Preserving the Earth Instead

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When I was a freshman in college, my English Composition professor made the class read a newspaper story about a mortician. The article stated that it takes one third less embalming fluid to preserve a body today than it did fifty years ago. This is because people eat so many preservatives throughout their lifetimes that they slowly embalm their body over time. That really stuck in my mind, and occasionally I’ll get on a kick where I try to eat foods that contain no preservatives.

Then a few weeks ago I couldn’t sleep. I decided to use my time wisely and looked up how to live a green life. I must admit that this is partially inspired by Oprah. I am not one of those women who worships Oprah and religiously watches her show. I do not belong to her book club, and I don’t plan on ever joining. However, she did remind of my earth friendly interests. That night I found an awesome book on Amazon and quickly ordered it. Normally I try to stray away from ordering things when it’s late at night and I’m groggy. Honestly, sleepingKelly has bid on a few stupid things on eBay. However, this one is a keeper.


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As I was reading the Organic Suburbanite last night, I decided I would try buying more organics. They are usually fifty cents to a dollar more expensive than the conventional items, but often I find coupons for them in the Sunday paper. However, a few dollars doesn’t seem like much when thinking about avoid pre-death liver preservation.Once I got to the store, I realized there are several products with “Organic” labels. Some were more expensive than others. I was also happy to find that my grocer had several organics under their store brand label. It did make me question what was the difference, other than price, so I did a little research.USDA Certified Organic label means that the crops were grown without using conventional pesticides, fertilizers with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. When the USDA certifies meat as organic, it means that the animals were not given antibiotics or steroids. The USDA also requires that products that claim to be “Organic” on the front of their packaging contain at least 95% organic ingredients. If a product is labeled “Made with Organic Ingredients,” it must be at least 75% organic. Certification can be done by state or accredited private companies.

Basically, there is no difference, at least not where the label is concerned. Just on a side note, look for the specifics on that label. Some companies don’t put the USDA stamp on their packaging, but they will always state which private company certified the product. Hunt on bargin green shoppers, and send me an email if you find any great deals!

An Apology

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I hate to be one of those bloggers that posts an apology for their absence. However, you’ll have to excuse me for the past week. I’ve had three major life events take place: 1. We bought and moved into our first house. 2. I completed college. 3. I heard Alanis Morissette singing “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas. Needless to say, I’m emotionally and physically exhausted. I’ll get back to you soon.