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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Decrease Pesticide Exposure by 90%

Another Reason to Eat Organic - Decrease Pesticide Exposure by 90%

Here are a few things that we know. 1) In its pioneering testing several years ago, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) identified up to 493 chemicals in Americans of all ages, including 287 industrial chemical pollutants found in the cord blood of 10 babies born in 2004. So, from the time we are in the womb […]

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Here are a few things that we know.

1) In its pioneering testing several years ago, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) identified up to 493 chemicals in Americans of all ages, including 287 industrial chemical pollutants found in the cord blood of 10 babies born in 2004.

So, from the time we are in the womb of our mother, our body is flooded with synthetic toxins.

2) Even though this EWG data was collected a decade ago, not much has changed since then, in terms of our exposure to chemicals. Read more »


NYT’s Mark Bittman Trashes Organic and Defends GMOs – My Response

NYT's Mark Bittman Trashes Organic and Defends GMOs - My Response

While organic food continues to explode in popularity and is increasingly becoming the food that everyone wants to eat – even Walmart and Target are boosting their organic options – the support for organic continues to erode at its most important levels. Our government is trying to decimate organic by chipping away at federal organic standards. Namely, the […]

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While organic food continues to explode in popularity and is increasingly becoming the food that everyone wants to eat – even Walmart and Target are boosting their organic options – the support for organic continues to erode at its most important levels.

Our government is trying to decimate organic by chipping away at federal organic standards. Namely, the USDA has undermined the intent of the National Organic Program by altering the incredibly important Sunset Rule, which would make it much easier for specially-approved synthetic ingredients to stay in organic much longer than they should.

Our President said in 2007 that he would label GMOs but has yet to do anything about this. GMOs pose an existential threat to organic, and the most powerful way to get people to stop eating this FrankenFood is to have GMOs labeled on the outside of food products. If people knew that they were eating foods that have been genetically-engineered, they would start asking questions, might avoid them altogether, and would be more inclined to eat organic.

And now we have the popular and influential food columnist of The New York Times, Mark Bittman, who, shockingly, has come out against organic and in defense of GMOs.

In his article Leave Organic Out of This, Bittman concludes that sustainable agriculture and healthier eating are the most important struggles in food, both of which have real validity.

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HUGE NEWS: Vermont’s Congress Passes Historic GMO-Labeling Bill. But Now What? It’s a Little Scary….

HUGE NEWS: Vermont's Congress Passes Historic GMO-Labeling Bill. But Now What? It's a Little Scary....

Yesterday afternoon I got an email from my friends at the Pesticide Action Network with the best piece of GMO-labeling news yet – Congress in the state of Vermont passed the very first GMO-labeling bill with no strings attached! If you’re wondering why I used the words “with no strings attached”, there is a specific reason. […]

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Yesterday afternoon I got an email from my friends at the Pesticide Action Network with the best piece of GMO-labeling news yet – Congress in the state of Vermont passed the very first GMO-labeling bill with no strings attached!

If you’re wondering why I used the words “with no strings attached”, there is a specific reason.

This is because Maine and Connecticut previously passed their own GMO-labeling bills but each of those had trigger clauses. So, they won’t go into effect unless other neighboring states pass their own laws as well. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress NOT to Pass the ‘Deny Americans Right-to-Know Act’

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress NOT to Pass the 'Deny Americans Right-to-Know Act'

Very recently, a piece of dangerous legislation was introduced into Congress that would deny your right to know if food is genetically-engineered or not. Dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”, this bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, and G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina. Unfortunately, there […]

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Very recently, a piece of dangerous legislation was introduced into Congress that would deny your right to know if food is genetically-engineered or not.

Dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”, this bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, and G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina.

Unfortunately, there is nothing “Safe” or “Accurate” about this deceptive bill, and organic advocates are correctly calling it the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act)”.

This shameful piece of legislation would: Read more »


Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic. Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is […]

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In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic.

Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is going to carry more weight with consumers than “Organic”.

On many levels, this is incredibly worrisome, mostly because shoppers are making the absolute wrong and unhealthy decision at the supermarket. Read more »


IndieGoGo Campaign: Why Organic Coffee Farmers in Cameroon Need Our Help

IndieGoGo Campaign: Why Organic Coffee Farmers in Cameroon Need Our Help

Since coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops on the planet, the importance of promoting organic coffee cannot be emphasized enough. And when it means that organic coffee production will also result in farmers generating enough money to send their kids to school, this is a project that I want to get behind.

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Since coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops on the planet, the importance of promoting organic coffee cannot be emphasized enough.

And when it means that organic coffee production will also result in farmers generating enough money to send their kids to school, this is a project that I want to get behind. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic – It is Essential for Managing Climate Change

Another Reason to Eat Organic - It is Essential for Managing Climate Change

Ever since I started eating organic food in 2001, people have asked me – why do you eat organic? The most common answer that I give is that I don’t want to consume toxic pesticides or GMOs. That seems to resonate with people and they can easily understand it. Over the last few years, however, […]

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Ever since I started eating organic food in 2001, people have asked me – why do you eat organic?

The most common answer that I give is that I don’t want to consume toxic pesticides or GMOs. That seems to resonate with people and they can easily understand it.

Over the last few years, however, my answer has evolved.

Of course, I mention the pesticides, but I also talk about how the chemicals used in conventional agriculture ruin our water supply (94% of our water now contains Atrazine) and sicken farm workers (residents in the farming community of Central Valley, CA are forced to drink bottled water because the tap water has become so contaminated from pesticides). Read more »