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Kellogg's Says That Its GMO Products are Safe — Really?????

Kellogg's Says That Its GMO Products are Safe -- Really?????

One of the reasons that I am so passionate about organic food is because I don’t believe chemicals or genetically-modified food should be anywhere near our plates. Furthermore, it is intellectually dishonest to say that pesticides or food manipulated by biotechnology can be safe or good for us. Multi-national food conglomerates, who have serious financial […]

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One of the reasons that I am so passionate about organic food is because I don’t believe chemicals or genetically-modified food should be anywhere near our plates. Furthermore, it is intellectually dishonest to say that pesticides or food manipulated by biotechnology can be safe or good for us.

Multi-national food conglomerates, who have serious financial interests at stake, like to spin it the other way.

In a recent letter to consumers, Christina Calleros, the Consumer Affairs Specialist at Kellogg’s, had this to say:

“Biotech ingredients are safe and have become common in the open market. Sixty to seventy percent of packaged foods in the U.S. include biotechnology crops.”

While I agree with her that they have become common in the open market, I just shudder at her claim that they are safe.

They are not safe for humans.

They are not safe for animal and human health.

They are not safe for the workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals.

They are not safe for the environment. I am reading a fantastic book now by Anna Lappe called Diet for a Hot Planet, which goes into this in great detail.

So, the next time you are in the supermarket and see these brands — Kashi, Bear Naked and Morningstar Farms — know that these are made by Kellogg’s and also contain GMO.

If you want to get more involved in this issue, the Organic Consumers Association is waging a campaign against Kellogg’s and is always looking for more support. I’ve sent my email in.


Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa. On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets. Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has […]

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Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa.

On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets.

Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has had no qualms about giving Monsanto approval to sell its Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds prior to an environmental study ever being completed.

When farmers buy Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds, they also must buy the Roundup Ready herbicide, the toxic chemical sprayed on the crops. Other Roundup Ready crops have led to increased use of herbicides, a  proliferation of herbicide resistant weeds, and contamination of conventional and organic crops. Furthermore, the chemicals pollute the local water supply and destroy the soil.

The USDA’s behavior is totally reckless. Yet, it continues to cater to the needs of major agribusiness in this country and disregard what is best for the citizens it is supposed to protect. Read more »


Organic Restaurants – A Very Important Question To Ask

Organic Restaurants - A Very Important Question To Ask

I get asked all of the time by people “how do I know that the food that I am eating is organic?” Well, when we buy food in the supermarket, there is an organic certification process managed by the USDA. Those organic food products have the organic seal. Yet, what do we do when we […]

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I get asked all of the time by people “how do I know that the food that I am eating is organic?”

Well, when we buy food in the supermarket, there is an organic certification process managed by the USDA. Those organic food products have the organic seal.

Yet, what do we do when we go to restaurants?

While there are a very few restaurants that have actually been certified organic (there is one here in NYC called Gustorganics), most of them are not.

In this video, I share with you the one question that I always ask when I go to a new organic restaurant. The answer gives me a good idea about how serious they are about organic.  


Fancy Food Show 2010 – Ayala’s Herbal Water

Fancy Food Show 2010 - Ayala's Herbal Water

As I wrote about in a recent blog post, Ayala’s Herbal Water was one of my favorite products that I saw at the 2010 Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came […]

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As I wrote about in a recent blog post, Ayala’s Herbal Water was one of my favorite products that I saw at the 2010 Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

In this video, I interview the founder of the company, Dr. Ayala, and she talks about how she came up with the product and why.

Ayala’s Herbal Water is leading a trend that I believe will only continue to grow — organic beverages made with unique, not-too-often used herbs and spices. I am currently seeing it in NYC (a video-blog post on this is forthcoming) and we see it here with Ayala’s Herbal Water.

Keep an eye on this company.


Video Review of iPhone App: True Food Shopping Guide

Video Review of iPhone App: True Food Shopping Guide

The Center for Food Safety, a fantastic non-profit organization that is a huge defender of organic food in this country, just released a really cool and useful iPhone App. It is called The True Food Shopping Guide. This will be of tremendous use to people in helping them become more educated about which foods/brands contain […]

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The Center for Food Safety, a fantastic non-profit organization that is a huge defender of organic food in this country, just released a really cool and useful iPhone App. It is called The True Food Shopping Guide.

This will be of tremendous use to people in helping them become more educated about which foods/brands contain genetically-modified foods and which ones don’t.

In this video review, I go over several key aspects of the app. Needless to say, I think it is phenomenal.

It can be downloaded for free on iTunes. If you don’t have an iPhone or Android, a free printed version can be found here.


Organic NYC – A Recap of the 2010 Fancy Food Show

Organic NYC - A Recap of the 2010 Fancy Food Show

When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything. At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob […]

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When I went to Natural Products Expo West earlier this year, I was able to spend three full days there and take my time visiting each booth. I felt good about writing my Best of Show Awards since I was confident that I had seen everything.

At this year’s Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, my time was limited to three hours on one day. I did my best to see everything I could but there is no doubt that I missed some things.

A few key takeaways:

– I was stunned by all of the foreign food companies at the show. It seemed that every country from every continent had its own section.

– Organic food did not have its own designated area. I was curious if it would but was informed that with so many companies doing organic, it no longer made logistical sense.

– The energy was very different than at Expo West. This could be a result of Expo West being a smaller show and a unifying passion around organic/natural.

Now, for the most interesting and compelling products that I saw.

RUNA AMAZON GUAYUSA TEA

There seem to be hundreds of organic teas on the market and the first question that pops out of my mouth when I see a new one is “what makes this tea different from all of the other teas?”

There are three things that make Runa Tea unique. Read more »


President’s Cancer Panel Report is a Huge Endorsement for Organic Food

President's Cancer Panel Report is a Huge Endorsement for Organic Food

A few days ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, a group of independent doctors and researchers, released its annual report called “Reducing our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. Needless to say, the connection between the amount of chemicals/harmful toxins in our environment and the high incidence of cancer is incredibly strong, and decisive […]

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A few days ago, the President’s Cancer Panel, a group of independent doctors and researchers, released its annual report called “Reducing our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. Needless to say, the connection between the amount of chemicals/harmful toxins in our environment and the high incidence of cancer is incredibly strong, and decisive action needs to be taken.

In its letter to the President, the Panel “urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation’s productivity, and devastate lives.”

The report recommends that in order to decrease exposure to pesticides, individuals should choose “food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers” and “exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat without these medications.”

Essentially, they are saying to eat organic food because conventional food is laced with dangerous chemicals that increase our chances for cancer.

And, this is coming from an independent panel not paid for by special interest or industry groups.  The two main authors are LaSalle Leffall, Jr., M.D., from Howard University and Margaret Kripke, PhD, from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

It is a long report and covers many areas (not just food) so I will give you some of the most salient points/information. Read more »