Organic Food vs. GMO's

by Derek VanDyke 11. June 2013 00:22

Eating organically has been an increasing trend over the past decade, but often, consumers don’t know what constitutes organic food, and what does not. They may not also know the advantages and disadvantages to eating organic as opposed to eating conventional foods, such as the increased risk of foodborne bacteria or the conservation of soil. The differences between organic foods and more conventional foods can often seem subtle, but there are several different criteria that go into the term “organic”, and must be in place for a food to be labeled as “100% organic” or even just “organic”. Unlike the term “natural” which holds no regulatory weight, organic farmers must follow a strict set of guidelines in order to be considered organic. Although more cheaply produced, conventional foods can carry ecological risks, such as superbugs that have become resistant to traditional insecticides.



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Soil to Sky - Nourishing the Planet

by Derek VanDyke 10. October 2012 11:12

Another great infographic from Nourishing the Planet.  This graphic titled "Soil to Sky: of agroecology  versus industrial agriculture" by the Christian Fund tells the story how we can feed the world without destroying our natural resources.  As the old saying goes - a picture is worth a thousand words.  Enjoy the picture and and think about how we will feed our planet now and into the future.


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Spice Fundraiser: A Fresh Look at Healthy Fundraising

by Tylor J. 22. December 2011 14:07


The spice fundraiser is a new entry into the healthy fundraising realm as an alternative to popular and less-healthy food fundraising options. Green Benefits is partnering with San-Francisco based Community Spice Company to bring healthier eating options to communities across the nation. A spice fundraiser offers organizations a way to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles while providing impressive margins to achieve their event’s goals. As an added social benefit Community Spice Company will donate a portion of its sales one of the many charities it supports. It’s win-win for everyone!

Meals have always created a time and place for conversation, family and friends, and simply enjoying the moment. Community Spice Company provides a wondrous array of premium spice blends that are handcrafted with carefully selected ingredients and credibly proven by top chefs, restaurants, and charities worldwide. Jennifer Johnson, personal Chef to the Gordon Getty Family, was instrumental in creating Community Spice’s first product line. Jennifer, formally trained chef, worked in the famous Chez Panisse Restaurant which is the birth place of the healthy California Cuisine Movement. For over the past 40 years Alice Waters has operated Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.  Community Spice supports Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard Project (LINK TO EDIBLE SCHOOL YARD) whose mission is to transform the health and values of every student by building and sharing a food curriculum in every schoolyard.

Janis Callon is owner and founder of Community Spice Company. Her mission is to save the world with flavor. She firmly believes that foods and food ingredients should be healthy, accessible, and disclosed. Callon is a Licensed Registered Nurse and has a strong clinical background in health sciences. She believes in using only real food – raw – products in her spice blends. Janis is a master at crafting balanced spice blends that have bold fun flavors. What is remarkable is the blends have less than half the allowable sodium content as proposed by the Obama’s Healthy Eating Children’s Program. The blends are finely ground and are easily applied to vegetables, grain dishes, soups, sauces as well as being used as rub for meats.

Community Spice Company believes in saving people time, money and energy. You simply apply the spice blends and cook.  There is no need to take extra time to marinate foods. Each blend boasts 10-13 ingredients. Exotic ingredients as well as local favorites are used. The blends provide anti-oxidants and truly will help you feel better.  Even better and true to form, CSC’s packaging is fully biodegradable and made using sustainable printing practices. Every spice packet and gift box provides peace of mind and amazing taste! Can it get any better?

Why a spice fundraiser? Community Spice Company’s spices are not your average spices. These spices are food inspirations and there are plenty of options for any kind of meal, any time of year. Grilling is not just an outdoors affair. CSC designed the blends to be easily used on indoor grills for super easy tasty healthy meals. Global fusion names such as Mz. Curri and tran Doori  will add a simple, exotic, and tantalizingly sweet and savory taste to any burger or chicken breast on the planet.  South of the Border delights are easy to make with Chimi Chimii and mia Mole. For those who hanker for super hot meals, CSC’s chili Wilii will add  inspiration to chicken wings and ribs. Signature names like “barbi Q” and “tale Gator” make it easy to imagine a summertime or football season barbeque surrounded by good friends, family, and memorable moments. Heck, they even have an SNP 400 spice packet for corporate giveaways! Brilliant! CSC also provides an amazing range of recipes for each spice that are sure to make weekly meal planning not only easier, but a lot more fun.

Our goal at Green Benefits is to spread the special meaning behind meal times and rejuvenate these most important times in our day. The importance of food in our communities is finally beginning to take hold across our nation as families work to regain balance in their lives during harsher economic times. Food grown and shared in our community and from our backyards is recreating the innocence and quality of life lost to the ever-increasing speeds of individuals’ lifestyles. Healthy fundraising and a spice fundraiser are great ways for us to promote greener living and an even better way for organizations to promote healthier lifestyles within their own communities.

This leads to another consideration about healthy fundraising in general. Shouldn’t all fundraising be “healthy”? Would more people give to a cause they felt supported their family, environmental, and community values? Fundraisers are organized around a central theme and organizational need in the hopes of raising extra funds towards that cause, correct? A spice fundraiser offers a package deal for healthy fundraising because it encourages quality food preparation and family-oriented values while simultaneously raising much needed funds for great causes.  

The influence of a good healthy fundraising event, and the products it sells, should not be dismissed. Sure, many people may contribute to the cause if it is an organization close and meaningful to them but there is something about food that gets everyone excited to participate. Food is meant to be shared and inspired food is exciting to share.  Consider a spice fundraiser as a fresh and healthy method to inspire your community to enjoy food the way it is meant to be enjoyed. As well, take a look at Community Spice Company for yourself and check out what they are doing around the country to reestablish the meaning of good cooking and good times!


Grocery Store Wars

by John Hamlin 20. August 2009 12:26

Not so long ago in a supermarket not so far away…help fight the dark side of the farm.

Store Wars is a hilarious five minute mini-movie about a small band of organic vegetable puppets -- Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and wise old Obi Wan Cannoli -- battling against Darth Tader, evil lord of the Dark Side of The Farm. Can these Organic Rebels rescue Princess Lettuce and destroy the Death Melon in time? Or will Cuke be seduced by the Dark Side of the Farm ... an empire of pollution and pesticides that has taken over the market with its arsenal of genetic engineering, irradiation and toxic chemicals?



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American Food – It’s all Corporate

by John Hamlin 2. April 2009 19:18

I am getting excited that spring is coming, and hopefully soon despite the weather.  For me with spring, Thursday farmers market will start-up and a spring summer weekly shopping routine will begin.  I feel most fortunate to have many local markets to frequent.  This has not always been the case and based on the current issue of Yes Magazine, it seems that the majority of the food produced in the USA is produced by large corporations.  In fact it states that 2% of farms produce 50% of all agricultural products in the USA.

I recommend everyone pick-up this months, Yes Magazine to learn about the state of our food supply chain and support your local farmers market.

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Green Benefits - Now Selling Theo Chocolate

by John Hamlin 9. November 2008 16:32

Green Benefits is proud to represent Theo Chocolate, the only Organic and Fair Trade Bean to Bar Chocolate factory in the United States, and offer their one of kind products as a school fundraiser.

Theo ChocolateTheo Chocolate is changing the definition of quality by uniting creative excellence that results in deliciously award winning chocolate, and an unwavering commitment to changing the way the cocoa industry conducts business.  At Theo, they believe there is no luxury in products that benefit us today, while jeopardizing future generations ability to meet their needs.  When you taste Theo Chocolate you will experience an unmatched passion and integrity in very luscious bite.

Go and take a visit and tour their factory and sample their award winning chocolate.  The 3400 Phinney Chocolate Factory offers public tours 7 days a week.  Public tours are held Monday through Thursday at 2pm and 4pm and Friday through Sunday at 10am, 12, 2, and 4pm.  Tours are $6 per person, ages 1 and older.  This is a tour that you will not soon forget!



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