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Why Organic?

Dave’s Hippy Oil understands that ‘conventional agriculture’ is damaging our environment. Healthy soil is made up of a symbiotic relationships with everything around, above, and below it, and when this relationship is altered through chemical means, the plants ability to absorb and distribute nutrients is damaged and the majority of beneficial organisms in the soil perish.

We have learnt that The birth of industrial agriculture more or less coincides with that of the Industrial Revolution. The identification of nitrogen,potassium, and phosphorus (referred to by the acronym NPK) let to the claim that they are the only three elements necessary to grow crops. Thanks to The Haber-Bosch process which was developed in 1909 the industrial scale production of synthetic anhydrous ammonia (NH3) became possible.

NH3 is the basis for all synthetic nitrogen fertilizers as well as munitions used in warfare.
The source of hydrogen for the process is natural gas, a non-renewable resource that currently accounts for up to 90 percent of the cost of fertilizer production. In the conventional system, our very ability to feed ourselves is dependent upon a non-renewable fossil fuel.

Synthetic fertilizers became popular in the U.S. after World War II when the leftover stocks of ammonium nitrate munitions started being marketed for agricultural use. Our food system started being ‘fed’ the same chemicals were first developed to KILL people!

The widespread adoption of synthetic fertilizer and associated agricultural practices has had plenty of unintended negative consequences to our environment, to the quality of our foods, and to the sustainability of our food system. We believe ‘conventional’ agriculture became the leading system because of the joint efforts of The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. ‘conventional’ agriculture is a system which at it’s core NEEDS petroleum to function. From fertilizers and gasoline for the giant tractors and other farm equipment. It’s also worth mentioning that some of the biggest chemical companies in the world are also creating some of the most damaging Genetically Modified Organisms

So… synthetic fertilization doesn’t create organic matter, little is absorbed by the plant and too much becomes chemical run off, poisoning our waterways.

  • Since heavy use of synthetic fertilizers began in the 1940s, 4.7 billion acres of soil have been significantly degraded worldwide. Low soil fertility and high rates of erosion lead to poor crop yields, land abandonment, and deforestation.
  • Plants fed synthetic fertilizers decline the surrounding soil quality resulting in plants having weak root systems – making them vulnerable to drought and disease, requiring increased irrigation and application of pesticides.
  • Over time, synthetically fertilized soil deteriorates and compacts, losing its spongy, absorptive qualities. This leads to erosion and promotes rapid runoff. Instead of slowly absorbing into the soil and plant roots, water runs across “hardpan” soil and away, carrying more inputs into waterways in turn. So synthetic fertilizers pollute land and water and create an increasing cycle of dependence. Perfect if you want to sell petroleum products.
  • Since 1945, total U.S. crop losses from insect damage have nearly doubled. During the same time, insecticide use has increased tenfold. Today, seventy-one known carcinogenic pesticides are sprayed on food crops. (In Harmony’s report, “Pesticides: Losing Their Effectiveness”)
  • EPA estimates that there are approximately 20,000 physician diagnosed pesticide poisonings each year among agricultural workers. These are only the ones which have been reported.
  • Pound for pound, children absorb a higher concentration of pesticides and herbicides than adults.
  • According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, only 1% of all imported fruits and vegetables are tested by the Food and Drug Administration for illegal pesticide residues.
  • The CDC has gone on record as stating… “Pesticides are toxic to life forms by their very design”
  • The Sierra Club of Canada’s website says “But mostly, pesticide use is associated with two things: toxicity in the environment and causing human health problems.”and claims “Linkages have also been identified between home and garden pesticide use and leukemia and brain cancer in children. A National Cancer Institute study in the U.S. indicates that children are as much as six times more likely to get childhood leukemia when pesticides are used in the home and garden.”

In addition to the environmental harm caused by the production of pesticides, pesticide use itself has elicited worry among UC Berkeley researchers. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, discovered that a widely used synthetic herbicide called Atrazine caused male frogs to exhibit female biological characteristics when exposed to levels deemed safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The controversial debate surrounding the use of Atrazine continues, with Hayes at its center (see “Murky Waters,” BSR Spring 2011), standing as a testament to the complicated relationship between agriculture and ecology.

We need to remind ourselves that when we do not choose organic, we are assuming a risk to ourselves, our communities, and the farmers who produce the very food we rely on for our survival. Through a process known as bioaccumulation. The plants we depend on can become poisoned with the synthetic ingredients we spray on and around them, and as a result we get unwanted doses of heavy metals and other things you don’t want in your body!

Cites and some Links for Organic and Pesticide Free Resources

http://www.farmingsecrets.com/

http://www.organicconsumers.org

http://www.panna.org/

http://www.organicitsworthit.org/

http://www.pesticide.org

http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/programs/health-environment/pesticides/pesticid.html

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Why Sunflower Oil?

USDA Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus annuus) which has a high Vitamin E content and was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat snakebite, cuts, bruises, pruritus, warts, and inflammation, including rheumatism.

Within 1 hour of one application of sunflower seed oil, however, the pace of skin barrier function recovery significantly quickened. The effect was sustained 5 hours after application (Acta Paediatr. 2002;91:546-54).

In a study of the antimicrobial effects of ozonized sunflower oil (Oleozon), the product demonstrated efficacy on all bacterial strains tested, including mycobacteria, staphylococci, streptococci, enterococci, Pseudomonas, and Escherichia coli. Oleozon was most effective against mycobacteria.
The authors concluded that sunflower oil’s wide availability may make Oleozon competitive with other antimicrobial agents, and suggested that clinical trials comparing it with other antimicrobials are warranted (J. Appl. Microbiol. 2001;90:279-84).

Seed oils represent some of the earliest cosmetic products used by humans. since pre-history we have used many of the same oils used for cooking,eating and also topically for healthy skin and hair. These oils are composed mainly of lipids that condition and nourish, soothe, moisturize, and return elasticity to the skin and hair. Modern research has uncovered that these nutritional seed oils don’t just contain lipids but bioactive lipids, called essential fatty acids (EFAs). The importance of these bioactive lipids in proper skin functioning is clear. Research has shown EFAs to play an important role in proper skin barrier function and anti-inflammatory and anti-irritancy activity.

Essential Fatty Acids: the bioactive components of natural oils
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are fatty acids that are required for normal health and wellbeing of the body but must be obtained through the diet, as we cannot synthesize them.There are two families of EFAs: omega-3 and omega-6. The Omega-3 family is comprised of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and its longer chain derivatives eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); the Omega-6 family is comprised of linoleic acid (LA) and its longer chain derivatives such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and arachidonic acid (AA).The nutritional and health benefits of EFAs are extensive – they are required for normal health and well-being, growth and development, and treatment of numerous conditions. They are essential in the manufacturing and repair of cell membranes, enabling cells to obtain optimum nutrition, expel harmful waste products and repair itself. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, fertility, and play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection.

EFAs and the skin
EFAs are necessary for proper skin function. Deficiencies include epidermal hyperproliferation, abnormal lipid barrier structure and function, and altered production of antiinflammatory compounds; resulting in a plethora of skin problems including atopic eczema, acne and psoriasis.

The symptoms in these skin disorders are reversible by the addition of EFAs in the diet, or by topical application. Increasing the levels of key EFAs increases cell membrane fluidity, enhances barrier function and repair, decreases trans-epidermal water loss, improves moisturization, cell signaling, cell immunity, and anti-inflammatory activity. Not only are EFAs used as cosmeceutical agents, they are also used as carrier oils and penetration enhancers for the absorption of other bio-actives.

EFAs Improve skin barrier function
Topical EFAs have been shown to improve the structure and function of cell membranes and improve skin barrier function. Improving skin barrier function reduces transepidermal water loss, leaving the skin more hydrated, moisturized and protected. While other moisturizers may improve skin dryness, roughness and water loss, they are often temporary and do not biologically strengthen the integrity of the skin barrier as EFAs do.EFAs are protective agents against environmental insults such as detergents, bacteria, contact allergens or decreased humidity. They also enhance barrier recovery and wound healing after injury or stress.

Also, Sunflower is used to Bioremediate soil !
Sunflowers have been used to remove lead from contaminated soils in post-Katrina New Orleans, and home-owners suspicious of the soil in their own back yards use sunflowers prior to planting edible crops. Getting rid of the toxic sunflowers, however, requires access to specialist waste-disposal systems.

Bhatt and Indirakutty (1973) reported that 83 kg of sodium could be removed from one hectare of land via accumulation by sunflower plants. The investigators concluded that sunflower plants gradually reduce soil salinity with the harvest of the edible sunflower oil.

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What are Essential Oils?

A product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase.

 

Historical Use of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used around the world for centuries. Essential oils and other aromatics have been used in religious rituals, to treat various illnesses, and for other physical and spiritual needs.

Research dates the use of essential oils back to 4500 BC. We Believe ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance, and records demonstrate that oils and aromatics were used for treating illness and performing rituals and religious ceremonies in temples and pyramids.

According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians used oils thousand of years before the time of Christ. There are more than 188 references to oils in the Bible, and some precious oils like frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, cassia, and cinnamon were used for the anointing and healing of the sick. Additionally, biblical prophets recognized the use of essential oils as protection against disease.

The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since that time essential oils have been used to kill harmful germs, as well as spiritually to balance mood, lift spirits, and dispel negative emotions.