California’s Proposition 37 – a chance to speak up for better, healthier food

As we get closer to the November election, things are heating up in California. A fast and furious controversy over the consumer’s right to be informed is centering around Proposition 37. This measure, if passed, would create mandatory labeling for food containing GMO’s – food crops / ingredients made from genetically modified organisms.

As the  most common GMO’s are corn, sugar beets, soy and canola are key ingredients in so many foods, it behooves consumers to read labels and become more educated about this issue.

Check out this newly released poster about this important topic. It’s an eye-opener.

If California does manage to get this proposition passed, will it be a harbinger for the rest of the nation?  To date, at least 19 states have tried to pass similar labeling laws but failed. Perhaps California will lead the way to success – and to improved health for the nation.

Anna-Marie’s Specialities offers lineup of tasty biscotti

If you frequent coffee or tea shops, you’ve likely seen a jar or packages of oblong, dry-looking biscuits on their counter. These are biscotti — twice-baked, dry, crunchy, usually almond-flavored biscuits.

Originally made with only flour, eggs, sugar, pine nuts and almonds, today’s biscotti has expanded to meet the consumer’s growing demand for variety and flavor. A home-based, Texas bakery called Anna-Marie’s Specialties is meeting these flavor demands with an ever-expanding menu of quality delectables.

To learn more about these delicious treats and the wide variety of flavors they come in, check out

Organizations win the 2012 “People and Planet green business awards

The winners of Green America’s first quarterly “People & Planet” award were announced today. This award recognizes America’s best green, small businesses. The winners – Sonoma Compost Company, Green Kid Crafts, and Raleigh City Farm – will each receive a $5,000 cash award. They were selected by the public during a month-long, open voting period online at Green America’s website.

Green America’s competition  recognize innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that deeply integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The first round of the Awards focused on green businesses that actively serve their local communities.

To learn more about the winning organizations and the great work that they do, check out

Organic Bouquet provides environmentally and people friendly flowers

Organic Bouquet empowers flower farmers with fair trade practices, helping to create a steady, sustainable family income.

A study by Rutgers University  found that flowers ease depression, refresh memory, and inspire social interaction as people age. Flowers have also been shown to help seniors live a healthier, happier life. This makes sense, as natural beauty inspires the soul. A proponent of the recent Grandparents Day and other fun and important holidays, Organic Bouquet is the largest retailer of beautiful and sustainable flowers and gifts in the U.S.

To learn about Organic Bouquet’s sustainable flowers and initiatives and how it empowers flower farmers, especially women, see the full article at

The real evidence of the harm of GMO food

Finally, there is scientific, understandable evidence of the negative effects of genetically modified (GMO) food crops. Scientists, farmers and informed consumers are speaking up in Jeffrey Smith’s new documentary Genetic Roulette. Smith is the founder of Seventh Generation, the well-respected laundry product company.

See this eye-opening film. Learn how scientists of the FDA itself deemed GMO’s as dangerous – and were ignored. Find out how farmers have lost countless animals due directly to GMO feed.

Become an educated consumer. It’s a step forward towards real and lasting health.

How to Green Your Printer and Save

The following is a guest blog by Shane Shirley-Smith.

Consumers Just Say “NO” to Throwing Money Away Along with Their Ink Cartridges

Free Ink 4 Life is a sustainable way to refill ink cartridges and save money too!

Consumers today are more eco-conscious than ever about how they are spending their money.  Reducing the impact that purchasing choices have on the planet is on consumer radar and wastefulness is on the demise.

People are feeling less green in their wallet but want more green in their products and are looking for innovative ways to deal with both desires. Consumers get that green feeling every time they print something and notice the ink is getting low. Consumers can turn in their ink cartridges for recycling and receive a small credit at many stores that accept used ink cartridges.  Still, many consumers are left wondering if there is an even better way to green their printer.

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Can Your Collection of Business Cards Grow Flowers?

Almost everyone has a business card these days. Most of us have collected quite a few of them over the years, and tend to build up a stash of old ones, eventually throwing them away or tossing them into recycling. What can you do with all of those old business cards? A company in Florida has created a great looking, earth-friendly solution.

Jason Tunick, CEO of Factory Direct Promos, saw a real need for more environmentally friendly promo products for consumers and businesses when he founded his company in 1996. Noting the waste that business cards and related paper products created, he wanted to find a more eco-friendly alternative.

To learn more about this cool green alternative that will have your business card stand out with potential customers, check out

T-fal cookware makes cooking easy and stylish

T-Fal’s sharp looking steam wok is part of their new Balanced Living product line

Obesity is a national epidemic. But cooking healthy food isn’t difficult, once you have a little knowledge and the right tools.

T-FAL, the French cookware company that was the first to market nonstick cookware in the U.S., is launching its latest product line called Balanced Living.

To learn more about this top quality product line of cookware that has just been introduced here in the U.S., see the full article at

TerraCycle partners with Tom’s of Maine to cut landfill waste

Once again, TerraCycle has partnered with a well-respected company to expand its Brigades and help keep waste out of our landfills.

Tom’s of Maine – known for its high quality natural toothpastes and other personal care products – has teamed up with TerraCycle to create the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. This free recycling program  accepts toothpaste tubes and caps, mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant/antiperspirant containers, plastic soap wrappers and floss containers, regardless of brand.

To learn more about this Brigade. one of over 50 different ones sponsored by TerraCycle and a great way to keep single-use waste out of landfills and earn money for your school or non-profit, see the full article at