Posts Tagged "CA Right to Know"

What You Need to Know About GMO’s

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

I have been a long time reader of how GMO products are harmful to our bodies. Dr. Mercola has done a fantastic job of educating his followers about GMO’s and have tried hard to not buy GMO based food products. Let’s be honest, how do you know if what you are buying is a GMO product? Well you don’t, unless you live in a country that has mandatory labeling, such as Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and all of the countries in the European Union. Then of course there are countries that have severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or selling GMO food products. These countries are Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, the Philippines, Australia, Peru and Japan. (source: mercola.com) So why are wealthy and developed countries like Canada and USA refuse to label our products? That is why we have a right to know: I realize I buy foods that are GMO, but I am more likely to buy products if they support this label: I have also downloaded the Non-GMO Shopping Guide onto my phone and Honest Label where you can scan your products to see where it came from. I do follow the Dirty Dozen Produce to purchase my organic produce (they have a free app or download the shopper’s wallet guide) and avoid produce that begins with the number “8” as it means it is a GMO product (look for the little stickers). I will shop at Farmer’s Markets because they use less pesticides and many small farms cannot afford to be labeled “organic.” I also follow these organizations on Facebook: Just Label It Environmental Working Group CARightToKnow Healthy Child, Healthy World I am excited to a panelist for the first time for a topic I have been passionate about for years. Join us tonight on Twitter for a Twitter Party and win great, GMO-Free Products from Beanitos (my new favorite chip) and Unreal(TM) Candy So join us tonight (yes, can you tell I am super excited?!) for the #Yeson37 Label GMO Twitter Party and RSVP here! Who: @CARighttoKnow & @LabelGMOs When: Friday, August 10th Time: 10-11pm EST/9pm-10pm CST Hashtags: #Yeson37 #LabelGMOs Share with me, are you just as concerned as WE are? Also check out my favorite non-GMO supplement New Chapter and their offer of gratitude to receive $4 off your next...

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I am a Label GMO Evangelist for Prop 37

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

For those who know me, I am an avid label reader, a label detective is more like it. If I do not know what the ingredient is (meaning can’t pronounce it), I will look it up to find the source where it came from, find out its side effects in how it affects our bodies. I have to read our labels since we eat gluten, soy, dairy and recently corn free. I have been against GMO products since I first learned about it several years ago, thanks to Dr. Mercola, a local MD who practices alternative medicine. What is a GMO you ask? It is a Genetically Modified Organism. And if you want to learn more on what it is, check out this video from that was beautifully spoken about: GMO Labeling You see, California is looking to pass a bill that will label our products as GMO and if it passes it will set precedence to the other 49 states to perhaps pass a bill that will better inform us, the consumers, on what is in our foods. It is called Prop 37 Right now California has an initiative on the ballot to label genetically engineered foods in packages. It’s Prop 37. #Yeson37 means that packaged foods companies have till January of 2014 to relabel everything on grocery shelves. If your head is spinning, don’t worry, mine does too when I read all the info out there, especially when it comes to GMO. It is why I am super excited to announce that I am a part of the GMO Evagenlist team. Roughly 70% of our foods that we eat is a GMO product. You should be concerned… In fact, Leah Sedgie of Mamavation™ wrote a fantastic post on how GMOs are affecting our health. (Why re-create the wheel?) What I am here to tell you are the top GMO Foods and foods that are being tested to be GMOd: 1. Tomatoes – While this no longer qualifies, it is good for you to know when the first GMO food was first introduced. In 1994, genetically modified tomatoes hit the market in the US as the first commercially available genetically modified crop. GM tomatoes have since disappeared. But still marks the importance of the history and the beginning of a GMO food symbol in the first GMO crop. 2. Soybeans – the majority of the soybeans in the USA and Canada are GMO. In fact the GMO seeds have spread (through weather, birds, bees..) that they have affected many of the organic soybean farms and can no longer qualify for organic farming methods. Soybeans are also fed to our cattle, chickens and pigs for feed and is being known as an endocrine disruptor. New studies suggest that eating large amounts of soy’s estrogen-mimicking compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger early puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children. Soy Protein Isolates are also a cheap filler in may packaged foods, but also difficult for children under 12 to digest. 3. Corn – corn is used for fuel and is used in food products. The one that is the most concerning is High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is used in just about every packaged food product including salad dressings, ketchup, cereals, breads, crackers and I have even seen it in applesauce. It is also used in animal feed to help fatten up the cattle and used in many gluten free baking. Recently, myself and my son have tested to be corn intolerant. When I gave up the corn and corn by-products, his sensory issues decreased and my weight...

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