Food: A Documentary Pt. 5

groceries in philadelphiaERIC LARSON

Consumers really have a lot of control. It is just they don’t tend to exercise it.  If a consumer truly wants to buy local fruits and vegetables, number one are Farmers’ Markets.  You can’t sell at a farmers’ market unless you are a California grower.  San Diego County is a San Diego grower.  Right there, you know instantly that you are buying locally.  If a farmer ships out of the area, goes to a nutritional packing house, they will only get 19%-20% of the food dollar.  If it stays local and takes the middlemen out of the equation, they might be able to give a better price for the product they sell.


Tomatoes are the number one favorite fruit among Americans.  As reporter Ed Joyce tells us, San Diego county grows the nation’s largest fine, ripen crop.


San Diego County has the largest community of organic growers in the state and nation, with 343 farms growing more than 150 crops.  We wanted to find out what the difference was between organic and conventionally grown tomatoes and whether the way they were grown affect the taste.  While tomatoes might be America’s favorite, they’re also the fruit we’re least satisfied with when it comes to grocery store produce.  So we went to the OB People’s Organic Food Market to talk with the coop’s marketing director, Amber McHale to find out why the store only buys and sells organic tomatoes.  As a disclaimer, I’m a member of the coop.

AMBER MCHALE – Marketing Director, OB People’s Coop

Some crops have been proven organically to have a higher yield of certain of vitamins, not all.  That’s a study that is still ongoing.  But again, for me and for most of these shoppers, it is not the extra added nutrition, although again, we have healthy soya, we are going to have a healthy product.  It’s the lack of what’s not in there: the synthetic, toxic pesticides, those fertilizers.


Organic growers say residue from pesticides can be harmful, especially to children.  The EPA recently announced it will begin a series of test on pesticides and their effects on human endocrine systems which regulate growth, metabolism and reproduction.  An environmental group in Washington, DC ranked 43 fruits and vegetables based on the amount of pesticides, but not the toxicity of its pesticide found on them.  Tomatoes rank halfway down the list, with 47% of the tomatoes containing pesticides.  Peaches were the worst offender with 97%.


Where do these tomatoes come from?  Do they come from San Diego County, they come from California?


Right now, all our tomatoes are coming from California.  The jumbos, the cherry and the heirloom are coming locally from BY’s ranch and the Romas are coming from the Central Valley, so it is regional and it is not local.


KC Anderson is an organic grower.  He and his mother grow 13 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes in Valley Center.  It is late in the season, so Anderson’s crop is winding down, but buying locally grown organic tomatoes at a farmer’s market is as direct and fresh as they come.   But do they taste better?


They all have different tastes.  I mean, the green zebras, this is fully ripe.  I mean this is what they look like.  They are really sweet but they taste like they have lime drizzled over the top; they are really tangy.


When it comes to flavor, it may just be a matter of taste.  However, most tomatoes bought at the grocery store have been picked while they are green so they can survive long trips across the country.  They’re ripened artificially with ethylene gas.   Temperature also plays a role.  Tomatoes won’t ripen in temperatures below 50⁰.  Some varieties are also bred for shape, color and shelf life, not necessarily taste.

In California, most tomatoes are destined for cans.  The state produces 90% of the country’s processed tomatoes.


Americans eat more per capita than ever before.   According to government statistics, 1/3 of us are obese.  We buy $.99 hamburgers and chicken that cost less than a dollar a pound.  Producers in the food chain tell us we want cheaper food and we want more of it.


Obviously, the consumer vote tells you what it is going to do.  If you are raising something that the consumer doesn’t want, then you don’t sell it.  You are not going to raise it again.  So you will vote.


And we have voted with our money.  We don’t have enough time to peel our own oranges and we are too busy to find out what’s in our food.



The soccer moms don’t have enough time to do everything that she does and worry about the quality or the source of the fish sticks she feeds her kids.  Then she can look at these websites to figure out how to do this.




Can we actually track our food on the dinner plate to the farm, field or ocean?   Most of it, we can’t.  What happens when that search leads us here?  The video you are about to see is graphic and disturbing.  Last year, a California meat company issued the largest meat recall in history.  143 million pounds of beef was recalled after humane society video revealed sick cows dragged to slaughter.  It is illegal to use sick animals in the meat supply because of the risk of disease.  We had several questions for the USDA when we began our investigation into food.  They didn’t respond to most of our emails or our request for an interview.  We did learn however, that so much of this information is available to the public on government and trade association websites and in the scientific literature.  Maybe we just stopped paying attention because the new mass produced food chain has made life easy and the food we eat cheap or maybe, we just don’t want to know where our food comes from.


You can find out more about our food investigation by going to our website,  You can also leave a comment; we would love to hear from you.  For KPBS and Envision San Diego, I’m Joanne Faryon.  Thanks for watching.

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Food: A Documentary Pt. 4

grocery delivery in philadelphiaA natural, well, just about all the foods you buy is natural unless something artificial has been injected.  Fresh, never have been frozen, the legal definition according to the USDA of fresh chicken means that the internal temperature has never been below 26˚F.


Free-range, it doesn’t mean that your chicken was raised like this.  It means that the chicken had access to the outdoors.  But land to roam, time to grow and feed like this organic food comes with a price.  Womach’s chickens cost about $20 each compared to $7 or $8 for a grocery store chicken.




I think a lot of chickens are waste.  If you are paying $.60 a pound of chicken, why does it matter if you’re not making stock from the bones?  There is an American culture where it is like we deserve all the meat we want every day.




Americans drink more orange juice than any other fruit juice.  As KPBS reporter Amita Sharma tells us, orange groves had been a part of our history for the past 100 years.




San Diego county groves produce 95,000 tons of oranges each year.  Local growers are sending these oranges to India, China, Japan and all countries willing to pay premium rates for San Diego oranges, viewed as some of the tastiest in the world.


JONH DEMSHKY – Pres.  & C.E.O., Corona College Packing House


The color and the taste of San Diego fruit is quite popular overseas.  Most of our San Diego fruit, we actually send to foreign countries.





Since we export most of our oranges thousands of miles away as far as Japan, where do the oranges we eat come from?  It turns out that depending on the season, the fruit we consume here is shipped from thousands of miles away, from countries like Australia, South Africa and Peru.  It is we, the consumer, who determined that our oranges trot the globe.  American shoppers like their oranges to be seedless and easy to peel, but San Diego oranges have seeds and they’re thinner skin is tougher to remove.  We also like our oranges to be orange.




Consumers buy with their eyes.  You can’t buy an orange that is unpeeled, but ultimately, that bright orange color is really a factor of the climate and the temperatures that they were grown in.   But clearly, your San Diego fruit might have had a little bit of green on the top of it, something that we call “regreening” in the industry.  That’s really just a cosmetic issue and it is not an indication of the flavor of the orange at all.




In fact, says 79-year old Ben Hillebrecht, “They’re sweet and juicy and they’re just an excellent orange.”


Hillebrecht’s family has grown oranges for generations in Escondido.




All my life, I have been right here.  If I live to up to December 9th, I’ll be 80-years old.




Hillebrecht would prefer to sell his fruit to San Diegans.




You can’t make people eat just because they’re grown here.  They can buy a little bit cheaper from someplace else.  Food in America is cheap and you always spend $.10 out of your dollar, $.11 is an average American.


But escalating water prices are making it difficult for orange farmers like Hillebrecht to keep on growing, especially with oranges coming from Australia or Brazil.  In fact, the Hillebrecht are turning off the tap on some of their orange trees because keeping them alive is no longer profitable.


ERIC LARSON – Executive Director, San Diego Co. Farm Bureau


Here in San Diego County, it is tough for farmers to compete.  The land is expensive, labor is expensive and water is very expensive because we import the water from a great distance.  So it makes it very, very difficult to compete.




The Hillebrechts family has diversified what it grows and its fallback crop is San Diego’s top food crop, last year the county produced 59,000 tons of this fruit.


40% of the avocado sold in the United States come from San Diego county groves like this one in Escondido.  When avocadoes aren’t in season here, chances are the ones you are buying in store came from Mexico or Chile.


MIKE HILLEBRECHT – Escondido Avocado Grower


But in some ways, that’s beneficial because the consumer can buy avocadoes year round.




But Ben’s son, Mike Hillebrecht says that there are downsides to importing avocadoes for San Diego growers.  Again, because of labor costs, local growers pay $8 an hour.  In Mexico, workers earn $4 a day.

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Food: A Documentary Pt. 3

grocery philadelphiaJEFFREY GRAHAM – Marine Biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

For every pound of growth of a salmon, it takes approximately five pounds of fish that are caught and ground up and turned into pellets or some kind of feeding way or feeding mechanism to give to these fish.  So 5 to 1.  That is a fairly steep ratio.  What you are essentially doing then and part of the two-way street, the two way argument that is given about aquaculture, as well, is it takes the pressure off the natural populations.  However,  if you have to catch five pounds of fish from the natural environment to rear one pound of salmon for high-end table consumption, then the Arithmetic just doesn’t work out in terms of the long term benefits to the ocean.


There is a lot of experimentation going on and we do a lot of it here on our species, that is looking to replace that fish meal on the diet, with soy protein or other processing by-products like beef or chicken by-products, basically waste-in-process that can be turned around and used as a protein supplement to replace the fish meal.


According to the National Renderers Association, cow and chicken by-products, including cattle blood and bone and poultry feathers have been fed to farmed fish for decades.  The association told KPBS that cattle fat, blood and bone meal are being increasingly used in fish diets as alternatives to fish oil and other proteins.  So by now, you might be asking what we asked when we learned fish were eating cattle by-products.   Can fish get Mad Cow disease?  Mad Cow or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE is a neuro-degenerative disease in cattle that can be passed on to humans.   The European countries have banned cattle by-products in fish feed because if fish eat contaminated cattle and cattle eat contaminated fish, there is a risk that in theory, the disease could be transmitted to the food chain.  Here in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of most cow by-products as feed to other cows in 1997.  But the same rules do not apply to fish feed.  However, a new regulation does ban the use of cattle brains and spines in fish feed.  Both contain the highest concentrations of infected material in diseased cattle.  There has never been a case of human contracting mad cow from eating farmed fish.

Meanwhile, there continues to be an ongoing debate over the Omega-3 content of farmed versus wild fish.  Omega-3s are the healthy fats that can help prevent heart disease and Alzheimer’s.  One large grocery chain claims on its website that farmed salmon actually has more Omega-3 than wild salmon.  KPBS put their claim to the test and sent fish samples, wild and farmed to a lab in Oregon.  The test results confirmed that farmed salmon did have nearly twice the amount of healthy Omega-3s as wild salmon, but you have to eat nearly four times the amount of fat to get those nutrients.

Americans eat more chicken than any other meat; about 74 pounds per person, each year.  Most of it is white meat.  Consumers like white meat and so the industry has found a way to give us what we want.


These are my fast-growing Kurdish cross, and they’re what are in the supermarkets and restaurants, this kind of chicken.


Most of the chickens we buy in the grocery are called broilers, a cross between two other chickens, a Cornish and Plymouth Rock.


They’re bred to grow really fast and have lots of white meat because see how wide it is and you see the big breast.


But none of these chickens will end up in a grocery store.  Curtis Womach raises these chickens on a farm just outside of Julian.  Most chickens in a grocery store are raised on a factory floor.  Womach sells his chickens at a farmers’ market.  He decided that he will no longer raise this type of chicken.


They can’t physically mate because of all the white meat gets in the way.  They are still chickens and they want to be like chickens but they can’t move.  They would like to go under the trees and the shade but it is too hard for them to walk over there.


Their breasts are so big, these chickens can barely walk.  Look at this, a different breed and able to run away from our camera.  Chickens are raised mostly on corn, fish meal can be added to their feed, even chicken feather.  Antibiotics are used but it is illegal to use hormones in chickens in the United States.  So when you see labels like these, no hormones added, well it is illegal to add hormones to all chicken.  In fact, it is against USDA regulations to say no hormones have been added unless this line follows, see that line in small print?

Food: A Documentary Pt. 3

Food: A Documentary Pt. 2

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Studies have suggested corn-fed cattle may harbor more virulent strains of E. coli than grass-fed beef, although a new study out of Kansas State University is now challenging that assumption.

Feed lots have also led to wider use of antibiotics and almost all the beef you buy in the grocery comes from cattle injected with hormones.


Because it is much more expensive to produce beef without hormones.


Corn makes cattle fat.  Hormones give them more lean muscle tissue.

Bill Brandenburg says that the cattle can grow 10% bigger with hormones.


Without hormones, the cattle will have just a lot more fat in them so they are going to produce a lot more of those upper grades of beef.


Don’t they have more fat in them because we are feeding them corn?


It is the combination of corn and the fact that what the hormones actually do is the animal produces different ratios of estrogen and testosterone.   The hormones don’t actually go into the blood stream per se, but it causes the animal to produce its own different levels, so it maximizes the production of lean and minimizes the production of fat.


But if we didn’t feed them corn, isn’t it that corn feed that gives them the fat?




So if we didn’t feed them corn, they wouldn’t necessarily need the hormones to make more less fat?


Well, you can do them grass-fed on without implants and you would still have a product but wouldn’t taste as good as corn-fed beef.  That’s what the consumers in the United States like; it is the flavor and the tenderness that goes along with corn-fed.


American beef is banned in Europe because of the use of hormones.  Shelton Murinda is an Animal Scientist Professor at Cal Poly Pomona.


The Europeans will use what I will call the precautionary principle which simply indicates that if there is not enough scientific evidence, it is better to be on the safe side.


Isn’t it?


It is always better on the safe side if you don’t have sufficient scientific evidence.


Why do we still use hormones in beef in the United States?


The situation is rather different here.  The poison corns have been thrown about.  Some of them are what I indicated the potential side effects.  As far as I know, there has not been enough risk assessment that has been done with relevance to decide the effects of those hormones in the human population.  Not enough research has been done to gather that information, so there is no risk assessment that has been done.


So why not go on the side of caution like the Europeans?


We rather think differently.


So will any of these cattle end up on your plate?


The chance of getting beef that is raised in California is rather slim, in other words.  Most of it comes from outside California.


The average American eats about 17 pounds of fish per year.   Half the fish we eat is farmed fish.  That means that the fish was born, raised and fed in a net not far off the coast.  We wanted to know whether farmed fish was as healthy as wild caught fish.  The answer, it all depends on what farmed fish eat.  Just wait until you hear what we are feeding them.


I grew up in San Diego when San Diego was the tuna capital of the world.  You go down at Embarcadero and tuna sanders were tied up next to each other, three deep along at Embarcadero.   That is gone now.


Don Kent is president at Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute.  Here, they are developing new ways to farm fish from the hatchery and now, to your table.  Hub Sea World wants to establish the largest fish farm off U.S. Coastal waters, five miles west of Mission Bay.  Kent sees it as a boon to the local economy and a way to take pressure off depleting fish stocks.  The debate over fish farming has traditionally been about how to do it in a way that doesn’t contaminate local waters.  Hubbs believe that by establishing nets five miles off the coast where the water is deep and the current is swift, it can minimize contamination concerns.  But there is another issue, fish also eat other fish.  If farmed fish are fed fish, the practice could deplete dwindling stocks.  So the challenged is to find other sources of fish food and fish oil to feed farmed fish.

Food: A Documentary Pt. 2

Food: A Documentary Pt. 1

grocery delivery in philadelphiaHello everyone!  I’m Joanne Faryon.  Welcome to this Envision San Diego Special: Food.  It is something we take for granted.  After all, California is the largest supplier of food to the country.  Grocery store aisles are stocked with just about anything we care to buy: chicken for less than a dollar a pound, steaks the size of a dinner plate, every species of fish and fruits and vegetables, no matter the season.

It may seem as though the cost of these groceries continue to rise.  But we actually spend less money on our food than we did a couple of generations ago.  Just how all of these foods make its way to the grocery store and your dinner plate is the subject of tonight’s investigation.

We’ll also tell you why it is relatively cheap to buy beef, chicken, and even fish.  Some of it, you may not want to know.  But at the end of the program, we hope you walk away a better informed consumer.

Forty million pounds of San Diego oranges are on their way to countries as far away as China.  13,000 head of cattle are being fattened in Imperial Valley.  One in five will be slaughtered for sale in Japan, the others distributed across the country.   In Mission Bay, scientists are trying to figure out what to feed farmed fish.  Thos cattle you just saw, well, they could be on the menu.

The food chain doesn’t look like it used.  Fish no longer eat fish.  Cattle eat corn even though it can make them sick.  Chickens eat fish and fish are eating cows.  Even chicken feathers become food.  We grow oranges but send them away because they are too hard for us to peel.  The ones we eat come from Australia.  Just how do they get to be this way?  Is it good for us?

Tonight, we look at the food we eat from the dinner plate to the farm, field and ocean and how our demand for cheap food and more food has altered the food chain.  A food chain that is motivated by making the greatest amount of food for the cheapest cost, in other words, efficiency.

Americans consume nearly 20% of all the beef in the world, but only make up about 5% of the world’s population.  In 2008, the U.S. slaughtered more than 34 million cattle; slightly more than the year before.

We wanted to know whether we were keeping track of where all those cattle came from and where they all ended up.  In other words, if you bought a steak in San Diego, could you trace it back to the ranch?  So we followed the chain and what we found was a fast-growing corn-fed, hormone and antibiotic injected animal that likely travelled thousands of miles before it ended up at your table.   Most of the 1.4 million dairy cows in the state are also destined for your table as hamburger.

Let’s start at the beginning.  In Southern California, most cattle start out like this, eating grass on a pasture.

JIM DAVIS – S.D. and Imperial Valley Cattleman’s Association

In the 40s and 50s when my grandfather was running cattle here, he would basically sell his cattle as two or three-year olds that would be taken to market here in San Diego County and then distributed here in San Diego County.


It doesn’t work that way anymore.  Now, cattle are raised on grass for six months, and then sold at auction to another rancher, usually out of state.  We don’t have enough grass or rain to feed all our cattle year round.  Once they are sold, they’ll live another six months on grass and then sold again.  This time, they go to a feed lot.  Large pens where cattle are sent to be fattened before they are slaughtered.  This one in Imperial Valley houses 13,000 animals.   It is considered small.  Some are home to more than 100,000 animals.  Cattle spend four or five months here.  They’re fed mostly corn.  The U.S. introduced cattle into feed lots and corn into their diets after World War II.  Both had a dramatic effect.  The animals grew faster and fatter.

Broc Sandelin is an Animal Scientist Professor at Cal Poly Pomona and a third generation cattle rancher.


Is there any research that says that they have a tough time digesting corn?


I’m not familiar with any example.  I’m not a nutritionist so I really don’t know for sure, but I’m sure you could probably find something for you, if you want to.


Is it easier for them to digest grass than corn?


Yes, because this is what they’re naturally eating and that is grass.

Food: A Documentary Pt. 1

Home: Chiropractic Adjustments

chiropractor expert witnessI’m Dr. Chrissy Stamm Christian, and at Balance in Motion, we take care to be as gentle and specific as possible when we’re doing our chiropractic adjustments. We also use different types of instruments and tables. So that, people who aren’t a fan of traditional manual manipulation, there’s other tools that we can use to make sure that we’re still helping their body move properly and relieving their pain as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I’m going to start with the hips to come down to the feet. One of the things I look for is whether they look even or not. A lot of times one will appear shorter than the other. So look at this, this one is a little bit shorter. I’m going to bring it up.

We’re going to check flexibility, is there a difference side to side. She’s slightly short on this side and a little bit less flexible over there. I’m going to come to her hip over in here. Where the sacrum is, where it meets the lumbar spine. I’m going to raise this up keeping the spine in neutral and work to just create motion into that joint. In a gentle way, that will still correct the misalignment but not create any pain. Then I’m going to move on, so working from there assess the pelvis.

Now I’m going to feel her low back. I’m feeling side to side. Does the musculature feel tighter on one side?  So for her, it’s definitely tighter on this right side. I like to incorporate a lot of muscle works. I think it’s important to make sure things are loose as well, before going into adjusting. So I’m working to through the muscles on that side. Good. I’m going to use an adjusting instrument to work a few of the points that I feel that are out alignment here.

The adjustment instrument has a few different settings. You’re able to control the level force that you want to put in to the area. I’m going to come right into here and come along her lumbar spine. Working the muscles as well as the joints along the spine and then I’ll just assess and make sure that it’s still moving properly.

Next I have them flip over and feel to assess the cervical spine motion. Feeling for tension side to side, also if there are areas that are prominent like a nodule. She’s got one right in through here.  For me, I’m just going to turn through here. For Erin, I’d like to adjust with the adjusting instrument. Although various patients opt do manual adjustments as well if their spine responds better to that. Hers responds best to the instrument. Which is just a very specific way of getting into the area that’s fixated and helping it move properly. Good. I come into there. Feel again. I’m feeling for that prominence to go away. For there to be symmetry side to side and that’s what I feel.

Working with someone with the larger frame who prefers to have a manual adjustment is also something we can do here. I’m going to assess through here for his low back. I feel this is really stuck and not moving through here. I’m going to have you lay on your side; I like to get to where it’s in the perfect setup. So that it doesn’t take a lot of force to create the movement that I may do create. I bring him here. Come into here. Good. It’s as easy as that. Making sure that their muscles stay relaxed and do just a little stretch right through there.

As you can see at Balance in Motion, we use as many tools and techniques to safely and effectively adjust our patients. When you’re ready to get rid of your pain come in and make an appointment at Balance in Motion today.

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Going Organic On A Budget

Buying affordable groceries and going organic may seem impossible, especially considering how organic food has expensive farming methods and higher delivery costs. Go green without increasing your monthly expenses with these tips.

1. Go local. More logistics costs are incurred the further away the processing occurred. Groceries coming from a local farmer’s market will be cheaper than getting organic food from New Hampshire.

2. Go with the season. Nectarine is a good fruit to buy organic because of the heavy pesticides in the non-organic variety. However, if you include them in your February groceries, the nectarine was most likely imported and charged extra for delivery.

3. Go on a menu. Before getting your affordable groceries and throughout its consumption, plan your meals properly. By organizing a menu and sticking to it, you can buy organic food in bulk.

4. Go for larger stretched-out meals. Getting groceries for five microwave dinners is not cheaper than a beef stew made from purely organic food. The preparation time might be longer but the larger proportions allow you to skip a session of cooking and serve its leftovers for lunch.

5. Go gardening. Consider growing your own herbs in the backyard or even on your sunny kitchen sill. This way, you have more money to purchase other affordable groceries.

6. Go for inedible skins. If you and your wallet are not yet ready to convert to organic food in its entirety, only buy thick-skinned non-organic fruits and vegetables. The pesticide on the surfaces of bananas and onions, for example, won’t affect the consumed parts.

7. Go back to the traditional way. Before powdered broth and canned beans were part of the usual groceries, chicken stock was made from boiling its bones and beans were actually cooked to perfection. Organic food is also ideal and healthier for such practices.

8. Go for meal extenders, not meat extenders. Processed food does not make for a filling meal. Cook organic food and serve potatoes, brown rice, and whole wheat bread during the main course to stifle the need for unhealthy and expensive desserts.

In the end, organic food always amounts to affordable groceries and a better budget. What you lost out on with cheaper processed food is outweighed by the health benefits you gained. To top it off, the organic methods you are encouraging farmers to adapt is helping provide a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

Home: The Summer Grocery Haul

Grocery Haul

groceries in philadelphiaHey, guys. So, I’ve gotten your quest on grocery haul forever and I just never – that be interesting enough to post on its own video but since this own question, just watch the store. We got home yesterday from our trip and my fridge is empty so I need to stock up some things, obviously we have food. So, I have five Whole Foods bags. This is about much food that I buy in one fell swoop. I don’t like buying a lot of food filling at one time because I don’t like it to spoil but we have literally nothing in our fridge except for like half and half some apple or something. So, I need to re-stock up on food. So, I’ll just going to pull things up and show you in a casual manner. I always have freezer bag with me and I put cold items in. And this is a very typical large size grocery haul for me, so I have this organic chicken breast from Pine Manner farms, done up little grills for me. I like to have them for my salad for lunch or keen on for dinner.

These are not my favorite eggs. Actually they did not have my favorite eggs at the store today. But these are the same kind of eggs. These are organic cage-free omega 3 eggs but 365 organic everyday value, the kind I usually get is by organic valley. It’s just the Whole Foods brand that one and I believe they are about the same thing. And this is the one that I usually buy, but they’re out of that one that I usually get.

Let’s see. I got my favorite organic cottage cheese from horizon organic with two percent non fat. Oikos plain greek yogurt by stonyfield organic. This is the milk drink, organic valley, 2 percent milk. And I got two of these. These are my favorite, frozen quick grab it lunch. I just throw them away to microwave oven for just few minutes. These are by evol burritos, the fire grill chicken fajita is my absolute favorite. They’re so yummy. Then I got a couple of the Whole Foods premade things I got there because we’re going to have some fajita. I also got my favorite fresh mango salsa, so good. I use it in place of dressing in my salads and it’s just so tasty. That was everything that was in there.

Then I got small container of SO delicious dairy free coconut milk and the unsweetened. We’re stocking up on my favorite blue diamond almond breeze in vanilla unsweetened. I usually put them in coffee or smoothies or anything in that nature. Rudi’s organic 14 grain bread, I’d prefer the double fiber, it’s very rare that they actually have the double fiber in stock. I don’t know why, so that’s why I have the 14 grains like my back up choice. My favorite sauce, they were out, so I bought two stock up. This is by Amy’s and its’ the organic tomato salsa in medium. It is so good. Then I bought few Luna bars to stock up on those. Two of these smores, I know I love those. Then, I also got two different one I don’t eat very often. I don’t think I ever have caramel nut brownie, so I bought one of those to try. And white chocolate macadamia, I can’t recall that I have one of those either. But I do loving this year, so I thought it would be interesting.

This is a bar soap that I use in the shower. This is Whole Foods brand, 85 percent organic, triple French milled soap in lemon borbana. It’s one of my favorites, so we bought more of those.

And the reason why all the bags look crinkling because I wash them in a washing machine and then I just didn’t have time to press them and that’s what happened. So, there it is.

Then, I got our Earthbound Farm organic spring mix lettuce, my favorite lettuce. And a big carton of mushrooms, these are from Illinois. Organic baby carrots from 365 organic, I got a lot of organic broccoli, one of my favorite easy-go-to dinners. This done in chop up and steam the broccoli and then sauté the mushrooms with sliced garlic, I forgot to buy garlic. I used to buy garlic, too. And we have chemo with grilled chicken, they are organic zucchini, the time of year to have them and I love them with hamburger or something out my grill. Organic cucumber, I like those in my salad and two organic avocados. I’d have those in my salad as well for my lunch.

This one is on sale, I don’t remember, it’s two for something. We both like this pop chips. I like this soap and vinegar, and then Donald likes the barbeque potato, they’re just less fattening potato chips. They’re not fried and not baked but somehow popped. I don’t know but they’re less fattening and therefore you must still taste it.

Some organic bananas, I like them green. I got three organic bell peppers for our fishy dust. I like to buy organic produce whenever possible. I’ve got organic strawberries, organic local cherry tomatoes, this is from Wisconsin, organic raspberries and organic blue berries. So, I’ll wash them off and cut strawberries and those go to my yogurt in the morning. Two apples of brand, not a brand, kind of apple that I’ve never heard of, it’s crisp pink apple. And when I saw it immediately, I don’t know why but my mind immediately it was a typo and this should have been crisp at pink.

And then the last bag here, we have tortilla chips. These are my favorite, their local name Chicago, totally delicious. I always buy Martha Stewart Halloween hand book when it comes out, but I noticed it looks exactly the same in a different year and it says special collector’s edition back in print. So, I’m going to compare with my other one in previous year and see if it is really exactly the same.

Here’s my list. I always bring my grocery list to the store. And it’s sticky now and it’s just like attacked and stick it on to the handlebars in my cart so it’s easy and I organize my list obviously, section of the store like go to the store. And I stocked up on my favorite laundry detergent by Ecos earth-friendly product in a lemon grass flavor.

And that is my grocery haul. I’m going to put everything away now. I hope you, guys, enjoyed this little different look at haul and I thought it’s interesting. This is really basically what I buy, I mean like I said I don’t buy all at once all the time, but a lot of these are stapled products for us. And like I said, we’re going to make a special dinner or something. I like to go and buy those things separate. Some things I might spoil in our pantry and our plans tend to change the last minute.

But, I hope you, guys, enjoy this. Thanks for watching. Let me know about my grocery haul and take care. Bye, guys.

Home: Laundry Based Groceries Needed Beyond Detergent

grocery deliveries in philadelphiaDetergent alone may not be enough to ensure clean clothes. These additives need not be limited to bleach and chlorine. Here are three friendly groceries that also alter into fabric superheroes.


Baking Soda: The secret ingredient behind the bubbles in pancakes and quick bread, baking soda is more than just a leavening agent. In fact, more and more consumers include sodium bicarbonate in their groceries because of its amazing cleaning capabilities. Laundry is no exception. It removes detergent and bleach odors while helping them perform better. It neutralizes acids and bases before they can damage other clothes and suds before they overflow. When looking for multi-purpose groceries, add fabric softener and rejuvenator to baking soda’s list of capabilities as it can soften even old stains making them easier to remove.


Table Salt: A staple in food groceries, sodium chloride can be used as more than just a salty seasoning. Half a cup of salt during the last wash of new clothes will prevent its dyes from staining the water and other clothes. A larger amount can bring back color to paler curtains and rugs. Soak white cotton or linen in a tablespoon of salt with a quarter cup of baking soda to remove its yellow tint. Salt’s most selling feature as a staple in affordable groceries is its ability to remove stains such as blood, gravy, grease, ink, mildew, rust, wine, and even perspiration stains. If you have a pair of mismatched stockings, you can boil them for a few minutes in slightly salty water to get a pair of the same color.

White Distilled Vinegar: If you get a lot of dirty laundry, recalculate your groceries’ consumption as adding a quarter cup of vinegar to your last rinse can do a lot of wonders. Vinegar dissolves the alkaline properties of soap and detergent on the fabric and thus removes the soap smell. It also removes all other odors that remain even when the stain has left. Vinegar acts as a fabric softener and prevents lint from clinging to your clothes. It also kills the mold and mildew that clings to wet and forgotten laundry. Aside from that, heavy duty stains can be soaked in a bucket mixed with a cup of vinegar to soften it up for the regular detergent.

Getting affordable groceries means finding multiple uses for the items that you buy. However, don’t use all of these items at once as they produce different chemical reactions when put together that may lead to a disastrous day of laundry.

Grocery Delivery Stores

grocery delivery philadelphiaWith the growing popularity of the grocery delivery stores, it becomes extremely difficult to point out the negative aspects, which has led to the bankruptcy of such stores. Many stores have crumbled like deck of card in recent years. This business got all the hype due to market demand and profitability in several locations, yet it failed to retain its customers.

Man is considered a social animal, but when grocery is delivered at home no one would prefer to go out for shopping. This reduces interaction between people. Single people go for shopping to hunt for a date and family goes for grocery shopping to spend quality time together. All this is not possible with a grocery delivery service. This turns out to be the major reason as to why people started preferring shopping than homedelivery.

Another reason customers sidelined these stores is delivery of stale and rotten fruits and vegetables. When ordering on phone the quality of the fruits and vegetables delivered is unknown, they can be fresh or rotten. There is always a high probability of the fruits to be rotten as the delivery person is allotted a fixed time for one delivery and in a hurry they pick up fruits which come in their hand first. The customer has to accept the items delivered to them even though they are bad for their health.

Local markets get new stock for fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. The same is not true for a grocery delivery store. Their order depends on how successfully they have sold the already existing stock of vegetables. Inability to sell vegetables and fruits on a certain day leads to the same stock being used till it is sold out completely. This may take a day or a week.

When purchasing meat, fish or eggs shoppers want to the cut they are getting. The freshness of these is determined by the colour and odour. But if they are purchased from a grocery delivery store all that can be seen is the picture of the available meat. Seeing a picture nothing can be concluded. The pictures displayed may not be of the fresh meat they can be taken from any website or forged. Customers stopped purchasing non vegetarian items from these stores, thus reducing the revenue of these stores as the major profit margin comes from selling of meat and fish.

There is no doubt regarding the effectiveness and usefulness of a grocery delivery store, still there is long way to go before it can truly capture the market.