A New Wave of Democracy, and How Corporations are Trying to Silence Your Voice and Your Choice

Written by Max Goldberg on February 24, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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There are very few people that I learn more from in the organic industry than Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Directory of the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Washington, D.C.

Not only does Andrew Kimbrell preside over one of the most important non-profits in the fight for healthy and organic food, but he is also one my favorite interviews (see HERE and HERE).

For President’s Day recently, Andrew wrote an excellent piece about what is truly taking place in our country, and I wanted to share it with you below. If you like what he has to say here, be sure to sign up for the CFS newsletter and please consider supporting this phenomenal organization.

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President’s Day is an appropriate time to reflect on the state of our U.S. democracy. And there is some very good news across the country about the spread of local democracy, but you have not heard or read much about it in the mainstream media. Remarkably, this democratic surge has taken place despite the massive influx of corporate dollars from those who want to stomp out popular rule as it threatens their power and profits. But more about them later.

Let’s start with the big positive.  Too often, democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is “the lesser of two evils.” But now citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods. Often, they are saying no to technologies that will poison their water, destroy their land and biodiversity, and threaten the health of their children and communities. Read More »

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USDA Approves Genetically-Engineered Apples that Don’t Turn Brown

Written by Max Goldberg on February 13, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

It seems like every day that passes, the USDA approves another very risky GMO crop, all to the benefit of biotech/chemical companies and to ZERO benefit for consumers.

This time, the USDA has approved a first-of-its-kind genetically-engineered (GE) apple that doesn’t turn brown after bruising or slicing.

The apple, developed by the company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, uses a relatively new form of genetic engineering called RNA interference, or gene silencing, which has raised numerous concerns from consumer groups, environmentalists, and the apple industry. Read More »

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The Most Important Food Book of the Year – The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari

Written by Max Goldberg on February 10, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Today is a monumental day in the world of food activism and healthy food. Why?

Because it is the release of The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

In just a few years, Vani Hari, also known as The Food Babe, has enacted more positive change in the food industry than anyone else in our country today. She has forced many of the biggest conventional food brands – such as Kraft, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, and Anheuser-Busch – to alter the way they do business, all to the benefit of the individual consumer. Read More »

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Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Top Trends for 2015

Written by Max Goldberg on February 4, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company. Today’s column is a slight departure from the normal format.

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There are very few people on the planet that have more insight into what is going on in the organic food industry than the department heads and buyers at Whole Foods Market.

After all, these are individuals who put billions of dollars worth of products on supermarket shelves. Not only are they market influencers and tastemakers, but at the end of the day, they are also responsible for figuring out what consumers are willing to spend their money on.

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Another Reason to Eat Organic – GMOs and Weedkiller Found in Conventional Cereal

Written by Max Goldberg on February 2, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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If anyone you know is still feeding their children conventional cereal, maybe this piece of news will get them to change their habits.

GMO Free USA, a non-profit that educates consumers and other stakeholders about the potential hazards of GMOs, just published its results of independent lab tests (verified by DNA analysis) done on Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal.

Here’s what they found:

1) 100% of the corn in the Froot Loops was genetically-modified, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide-producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn. This corn produces insecticides inside of the plant’s cells and cannot be washed off. Read More »

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IMPORTANT READ: What the Media and Food Industry Won’t Tell You

Written by Max Goldberg on January 26, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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For those of us who are food activists or are simply individuals who care about healthy food, the most important event of the year will be taking place over the next few months.

And it centers around the February 10th release of the The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

To me, this book represents something much greater than a guide on how to live a healthy lifestyle each day. This will be the biggest attack ever on the food industry and its despicable business practices. Read More »

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Fascinating Results from Nielsen’s Global Health and Wellness Survey

Written by Max Goldberg on January 24, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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From its survey of 30,000 people in 60 countries, Nielsen just released the results of its Global Health and Wellness Survey. And what they reported is more evidence that health is a trend that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Here were some of the key findings from the survey:

– Organic products have enjoyed 28% sales growth over the past two years while products claiming to be “all natural” have experienced 24% sales growth over that same period. Read More »

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