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First Time Ever: Federal Judge Orders the Destruction of GMO-Crops

First Time Ever: Federal Judge Orders the Destruction of GMO-Crops

Does it make sense that we have to sue our government to get them to obey the law? No, of course not. But that is what we have to do these days. The USDA is so controlled by Big Ag, biotech and pro-GMO companies that it will completely ignore the law in order to placate […]

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Does it make sense that we have to sue our government to get them to obey the law? No, of course not.

But that is what we have to do these days. The USDA is so controlled by Big Ag, biotech and pro-GMO companies that it will completely ignore the law in order to placate its very powerful constituency.

Here’s what happened: In August, Federal District Judge Steven S. White (pictured) ruled that the USDA could not approve the planting of GE-sugar beets until an environmental review had been completed. Seeking to circumvent this ruling, the USDA’s Department of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service gave the green light for GE-sugar beet seedlings to be planted just one month later, in September. Read more »


Do You Want to be Eating Genetically-Engineered Fish for Dinner — Forever? If not, Please Watch This Video

Do You Want to be Eating Genetically-Engineered Fish for Dinner -- Forever? If not, Please Watch This Video

For those of you who do not know, the FDA is very close to approving genetically-engineered salmon. If they do, this would be an absolute disaster. Watch the video above to see why. What is even more appalling is what The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently discovered that FDA knowingly withheld a Federal Biological […]

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For those of you who do not know, the FDA is very close to approving genetically-engineered salmon. If they do, this would be an absolute disaster. Watch the video above to see why.

What is even more appalling is what The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently discovered that FDA knowingly withheld a Federal Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prohibiting the use of transgenic salmon in open-water net pens pursuant to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

According to Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, “This adds further evidence that in fact GE salmon pose a serious threat to marine environments and is another compelling reason for the FDA not to approve the fish for commercial use. While the FDA applauded the company’s choice of land-based containment as responsible, it never revealed that it is illegal in the U.S. to grow genetically engineered salmon in open-water net pens.” Read more »


Vermont Soap Organics – My Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Vermont Soap Organics - My Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Wash

At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston, I spoke with Larry Plesent, the founder of Vermont Soap Organics. Vermont Soap Organics makes my absolute favorite fruit and vegetable wash. Yes, washing with water is just not enough. It is important to use a produce wash but not just any one. […]

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At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston, I spoke with Larry Plesent, the founder of Vermont Soap Organics.

Vermont Soap Organics makes my absolute favorite fruit and vegetable wash. Yes, washing with water is just not enough. It is important to use a produce wash but not just any one.

In this video, Larry explains the benefits of using a produce wash and discusses the main ingredients in his product.

Please be aware that not all produce washes are created equally. Many contain an ingredient called grapefruit seed extract. There is a good deal of controversy around grapefruit seed extract and it is something that I try to avoid.

If you want to order this fanastic produce wash, click HERE.


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) Delays Food Safety Bill — Thankfully

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) Delays Food Safety Bill -- Thankfully

While I am all for improved food safety in this country, especially with the recent egg salmonella scare , the current food safety bill that has been working its way through Congress is a step in the wrong direction. Why? – It has the potential to kill organic, local and community food production. The rules […]

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While I am all for improved food safety in this country, especially with the recent egg salmonella scare , the current food safety bill that has been working its way through Congress is a step in the wrong direction.

Why?

– It has the potential to kill organic, local and community food production. The rules and bureaucracy would make it impossible for the little guys to compete.

As it is now, many small organic farmers choose to avoid or unable to afford the certification process because of the cost and red tape.

– It is endorsed by “industry”.  Anything that is endorsed by industry is something that I am very wary of. After you watch the movie Food, Inc., you’ll see that the industry is the problem.

– There is a section of the bill that allows the Secretary to keep provisions of the bill secret. Yes, secret! This is due to national security reasons.

– After the debacle with genetically-engineered salmon, I don’t trust the FDA to do the right thing when it comes to protecting the integrity of organic. Read more »


USDA Ignores Federal Judge's Ruling Regarding GE-Sugar Beets

USDA Ignores Federal Judge's Ruling Regarding GE-Sugar Beets

Be clear about one thing: The current administration is about as “anti-organic” as you can get and don’t let Michelle Obama’s token organic garden (which wasn’t even organic since the soil was tested as very toxic) fool you. Recent developments in Washington D.C. are nothing short of infuriating and disheartening for people who love organic […]

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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack - Courtesy: USDA

Be clear about one thing: The current administration is about as “anti-organic” as you can get and don’t let Michelle Obama’s token organic garden (which wasn’t even organic since the soil was tested as very toxic) fool you.

Recent developments in Washington D.C. are nothing short of infuriating and disheartening for people who love organic food.  Just within the past month, this has happened:

Evidence #1

The FDA declared genetically-engineered salmon to be safe, and approval of this fish appears to be imminent.

This is an absolute disaster. Why? Well, there are many reasons and expect the flood-gates to open to other genetically-engineered animals. Cattle and pigs are sure to be next.

In the U.S., genetically-modified food does not have to be labeled as such. So, when you go to a market and order salmon, you will have no idea if what you are buying has been manipulated in a laboratory or not.

PLEASE send in your email protesting this.

Evidence #2

On August 13, 2010, a federal judge ruled that the USDA could not approve the planting of genetically-engineered sugar beets after this specific date because the agency had failed to deliver an environmental review. The agency needs to prove that GE-sugar beets do not contaminate organic sugar beet farms and don’t cause superweeds.

Proving this will be very, very difficult because we know that GMO crops do cause superweeds and do contaminate similar organic crops. Read more »


The GoodOnYa Bar's Breakfast Bar – Video Product Review

The GoodOnYa Bar's Breakfast Bar - Video Product Review

In this video, I review The GoodOnYa Bar’s Breakfast Bar. A few main reasons why I like this bar. – It is real food and tastes like real food.  It doesn’t taste like a highly processed bar. – Contains Brazil nuts, my favorite kind of nuts. – Sweetened with maple syrup – this is pretty […]

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In this video, I review The GoodOnYa Bar’s Breakfast Bar.

A few main reasons why I like this bar.

– It is real food and tastes like real food.  It doesn’t taste like a highly processed bar.

– Contains Brazil nuts, my favorite kind of nuts.

– Sweetened with maple syrup – this is pretty rare.

– About 64% raw.

I interviewed the founder of The GoodOnYa Bar, Kris Fillat, earlier this year and she gave me a great explanation about the safety of eating peanuts. The bar was also included in my Best of Show from the 2010 Expo West Trade Show.

The Breakfast Bars are primarily sold in Southern California but can be purchased online HERE.


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 »