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Organic Garden and Homes http://organicgardenandhomes.com For Organic Lovers That Appreciate Diversity Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:43:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://organicgardenandhomes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-18412936-An-organic-lavender-farm-full-of-plants-that-need-to-be-harvested-The-field-glows-with-the-purple-fl-Stock-Photo-32x32.jpg Organic Garden and Homes http://organicgardenandhomes.com 32 32 THE CASE FOR ORGANIC FOOD http://organicgardenandhomes.com/2018/10/18/the-case-for-organic-food/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-case-for-organic-food Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:29:53 +0000 http://organicgardenandhomes.com/?p=23

 

The case for organic food

Stanford’s research showing that organic produce probably isn’t any more nutritious than the conventional variety is mostly remarkable for what it omitted.

 

So a new study from Stanford University shows that organic produce probably isn’t any more nutritious than the conventional variety. We doubt the folks at Whole Foods are trembling in their Birkenstocks. We’re not aware of too many people who thought otherwise — it doesn’t make a lot of sense to assume the application of pesticides would have much impact on a fruit’s vitamin content. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t safer to eat.

Perhaps the most valuable thing about the study of available research undertaken by Stanford’s Center for Health Policy is that it points up how little is yet known about the benefits of organics and the harms done by widespread pesticide use. The review, which looked at 240 studies from around the world on the health effects of eating organic and the comparative levels of nutrients and contaminants, made headlines because it supposedly struck a blow against the perception that cheaper, conventionally grown produce — which usually involves both pesticides and chemical fertilizers — is bad for you. “There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health,” concluded senior study author Dena Bravata.

Not only is that debatable, but it fails to get to the heart of the reason most people spend extra for organics. The Stanford researchers found studies showing that 38% of conventional produce contains pesticide residue (compared with 7% of organic produce), yet shrugged this off because the chemical traces were usually below the levels considered safe for human consumption by the Environmental Protection Agency. But debate rages about whether EPA limits are really safe; in 2010, President Obama’s Cancer Panel recommended that consumers eat organic produce, concluding that federal protections are weak and research on the subject is inadequate.

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ATRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN http://organicgardenandhomes.com/2018/10/07/atracting-birds-to-your-garden/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=atracting-birds-to-your-garden Sun, 07 Oct 2018 03:11:52 +0000 http://organicgardenandhomes.com/?p=26

Firstly, birds will be attracted by the geographic location of  your garden.To find out which birds are at the moment in your geographic area, you will have to consult the specialty magazines and documentations. Maybe even the weather guy can provide some information regarding this aspect, although this is not always true. Libraries and book stores have books based on migration, on the roads that some bird species take to get to their summer or winter residence. Also, taking pictures of bird you see around you and confronting them with informative materials that you already have or searching for information related to them can be an option to find out if these bird are going to make a stop in the area you live in.

Birds need water. This is highly important. A bath or a pool, no matter the size or the material, would instantly attract many bird families, even wild ducks and gooses.

If you could also arrange a place where they could find some food, bird seeds, bread or anything else they might like, that would increase the chances they made an escapade in your garden. You can try, for instance with corn. Seeds of any type also hold an answer to the question related to attracting birds towards your garden. The seeds that almost all birds prefer are sun-flower seeds, extremely easy to find, and cheep also. Anyway, before buying the seeds, you should make a list with all the birds that are in the area and with every bird’s food preferences to assure you can provide food for many types of birds present.

These are the first steps that you have to make to attract birds in your garden. The second step is keeping away from the garden all the things that might scare or disturb birds. Animals from the next garden, neighbor’s dogs can scare the birds. Try and ask the neighbors to keep the dogs chained or in the house, because they are mostly scared by dogs.

Also, you must know that some birds do not agree with each other, so that a certain species might avoid your garden because there is another species in it. Some can also stay away because of the fact you have children and the noise is too loud, and others can stay away because the place doesn’t look natural enough. So, knowing their nature and customs can be a decisive factor in bringing them in our backyard.

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