It seems like we can’t talk about any sort of health or home issue without hearing how coconut oil can fix it. From squeaky doors and rust covered tools to teeth whitening and acne scars, everything has some sort of “cure” to be found in coconut oil. So, are the benefits of coconut oil really as awesome as everyone says? Or is this another case of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”

There’s nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that was grown on a local farm in your city, is there?  Shopping at farmer’s markets is fun.  It’s almost sensory overload, all of the gorgeous colors, fresh produce, artisanal food products… and you’re getting fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country. And shopping at farmers markets also support your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.

In the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sets standards that must be met for a product to be labeled organic.  In the case of coffee, producers cannot use synthetic substances such as most pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.  If coffee is labeled organic, at least 95 % of the beans must have been grown under organic conditions.  Coffee is the heaviest chemically treated food commodity in the world.  The most common chemical used in coffee production is synthetic petroleum-based fertilizers which slowly destroy the soil’s fertility and seep into local water supplies.