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Click on the above link. Your favorite organic brand is actually owned by a multinational food company.
The boom in organic food has boosted sales over $32 billion annually and has led some of the nation’s biggest food companies: General Mills, Coca-Cola, Perdue, Kellogg - to acquire or take stakes in smaller organic outfits.
People within the industry debate whether the entrance of the big companies could tarnish the ideals of a movement opposed to the conventional foods those firms produce. Moreover, some worry that shoppers may be too easily fooled into thinking that some of the quaintly-named organic labels, now owned by a big conventional company, is still managed by its organic founders.
“Some of these big companies go out of their way to hide their ties to the organic labels,” said Phil Howard, an associate professor at Michigan State University, who has tracked the changes. “They know that consumers tend to be skeptical of the corporations, that a person who buys organic is often someone looking for an alternative to conventional food."
Howard says the influx of money from conventional food companies has brought good and bad.
“It’s easier than ever to access to foods,” he said, “and the prices have come down. On the other hand, there is continual pressure to weaken the national organic standards to increase profits - and the big companies have the clout to do that.”
Myra Goodman, who with her husband founded the major organic label Earthbound Farm in 1984, argued in a TED talk last year that the growth has benefited everyone. She spoke just a few months after it was announced that Earthbound Farm would be sold to dairy producer WhiteWave Foods for $600 million.
"We don’t want organic to be an exclusive club," she told the audience. "The benefits of organic farming are just too huge."
Noting that only about 4 percent of food sales go to organic products, she said that "the organic industry is way too small. Sadly, less than one percent of our farmland is organic - that means about 99 percent is still awash in conventional agricultural chemicals," she said.
Others, however, have warned that the arrival of conventional food companies could change the industry.
Nature's Path, a large family-run label, is one of the largest organic companies to continue to rebuff corporate investors. Arjan Stephens, the son of the founders and a company vice president, said the family has been dismayed at times by the acquisition of organic brands by conventional food companies.
"We have witnessed the sale of numerous organic brands to Big Food and have also seen how many of those brands have struggled to retain their soul," he said. "While we support the growth of the organic industry, the purchase of many independent brands has come at a price....[T]he long-term effect often comes with a diluted product line, a change in company values...and decisions based solely on profits not people."
~ Thanks to Peter Whoriskey and The Washington Post
Don’t you hate it when you wake up in the morning and you find you have puffy, swollen eyes and/or dark circles under your eyes? There are plenty of reasons for puffy eyes and dark circles, some of which are late nights and smoking, but they are also caused by allergies, poor diet, an overly salty diet, insomnia, chronic sinusitis, genetics, and even working too hard, spending long hours staring at a computer screen.
Unfortunately, sometimes plain old genetics are to blame for dark circles. While there is nothing you can do about genetics, you can take some steps to help eliminate those red, swollen eyes and lessen dark circles.
1. Chilled Spoons If you tend to get those dark circles or puffy eyes, you can be prepared in advance. Place two metal spoons in the fridge overnight and then place them on your eyes in the morning. Really cold spoons will cause the blood vessels in the thin skin under your eyes to constrict, reducing swelling, that puffy look, and dark circles.
2. Cucumbers This is perhaps the oldest remedy around. Slice a cucumber and place the slices in a bag in the freezer. After an hour, take them out and place the frozen cucumber slices over your eyes for about 10 minutes. Cucumbers are full of antioxidants that ease irritation and the cooling effects of the frozen slices will reduce swelling.
3. Raw Potato Slices If you don’t have cucumbers available (or if you don’t have time to freeze them), try the potato method. Potatoes have astringent compounds that will remove excess water from under the eyes. If you often get swollen eyes due to allergies, this method should work well for you. Wash and peel a potato and place thin slices over your eyes. Allow them to work their magic for about 10 minutes, and then rinse your eyes gently with cool water.
4. Tea Bags Remove dark circles and puffy eyes and have a great cup of tea at the same time. Green tea will work best in this instance, but black tea will also work. Green tea has more antioxidants which are the active ingredient here, but chamomile tea will also work well as it has calming, soothing compounds. Soak two teabags in hot water for about 3 minutes, and then allow the tea bags to cool to room temperature. You can drink the tea while you are waiting! Now lie down and place the tea bags over your eyes and leave them there for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Whole Milk The fat in whole milk has a soothing effect on the skin and the amino acids whole milk contains will reduce the swelling. Saturate a clean wash cloth in cold milk, squeeze out some of the excess, and place the cloth over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. This will only work with whole milk or half and half, not skim milk, low fat milk, non-fat milk, or nut milks, sorry.
6. Salt Water Salt water will get rid of excess water from around the eye area via osmosis. Mix half a teaspoon of salt with 4 cups of warm water. Be sure the salt has completely dissolved.
Soak cotton balls or a wash cloth in the salt water and then place the wet items over your eyes for about 5 minutes. Dunk the cloth again and repeat.
7. Aloe Vera You probably have an aloe vera plant in your kitchen or garden. Aloe vera is good for a whole lot more than just burns! Cut off a leaf and slice it open lengthwise. Squeeze out the clear gel and apply it directly under the eyes, but be careful not to get any in your eye! Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which will help reduce swelling and lighten up those dark circles.
8. Massage Sometimes, puffy eyes are due to a buildup of lymph fluid and simply massaging the area gently can remove the fluid and reduce puffiness. Place your fingers over your eyes and using gentle, circular motions, give your eyes, and the skin under your eyes, a gentle massage. Do this for about 2 minutes and you will see improvement.
9. Witch Hazel and Egg Whites Egg whites might be a bit of a pain, but they are well-known for preventing wrinkles as well as for temporarily tightening the skin. Witch hazel is also a natural astringent that tightens the skin, so this combination is excellent!
10. Ice This is really cold but a quick and easy way to tighten up blood vessels (which will lessen those dark circles) and reduce swelling. Wrap an ice cube or an ice pack in a wash cloth and apply directly to the eyes. Don’t press too hard! Hold it there for about 5 minutes.
Although it can be difficult to get rid of dark circles, some of these remedies can help, especially when used on a regular basis. In fact, you can set the alarms 15 minutes ahead of time, get their remedy from the freezer, then go back to bed, hit the snooze button, and get a few extra Z’s while lessening those swollen eyes and dark circles at the same time. Sounds like a pretty good plan!
~Thanks to naturalon.com
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