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Want to know more about organic farming? Interested in learning why pesticides are bad for you… and the environment? Read on.

Selected articles and links of interest:

Six myths busted by organic in 2011
Many will remember 2011 for the continued economic troubles, the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, and unprecedented political demonstrations around the world and in our own backyards. As the year draws to a close, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) examines several myths about organic agriculture that were “busted” this year by researchers, the media and shoppers.

Organic essentials shopper’s guide for reducing pesticide risk
Don’t let the fear of pesticides reduce your consumption of fruits and vegetables. You can minimize your family’s exposure by referring to this guide. Organic Essentials is a comprehensive pocket guide, built on a complex assessment of pesticide risks for identifying safe and nutritious foods. The lists help you determine the most important fruits and vegetables to choose as organic. Download the guide now!

New research suggests drinking 100% orange juice is associated with imporved nutrient adequacy and diet quality among children
One hundred percent orange juice may play an important role in supporting intake of certain under consumed nutrients.

Food toxin found in the blood of pregnant moms
New research from Canada has found a food toxin that is produced in insect resistant crops developed in the United States in the blood of pregnant women, their unborn babies and the general population.

Orange juice flavanone may benefit heart health, says study
Hesperidin, a flavanone found in orange juice, may significantly reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a new study. The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that consuming orange juice every day may significantly lower diastolic blood pressure among men who are slightly overweight but otherwise healthy.

Commercial organic farms have better fruit and soil, lower environmental impact, study finds
Side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms and their fruit found the organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil healthier and more genetically diverse.

10 health benefits of avocados
From prostate cancer prevention, to lowering cholesterol, avocados have a myriad of health benefits. Here are ten reasons to eat, enjoy and know you’re benefitting your health!

Can orange juice make your heart healthier?
The health benefits derived from eating oranges are well documented. Rich in vitamin C, which offers antioxidant protection and helps boost the immune system, oranges are also a good source of fiber and other important nutrients like folate, thiamine, potassium, vitamin A and calcium, crucial for maintaining strong bones.

Eating organic on a budget — it can be done!
Don’t let anyone tell you that eating organic on a budget can’t be done. In fact, it’s the best eating in the world.

Orange juice: A nutritional powerhouse!
Orange juice naturally contains more than 60 phytonutrients. Many of them are known as flavonoids. Research has shown that flavonoids are natural antioxidants and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system and immune system.

The benefits of organic food
In recent years, many farmers across the United States have abandoned synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and hormones in favor of organic growing methods. The result is healthy, naturally-grown food that’s better for our health and the environment.

Orange juice health benefits – Fulfill your requirement of Vitamin C
Orange juice is an integral part of any healthy diet from time immemorial. The flavor of orange is world’s third favorite flavor next to chocolate and vanilla. Oranges have additional nutritional contents than other citrus fruits. This article discusses the major nutritional contents and health benefits of orange.

Can orange juice make your heart healthier?
This cover story in the May-June 2009 issue of “Organic Processing Magazine” covers six ways that organic food can help prevent disease throughout life, with special focus on obesity, diabetes, and birth defects.

The organic factor — tilting the odds toward healthy development (PDF)
This cover story in the May-June 2009 issue of “Organic Processing Magazine” covers six ways that organic food can help prevent disease throughout life, with special focus on obesity, diabetes, and birth defects.

Promoting sustainable food systems through organic agriculture: past, present and future
Overview of the benefits of organic food and farming published by the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association.

Pesticide exposures increase risk of gestational diabetes
Occupational exposure to pesticides during the first trimester of pregnancy more than doubles the risk of gestational diabetes.

The Organic Center releases ‘Organic Essentials’ pocket guide for minimizing pesticide dietary risks
Do you know that the greatest risks from pesticides in the diet come from eating conventionally produced fruits and vegetables? A new complimentary pocket guide can help consumers avoid the highest-risk fresh produce during both the summer season and winter, when a significant share of fresh produce is imported. Download the guide here.

Organic food sales see healthy growth
A far cry from the farmers’ markets and food co-op’s of years ago, organic products are now marketed in major supermarkets across the country, and the industry is enjoying double-digit annual growth.

A side-by-side comparison of the benefits of organic versus conventional
What do you get (really) when you buy a conventional tomato versus an organic, locally grown tomato? Click this link to find out.

Citrus flavanones show neuroprotection potential
Antioxidant compounds in citrus fruit may have a role to play in protection against neurodegenerative diseases, suggests a new lab study from Taiwan.

Higher levels of Vitamin C and lower concentrations of nitrogen found in organic oranges
An Italian team explored whether nitrogen levels and forms in conventional and organic oranges could be used to distinguish between organic and conventionally grown fruit. Detailed fruit quality data was collected on two cultivars of oranges grown under conventional and organic methods. Two key food quality parameters were consistently different, and organic food was found to have higher quantities of Vitamin C.

New evidence confirms the nutritional superiority of plant-based organic foods
The Organic Center just published a State of Science Review (SSR) on the nutrient content of organic versus conventional food. We encourage you to download and read the PDF.

Going green: resources for your entire family
Make saving our planet a part of your daily life with easy changes. Start today with help from these resources.

100% orange juice ranks first in a healthy immune system
A new analysis by the Florida Department of Citrus, Lakeland, FL, of beverage consumption among participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) study shows 100% orange juice ranked first in delivering essential nutrients such as vitamin C and folate to support long-term health, even though it was the sixth most consumed beverage.

Organic challenges conventional for yield potential in current Rodale tests
Decades of soil improvements produce better soil quality and allow organic corn production to move beyond yield parity, while providing better resilience in drought and wet years.

Citrus extracts get cholesterol-lowering boost
Hesperidin and naringin, compounds found in oranges and grapefruit, cut cholesterol levels by about 25 per cent in lab animals, says a study that may boost interest in these citrus flavonones.

Citrus peel extract shows benefits for diabetes
A daily supplement of an extract from citrus peel could reduce insulin resistance in hamsters, suggesting the extract might also help prevent diabetes in humans, says a North American study.

More fruit could mean less asthma in adults
People with an antioxidant-rich diet could reduce their risk of developing asthma in adulthood, say Cambridge researchers – adding to a growing body of science on the subject.

Orange juice may protect against osteoporosis
Drinking more orange or grapefruit juice may reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of osteoporosis in later life, suggests an animal study from Texas.

Pesticide exposure raises risk of Parkinson’s
Exposure to pesticides – even at relatively low levels – may increase an individual’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 70%, according to a study of more than 140,000 people. Researchers say that the findings strengthen the hypothesis that such chemicals somehow promote the development of the disease.

Study indicates organic foods are best for children
Switching to organic foods provides children “dramatic and immediate” protection from widely used pesticides that are used on a variety of crops, according to a new study by a team of federally-funded scientists. Concentrations of two organophosphate pesticides –malathion and chlorpyrifos — declined substantially in the bodies of elementary-school age children during a five-day period when organic foods were substituted for conventional foods.

Red grapefruit could lower heart disease risk
Eating a red grapefruit a day could reduce cholesterol by 15 per cent and triglycerides by 17 per cent and protect against heart disease, according to research from Israel.

Higher levels of vitamin C and lower concentrations of nitrogen found in organic oranges
An Italian team explored whether nitrogen levels and forms in conventional and organic oranges could be used to distinguish between organic and conventionally grown fruit. Detailed fruit quality data was collected on two cultivars of oranges grown under conventional and organic methods. Two key food quality parameters were consistently different.

Citrus carotenoid may fight polyarthritis
Increasing intake of the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, found in citrus fruits, may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, report UK researchers.

Grapefruit seed extract helps stomach ulcers
Grapefruit seed extract appears to help treat stomach ulcers, according to Polish researchers. The findings may surprise many consumers as the citrus fruit is often associated with acidity and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. But the seed extract actually possesses antibacterial and antioxidative properties that calm the gastric tract, said the researchers at the recent Digestive Disease Week conference in Chicago.

High calcium and vitamin D diet may decrease risk of PMS
A recent study suggests that women with high intakes of vitamin D and calcium from food sources, equivalent to about four servings per day of skim or low-fat milk, fortified orange juice or low-fat dairy foods such as yogurt, may reduce the risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Tests show lab rats thrive on organic food
A team of scientists found rats fed on organic food were slimmer, slept better and had stronger immune systems than others fed on conventionally-grown produce, reports the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences.

Health benefits of citrus limonoids explored
Oranges rich in vitamin C offer another important yet lesser-known nutritional bonus: citrus limonoids. In laboratory tests with animals and with human cells, citrus limonoids have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

Certain organic farming and food processing techniques can increase antioxidant levels
The Organic Center’s second State of Science Review (SSR) concludes that organic farming methods have the potential to elevate average antioxidant levels, especially in fresh produce. Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., compiled and analyzed existing scientific information for his report, Elevating Antioxidant Levels Through Organic Farming and Food Processing.

Citrus peel shows cholesterol-lowering qualities
A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by US and Canadian researchers.

Citrus compounds fight child cancer cells
Compounds found only in citrus fruits not only fight colon cancer cells but also halt the spread of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, according to research in laboratory animals.

Organic food sales see healthy growth
A far cry from the farmers’ markets and food co-op’s of years ago, organic products are now marketed in major supermarkets across the country, and the industry is enjoying double-digit annual growth.

Organic Farming Research Foundation
Uncle Matt supports the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). OFRF is dedicated to the education of organic farmers through on-going research. To date, this organization had funded close to a million dollars in farm research. Organic research is a valuable tool that helps farmers overcome the initial learning curve after switching from conventional farming. Uncle Matt’s is proud to donate a portion of our proceeds from every carton to ensure the efforts of this worthy organization. If you would like to donate to OFRF, click to DONATE NOW.

Orange juice is a nutrition powerhouse
Phytonutrients are receiving increased attention because of their powerful and wide-ranging health effects on the body. Orange juice naturally contains more than 60 phytonutrients, many of which are known as flavonoids. Research has shown that flavonoids are natural antioxidants and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system and immune system.

Orange juice fortified with plant sterols found to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol in healthy volunteers
Plant sterols — recognized for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines, salad dressings and other fats — are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol levels, when added to orange juice, say researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center.

Turning the juice on blood pressure
What simple food when added to your diet can reduce your blood pressure as much as some prescription medications? The answer is orange juice.

A report, “Genetically engineered crops and pesticide use in the United States: The First Nine Years,” prepared by Dr. Charles M. Benbrook concludes that GE corn, soybeans and cotton have led to a 122 million pound increase in pesticide use in the United States since 1996, primarily in herbicide use.

Scientists report 80% of cancer cases caused by environmental & food carcinogens
Government scientists at the National Cancer Institute have announced that at least 80% of cancer cases are due environmental causes, such as diet, tobacco, and alcohol, as well as radiation, infectious agents, and substances in the air, water, and soil.

Rave Reviews

All we can say is you won’t know how wonderful orange juice can be until you have a glass of Uncle Matt’s OJ. I love sharing it with my family – especially since it tastes like I slaved all morning juicing FRESH oranges. Keep up the GREAT work!” — Gwen C., Olathe, KS

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Rodale 2 Cents

Uncle Matt’s and the Rodale Institute have teamed up to launch the “Your Two Cents” program to help fund future organic farmers in America. For every case of delicious, nutritious Uncle Matt’s juice sold, we’ll donate 2 cents per case to the Your Two Cents fund. Read the full release by clicking here.

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