Taste the Difference
Science proves what celebrity chef has known for years
Chefs like Akasha Richmond, who creates A-list menus for celebrities like Billy Bob Thornton, Pierce Brosnan and Barbra Streisand, have known instinctively for years that organic produce can add flavor to their menus. Now a new Organic Center State of Science Review reveals why organic fruits and vegetables often taste better.
Organic fruits and vegetables tend to score higher in taste because they are sweeter than conventionally grown foods. Why? Because organic produce is smaller in size and higher in nutrient density. Conventional farming methods are designed to produce bigger fruits and vegetables, but increasing cell size generally adds more water, diluting the concentrations of both vitamins and natural flavors. Organic apples, strawberries and tomatoes showed some of the most significant differences in taste, according to the report.
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Toast to Good Health
Study shows organic wine can help reduce risk of heart disease & cancer
Evidence has suggested that because of antioxidant levels in red wine, moderate consumption can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Given that organic farming systems produce grapes with properties that vintners prize\0x97smaller size, slower growth, deeper color\0x97both scientists and growers have wondered whether organic production might reliably produce prize-winning wines.
A recent study examined levels of polyphenolic compounds and resveratrol (antioxidants known to reduce cardiovascular and cancer risks) in 15 organic and conventional red wines. This study found that among the varieties of red wine tested, organic wines had the greatest concentrations of health-promoting antioxidants\0x97as well as the key antioxidant resveratrol. An organic wine also was found to have the highest level of total polyphenols.
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Organic Farming Improves Soil Quality
Long-term research has documented the extent to which organic farming improves key indicators of soil quality, including soil organic carbon content and particulate organic matter.
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Organic Center Dinner is Huge Success
Individuals and business support more research to fund the science behind organic
This year's Organic Center VIP Fundraising Dinner, March 9 during Natural Products Expo West, was the largest gathering yet, with more than 400 guests in attendance.
Featured speakers included Center board members including former Organic Trade Association Executive Director, Katherine DiMatteo, organic advocate and entrepreneur, Anthony Zolezzi and Co-President/COO, Whole Foods, Walter Robb. Sara Snow from Discovery Health's "Get Fresh with Sara Snow" was a featured guest speaker. The event began with a reception featuring organic wine and organic martinis. Dinner featured an incredible gourmet organic meal by celebrity chef Akasha Richmond.
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Click here to view Sara Snow\0x92s recap of 2006 Organic Center highlights.
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New Core Truths Book Selling Fast
A compilation of research from The Organic Center
More than 1,000 copies of Core Truths, the Center\0x92s groundbreaking compilation of the most current research on organic agriculture has flown out the door since it was released just two weeks ago. This highly readable and graphically stunning 108-page coffee table book documents the verifiable health and environmental benefits of organic products. This collector\0x92s edition was a limited print run of just 2,500\0x97be sure to order yours now while they last.
Includes fascinating research about why:
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Have You Taken the Pledge?
Join Mission Organic 2010 now. Then tell 10 friends!
Even though the market for organic products has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, only three percent of the food now purchased in the U.S. is organic.
But you can change that. Join Mission Organic and pledge to buy at least one organic item for every ten purchased. With support from you and others, the amount of organic food consumed will skyrocket to 10% by 2010. As sales of organic products increase, more and more farmland will be converted to organic agriculture. And more households will be introduced to organic alternatives. The day is approaching where organic food choices will no longer be the exception. They\0x92ll be the norm.
About The Organic Center...
Backed by the world\0x92s leading scientists, physicians and scholars, The Organic Center is passionately committed to two goals.
1) RESEARCH: providing free, peer-reviewed, credible science that proves the health and environmental benefits of organic agriculture.
2) EDUCATION: reaching and activating millions through Mission Organic 2010a national campaign to increase the amount of organic food purchased from three to 10% by 2010.
To access free downloads of the latest in organic science or to join Mission Organic 2010, go to: www.organic-center.org
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