Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) Are Up to No Good… Again

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) are terrified that the people of Vermont will soon know what is in their food. Vermont just passed the first no strings attached genetically modified Organism (GMO) labeling laws. Not only will foods that are GMO/genetically engineered (GE) be labeled, but they will no longer be able to make the false claim that GE food is “all natural.”

The GMA is wants to make sure that other states do not follow Vermont’s lead. They are trying to enact voluntary, watered down federal legislation that will prevent states from passing their own GMO labeling laws.

Please consider boycotting the brands below. These impostor organic brands such as Naked Juice, Muir Glen, Odwalla and Honest Tea are owned by big food companies who contribute millions to the GMA and want to keep you in the dark about your food. Vote with your dollars.

Who are the Traitor Brands? Here are the worst culprits, their parent companies, and the amount they spent just to defeat Prop 37 and I-522 (GMO labeling laws in California and Washington):

PepsiCo ($4.8M) – IZZE, Naked Juice, Simply Frito-Lay, Starbucks Frappucino
Coca-Cola ($3.2M) – Honest Tea, Odwalla
Nestle ($3M) – Gerber Organic, Sweet Leaf tea
Kraft/Mondelez ($2.4M) – Boca Burgers, Green and Black’s 
General Mills ($2.1M) – Cascadian Farm, Larabar, Muir Glen
ConAgra Foods ($2M) – Alexia, Pam organic cooking sprays
Kelloggs ($1.1M) – Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, Morningstar Farms
Campbells ($980k) – Plum Organics, Wolfgang Puck organic soups
Smuckers ($900k) – R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz organic, Smuckers Organic
Hershey’s ($880k) – Dagoba
Bimbo Bakeries ($560k) – Earthgrains bread
McCormick ($400k) – Simply Asia, Thai Kitchen

UPDATE: Please see what happened here with regards to the labeling laws

https://thenontoxiclife.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/a-good-explanation-of-the-dark-act/

 

Why “USDA Organic” Is About to be Meaningless

The USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in San Antonio, TX on April 29th began with a protest and an arrest. Organic Consumer Association’s political director, Alexis Baden-Mayer was hauled off in handcuffs for protesting illegal changes to the USDA National Organic Program’s (NOP) sunset policy. After 15 minutes of chanting, “Don’t Change Sunset,” Ms. Baden-Mayer was physically removed by San Antonio police. Watch this video of the event.

The sunset policy said that once a synthetic material or additive was added into organics, it would be automatically taken out after five years unless 2/3 of the NOSB voted to keep it in. Now the additives will automatically STAY IN INDEFINITELY unless 2/3 majority votes to remove it. The list of junk in our organics will keep getting longer and longer until USDA Organic label means nothing.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is headed up by Miles McEvoy, who illegally and without notice, reversed the sunset policy. Mr. McEvoy also hi-jacked the NOSB meeting by inserting himself in as co-chair. The NOSB is supposed to be an independent advisory board to the NOP. How can it be independent of the NOP if the head of the NOP is co-chairing the meeting? This was immediately challenged by Jay Feldman, a member of the NOSB, but eventually the meeting continued with McEvoy in place.

I am proud to say that I was at this meeting, although I did not witness the protest and the arrest. I arrived later in the afternoon to give testimony on behalf of the Cornucopia Institute. It was an honor to be a citizen lobbyist. I told the NOSB to please consider the information being presented carefully. As a mother and citizen, I see the USDA Organic label as the last bastion of safe food for my family.

My formal testimony was regarding aquaculture animals. There was a proposal before the NOSB to add chlorine, vitamins and vaccines that could be genetically engineered, to cover up sickly farmed fish that were being raised “organically.”

You can get involved. Tell Miles McEvoy that you are sickened by his power grab to weaken organics miles.mcevoy@ams.usda.gov

 

 

The Fight to Know What is in Our Food

 

 

dylieThis is a pivotal moment in the fight to know what is in our food. The integrity of organic food and labeling issues are very much in flux right now.

As it stands about 90% of all corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets grown in the U.S. contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or are considered genetically engineered (GE). About 50% of zucchini, yellow squash and Hawaiian papaya are GE.

What does that mean? According to the Institute of Responsible Technology, “A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.”

Why does this matter to you? 85- 90% of all processed foods contain one or more GMO ingredient. GMOs were introduced to the market in the mid 90’s without any long-term testing. That’s right. You’ve been the guinea pig for about twenty years.

Perhaps over the last twenty years you’ve noticed a rise in some disease states such as cancer (specifically kidney, breast, colon and anal), diabetes, allergies, gastro-intestinal disorders, infertility, autism, auto-immune disease, ADHD etc. I’m not saying the two are linked, but I would say that there needs to be long-term studies on the effects of GMOs. Continue reading “The Fight to Know What is in Our Food”

How Do I know GMOs are Unsafe?

You should still watch the “Seralini” video even though his study has been retracted under suspicious circumstances. UPDATE: the retraction was retracted.

 

 

My Non-Toxic Life

As my husband has said to me, “Show me the evidence that GMOs are unsafe.”

Here you go. Warning, you’ll be damn mad you watched this the next time you go to your favorite Mexican restaurant and reach for a tortilla chip. You’ll never look at it with such drooling adoration again. Curse you, Monsanto. I loved chips and queso. I live in Texas for crying out loud and nothing goes better with a Margarita!

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What’s the Problem with GMOs?

I am going to re-run some of my first blogs. They deal with GMOs and why I have a problem with them being on our tables.

My Non-Toxic Life

So What’s the Problem with GMOs? They have never been proven safe. Not only that, the only long term study ever conducted, showed that rats fed GMO crops developed tumors at an alarming rate.

I know what you might be thinking, “I eat healthy. I doubt I’m eating GMOs.” WRONG. You are eating them, trust me. If you eat tortilla chips, potato chips, corn or anything with corn – that includes high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup, anything with sugar, canola oil, cottonseed oil, protein bars, cereal, or cereal bars, bread, mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup, Asian food, Mexican food, any kind of soy burger, vegetarian meat substitute or tofu, eggs, luncheon meat, or any meat, chicken, or pork (because animals eat GMO crops and then it is passed on to us) or let’s just say anything in a box or bag that is NOT USDA Certified Organic, you are…

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Are So-Called Nutrition Drinks Making us Sicker?

Is it possible that nutrition substitute drinks for diabetics actually contribute to type 2 diabetes?glucerna-shakes-product-image

A relative of mine has type 2 diabetes. His doctor told him to drink Glucerna shakes because it will help to balance his blood sugar and give him nutrients.

But as much as he drinks these shakes, he never seems to get better; only worse. I explained to his wife that he would do better to get nutrients from actual green vegetables like the ones I juice daily. She told me in horror that he just needs to do what his doctor told him.

From where did we get the idea that these drinks are a panacea? I believe from commercials that target trusting care givers, from drug reps that tell doctors that these shakes are actually nourishing and because they are handed out routinely in hospitals. The drug companies do a surprising and alarming amount of doctor education. As far as I know, there are no sales reps for the vegetable industry.

Today, I want to just address the Glucerna shake. Note that Abbott Laboratories makes Glucerna as well as Ensure, PediaSure, and a whole slew of other meal replacement and “nutrition” drinks.  Continue reading “Are So-Called Nutrition Drinks Making us Sicker?”

The Good, the Bad and the Imposter Organic Brands

protest“No thanks, we’d rather not know what’s in that box of food stuff,” said the people of Washington state and California.

Not really, they were just bamboozled by brilliant and brilliantly deceptive ad campaigns costing $70 million dollars.

Last year Proposition 37 in California and just this month Ballot Initiative 522 in Washington State asked voters if they wanted mandatory labeling for foods containing GMOs in the respective states. Both states failed to pass labeling laws at about the same margin, 48% yes to 52% no. Continue reading “The Good, the Bad and the Imposter Organic Brands”