Natural doesn’t always mean good

Are you what you eat?

The old adage “you are what you eat” isn’t always true. And these day’s it’s good to remember if you can’t eat it you probably shouldn’t be putting it on your body either.  May people believe they are getting products that are good for them and their families when they go shopping. Did you know that there is no requirements behind using the words healthynaturalorganic. Sad but true, companies can label their products however they want. When it comes to this type of hype, and many consumers are none the wiser, whether it be food or personal care products. With a little research it’s easy to learn how to differentiate what you’re buying for your family.  Here are few tips.

Look for these certifications:
rainforest-alliance-logoNSF Organic Ingredients  USDA Organic     Kosher   Peta CF    NFCA Certified Gluten-Free      Recycled Symbols    Forest Stewardship Council   certified dolphin safe  certified vegan

 

How to care for a lawn if the neighborhood you’re in really forbids dandelions.

With Spring just around the corner you’ll want to have this information if you live in a HOA controlled neighborhood. So nice to know there are alternatives to Monsanto!

PoisoningOurChildren

It is in everyone’s interest to argue for the tolerance of lawn eco-diversity with Condo Boards, Home Owner Associations, Cities, and Villages, but if need be, here are some tips for preserving that green swath:

  • Mow at 3″.  This allows grass to remain strong and shade out some weeds.  And water infrequently, but deeply, to promote root growth; early in the morning is best.
  • Do a soil test.  If there are problems with pH or other imbalances, those can be corrected organically.
  • Clover is not a weed and should not be treated as such.  Have you heard of the phrase “in clover”?  Because it fixes nitrogen in the soil and supports grass growth, clover was originally considered the ideal lawn.  Only when it was found that the chemicals used (2,4-D) to kill dandelions killed clover did the marketers begin branding it as a weed. 
  • For dandelions, I recommend tolerance, hand-weeding…

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