Benefits of Growing Your Own Organic Vegetables

30 years ago, the idea of organic gardening was considered a radical concept. How on this planet were gardeners expected to manage the weeds, bugs, and the critters which may threaten a thriving garden without the employment of man-made chemicals?

When you consider it, organic gardening is quite a simple theory. For hundreds if not thousand of years, people have been growing food without the employment of chemicals. The early settlers in our country didn’t have Miracle-Gro or any of the other modern chemicals and they survived just fine.

It only makes sense that we can apply the same techniques and get the same results they did in today’s world. We should grow garden foods using Mother Nature’s ingredients and true heirloom seeds in lieu of concoctions born in a chemist’s laboratory and we may all be better off because of it.

But the desire for organic gardening goes beyond just the rewards for us and our families. There has been an increase in the interest involving ecology and concern about the environment that has given new life towards this form of gardening. By using organic minerals and materials, by gaining from natural predators, and through recycling garden waste, a gardener can maintain a natural garden quite successfully.

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The Top 5 Natural Diet Supplements: A Review

When it comes to losing weight, most of us would try just about anything to help us reach our goals – as long as the product is safe. But, the truth is that there are many diet products out there that are not only unsafe, but are completely ineffective, and you could end up wasting your money and your time. So, here is a review of the top five natural nutritional supplements that are available right now, and you have probably heard of at least two or three of them.

Do These Work?

In most cases, there are studies that show that these products will work, but you shouldn’t expect to be able to sit back on the couch, eat potato chips, and watch the weight just drop off. The supplements only do part of the work, and you will have to do the rest to really lose a lot of weight.

Garcinia Cambogia

After recently reading a Garcinia Cambogia extract, I decided to try this product and I have to say that I was pretty amazed at what a powerful appetite suppressant it is. It also includes a natural ingredient called HCA, which has been proven to suppress the development of fat cells, so you should be able to lose inches, too. What is unique about this product is that it does not seem to raise your metabolic rate, which is great for people who don’t want to feel nervous or jittery.

Acai Berry

This is what is known as a “super food”, and is packed full of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants, as you probably know, are great for supporting overall health, but they also attack fat cells, too, and that means you should be able to lose a fair amount of weight. When you burn fat in this manner, you end up with more “energy” to burn, and that can lead into more activity on your part, burning more calories!

Raspberry Ketones

The ketones are part of the raspberry that help to promote weight loss by providing energy and burning fat. They are also very high in anti-oxidants, and although you might think that eating a bowl of raspberries each morning with some yogurt might be enough to get the same nutrients, it isn’t. There is more than 1,000 raspberries in the ingredients that are used to make one raspberry ketone capsule.

Saffon Extract

This is a spice that is made from the petals of a flower, and it is pretty amazing to think that it can take up to 75,000 flowers to create one pound of saffron. The saffron that is used in capsule form is then extracted from that and can be used for coughs, asthma, hair loss, cancer, hardening of the arteries, and even dry skin. It has recently been touted as a diet product because of the way that it raises the metabolic rate, which in turn means you will burn more calories.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

This is perhaps one of the most popular products right now, and is simply the extract from coffee beans before they are roasted. While this may sound like you are just getting a jolt of caffeine in a pill, the truth is that this works because it also contains chlorogenic acid, which is a metabolic booster and a fat burner.

Which Diet Product Should You Use?

When you read the Garcinia Cambogia reviews, you will probably opt for this product, if only because it doesn’t artificially raise your metabolic rate. This makes it better for people with heart issues or other health problems, but of course you should always talk to your doctor before starting any diet.

Food Safety – Are Uniform Global Standards Possible

We did watch the impact of the European Horse Meat Scandal with disapproving awe. We are still shocked and asking ourselves – was Food Safety compromised? did it really happen?

You would have gathered by now, what is good for the goose – ain’t necessarily good for the gander. When it comes to applying a Uniform Global Food Safety Standard, it may not work. Check out horse meat as an example. Some people eat horse meat while others don’t. Some countries have strict food safety and slaughter house guidelines while others don’t.

Can a Global Food Safety Strategy carry along with it an effective Uniform Global Food Safety Standard?

Will the standards be viable and practical? Perhaps, it will just add to the overwhelming safety procedures already in place?

Abattoir standards and the food safety legislation that drives them, mean different things depending where they are enforced.

Some might recall, the issues with the Indonesian Abattoirs. Remember the slaughter of live cattle exported from Australia? Those are their standards, albeit outdated and integrated with seemingly atrocious handling practices.

A global strategy yes, but a uniform set of standards? Well, that’s another thing.

Go take a walk among the less fortunate in the laneways of an underdeveloped country.

You wouldn’t see any food on the ground, ‘cos it would never stay there for long. All food to them is precious, nutritious, and meets their physical needs.

Involuntary starvation is a funny thing, probably makes your immune system stronger so you would not get sick with issues related to food poisoning, that’s just my experience.

I reckon they would accept any food as being first grade and heavenly sent. Food Safety Standards? I don’t think so.

When I send my regular crates of food to families in the ‘old country’, guess what I buy most? The top end fancy packaged stuff? Nope, that’s just marketing.

Check out the opposite end of the spectrum within our megacities. Our bins are filled with food thrown out for a multitude of reasons. From ‘out of date’ to ‘I don’t like it’ and ‘too large a portion for me’ and ‘can’t eat the same food two days in a row’.

I reckon this is something to think about. An individual country’s Food Safety Standards is one thing, but to have the same set of standards applied to another country? That would be somewhat of a dilemma, to say the least.