The Importance of Coffee being Organic

In the world ranking of 2008, we come in at 42nd place, with figures showing that, on average, we drank 3.0 kilos of coffee beans each. Australia went through 61,878 metric tonnes of coffee beans that year. This is a big industry.

So it is extremely important that more people make that switch over to organically grown coffee. Not just for our own individual health, but for the health of the growers and the health of the land that it’s grown on.

Organic coffee is grown using natural deterrents, such as special soils, companion planting, or fungus-based pesticides.

Non-organic coffee is grown using toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Lots of it.

In the history of toxic pesticide use, non-organic coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. Also according to the CS Monitor, some conventional farms use as much as 250 pounds of chemical fertilizer per acre.

Switching to organic coffee means we are learning from the range and scale of health problems that these pesticides have created among the many famers and farm workers that have had this toxic exposure over the years.

Switching to organic coffee is also a statement that we want to stop the never-ending reports of contamination in ground water and surface water from agricultural run-off in coffee growing areas.

And if we can increase that demand for organically grown coffee, it will put a stop to the continued application of what has now become a cocktail of toxic chemicals into the soil in many more areas around the world.

Over the decades, many different insecticides and pesticides have been introduced to coffee crops, have been investigated for one reason or another, and then banned, and then replaced with another ‘hopefully’ safer alternative for a while, which then has been investigated and then banned, only to be replaced with yet another toxic successor, which again triggers a belated investigation before, you guessed it, being banned.

Two such products of note are Endosulfan and Diuron.

Endosulfan is a broad spectrum organochlorine insecticide which has recently been listed by the Stockholm Convention as a P.O.P. (a persistent organic pollutant). It is resistant to environmental degradation and therefore persists in the environment. It is capable of long-range transport, can bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue, can biomagnify in food chains, and has potential significant impacts on human health and the environment. It is now targeted for global elimination.

There is a lot of co-operation from environmental organisations (like the 4C Association and Pesticide Action Network) that help farmers around the world in facing this challenge of growing their coffee without using Endosulfan.

In Australia, the ban was placed in 2010. This move was however a reversal from a decision made five years earlier. In 2005, the AVPMA had resisted calls to de-register pesticides that contained Endosulfan. That decision was made on the best available science at the time.

Diuron is a broad-spectrum residual herbicide. In 2002, the APVMA began a review of this herbicide largely because of concerns that it was contaminating marine environment through runoff, but also because of human health concerns. Ten years later, in 2012, the review was concluded and Diuron was no longer to be used for coffee crops (as well as tea, apples, citrus, pears and pawpaws). Many other significant changes were introduced, from this ten-year review.

So, while government bodies continue their ‘trial and error’ approach towards finally finding an affordable form of synthetic pesticide that isn’t harmful to the environment or to humans but still able to kill weeds and bugs (good luck with that), the safest bet for your own sake, and the best thing to do for the environment, is to stick with organic coffee.

Areté Wholefoods serves and sells only organic coffee. Sue has carefully chosen to use Witham’s Coffee as our preferred supplier, as they are passionate about their beans.

You won’t find a better coffee in the Shire.

Are You Getting Enough Minerals?

Magnesium is essential for life. It acts as a general cell tonic while reducing inflammation and systemic stress. Magnesium is the single most important mineral for maintaining proper electrical balance. Extremely important for the metabolism of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron and sodium.

Magnesium is a crucial element for maintaining vital functions of the nervous and endocrine systems. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve functions, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong. Also important for regulating blood sugar levels and promotes normal blood pressure.

Magnesium Deficiency is the cause of many chronic health problems:

Aches and pains

Fatigue

Poor Digestion

Poor sleep

Blood Sugar inbalance

Muscle twitching and/or cramps

Short term memory gaps

Chest pains

Headaches

Painful menstruation in women

Depression

Deficency can occur because of:

Stress

Depleted soil and processed foods

Fluoride chemicals and heavy metal toxicity

Physical exertion

Alcohol binging

Pharmaceutical Drugs/Birth Control Pills

Sleep Deprivation

Caffeine and sugar excess

The form of Magnesium which the human metabolic system recognises and assimilates most readily is Magnesium Chloride. The same form contained in sea water (Daniel Reid – Author of The Tao of Detox). Magnesium Chloride is one of the most potent minerals that exists and is incredibly fast acting and safe.

Transdermal magnesium absorption delivers high levels of magnesium directly through the skin to the tissue cells, bypassing the digestive system. With transdermal absorption the body will not ‘overdose’ itself. There are no contraindications with transdermal absorption because no digestion is involved. When the body has absorbed enough magnesium it reaches an equilibrium and stops absorbing any more. Daily application is important as the body cannot absorb a whole weeks worth all in one day.

Magnesium Chloride has proven to be beneficial in treating a wide range of diseases.

These include:

Diseases of the digestive tract such as colitis and gallbladder disease

Parkinsons Disease

Muscle Cramps

Acne

Eczema, Psoriasis, Itching Skin

Impotence

Circulatory problems

Asthma

Hayfever

Hair and nails become stronger and healthier and there is an increase in energy.

Some words of caution – Magnesium supplementation should be avoided if you have severe kidney problems.

Ideas to Help Your Morning Juicing

Juicing provides you with high quality, fresh, and preservative free juice at home. It is a wonderful way to add valuable vitamins, minerals, and even fiber to your diet. Many view juicing as a time consuming and cumbersome task though. It doesn’t have to be that way. In this article we will discuss some tips that can make juicing fast and easy.

When juicing, it’s very important to drink the juice as soon as possible while it is fresh. This will ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits. Some nutrients begin to be destroyed right away through oxidation. If drinking immediately is impossible, store the juice in an airtight container and drink within 24 hours.

Purchase older fruit and vegetables in order to save money on juicing. Grocery stores discount fruits and vegetables that are older because they are no longer attractive to customers. These foods have the same level of nutrition and are perfect for using to make juice. It is possible to save as much as 90% or more off the regular price of these items once they start to show age.

Creating a healthy juicing habit is going to be easier if you keep your juicing machine out on your kitchen counter and in open sight, at all times. Set up a small area in your kitchen with your cutting board, knives, peeler and favorite cups so you are more easily able to get fresh juice when you are passing through the kitchen.

A great juicing tip is to – know how thin or thick – you want your juice to be. Juicing bananas or avocados for example, will make a puree, which might be way too thick for what you want. Putting these foods in the blender first, will help thin them out.

Let color be your guide for variety. You will want to keep your juicing varied so as to not get bored with it. Incorporate a variety of colors in your fruits and vegetables as a sort of juicing palette from which to create. Just remember to know the nutrient content from each source and enjoy the rainbow.

Talk often with friends, family, or co-workers about your juicing and health plans. This will not only keep juicing at the forefront of your mind, but may also flesh out a cohort for you to enjoy it with. It would be great to have another person in your life with the same juicing goals as you.

Your hair can benefit from juicing. Using wheatgrass in your juice is one way to nourish your hair. Other vegetables that will help nourish the nerves and roots of hair, stimulating its growth, are juices made of lettuce, alfalfa, green pepper, carrot and spinach.

Fresh juice that you make at home is the way to go for optimum nutritional value. Unfortunately though, the process of juicing can be time consuming and difficult to many. As we have discussed in this article, it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow the tips we have provided and you will be on your way to consuming fast, easy, and nutritious juice on a daily basis.