Child reacts to ‘megadose’ of sugars in milk product marketed towards children

A very well known dairy product manufacturer, who markets a flavoured milk product called “milky max”, should really be calling their product sugar max but decided not to due to poor pr performance ratings.


The above product mentions no artificial sweeteners but contains approx 27g of sugar per bottle. This is more sugar than some soft drinks.

The sugar shown in the measuring cup is what the 250ml bottle contains. Would you serve this sugar to a three year old? As a result of discussions within parent groups, we found that more and more reactions to sugar are being noticed in children after consuming products such as this dairy product.




What is Monosodium Glutamate? (Side Effects & Safety)

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a food additive used in Asian cooking, many packaged foods, and fast foods. In large amounts it can trigger side effects.

Source: What is Monosodium Glutamate? (Side Effects & Safety)

Cost Share Reimbursement | Baystate Organic Certifiers

Upcoming changes: check back for further information in March 2017.


Each state has federal money available to refund organic certification fees. Under this program, applicants may recover 75% of certification fees up to $750 total per scope of certification in any one year. For the purposes of this reimbursement, the certification year is defined as the period between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

For a quick printable “how-to” on what the cost share is and the process: Cost Share Reimbursement.

Cost Share Forms (listed by state)

Complete the form required for your state and send to the address listed on the form. Contact your state’s Department of Agriculture for applications for states not listed below. If you are having difficulty applying for the reimbursement, contact Lauren Lawrence at or (917) 957-0979.

Florida Cost Share Application

Idaho Cost Share Application

Illinois Cost Share Application

Maryland Cost Share Application

Massachusetts Cost Share Application ; MA Terms and Conditions, W-9, Electronic Transfer Forms

Michigan Cost Share Application

New Hampshire Cost Share Application

New Jersey Cost Share Application

New York Cost Share Application

North Carolina Cost Share Application

Ohio Cost Share Application

Pennsylvania Cost Share Application

RI Cost Share Application

Vermont Cost Share Application

Virginia Cost Share Application; Virginia W-9 Form

West Virginia Cost Share Application

Source: Cost Share Reimbursement | Baystate Organic Certifiers

US Crops shift to Soy and Cotton over wheat/ grain | Glencore Grain Pty Ltd – News


US farmers to sow even more cotton, soy this year than thought
24/02/2017 15:08
US farmers to sow even more cotton, soy this year than thoughtUS farmers will sow even more cotton and soybeans than investors had expected, encouraged by weak grain prices which are set to send wheat area to a record low, and drive 3.6m acres out of production altogether.

The US Department of Agriculture, at its annual Outlook Forum to kick off formally 2017-18 estimates, forecast US soybean sowings this year rising by 4.6m acres to a record 88.0m acres.

The increase in area, to a level above the 87.58m acres that analysts had expected, reflects soybean prices which have so far this month averaged nearly 2.6 times as much as corn, the main competitor in US farmers’ spring plantings programmes.

“The last time the ratio during February was this favourable to soybeans was in 1997,” Robert Johansson, USDA chief economist, told the conference.

Feed grains out of favour

Corn sowings were, losing out to soybeans, forecast falling by 4.0m acres to 90.0m acres, a bigger drop than expected by investors, who had expected the figure to come in at 91.05m acres.

US crop area estimates 2017, change on year and (on market forecast)

Corn: 90.0m acres, -4.0m acres, (-1.05m acres)

Soybeans: 88.0m acres, +4.6m acres, (+420,000 acres)

All wheat: 46.0m acres, -4.2m acres, (-852,000 acres)

All cotton: 11.5m acres, +1.4m acres, (+416,000 acres)

Rice: 2.6m acres, -600,000 acres, (n/a)

Other feedgrains: 11.7m acres, -900,000 acres, (n/a)

Total top eight crops: 249.8m acres, -3.6m acres, (n/a)

Sources: USDA, Reuters

However, grains overall were seen falling out of favour, with sorghum area “in particular” expected to drop, and rice sowings to tumble by 17% to 2.6m acres.

“We are likely to see fewer acres planted to corn, rice and other feed grains,” Mr Johansson said.

This decline was also extended to wheat, in which overall plantings were pegged at 46.0m acres – down 4.2m acres, and the smallest area on records going back a century.

The figure implies a drop in spring wheat sowings, as well as winter wheat plantings, were revealed last month to have tumbled by 3.8m acres to 32.4m acres.

‘Increase in idled acres’

Mr Johansson highlighted the dent to growers’ enthusiasm from weak agricultural commodity prices which have left US farms overall looking at net farm income of $62.3bn this year – half the levels seen as the 2013 peak.

“Lower commodity prices will likely lead to reduced planted area,” seen falling for the eight top field crops combined by 3.6m acres to a multi-year low of 249.8m acres.

“Lower crop returns will push some area out of production,” besides encouraging farmers to switch crops.

“We expect to see an increase in idled acres – acres that had been brought into production as commodity prices rose through 2012.”

Cotton in vogue

However, cotton, besides soybeans, was forecast bucking the downward trend in sowings, with US plantings seen soaring by 1.4m acres to a four-year high of 11.5m acres, encouraged by higher prices.

“The rebound in cotton area is driven by relative returns as producers respond to a jump in prices in 2016,” Mr Johansson said, noting “solid export demand”.

For cotton, “expected prices and returns remain competitive with other crops including corn, soybeans, and sorghum”.

Analysts had expected the USDA to unveil a cotton sowings figure of 11.08m acres.

Source: 23 February 2017;

Source: Glencore Grain Pty Ltd – News

Glyphosate – Not In Our Bread – Soil Association

Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup—is the most widely sold weedkiller in the world.

Government figures show its use in UK farming has increased by a shocking 400% in the last 20 years. Nearly a third of UK cereal crops were sprayed with glyphosate in 2013.

In addition to its use as a normal weedkiller, its manufacturers advise farmers to spray their wheat with glyphosate to kill and dry the crop, making it easier to harvest.

But glyphosate can follow the grain into our food. Tests by the Defra Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) found that almost two thirds of wholemeal bread sampled contained glyphosate.

read on at Source: Glyphosate – Not In Our Bread

…13 ways to improve your diet, organically and look to cure cancer



  1. Only purchase produce from known reputable grocers. Look for the sales pitch containing ‘natural’ or ‘fresh’ Avoid at all costs. Buy Certified Organic if source/ testing certificate trustworthy
  2. Avoid exceptionally bright fruit or enlarged/irregular fruits and vegetables.
  3. Stop contamination of soil using cadmium-rich rock phosphates
  4. Stop using Neurotoxins / neonics as pesticides
  5. Avoid Gluten
  6. Avoid Soy-based products including Soy Lecithin
  7. Avoid Dairy
  8. Avoid Complex Sugars
  9. Avoid Smoking/ Carcinogen Exposure
  10. Avoid Alcohol, Liquid and Aromatic Gases, Organic ‘Phenyls’ including Phenylalanine
  11. Avoid Exposure to Electromagnetic devices
  12. Enjoy Life and,
  13. Eat Well

That is the cure to cancer. Simple. Next question?

Addendum A:

  • Wash Fruit and veg twice before cooking consumption
  • Always ‘flash-boil’ vegetables for 1 min or more, even when eaten ‘raw’, to release any further toxins but do not overcook.







Organic Computing Code | Psychology-based Technology | Organic Lifestyle Blog


When defining ‘natural’, or better yet, ‘organic’ computing systems to help control  and stabilise complex and exponentially-expansive data sets or systems, one must consider the method of how the system is used in its entirety as the initial function to counter or contain.

Who uses computing systems? That’s right, We do! For work, for leisure and for social interaction; humans are now more interconnected than ever before. Homo Integrens as David Sukuzi puts it. So why not incorporate human interaction based known-responses and basic psychological principles into the code running any website, database, or digital file?

Whether it be Adwords, Facebook or WordPress, the initiation of psychologically-aware tracking programs have helped shape and ‘customise’ each individuals web experience. It bases its best guess on your previously searched content and metadata collected.

Whatever you type into this massive database we know as the internet, there is now a custom response for you; tailored to suit your interests.

The foreseeable issue that evades most is the obvious legal questions around influence and suggestion. It is a legal question of influencing, aiding and abetting if you will,  those who maybe psychologically weakened; already in a state of depression, sadness and loneliness. A state, or mindset, that every person on this earth deals with.

If these firms are able to control the content that you see, this would also mean that convicted criminals are being ‘matched’ with their preferential viewing content online. This also implies that pedophiles are being shown images of their ‘matched’ content.

As you can see the legal argument is also a moral and ethical one. It is one that needs to be addressed before precedence allows referring to the incredible claim that it was the ‘internet search engine that made me do it’…

By Bryan Stralow — Editor-in-Chief,