to neurological health risks like ADHD in children), they are often perceived as healthier.

Organic food in general is often 45% to 200% more expensive than conventionally grown food. The high price tag may inhibit some people from consuming the recommended 5-per-day servings of vegetables and fruits, which are proven to improve health and reduce cancer risks regardless of whether they’re organic or not. However, there are smart ways to eat organic on a budget. Buying locally produced, in-season vegetables is one way to cut costs. Canned organic vegetables are also more budget friendly and can be healthier in some cases.
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Guide to Organic Chickens

Certified organic poultry are fed certified organic food, are raised in spacious farms, and are not medicated. Not to be confused with those that are misleadingly labeled “100% natural,” truly organic chicken must satisfy stricter conditions, including the following:

  • Absolutely no use of antibiotic growth promoters and no routine drugs; however, appropriate veterinary medicine may be administered to sick birds
  • Poultry must be fed specially formulated feed free of GMOs (genetically modified feedstuffs and contain only the following: vegetable protein, cereals, fish meal, and a vitamin supplement.
  • To be “certified organic,” the chicken must be fed only with grains that have been grown organically, without artificial sprays or fertilizers.
  • Housing must respect the rights of the birds; only 1,000 chickens per shed are allowed.

The process of raising and processing organic chicken is a huge departure from conventional poultry farming, where as many as 40,000 birds are crammed into an often windowless shed at 2 birds to 1 square foot (about the size of an A4 paper).  By contrast, organic chickens are often free-range. However, they are often more expensive. They are allowed to grow naturally at half the rate of “intensive” chickens, so the production system takes longer to finish. Organic feed is also pricier than regular feed.

The USDA does not make any claims that organically produced chicken is more nutritious or safer than conventionally produced chicken. However, supporters of organic poultry argue that conventional processing makes chicken unhealthy, consequently making them the inferior choice for consumption. Regular chickens are given antibiotics and steroid hormones, and the resulting toxins in their fat may be ingested by humans who eat them. There is likewise mounting evidence signifying that antibiotics induce antibiotic resistance in food borne bacteria that affect human health. Conventionally raised birds are also packed in stressful environments and are not given space to roam, so they do not get the exercise they need to stay healthy.

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Product Recall: Wooden Toys by Earth Friendly LLC
Toys and games are part of an individual's childhood and parents are always encouraged to provide playthings that are safe for their children to use. From teething toys to rattles and gym sets, it's always important to make sure that the items that children play with are made from sturdy materials. Over the past months, there have been a lot of recalls on various types of children's toys making people extra vigilant on making their purchases.

Product Recall: Toy Xylophones By King Import Warehouse
Most parents are keen on fostering a love for music in their children and they usually start by giving them toy xylophones and other play musical instruments. At an early age, children are encouraged to take up a musical instrument through toys and games. But these seemingly innocent toys, particularly play xylophones distributed by King Import Warehouse, an importer from Dallas, Texas have been recalled as they were found to contain high levels of lead. The said importer voluntarily made the product recalls just recently.

Product Recall: Dymo Power Adapters
DYMO has just announced a voluntary recall of about 17,000 power adapters because of reported malfunctions and cases of overheating. This is according to an announcement by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The said product recall included adapters that were released with five different DYMO printer models: DYMO LabelWriter 400, DYMO LabelWriter400 Turbo, DYMO LabelWriter Twin Turbo, DYMO LabelWriter Duo and DYMO Desktop Mailing Solution. Recalled adapters contained the housing date codes 2407, 2507, 2607 or 2707. Consumers can find the date code on the adapter's plastic housing. However, products that have “RoHS” printed on the labels top right area are not going to be recalled.

Product Recall: Children's Metal Necklaces
Metal necklaces are quite popular among children these days as they could go with most any type of clothing. Necklaces are must-have fashion accessories but just recently, Claire's, a popular retail store in the United States has announced a voluntary recall of a particular design of children's metal necklaces as they have been found to contain high levels of lead.

Product Recall: Battery Biz Power Adapters
For people who are always on the go, notebook computers and computer cables and adapters are indispensable tools. Because of another product recall, the importance of being more discerning with the purchase of computer accessories has been emphasized yet again.