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Good morning; in my younger days, i was a very active, strong and physically fit lady. I grew up on an old fashioned farm, working hard & eating food?

Good morning;

in my younger days, i was a very active, strong and physically fit lady.
I grew up on an old fashioned farm, working hard & eating food?

Good for you!: It sounds like both your life and your question got off to a great start. If you'll try again and let us know what we can do for you, i know the healthtap team will be glad to answer. I wish you luck and just wanted to add that you're never to old to return to a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more

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What is in the runoff of farm fields that are not organic?

Most of it: The run off from farm fields is largely a suspension of the composition of the soils present on the farm. The concern on this would be whether fertilizers and anti-pest chemicals are mixed in with this. Organic farmers do not use these agents so their run-off is 'organic'. ...Read more

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A friend told me that no one should eat farmed salmon and that "caught in the wild" is better for ones health. Can this be true (I don't think so)?

A friend told me that no one should eat farmed salmon and that "caught in the wild" is better for ones health. Can this be true (I don't think so)?

Let's think about it: If this were NOT true, somebody would have made it up. And you're right -- this is food fantasy from "natural healing / miracle food" websites. Salmon is salmon. There's an understandable, emotional human tendency to think "closer to nature is better". We'd have much less salmon, and in fact be unable to support 7 billion people, on "natural farming / fishing / gathering." ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat farm fresh eggs raw? I also like store bought eggs raw.

It : It is never a good idea to eat eggs or dairy products raw / unprocessed due to the presence of salmonella bacteria that could cause death under the right circumstances. ...Read more

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Will pesticides on neighboring farm come across to organic farm?

Will pesticides on neighboring farm come across to organic farm?

Aerosol spread: Pesticides applied as spray will be carried by the wind. The amount of exposure will depend on the direction and intesity of wind and the distance from the site of spraying. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wash then freeze organic fruit from the farm?

Yes: Any fruit, organic or not, can be cleaned and then frozen for later use. Once frozen, they are safe from any contamination although they might get freezer burn (which is a form of drying out) if kept too long. ...Read more

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A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from big commercial farms, right?

A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from big commercial farms, right?

No: Foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from their food and unfortunately most of these diseases are caused by either improper food preparation or storage, so we consumers are the most to blame not big commercial farms. Wash produce, clean your kitchen and hands, don't mix raw animal and vegetable products, cook according to directions and store in refrigerator! ...Read more

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How can I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter on a farm?

How can I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter on a farm?

Always plan ahead: Cold temperatures are a main cause of raynaud's phenomenon, so cold weather can trigger symptoms. If a person has only mild symptoms, he can keep his hands, feet, face, and ears warm with well-insulated clothing. Gadgets such as heated gloves and heated socks from winter sports stores may help. Never getting lost, using portable heaters, pre-warming the car, keeping dry, etc..., are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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I live on a farm, can I get anthrax from my livestock?

I live on a farm, can I get anthrax from my livestock?

Possible but not : Likely. Please consult this site for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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