A Very, Very Dangerous Precedent: FDA Approves Genetically-Engineered Salmon

Just a few hours ago, the FDA declared that GE-salmon is as safe to eat as non-GE salmon and has given its approval for it to be sold to consumers.

Despite the fact that:

– Over 400,000 comments were submitted demanding that genetically-engineered salmon be rejected.

– More than 300 environmental, consumer, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fishing groups and associations, food companies, chefs, and restaurants filed joint statements with the FDA opposing approval.

– More than 40 members of the U.S. Congress have repeatedly urged the FDA to conduct more rigorous reviews of environmental and health safety, and halt any approval process until concerns over risks, transparency and oversight have been fully satisfied.

……….the FDA refused to listen to consumer opinion and environmental concerns, and it completely placated the well-funded biotech industry.

Not only is this the first GE-fish approved, but it is the first GE-animal approved for human consumption. (This “FrankenFish” is injected with a gene from the Pacific Chinook salmon and can reach adult size in 16 to 18 months instead of 30 months for normal Atlantic salmon.) Read more »

10 Organic Food Stories You Need to Know About

Photo Credit: Sustainable Pulse

(Photo Credit: Sustainable Pulse)

Here are 10 organic food news stories you need to know about.

1) California just dropped a BOMBSHELL about glyphosate causing cancer.  Several months ago, the World Health Organization said that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in RoundUp, Monsanto’s $6 billion a year weed killer, was “a probable carcinogen” – which means that it “probably causes cancer”.

Now, the State of California intends to declare that that glyphosate “causes cancer”.

WOW!!!  This is major.  

If California does in fact declare that glyphosate causes cancer, there needs to be very serious debate about putting warning labels on glyphosate-sprayed food.

2) September is a big month online for organic.  In September, the Organic Trade Association is running a 30-day social media #OrganicFestival aimed at bringing the entire organic industry together behind a common theme and mission to correct long-held myths and misconceptions about organic. Read more »

The GMO ‘Golden Rice’ Experiment was an Ethical Disaster – One Shocking New Development

Golden Rice - Photo: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) via Wikimedia (CC BY)

Golden Rice – Photo: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) via Wikimedia (CC BY)

What GMO apologists will constantly tell you is that genetically-modified food is essential to feed the world.

They’ve spent so much money on lobbying and influencing politicians – $572 million from 1999 to 2010 – that a majority of people in Washington D.C. have actually come to believe this nonsense. (University of Michigan’s Catherine Badgley explains here why organic can feed the world.)

But GMOs, we are told, won’t just feed the world. They’ll supposedly nourish it as well.

One prime example of this is GMO ‘Golden Rice’, which was touted as a way to help solve a major global health problem by providing kids adequate amounts of Vitamin A.  Read more »

Top 5 Foods for Beauty — with TV Host and NYT Best Selling Author Sophie Uliano

Sophie Uliano, green beauty expert, NYT best selling author, and TV host, was in New York City recently and we shot what turned out to be one of my favorite interviews yet.

As you can tell from the video above, not only is Sophie Uliano an incredibly engaging individual, but she has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to holistic health, nutrition, wellness, and beauty.

In her brand new book, Gorgeous for Good, Sophie shares all of this information in a very practical and approachable format. What I particularly love about this book is that it incorporates the different components of beauty – physical, emotional, and spiritual — in a “skin to soul” program. While the food we consume is certainly a major contributor to beauty, it is by no means the only one and people need to pay equal attention to these other components. Read more »

Study: Organic has More Antioxidants, Much Fewer Pesticides, and Less Cadmium than Conventionally-Grown

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The evidence as to why people should choose organic over conventional just keeps rolling in.

In a brand new study just published by researchers at Newcastle University in England, it was found that organic fruits, vegetables, and grains contained higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides compared to the same conventionally-grown food.

Some details of the study include: Read more »

Top 10 Herbs by Nutrient Density

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By now, many of you may be familiar with the “ANDI Scores” when you walk into the produce section of Whole Foods Market.

Created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index” and ranks a food’s nutrient density on a scale from 1 to 1000.

The ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities, and by dividing the nutrient level of a food by its caloric content (N/C).

For context, kale, a dark leafy green, scores 1000 while soda scores 1. Read more »

Best Packaging from Natural Products Expo West 2014 – TruVibe Organics


If you’ve seen my favorite movie ever – What The Bleep Do We Know? – then you are no doubt familiar with the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto.

Dr. Emoto did studies that showed the crystal formations of water molecules actually change when positive messages are put on the outside of glasses of water. Hence, positive messages have a real impact, on both an emotional and physical level. Read more »