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

 

 

Non-toxic Cookware

I have covered the topic of toxic cookware briefly in the past, but I wanted to update the information. First of all, if you still are using Teflon coated cookware, toss it in cookwarethe trash! Teflon is the brand name for a chemical coating known as PFOA. What is the problem with this coating? This is from About.com/cookware:

“The resulting products contain no or only trace amounts of PFOA, and the Environmental Protection Agency does not have enough information about the product to suggest that using the products could cause a health risk or concern.

However, because this chemical is used in the manufacturing process, it has been found in low levels in the environment and even in the bloodstream of a sample of the U.S. population. It has been found to affect the development of laboratory animals, as well as other adverse effects on their health.”

That is good enough for me. Run. Run away from the Teflon.

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Healthy, Homemade Dog Food – updated raw recipe

My dog, Bella is one of my favorite “people” in the world. She was a timid, mangy mess when we rescued her about 8 years ago.  She has become a funny, loyal, and loving companion to our family.

Bella waiting for her dog food to defrost
Bella waiting for her dog food

She was still shy and cowering after a month or two of living with us, but was getting better every day. Around this time, my young son and I were playing Chutes and Ladders on the floor. She eyed us from the corner of the room for a few minutes. She slowly grabbed her bone, came over to us, laid her bone on the playing board and spun the spinner with her nose. I DID NOT DOCTOR THIS STORY IN ANY WAY. My son and I laughed until we cried and hugged Bella while we cooed, “Good doggie.”  She wagged her big tail in delight. It was a turning point.

I could go on and on with funny stories about her. But you get the point. She means the world to us. Anyone who has a dog or a pet that they love can relate.

Imagine my terror about a year ago when she suddenly couldn’t get up and down the stairs anymore. She would either fall, struggle, or simply stare at the stairs knowing that she couldn’t tackle them.

I knew that when we adopted her she was one to two years old, but that only made her nine at the most. Was she really that “old” all of a sudden? Continue reading “Healthy, Homemade Dog Food – updated raw recipe”

Vegan Spring Rolls

spring roll

Ingredients:
Butter lettuce
Scallion (julienned)
Jalapenos or Serrano peppers seeded and julienned
Cucumber (julienned)
Basil
Mint
Cilantro
Shredded Carrots
Mung or Bean Sprouts
Avacado
Rice paper

This is so easy and delicious!
Chop all ingredients and lay them out assembly line style.
Dampen a dish towel on which you can lay the rice paper and prepare the roll.
Prepare rice paper according to directions, stuff and roll.

I either use organic peanut sauce for dipping or this recipe if I have more time http://shesimmers.com/2009/03/how-to-make-thai-peanut-sauce-my-moms.html

Baby Steps to Health

We shouldn’t have to be detectives when it comes to our food, but this is what it has come to in the United States of America. Our food system is so corrupt and morally bankrupt that it compromises our health daily by putting profits ahead of our best interests. Even if you do not suffer from health problems currently, you can guard against premature aging and future health risks by eating healthfully. It’s not easy because nothing is what is seems or claims to be when it comes to what you eat. Continue reading “Baby Steps to Health”