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Feb 5, 2013
How Green is Your Heart?

How Green is Your Heart?

For many of us, February like birthdays and certain spiritual celebrations, is the month when we think with gratitude and open-heartedness about the relationships that sustain us in life and love. The heart is the spiritual hub of the body and did you also know that the colour associated with the heart chakra is Green?

Located near the center of the breastbone, this chakra (spiritual energy centre) represents higher consciousness and love. The Heart chakra is associated with the heart, thymus gland, lower lung and circulatory system. The heart chakra acts as the balance point for all the chakras, it governs our relationships and how we interact with other people.

A balanced heart chakra is expressed in acceptance of self and others, personal values and ethics, allowing us to follow our unique direction in life. When the heart chakra is healthy and balanced, you will be able to enjoy healthy, loving relationships.

Green also symbolizes harmony, creativity, health, abundance and nature. For healing, green is used to balance the vibrations of the nervous system as it offers new energy and revitalizes tired nerves.

We all know how important it is to eat a healthy diet, but many of us aren’t aware of how enjoyable healthy eating really can be and what a big difference it can make to the health of our hearts.

Consuming more raw green vegetables, will increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and fibre; and one of the ways to get your daily dose of nutrients is by juicing greens, it’s also a really delicious way to keep your body chemistry alkaline (a positive ph balance). You can also make sure you get your fibre intake by making green salads and smoothies using chopped up green vegetables and fruit. Spinach, avocado and dandelion can be included and are all nutritionally beneficial for your heart.

For a healthy heart make sure to get a balanced intake of calcium and magnesium, as these minerals help with the proper functioning of cardiac muscle.

Dietary adjustments for health are a positive step, however these alone are not enough to create the balance we require to achieve vital health. Other lifestyle changes may also be important, such as including some kind of body movement (exercise), nutritional supplementation, stress management and relaxation (in a green room!). These steps will help to generate a calm atmosphere and attitude, healthy diet and a strong body, all will create harmony by opening your spiritual heart and nourishing your physical heart in unison.

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Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:06am
Feb 4, 2013

Car slams into Basil Bandwagon store in Raritan Township

Terry Wright/Hunterdon County DemocratBy Terry Wright/Hunterdon County Democrat 
on February 02, 2013 at 4:30 PM, updated February 02, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Car smashes into Basil Bandwagon in Raritan Township
EnlargeA car smashed through the front of the Basil Bandwagon in Raritan Township, coming to rest inside the health foods store.Car smashes into Basil Bandwagon gallery (29 photos)

A car smashed through the front of the Basil Bandwagon store in Raritan Township Saturday afternoon, coming to rest completely inside the building. The driver, his passenger and the dog in the car all escaped injury.

The mishap took place just before 2 p.m. at the natural market and organic food store, 276 Route 202-31 in the Flemington Circle Shopping Center. The driver, a man whose name was not immediately available, was heard telling a policeman that his car, a Jeep sport-utility vehicle, suddenly lurched into the store.

Frank Veneziale, emergency management coordinator, said that in addition to the two people in the Jeep, somebody who was in the store complained of chest pain. All three were examined by the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad. Also responding were Raritan Township Fire Company and paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center.

A township Construction Department official looked over the damaged building and declared it to be structurally safe, Veneziale said. But, the emergency personnel had the electricity turned off and the store will be closed until the windows and doors can be replaced.

The car, which was pulled out and hauled away by a flatbed wrecker from Superior Towing, did not appear to have extensive damage.

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Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:30am
Jun 18, 2009
Feeding America - Formerly Known as America's Second Harvest - Hunger Advocate 

Dear Alice Diane,

As a concerned hunger advocate, you know that child nutrition is one of the highest priorities at Feeding America—and our advocates and food banks are gearing up for the upcoming Congressional debates surrounding the reauthorization of federal funding for child nutrition programs.  In this month’s edition of the Hunger Advocate, learn more about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and the critical programs it will fund.


Child Nutrition–A Critical Foundation
Check out this new monthly series focusing on children and hunger—through the summer and fall, you will learn more about the role good nutrition plays in the growth, development, health, and well-being of our nation’s children.  This month, find out how early childhood nutrition affects long-term educational progress and success.


Can You Make a Difference in the Life of a Hungry Child?
The latest Child Food Insecurity Report shows that in 26 states, one in six young children are food insecure.  In this land of plenty, that’s way too many hungry children.  Can one person make a difference? Absolutely!  Click here to find out how you can help!

Hunger Action Month— September 2009

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide effort to engage America in the fight against hunger—and it’s coming in September!  From coast to coast, communities will be holding anti-hunger events to bring us together in this important cause, with a particular focus on child hunger issues.  Read more about Hunger Action Month— and visit the Hunger Action Center to find out what’s coming up in your community!

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Posted: Jun 18, 2009 8:34am
Jun 10, 2009
Organic Bytes - If you can't see this message contact us June 10, 2009 Organic Bytes #177: Doctors Warning on GMOs, Organics Proven More Nutritious, Silk Soymilk Scam & More... Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week: Doctors Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Foods
  • Alert of the Week: The American Dietetic Association Buries Organic Nutrition Facts
  • Organic Nutrition News of the Week: Why Government Nutrition Programs Shouldn't Ban Organic
  • OCA Web Forum Posting of the Week: Silk Soymilk Packaging Scam
  • Plunder of the Week: Judge's Ruling Fuels Meltdown in Organic Dairy Industry
  • Health News of the Week: Study Raises Fresh Questions about the Safety of Water Fluoridation


Doctors Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Foods

On May 19, 2009 the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) released a landmark position paper signed by physicians across the U.S. calling for a moratorium on GE foods:

"Avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible... Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food... There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation...The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies."

Learn more

Alert of the Week The American Dietetic Association Buries Organic Nutrition Facts

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Its opinions influence health care professionals, the media, and state and federal policies. While ADA claims it is committed to "improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy," its perspective is clearly being influenced by corporate agribusiness. Although the ADA has nothing to say about the abundance of scientific studies exposing the dangers of genetically engineered foods , the organization's own Marianne Smith Edge has been giving anti-organic keynote addresses at meetings of state dietetic associations across the nation. The ADA's own studies in 2007 and 2009 revealed that plants cultivated in organic systems contain higher levels of nutrients, yet the ADA's website claims, "nutritionally there is no evidence that organic produce is better or safer than conventionally grown produce." It's time to expose the ADA's bias. Use OCA's handy online tool to click and send a pre-written "letter to the editor" to your local media outlets.

Learn more and take action

Organic Nutrition News of the Week Why Government Nutrition Programs Shouldn't Ban Organic

A growing number of states have been preventing WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) recipients from purchasing organic products based on three major excuses: the 'high' cost of organics, a supposed lack of scientific evidence that organic produce is more nutritious than its conventional counterparts, and recipient preferences (see how your state stands on this issue here). OCA is taking this issue to Congress, to demand that the federal government acknowledge the benefits of an organic diet when the Child Nutrition Act and WIC are reauthorized this year. Chantal Clement, graduate student and OCA intern, debunks the myth that there's no difference in the nutritional value of organic and non-organic food here:

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Quick Organic Facts of the Week Health Benefits & Exploding Sales

-A new Organic Trade Association report reveals sales of organic products in 2008 grew 17.1% over the previous year. Organic food sales grew more than three times the rate of nonorganic food sales.

-According to the Journal of Applied Nutrition, organically grown fruits and vegetables have significantly higher nutritional content than conventional produce: "Organically grown apples, wheat, sweet corn, potatoes and pears were examined over a 2 year period and were 63% higher in calcium, 73% higher in iron, 118% higher in magnesium, 178% higher in molybdenum, 91% higher in phosphorus, 125% higher in potassium and 60% higher in zinc than conventionally grown produce." In addition, organic meats were not only found to be leaner, but also have about five times the omega-3s.

-In a conventional diet, we are exposed to over 70 pesticide-related pollutants on a daily basis. A recent 2009 report found that switching to an organic diet reduces pesticide exposure by over 95%.

-The Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 most pesticide ridden foods based on 87,000 tests. Nectarines, peaches, apples, strawberries and imported grapes topped the list. The most pesticide-free non-organic produce includes onions, avocados, and sweet corn.

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OCA Web Forum Posting of the Week Silk Soymilk Packaging Scam

The OCA web forum is an online community of like-minded people sharing thoughts about the wide variety of topics you regularly read about in Organic Bytes or on the OCA website. The web forum now has over 4,500 members and nearly 10,000 posts. One of those recent posts was from a user named Tedalan:

"I was very involved in the creation of Silk Organic Soymilk when it was first designed and manufactured. Steve Demos was very committed to Silk being Non-GMO, Organic and Vegan. Suddenly, when buying Silk at Whole Foods, I discovered that none of the Silk flavors in half gallon containers were certified organic. The cartons look exactly the same as before with the exception/removal of the USDA Organic Seal and the word "organic" before soybeans in the nutritional panel. This is a very sneaky way for a manufacturer to discontinue Non-GMO Organic soybeans in the manufacture of their product. I also wonder why Whole Foods continues to sell this product without a warning sign."

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Headlines and Articles of the Week

1) Plunder of the Week: Judge's Ruling Fuels Meltdown in Organic Dairy Industry
Last week, a judge in federal district court in St. Louis, rejected 19 class-action lawsuits filed by consumers who are claiming fraud in the sale of "organic" milk coming from one of the giant operations.
Learn more

2) Health News of the Week: Study Raises Fresh Questions about the Safety of Water Fluoridation
"A new cancer study from India suggests that fluoride is a contributing factor to osteosarcoma, or bone cancer - but just how much fluoride intake causes the uncommon disease is not clear..."
Learn more

3) Website of the Week: The Organic Center
Peer-reviewed scientific studies on the benefits of organic farming.

4) Organic Transition News of the Week: Report-- Agriculture Holds a Key to Solving Global Warming
A new Worldwatch Institute study indicates greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 25% by implementing some basic changes to the world's food production practices.
Learn more

5) Web Video of the Week: The Colbert Report Looks at Industrial Agriculture
One of the most important tools in any activist's belt is a little levity. Check out this Comedy Central clip to see Steven Colbert and Eric Schlosser debate factory farms, GMOs, and the monopolization of food.

LOCAL NJ NEWS OF THE WEEK NJ--Get Involved Locally
  • Learn more about OCA related action alerts and other news in NJ here.
  • Join NJ discussion groups in our forum.
  • Post events in NJ on our community calendar.

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Posted: Jun 10, 2009 1:34pm
Jun 5, 2009
Focus: Consumer Rights
Action Request: Other
Location: New Jersey, United States

Urgent communiqué for those who are concerned about GMO's

At the website, there is an open comment period on genetically engineered foods (organisms). 
To view the proposed rule, supporting documents, and the comments USDA has  received, go to:

To date there are currently very few comments and there are  millions of people that are concerned about GMO's . A New York Times poll found 53% of Americans won't buy genetically modified food. Please work to get many more consumers and organic stakeholders to comment against GMO’s by accessing the following website:

Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release Into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms
Hit the "Add comments"  icon in the middle of the page and submit your comments by June 29th


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Posted: Jun 5, 2009 4:50am


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