We all know Walmart will not come close to Whole Foods organic offerings anytime soon. Especially, in the GF department. However, did you know what major retailer is ahead of Walmart in reduced prices and better selection of organics? It’s Target! And guess what? It’s not only in food items! Yes, I have Targets near me, and YES, I’ve checked. I checked online too.
Want to know something equally as awesome? According to the “Data from Pensons New Hope Natural News Media” the natural products industry was a 150$ billion industry in 2013. And in 2018 it is expected to become a 226$ billion dollar industry! Which is an 8.4 % compound growth rate! I found this on supermarketnews.com. They have a free app too, if your interested.
Do you think with Target, Walmart, and other groceries/ supermarkets organics/ all natural selection we could conquer that 226$ billion dollar industry prediction?! I think we can, and quite honestly, don’t you think we NEED too? If we do, I’m sure, it will demand higher quality restaurant food quality. Sadly, most of the US restaurants DON’T serve all natural or organic ingrediants. And in NYC and most of the rest of the country. I can totally with great confidence say. We SERIOUSLY should demand that. Don’t you agree?
The date of the article of this next link was LAST SUMMER. Check THIS OUT have you checked targets return policy too?! It’s pretty sweet if you don’t pay with cash!
Did you know this ?
- 60% of all herbicides are carcinogenic.
- 90% of all fungicides are carcinogenic
- 30% of all pesticides are carcinogenic
Click Here’s 10 reasons. Why organic is important. 1 of those reason’s is irradiation. Read about THat from the links below.
I particularly liked pg 3 on this next document, and the top of pg 4.
The truth about irradiation
http://uw-food-irradiation.engr.wisc.edu/Facts.html. Why it’s even used, and good.
http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=63. why it’s bad
After Whole Foods declared that over half of the edible items in Walmart were/are forbidden in their stores.
And some of Walmart grocery consumers told them if organic was cheaper they’d bye it! Walmart decided to sell some organic food.
Now there about too launch new organic options at a 25% discount then other groceries organics. WOW! The brand, Wild Oats. You can check it out here! And starting this summer, Wild Oats will launch at many Walmarts across the US. By the end of the year, I read they will try to expand there organic reduced priced selection. However, I couldn’t find what types of foods they’d be adding organically, or what brand it would be.
From the link below, it sadely seams to not be all foods. However, if you have the time and a Walmart near you, (I don’t) and Walmart doesn’t dramatize you sensory wise. I highly encourage you to go to your local Walmart once this brand is released. And encourage the manager. Too widen that brands organic selection of food items. Better yet. Get tons of people (people local to you) who would go there if they did expand there range of organics. And make a survey of those who would go there too buy organic foods, at reduced prices. Leaving (Atleast for some of there current groceries) to become walmart shoppers.
Obviously, if Sensory Issues, make you hate Walmart. You can ignore most of the above. Too bad they don’t deliver groceries for free. They should.
Here’s more info on the Walmart change. Is Walmart changing lives soon? click here
If you go to utube you can watch a very brief video on why this could be bad. Called “Be Skeptical of Walmarts Organic Food” it’s less then 3 minutes in length and on the video page it is also available to read if you prefer it over watching..
Why is this relevant to a sensory solutions site?
Some food preservatives, additives, hormones, and other chemicals aren’t only cancerous, but, cause behavior changes, and increase your bodies inability to deal with incoming sensory input. Through it’s various forms.
These chemicals are ONLY guaranteed to be out of (Or most of the chemicals) ALL organic foods.
According to this Canadian women with EI today’s Canadian Environmental Sensitivities Day in Quebec! Pretty cool, right? They even have in Quebec an EI conference about EI illnesses today. More women have it then men buy the way. ( But, in the videos I recommend they show a good mix of both sexe’s with it. Sadly (and inexcusable if you ask me, as of of Jan 2014 she also found out that 50% Canadians organic groceries aren’t really all organic. But, those companies and farmers reap the benifits of getting to label their grocery ingrediants as such! How awful is that!?
Here is the link to her blog. Talking briefly about that, and other MCS and EI concerns. I’m so glad, I don’t live there! I live in the US.
Below, I’ve added 15 other editable ingrediants beyond what the Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean 15 list. Along with some of what I can’t eat like, or dislike. However, if you want the bran spanking new 2014 dirty dozen plus and Clean 15 list with individual visual photos of each fruit or vege. Please go here. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
You don’t have to sign up to see the visuals. Nor do you have to donate. But, I highly recommend you atleast sign up your e-mail address and then verify it immediately after. If you already signed up to the Environmental Working Group via my post titled “Help Us All Be Healthier”. Formally titled ” Help Us Fit in Better” No need to do it again. But, check the link anyway to see the updates to the list. Or to get a visual!
Off course, Europe ‘s fruits and veges are healthier with less pesticides then our non organic versions on the dirty dozen list. I have added and edited the info below slightly, to be more clear and accurate, with this update. I don’t know if you need to buy organic in England. But, if you can, I probably would. Buy the way, you don’t need to sign up your e-mail to see the full report. If you have time. I’d skim it. Otherwise, no biggy. I’ll cover it.
I’m going to add atleast 1 more post soon, that I’ll share with everyone on organic edibles.
Please Note- Sometimes the way you consume certain ingredients. (like if it’s cooked or not), where you buy them, the dense population and grocer turn over of them, or the way they are sold, may make certain ingrediants or foods okay in non organic form. For ex; peaches that are canned have far less pesticides then fresh whole ones that aren’t organic. Also, this is a general guide created partially from the dirty dozen list that is available for free online. And annually updated. Also, where ingrediants come from can also determine if organic is a necessity or not. For example, imported grapes should be organic but, if grown in the US the all natural ones should be fine.
Tomatoes sometimes, otherwise try vine ripe or very high quality. Medium too large sizes of any color only. The small cherry ones only organic.
Lettuce, kale, spinach, mixed greens, Boke Chou, Organic however, if it’s not prewashed it is more likely to be buggy however.
celery, potatoes, strawberries, cherries^, peaches canned and fresh, raspberries,
pears! (Not Asian types, only sweet ones) , grapes!, lemons*, limes*, mushrooms*, carrot! , *blueberries, zucchini ( I might be guessing on this one) , and cucumber.
apricots! (Dried and fresh only, or in Ceres branded all natural juice) , apples! (Red Delicious Only) olives! ( most I can’t eat in any form, minimal olive hot dressing of some kind might be okay) , *bell peppers, or *nectarines. *Blackberries guessing on organic
Pomegranate not sure if it should be organic or not but! I can’t have it.
Non organic is fine for
– peas, corn, eggplant-, *grapefruit, kiwis, *mangoes, *orange, *nectarines, tangerines, sweet potatoe, watermelon,
-asparagus, avocado, onion! ( white not red) , anise! ( but, guessing), *pineapple.
* coconut, I can’t imagine organic a necessity.
* means I don’t eat it ! “!” Means I eat some kinds or the fruit or vege in cooked form only. If it’s not just cooked or not ( ) explain the rest. Sometimes ! Doesn’t mean it has to be cooked. If it doesn’t, it should be obvious. – before it, excluding peas means I can it but, don’t like it. To be perfectly clear, I like sweet peas.
All nuts should be organic. In a butter form they need to be atleast all natural with no added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or anything else unhealthy in a butter form. As for the nuts I don’t do peanut or cashew butter. But, I can eat unsalted roasted cashews that aren’t super dry. Or with small amounts of sea salt in the summer only. If the all natural almond butter or peanut butter isn’t high enough quality there may be small amounts of dairy/ soy in it from where it’s manufactured. These are frequent issue ingredients for many of us. Especially those with ASD. So, please keep in mind paying ridiculous amounts may be your only option. Also for the butters keep in mind the less ingredients the better, and be careful on the texture. I NeVEr do chunky.
Wine and raisins need to be organic.
Did you know that any product that says fragrances in the ingredient list can have up to 4,000 hidden by products in them, most of which are carcinogenic (Meaning cancer causing), or toxic? And when I say toxic or carcinogenic I mean for EvErYoNE! It’s true! That’s not the only place that manufacturers hide some of there ingredients either. Some are called buy products or contaminants so there not ingredients and therefore not listed. More about that in a bit.
First off, if you have sensory issues especially, or PSD (Diagnosed or not) more ingredients and buy products are toxic/ unhealthy for you then the norm. I cover ingredients and buy products, etc both here (And will in my book too) that are problems for both everyone and just problematic ingredients for those with sensory issues. Don’t believe PSD people don’t have real and unique issues ? Want to see my research proving there have been sensory episodes that have resulted in hospital visits/ stays? I didn’t think so! If so, tell me and if there’s enough interest ( or maybe even if there isn’t) I’d be happy to include it in my sensory book.
Just because a cosmetic, mouth care line, hair care line or skin care line says the following it defiantly doesn’t mean it will be sensory friendly. The same for any individual product that claims this. Remember, the FDA and cosmetic industry has very little rules or laws to abide buy. The only one I can think of is listing all ingredients (NOT Contaminants, fragrant by products, etc) on there bottles/ boxes of them. Hypoallergenic, for babies, unscented, sensitive skin, organic, alcohol free, parabens free, all natural, preservative free, toxin free, and fragrance free. There are others but, those are the major ones.
Until fairly recently many ingredients that have been found in skin and hair products have not had any research backing up their safety or sensory issues. To this day, we still need, more research on the effects of ingredients. Due to the shear number unfortunately, of really bad ingredients, I have only covered some of the major ones on this blog. In an upcoming post. However, if you go to my resources page you can access the links to sites that I have found that will give you much more ingredients and their info. These are some of the links that I found exactly this information on. For a more complete list wait for my book.