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Ohhh Samsung... HELLO APPLE!!!

Well... it looks like Samsung and Sprint have beaten Apple to the punch!  Just when you thought tech couldn't really push the grren envelope any further than offsettng their carbon emissions, Samsung has come out with thee perfect mobile device to compliment your Prius and organic cotton Prana shirt!!!

Sprint and Samsung have just introduced the Reclaim, a super-eco cellphone made from 80 percent recycled materials. The eco-gadget is constructed from "bio-plastic" materials made from PLA or corn, is free of PVC, and mostly free of BFR (brominated flame retardants)... which are apparently naughty-naughty. The phone has a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, can accept microSD cards (we assume) up to 32GB, and has Sprint Navigation onboard. Even the packaging will be eco-friendly, made from 70 percent recycled content and printed with soy-based inks. The carrier will be selling the Reclaim in "Earth Green" or "Ocean Blue" (weird) come August 16th for $50 (after a $30 instant rebate and $50 mail-in rebate)

And to put some icing on the organic cake, $2 of that profit will be funneled to the Nature Conservancy's Adopt an Acre program.  They got my attention... But will it walk my dog?  Until my next un-eco-friendly blog post from my Apple iPhone... Vaughan, signing off!

Don’t believe the hype about the recent study on organic food

Have you heard about the new study on organic food? If so, you might be a little confused about whether or not organic food is worth the fuss.

Let me set the record straight and help shed some light on this topic.

Organic food is healthier than non-organic food. (period)

Headlines that tout statements such as “organic foods are no healthier than non-organic foods” are completely and undeniably twisting the facts, so don’t be mislead by them. This study only tested the nutritional content of organic versus non-organic foods and showed that both had similar vitamin and mineral content.

But what the study DOES NOT test are two very important things. The first is the most important reason why I chose to eat organic foods which is that organic foods are grown without chemicals. This study does not test at all what harmful effects could result by eating chemical fertilizers or pesticides. And secondly, this study does not test the levels of anti-aging antioxidants or polyphenols which organic foods are reported to be at 25% higher.

Unfortunately, some people are twisting the results of the study and trying to get you to think that non-organically grown foods are as healthy as organic foods.

The bottom line is this: cancer, autism and other disease rates are skyrocketing higher than ever. Is there a link between eating chemicals and any of these illnesses? We still don’t know. When you have the choice of eating something natural and chemical-free, I personally think it is worth it.

The report, conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA)  was to clear up the confusion once and for all, whether or not organic foods were better for you than conventional foods. It has the organic world up in arms, and rightfully so.  Organic farmers never claimed their apples, lettuce or milk have more vitamins, calcium or iron than apples, lettuce or milk grown using ordinary cultivation methods. What organic cultivators claimed, and still claim, is that their products are grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and have no traces of industrial chemicals. Therefore, they are healthier for both the consumer and the planet.  And as I mentioned earlier, most people choose organics for what's NOT in/on our foods -vs- what is.  If you do a little research and have a browser with google, you can quickly see some of the antics going on between both sides.  It's getting pretty nasty and I have a very strong feeling that you haven't heard the last of this study... more info about the FSA and possibly even some dirt about who the FSA also "supports" aka Big Agriculture and conventional commericial farms... And you thought this was all about food!

So until my next rant... keep eating HEALTHY, delicious organic foods! ~Vaughan

So remember when I was all like "I'm never eating again"? 

I made a big step today and I'm pretty excited to talk about it. I just placed an order for my very first Organic Earthbox and some Organic Seeds!

My family has replaced as much of our diet with organic food as possible but I've always wanted to try and grow my own veggies. If that seems like a lofty goal for a guy who's "daylight" is the glow off a computer monitor, you're right - and that's sorta the point...

I'll be updating step by step of my first earthbox experience. I have never grown a thing in my life so if I can do it, I'm pretty sure anyone can. Hopefully I'm able to spark something here and get a few others involved.

Do you grow your own veggies? I'd love to hear about your garden and hopefully learn a thing or two!

Eating pizza to be healthy... I know, can you belive it?!

A good friend to all of us here at Pizza Fusion has an excellent write-up on organics and healthy eating. I'm not going to mention that he plugs us repeatedly...

Wait ummmmm let's forget everything you've read thus far and just click the link ok?
Eat Pizza Be Healthy

by Patrick Corona

I know what your thinking…….not another one of those ridiculous articles promising me that I can eat whatever I want. And you’re right; it’s not another one of those articles. Look, we all know (or at least we should) that the foundation of eating healthy is a well balanced program, with variety of foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories.

{Read More @ www.getfitamerica.com}

The day I decided to never eat again, ever!

We try not to get too deep and political here. Organic food can be fun and doesn't always need to be the "Good" to the rest of the world's "Evil", but lately that seems less and less true.

With Food Inc. coming out recently it seems to have ignited the organic movement once again. Now everywhere I go people are talking about organic food and how they were sick in the theaters. It got me thinking about my "saw the light" moment with organics. You know the moment your brain stops thinking "this is good but expensive" to "MUST EAT ORGANIC". If you haven't had that moment yet by all means go see Food Inc. If you have I'd love to hear your stories in the comments.

Here's mine...

A while back I found myself with the rare combination of time and boredom. I decided that I'd use the opportunity to watch a documentary I've wanted to see. I scrolled through my collection and came across a French documentary titled The World According to Monsanto. Hmmm this seems interesting, if it's boring I'll just take a nap I thought.

Fast forward almost 2 hours later and my world was literally changed. I've heard all the stories about our food system and how bad it is and also read a few fearful articles about Monsanto's law suits and business practices. This was fine but we hear stories about big business taking over America all the time so color me surprised when I went downstairs to grab a snack and literally couldn't eat. I have never been so damn excited to see 2 slices of Pizza Fusion leftovers in my fridge.

For those that don't know my wife and I have a young daughter and another baby on the way. Eating organic isn't a luxury, at this point its a necessity. There are too many companies in this country with no oversight, willing to destroy our environment and our population for a higher profit margin. Who exactly is watching after our food supply when companies can saturate our government with lobbyist and appoint their own former employees as inspectors, law makers, and politicians?

Do yourself a favor and find a way to eat organic as often as possible. These days it's easy to find organic dairy, eggs, and veggies. Sprinkle in some organic meat when you can find it (or at the very least hormone free, antibiotic free) and you'll be eating better, feeling better and you'll know EXACTLY what's in your food.

Here are a few great places to start looking for organic food near you. 

Local Harvest

Slow Food

Whole Foods


Pizza Fusion (shameless plug)

Let's get some discussion going in the comments... I want to hear about your "saw the light" moments too!