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Lagging Economy and Social Distrust: A Boon for Natural Living

Natural Living Experts to Gather at Annual Holistic Moms Conference

Caldwell, New Jersey, July 19, 2014 - From the early 1960s and 1970s until contemporary times, the natural living movement has been growing steadily, evidenced by the expansion of the natural products industry as well as through increasing attention to holistic/alternative healthcare and wellness services. But “holistic living has truly ‘exploded’, particularly among parents,” over the past 10 years, according to Holistic Moms Network Founder Dr. Nancy Peplinsky.   

Two socio-economic factors appear to be inspiring the shift: a persistent, lagging economy and a climate of distrust, according to Dr. Peplinsky.  “Self-sufficiency and sustainability are often motivated by financial hardship, whether that manifests for individuals in growing their own food or reusing resources for our households and lifestyles.”  Combined with tightening household budgets is a culture of distrust whereby consumers are calling for greater transparency and accountability from corporations on everything from personal care products to food labeling, such as the notable GMO food labeling movement.

“There has always been a green and holistic community, but the exponential increase in the past few years speaks to a larger cultural and economic trend,” she argues.   According to Dr. Peplinsky, the slow economy combined with distrust of commercial agricultural have been fueling the local food movement, including home gardens and homesteading.  The distrust, however, flows well beyond our food supply and into the prevalence of toxins in our environment, our household products, cleaners, and lawn care, among others.  Parents are driven to spearhead many facets of the natural living movement on behalf of their children with concerns for their well-being and the sustainability of their future.

With an eye on these trends, the Holistic Moms Network’s annual Natural Living Conference, to be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, will explore some of the top concerns of the natural living community, including chemical exposure in our environment and our households, contemporary homesteading, and do-it-yourself healing tinctures and infusions, among others.  The event will also feature a Keynote address by Dr. Laura Markham of Ahaparening.com on positive parenting, workshops on yoga and living with food allergies, and a holistic exhibit hall with vendors from the holistic wellness and natural foods industries.

The annual event unites the general public and Holistic Moms Network members and attendees from across the country who share an interest in holistic living and parenting. Community-building and support are at the heart of the Holistic Moms Network’s mission. “Connecting parents to each other, as well as to experts who can educate them and companies they can trust, all helps them to make positive lifestyle changes and expand the natural living community,” said Peplinsky.  The event expects to draw more than 400 attendees, and registration for both exhibitors and attendees is now available online at annualconference.holisticmoms.org.   

“It’s a bit of a paradox that natural living is both the channel and the solution for these broad issues, but living a healthy, self-sufficient lifestyle connected through community is exactly how we are going to get ourselves back on track, both financially and in terms of rebuilding trust,” Peplinsky explains.  “At least, that has always been at the core of what we do at Holistic Moms.”

 

About the Holistic Moms Network:

The Holistic Moms Network is a national, membership-based and managed, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with more than 100 chapters across the US. The organization is headquartered in Caldwell, New Jersey and launched its first chapter in 2003 in Essex County, NJ. The purpose of the Holistic Moms Network is to provide awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and to offer a nurturing, open-minded and respectful community for parents to share these ideals. Members’ interests include: natural health and wellness, nutrition and organic whole foods, integrative/alternative medicine, natural childbirth and breastfeeding, positive parenting, and non-toxic, eco-friendly living. Members can participate in educational meetings, local playgroups, and social events in local chapters across the United States. Formore information, please visit: www.holisticmoms.org or contact HMN at 877-HOL-MOMS.