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Farmers’ Market Scams

This post is taken from a recent article from Organic Gardening.com

So you’ve decided to try and eat organic vegetables?  You might even think that buying produce at local Farmers’ markets would even be better.  Maybe, maybe not.

Types of Markets

Generally there are two types of farmers markets and various combinations there of.

Real Farmers Markets – are small markets, usually set up seasonally that feature produce from local farmers.  It is up to you to ask whether or not the farmer grew their produce organically or not.  These markets are “producer-only” markets where only the farmer can sell their own product.  Keep in mind that the offerings may not be as large as a wholesale market.  After all your local climate dictates when the produce is ripe.  You don’t get watermelon in May in Atlanta, GA.

Re-sellers Farmers Markets – more often than not, you’ll find small farmers markets on the side of the road set up just like the real farmers markets, but the produce they are selling has been bought from a wholesale grocery or marketer that has gotten the produce from other states, or even other countries.

Look for Certified organic

If your market doesn’t certify that it’s food is grown organically it might be just as likely to contain chemicals as your local grocery store.  National Organic Program, farmers who market their product as “organic” must become certified by a USDA-accredited third party and keep very detailed records regarding their farming practices. There is an exception: If growers earn less than $5,000 a year, they can legally market their produce as organic, provided they keep records to prove they are organic. They just don’t have to go through the certifying process.

Unless the farm is certified as organic you have no way to know if the farmer’s claims are true.

If your grower says he or she grows organic produce but is avoiding organic certification because of the cost, take that excuse with a grain of salt. “I find that particular argument to be very frustrating,” says Franczyk. “The smallest growers are exempt from certification under the National Organic Program.” Beyond that, growers who gross between $5,001 and $20,000 a year generally only pay about $100 a year when it’s all said and done because the federally subsidized program refunds up to three-quarters of the cost. “That is pretty cheap for putting a trained third-party inspector on farm every year,” says Franczyk. Again, some farmers may be truly organic but opt out of the certification program. But you’ll want to ask more questions to be sure that they’re not talking the talk without walking the walk.

Bugs on your food

If you are truly buying direct from an organic farmer, don’t worry if you find a bug or two on your produce when you get it home.  Wash it and refrigerate as normal.

Soursop – Cure for Cancer?

There have been emails and Facebook posts flying around recently suggesting that Soursop is “10000 times more powerful cancer killer than chemo”.  I’m always interested in folk remedies and alternative cures to all types of human problems.  I am a two time cancer survivor myself and I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop, so I do my due diligence and study.

Most “miracle cures” have some health benefits as the basis for their miracle.  Even though I am a bit of a conspiracy theory buff I don’t believe that big business intentionally suppresses cheap, natural, cancer cures.  Not to mention that there is almost always a down side to the “miracle”.

Soursop

from Wikipedia: The Soursop (Annona muricata) is a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree native to MexicoCubaCentral America, the Caribbean and northern South AmericaColombiaBrazil,Peru, and Venezuela. Soursop is also native to sub-Saharan African countries that lie within the tropics. Today, it is also grown in some areas of Southeast Asia. It was most likely brought from Mexico to the Philippines by way of the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade. It is in the same genus as the chirimoya and the same family as the pawpaw.

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Health Benefits

Nutritionally, the fruit is high in carbohydrates, particularly fructose. The fruit also contains significant amounts of vitamin Cvitamin B1, and vitamin B2.The fruit, seeds, and leaves have a number of herbal medicinal uses among indigenous peoples of regions where the plant is common.

There is evidence indicating that the fruit’s extracts selectively inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells by downregulating expression of epidermal growth factor receptor(EGFR) in vitro and in a mouse model,[3] but the effect has not been studied in humans.

Health Risks

Research carried out in the Caribbean has suggested a connection between consumption of soursop and atypical forms of Parkinson’s disease due to the very high concentration ofannonacin.[4][5][6][7]

According to Cancer Research UKAnnona muricata is an active principle in an unlicensed herbal remedy marketed under the brand name Triamazon.[8] Triamazon is not licensed for medicinal use and the sale of the product resulted in a conviction on four counts of selling unlicensed medical products, and other charges, for a vendor in the United Kingdom.[9]

Soursop Cancer Fruit

Why? More here

Soursop belongs to the Annonaceae family or Custard Apple family to which the annonaceous acetogenins are aboriginal. These chemicals in general have been documented with antitumorous, antiparasitic, insecticidal, and antimicrobial activities. Mode of action studies in three separate laboratories have recently determined that these acetogenins are superb inhibitors of enzyme processes that are only found in the membranes of cancerous tumor cells. This is why they are toxic to cancer cells but have no toxicity to healthy cells.

Read the following:

Soursop Cancer Truth, is this a Hoax?

 

Always approach any form of treatment by finding out EVERYTHING you can about the treatment and its side effects – jughandle

Many of you know that we here at Jughandle’s Fat Farm have been working on a program that would allow you to scan a product’s bar code into your smart phone and have it tell you if it is a safe food for your family.  Well, Foodfacts.com has beaten us to the punch and now has a FANTASTIC APPLICATION (APP) that we highly recommend to ALL of our readers.

Watch the youtube video below to get all the poop on the app, then down load it at foodfacts.com