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I’m really struggling with all of the information that my brain is processing after watching the documentary Food, Inc. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Food, Inc., let me give you a brief description of the movie taken from the official website.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

To be honest, I can’t express to you the importance of being informed on all aspects of life.  We need three things to survive….Air, Water and Food.  Food, being one of those three, means we should be very concerned on what is in it and where it comes from.

I already eat pretty healthy, but I never realized that if you’re not buying certified organic, farm raised, grass fed, hormone-free, local and free-range you are eating horrible things.   The short list contains such delicacies as feces, steroids, hormones, methane, various cancer causing chemicals and (oh yeah) Ecoli.  If you didn’t already know, they are even selling genetically engineered meats in supermarkets which means cloned animals are ending up on your plate.  I say…..YUCK!

Please Do Not Take My Word For It…. Watch it for yourself! I’m loaning my copy to friends and family but you can get it from your local library or buy it online or at your local store.  I always say, “Education is the key to change.”

Traceyclean Natural Products
I’ve been talking about the health effects that conventional cleaning products have on our bodies and our homes in recent Diva-Zines.  I found that all of my conventional cleaners that I use on my food prep counter, cook top, sink, dishes, pots & pans, floors and even wiping down the table, all released volatile organic compounds and other toxins into the air in my home and remain on all surfaces.  I learned that because of these conventional cleaners, the air quality in homes is 5 times more toxic then outside.  Several of the chemicals used in products like bleach, have been found to contribute to cancer, hormonal & reproductive disorders, neurological problems, acute asthma, respiratory & immune deficiencies, skin rashes and are poisonous if ingested.  WOW!  I’m not only cleaning but I’m creating a completely unhealthy toxic environment in my home.  Think about it for a moment…..Yikes!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Tracey Hiner, owner of local favorite TraceyClean Natural Products (www.traceycleannaturalproducts.com).  Her product line is produced in Indiana by Tracey and her husband, Steven.  Tracey is a wife and mother of two, who finally got fed up with the commercial cleaning product industry enough to begin creating her own line of natural non-toxic cleaners.

Tracey says, “My products are for people who want the benefits of natural cleaners but don’t have the time to do the research, gather the materials, and make the products themselves. I have tested different ingredient combinations found on websites, in books, and talking with chemists. The products I developed are what I feel are the best mix of ingredients for each product.”

You can purchase TraceyClean online or if your in Indiana she has several drop points and sells here products at local farmers markets.  Her products are fantastic!  Give them a try and make sure to tell her you read about her products in TheEcoDivas Blog.


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