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5 Essential Ways to Avoid Genetically-Modified Food (GMOs)

5 Essential Ways to Avoid Genetically-Modified Food (GMOs)

The other day on Facebook, I shared a post that I wrote a while ago called Consuming Genetically-Modified Soy is a Very, Very Risky Proposition. (If you are unfamiliar with the health risks of eating genetically-modified food, please read this article.) As a follow-up from that post, I got an e-mail from a reader asking […]

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The other day on Facebook, I shared a post that I wrote a while ago called Consuming Genetically-Modified Soy is a Very, Very Risky Proposition. (If you are unfamiliar with the health risks of eating genetically-modified food, please read this article.)

As a follow-up from that post, I got an e-mail from a reader asking how she would know if she is eating genetically-modified soy or not.

Figuring that many other people may have that same question, I wanted to explain how to avoid eating genetically-modified food (GMOs) and the things that you need to look out for.

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#1 – Buy USDA Certified Organic Products  GMOs are prohibited in organic food. Therefore, look for products that contain the USDA certified organic seal.

Even though GMOs are prohibited in organic, organic crops can be contaminated by GMOs through cross-pollination and drift. (That is why the proliferation of GMOs is a real threat to organic farming. The co-existence of GM-crops and organic crops is simply not possible, despite what our government would like us to believe.)

USDA rules require that organic certifiers test samples from at least 5% of the operations they certify on an annual basis. Read more »


New Study on Milk: More Evidence That Organic Offers Superior Nutrition

New Study on Milk: More Evidence That Organic Offers Superior Nutrition

When most people think of the reason to drink organic milk, the first thing that pops into their mind is the desire to avoid hormonal milk – milk that has been produced from cows who have been injected with synthetic growth hormones. (If you are unfamiliar with the serious health risks of hormonal milk, click […]

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When most people think of the reason to drink organic milk, the first thing that pops into their mind is the desire to avoid hormonal milk – milk that has been produced from cows who have been injected with synthetic growth hormones.

(If you are unfamiliar with the serious health risks of hormonal milk, click HERE.)

Yet, a recently released study gives us an additional reason as to why we should drink organic milk.

In research published in PLOS One, the scientists of the study reported that organic milk contained 62% more omega-3 fatty acids and 25% fewer omega-6s. Read more »


Should You ALWAYS Eat Organic?

Should You ALWAYS Eat Organic?

Last week I got a comment on How Much Poison Should We Feed our Kids Today? and thought it was important enough to be a full blog post. A woman felt guilty about feeding her kids pesticide-laden, conventionally-grown food and asked if she “should always feed them organic?” As an organic food blogger and someone […]

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Last week I got a comment on How Much Poison Should We Feed our Kids Today? and thought it was important enough to be a full blog post.

A woman felt guilty about feeding her kids pesticide-laden, conventionally-grown food and asked if she “should always feed them organic?”

As an organic food blogger and someone who is very passionate about organic, I am going to be biased about organic food, which should not come as a surprise to anyone. Read more »


My Organic Remedy to Help Keep the Flu Away – Fire Cider

My Organic Remedy to Help Keep the Flu Away - Fire Cider

(Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this article is not intended to treat or cure any illness or ailment. It is for informational purposes only, and please consult your doctor before taking anything.) With 48 states fighting the flu and 29 children having died from the virus, it has definitely been on my […]

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(Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this article is not intended to treat or cure any illness or ailment. It is for informational purposes only, and please consult your doctor before taking anything.)

With 48 states fighting the flu and 29 children having died from the virus, it has definitely been on my mind, especially since it is in the news every single day.

That being said, I have not gotten and would never get a flu shot. (My friend Vani Hari wrote about the garbage that they put in these shots, in case you are interested.)

My idea of staying healthy and avoiding being sick is to make sure that my immune system is strong as it can be.

So, I am:

– Getting as much rest as I can.

– Juicing a ton. Mostly green juice, ginger shots, and carrot juice. Separately. Read more »


Organic Coconut Oil on Bread – So Simple, So Good

Organic Coconut Oil on Bread - So Simple, So Good

First off, to those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and ate some great food. Maybe there are many people out who feel the same way, but I just absolutely love putting organic coconut oil on my bread. (When I do this around my father around, […]

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First off, to those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and ate some great food.

Maybe there are many people out who feel the same way, but I just absolutely love putting organic coconut oil on my bread. (When I do this around my father around, he looks at me like I am an alien. For him, it is nothing but butter.)

I have nothing against jelly. In fact, I really like the BioNaturae jellies that come from Italy.  They are spectacular, fresh, and sugar-free.

However, the taste that coconut oil gives to bread is second to none in my book. Read more »


Physicans Recommend to Reduce Pesticide Exposure for Children But Don’t Specifically Encourage Organic Food

Physicans Recommend to Reduce Pesticide Exposure for Children But Don't Specifically Encourage Organic Food

A primary reason that people eat organic is because they don’t want to consume food that has been sprayed with toxic pesticides. This is especially important for children since their bodies are still developing and are very sensitive to poisonous chemicals. Despite what the chemical industry would like us to believe – that chemicals are […]

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A primary reason that people eat organic is because they don’t want to consume food that has been sprayed with toxic pesticides. This is especially important for children since their bodies are still developing and are very sensitive to poisonous chemicals.

Despite what the chemical industry would like us to believe – that chemicals are safe – the President’s Cancer Panel report says otherwise.

“The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.”

With 41% of the U.S. population expected to get cancer and 21% of the U.S. population expected to die of cancer, one recommendation made by the President’s Cancer Panel was to choose “food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.”

In its recently released report, The American Academy of Pediatrics also believes that pesticides pose a grave danger to children.

The report says that “acute poisoning risks (from pesticides) are clear, and the understanding of chronic health implications from both acute and chronic exposure are emerging. Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Related animal toxicology studies provide supportive biological plausibility for these findings.” Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Protect Organic, Tell Congress “NO” to the Monsanto Rider

TAKE ACTION: Protect Organic, Tell Congress "NO" to the Monsanto Rider

With Monsanto having carefully orchestrated the defeat of Proposition 37 in California, they are now at it again. However, this time it is in Washington D.C. and the potential ramifications are much, much more serious. With Congress back in session and trying to figure out how to fund the government for the coming year, a […]

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With Monsanto having carefully orchestrated the defeat of Proposition 37 in California, they are now at it again.

However, this time it is in Washington D.C. and the potential ramifications are much, much more serious.

With Congress back in session and trying to figure out how to fund the government for the coming year, a very treacherous “Monsanto” rider is still on the table for the 2013 Appropriations bill. And we can’t let this get approved.

So, what exactly is this “Monsanto” rider?

Cloaked in “farmer-friendly” language, this Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 733) is nothing more than a ploy by the biotech industry to plant genetically-modified crops (GMOs), even when the courts have told them that they cannot do so.

Not only will this provision allow biotech companies to plant these potentially dangerous crops while legal appeals are being filed, but it will render useless the judicial process and the USDA’s authority to oversee GMOs. Read more »