GMO Approval Process FINALLY Being Scrutinized

Genetically modified organismIt had to happen. Finally, a request has been made by Congress that the FDA’s and USDA’s review process for genetically engineered products finally come under scrutiny by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Another informative take on GMO foods from Bill Nye

For those who have questions as to what the fuss is all about with genetically modified foods or mandatory labeling for foods with GMO ingredients, you’re in luck! The Science Guy Bill Nye helps explain it well.

You’ll enjoy seeing it explained with humor as well as facts.

New pro-GMO labeling ad premieres

Oregon voters may pass a mandatory GMO labeling law this November

Oregon voters may pass a mandatory GMO labeling law this November

Just had the chance to view the new advertisement for GMO labeling that’s launching this week to support Measure 92, the measure before the Oregon voters that would mean mandatory labeling for products containing genetically modified ingredients.

Take a look. It features Dr. Ray Seidler, a former Senior Scientist with the EPA. During the 1980′s, he was the Chief EPA scientist involved in monitoring the first ever microorganism GMO releases into the open environment. He’s someone who’s opinion we should listen to.

The top 5 pesticide covered fruits and veggies

Produce. Pesticide pic

These days, it’s crucial to be an educated consumer. If you’re not, you and your family are inadvertently getting tons of toxic chemicals in your diet.

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System of Rice Intensification Brings Hope to Global Rice Production

More Crop Per Drop innovative rice field, photo courtesy of Lotus Foods

SRI methods generate higher rice yields using less water

Nearly one-third of the world’s population depends heavily on rice and rice products for food, with rice providing up to 70 percent of daily calories in some regions.  Over the last thirty years, milled rice consumption has increased by 40 percent, and by 2030, the global demand for rice is expected to increase up to another 40 percent. To meet this demand, rice paddies cover more than 300 million acres around the world.

Up to one-third of the planet’s annual freshwater use goes towards irrigating and growing rice.

But a new farming technique, called System of Rice Intensification (SRI), is generating hope, excitement and new possibilities for increased crop yields.

To learn more about this remarkably innovative farming technique and the amazing crop yields farmers are achieving with it, click here.

No GMO’s in your favorite foods? Not likely.

photo by Margarita Persico @ www.thehealthydish.com

photo by Margarita Persico @ http://www.thehealthydish.com

There are plenty of headlines about GMO labeling and the mega-money being thrown against it by giant food manufacturers. For consumers, the information is often misleading and confusing.

The terms GMO – genetically modified organisms – and GE – genetically engineered  food – are often used interchangeably. These foods have been altered by adding a type of gene (or organism) that belongs to some other plant or animal. It changes the plant’s structure. Studies are now showing that these are producing some pretty nasty effects on our bodies. For example, they’re seeing  an extraordinary rise in cases and severity of asthma and allergies. To learn more about these and other effects of eating GMO’s, check out the film Genetic Roulette.

To learn more about the challenges of avoiding GMO foods you generally enjoy, read the full article.

General Mills responds to petition to not oppose state GMO labeling laws

Participating in online petitions are an easy way to make your voice heard and have it count. 

I recently signed one asking General Mills to back off and not oppose state GMO labeling laws that are in process across the country, such as in Washington state. Interestingly enough, The following is the response I just received from General Mills’ Consumer Services division.

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