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Antibiotic Soaps

Despite a Food and Drug Administration panel finding products with antibacterial agents are no better than regular soap and water, consumers still spend more than $5.5 million annually on antibacterial soaps, hand cleaners and detergents. So why are we buying them? The confusion around antibacterial and antibiotic.

Organic Beer

The earliest brew reference was a painted clay vessel dating from the fourth millennium BC. Interestingly enough, it shows two women drinking beer and you can bet your bottom buck it was organic. Today, as you eat your grass fed, locally-raised beef burger, or down a fabulous veggie burger with parsnip fries we can once again enjoy the experience by downing a local organic ale.

Why Organic or Natural Beer?

Health Issues

What's In the Tube?

Basic Toothpaste Ingredients

Fluoride: The claim is that fluoride incorporates itself into tooth enamel making teeth more resistant to acids produced by plaque bacteria, as well as acids found in fruit juices, soda (both regular and diet) and certain foods. In toothpaste, fluoride is found in the form of sodium monofluorophosphate, stannous fluoride, or sodium fluoride. Prescription toothpastes (for people with dry mouth, Sjogren's syndrome, cancer, etc.) contain a much higher percentage of sodium fluoride than over the counter toothpastes.

Conscious Consumer: Green Cleaners

As awareness grows about the toxic effect many cleaners have on our health, people are turning to alternative or green cleaners. Toxic cleaning supplies in the home are a concern because children crawl on the floor and put their little fingers in their mouths, resulting in greater exposure to chemical residues. The elderly who generally stay indoors may also develop an increased sensitivity to chemicals.

Instead of Teflon

The chemicals used to make Teflon coated pots and pans as well as other related products take an enormous toll on our individual and planetary health. At issue is the large chemical family of Perfluorochemicals (PFCs).

Most evidence points to the emissions of PFCs during manufacturing and their release from food packaging, fabric treatment, and other products are important sources of local and global contamination. Scientists found compounds generated from parent PFCs persist in the environment, contaminate the blood of human and wildlife, change body chemistry and cause health problems, including cancer.

Avoiding GE Food in Your Grocery Aisles

Genetically engineered foods are so prevalent that if you randomly pick an item off your grocery store's shelves, you have a 75 percent chance of picking a food with GE ingredients. At least seven out of every 10 items have genetically engineered additives.

In 2003, countries that grew 99% of the global genetically engineered crops were the United States (63%), Argentina (21%), Canada (6%), Brazil (4%), and China (4%), and South Africa (1%). Unregulated, quiet and with lightning speed expansion has been spearheaded in the US by a handful of companies making billions of dollars in sales.

Polypropane Earth Stranglers

Plastic is big business. According to the Canadian government, the Canadian plastics industry accounts for an estimated $46.9 billion in shipments of plastic products. Worldwide, in 2002 factories churned out a whopping 5 trillion plastic bags ranging from large trash bags to the light give-away model we all use.

Plastic associations globally are scrambling, trying hard to convince consumers they will lose a helpful lifestyle aid if we stop using plastic bags. But their arguments ring hollow. The consequences on our planet, our wildlife and ourselves far outweighs the convenience.

Sorry - No Fresh Fish Today

As a sad testament to the ocean's rapidly declining fish stock from overfishing, in Maine, where traditional chowders were once chock-full of cod, haddock and other groundfish. Today, they are now only flavoured by lobster. That may sound decadent. Unfortunately it's actually an indication of the state of our an impoverished oceans.