We’ll go to the ends of the earth to buy natural goods!

Art and I have a real weakness for “real” things.
We like our foods to be what nature intended… free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and chemicals whose names we can’t pronounce. We prefer to buy items that are organic, fresh and locally-produced.

We took a road trip yesterday to buy some Amish butter. (We have to pack a picnic since we travel about 40 miles into the Shenandoah Valley for it.) When it comes to real butter, we’ve grown particularly fond of the sweet creamery stuff made by the local Amish community. It’s quite an indulgence! We even purchased a lovely handmade French butter crock to keep it at room temperature without spoiling – such a great invention!

During our little jaunt into the Valley, I thought about how much we had changed our shopping

practices over the past several years. Education has had a lot to do with that. The more educated we are about the food and items used in our daily lives, the more likely we are to shop for safe and natural products. Higher demand for natural and organic goods equals more competition among producers. And logically, competition means lower prices!

Several years ago, a doctor friend of mine recommended a DVD, called “The Future of Food.” I’ve got to say, the film literally rocked my world.

I had heard of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but I never paid much attention to what they were all about. That is until I learned about the chemical company, Monsanto, and its ever-reaching control over the world’s food supply.

There is so much information available now about the dangers of genetically modified foods that rather than read about it in a short newsletter, you’re better off checking out our links and DVD recommendations. This information not only will infuriate you, but hopefully, it will change the way you look at the foods you eat and how one company’s monopoly on the food supply has affected farming around the world.

The Institute for Responsible Technology is an excellent source for information on the dangers of GMOs. The site provides a downloadable Non-GMO Shopping Guide in both print and iPhone App versions.

You will definitely want to check out our recommended DVDs, “Food, Inc.” and “The Future of Food.” Both are available through Netflix or for purchase on Amazon.com. Here’s a short clip from Food, Inc. As far as I’m concerned, this film is required viewing for healthful eating and an informed Nation.

Organic foods and local produce can be found in nearly every community in the country. A national online organization called LocalHarvest.org is a great place to find organic and natural foods, farms and farmer’s markets in your area. Just plug in your zip code and go shopping!

And finally, don’t forget our good friends at Abe’s Market! Abe’s is a one-stop shop for all of your natural and organic needs. They’ve got everything from personal care, to food, toys, clothes and even organic shower curtains! It’s a fun place to shop!

For more information on how to find “real” foods, check out the Center For Food Safety. They, too, offer a downloadable “True Food” shoppers guide to help you find products that are free of hormones, GMOs and irradiation.

I’m heading to the kitchen now for some GMO-free toast with Amish butter and local jam!

Happy Mother’s Day, and here’s to your enlightened good health!

Cindy DeVore
And the hard-working team at Valley Green

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