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This picture demonstrates the loss of color that occurs when brands package green superfoods in plastic.  Only oxygen-free amber glass bottles with special metal caps like we use protect nutrients. Our packaging is also “earth friendly.”

Why Glass?

Why do we go to the effort and expense of removing the oxygen from each bottle? The main reason is to prevent oxidation and loss of nutrients. We want to provide the best quality for our customers. Curiously, even though plastic cost much less, Pines products in glass cost less per serving than the plastic products that seek to imitate us!  That’s because our products are vibrant and green and not devitalized because of plastic packaging.

For more than 80 years, the kind of packaging used by Pines has been considered the only appropriate way to package green powder.  It is the only way to permanently remove oxygen.  Creating an oxygen-free environment in each bottle preventgs loss of color and nutrition through oxidation.  In fact, until other brands began copying Pines’ success with cheap methods, all green super foods were always packaged in amber glass with oxygen removed.

Besides Keeping Products Fresh, Glass Does not Pollute

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Even though the natural foods market uses mostly plastic containers, few seem concerned.  Each year the Texas-sized garbage patch grows. That pollution contains fragments of plastic tubs and other plastic containers swirling around in the center of the Pacific. They also seem oblivious to all the plastic waste in our landfills.

Sharp shards of plastic from plastic containers are killing fish, mammals, birds and other wildlife in alarming numbers. This waste is also slowly leaching toxic chemicals into our environment. Even if you recycle and companies convert it to such things as lawn furniture, it continues to pollute.

The Hypocrisy of Banning Plastic Bags But Not Containers

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Although some in the natural food market brag about not using plastic bags, bags represented less than 1% of the plastic leaving health food stores. Look at the shelves.  Most of it is plastic that is much worse than bags. In fact, one green super food tub contains more plastic than 20 plastic grocery bags!

When confronted with this issue, some say “recycle”. That’s a good idea, but even though many of us do recycle, most don’t. Thus, most of the containers leaving natural food stores end up as plastic waste in our oceans and landfills, Ironically, recycling actually encouraging more plastic waste by supporting companies that package that way. As a result of our failure to demand appropriate packaging, these companies never have incentive to stop polluting the planet and continue to add produce more plastic to our planet.

 

For More Than 40 Years, Pines is the Original Green Super Food

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Pines is the pioneer of green super foods! We introduced wheatgrass to the natural food marketplace in 1976. It was Pines that coined the term “green super food” in the late 1970s. We are the ones who came up with slogans like “Eat More Greens”. We were shouting that message from the rooftops. That was at a time when few people understood the importance of green foods for health and disease prevention.

Unfortunately, our efforts to encourage people to eat more green may have led to this proliferation of plastic tubs. They often fill the tubs with devitalized brownish-green powders.  Our efforts may have led to people to grow an unnatural and potentially-dangerous form of wheatgrass.  People promote the juice from these unnatural methods as “wheatgrass shots.”  They force these poor plants to grow far-too-quickly with freakishly tangled roots in crowded trays. Because of the unnatural conditions, the mold levels are always off the chart even when mold is not visible.

You Can’t Grow Real Wheatgrass in Trays

The bottom picture shows the way Schnabel grew his wheatgrass compared to the top picture of growing it indoors.

These off-tasting, far-too-sweet juice shots have a fraction the nutritional level of real winter-grown wheatgrass. Real wheatgrass grows outdoors where the roots can go down into deep soil. That is how wheatgrass grows. It is how Pines’ has grown its wheatgrass for nearly 40 years.  It is how Dr. Schnabel grew his wheatgrass for the research quoted by Ann Wigmore and other authors.

Our predecessor company, led by Dr. Schnabel, the father of wheatgrass, grew wheatgrass naturally.  Those scientists used our location in the 1930s for the research by doctors and hospitals.  That research was the scientific basis for books by Ann Wigmore, Viktoras Kulvinskas and Steve Meyerowitz.  These authors praised his research even though they apparently didn’t realize that he did not grow the wheatgrass in trays. He also did not use juice.

Schnabel and other scientists grew their wheatgrass naturally, not in trays.  Schnabel grew his wheatgrass as Pines still grows our wheatgrass.   We plant the wheatgrass in the fall. It grows slowly over the winter in often-freezing temperatures. Schnabel found it reaches its peak for only a few days once each year in the early spring.  Other scientists confirmed his data.  They harvested real wheatgrass at that once-a-year time just as Pines does today.  Then, we dry real wheatgrass as a whole leaf and make into a powder to achieve the results in the research.

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The Centers for Disease Control found that only one in ten people eat enough dark green veggies. They also found dark green veggies protect us from disease common to modern society.  That’s why the USDA food plate (at left) made veggies the most important food group. No matter how many vegetables you eat, you probably need more.  PINES products cost less than other vegetables, provide more nutrition. In addition, we won the Taste of Life Award!  Please use our store locator to find a location near you where you can buy Pines.  Also, feel free to order online.