Posted on September 16, 2015 by Envirothink
Journalists must walk a fine line between reporting and becoming (or even perceived as) an activist. While I do my best to walk that line professionally (though at times I admittedly do “fall down” on one side or the other of an issue), in my personal life I sign a large number of online petitions for causes I feel strongly about.
It’s rare, though, to receive a response – even a “canned” one – from one of these petitions. But that’s what happened.
In response to a petition I signed recently asking General Mills to support mandatory FDA labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s) in them, here’s the response I got via email. Very interesting. Let me know what you think. Continue reading
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: General Mills, genetically modified ingredients, GMO, mandatory GMO labeling, national standard, non-GMO, organic, organic certification, organic farmers | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 17, 2015 by Envirothink
With all the hoopla across the country about whether or not to pass legislation that would give the public the right to know what’s in the food we eat and about preventing carcinogenic pesticides from being used on our food crops, the idea that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would flagrantly disregard concerns of environmentalists and concerned citizens seems at odds with its public charter. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: certified organic, Cornell University, environmental assessment, food crops, GE moths, genetically engineered, genetically engineered insect, organic, organic farmers, Syngenta, US Department of Agriculture, USDA | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 25, 2015 by Envirothink
Most of us know that there are pesticides in our produce. We may not want to think about it, but the face remains that growers, particularly the larger farming concerns, are quite liberally dousing what we eat with toxic chemicals.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: Environmental Working Group, healthier shipping choices, non-profit, pesticides, pesticides in produce, toxic chemicals | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 23, 2015 by Envirothink
It’s tough for consumers to make sense of the many food certification labels
There’s a steadily growing plethora of food certifications out there and it’s getting pretty confusing for consumers to make sense of them. And the label “natural” has become downright suspicious and meaningless.
Among the confusion, there are labels we can trust out there, including Non-GMO Verified and perhaps Certified Humane. Now it seems there’s another one that smaller farmers are embracing and that’s trustworthy.
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a grassroots non-profit created by a handful of farmers from New York’s Hudson Valley who were committed to organic practices, has ts own set of standards and certification process. Continue reading
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: aquaponics, certifications, Certified Naturally Grown, farmers markets, Food Alliance label, GMO seeds, herbicides, organic certification, organic standards, soil conservation, synthetic pesticides, USDA, USDA organic, water conservation | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 5, 2015 by Envirothink
Plenish – a GMO cooking oil from DuPont Pioneer – is quietly making its way into restaurants
When it comes to eating healthy, there are a lot of factors to consider. Fried foods don’t really fit the bill, even though we’d like to think they do.
But chalk another one up for DuPont and their efforts to get Americans to accept GMO products as part of their regular food choices.
Filed under: Food Safety, GMOs | Tagged: bad chotesterol, DuPont, DuPont Pioneer, fried food, genetically modified soybeans, gentically modified food, GMO, GMO products, good cholestorel, monounsaturated fat, olive oil, Plenish Food and Water Watch, Soybean oil, trans fat, United Soybean Board | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 25, 2014 by Envirothink
Oregon’s GMO labeling ballot measure is still alive. Could it become law?
Even though most of the general media who quickly reported that Oregon’s Measure 92 failed, as the saying goes “it ain’t over ’til it’s over!” Continue reading
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: chemical companies, GE food labeling, genetically engineered, genetically engineered corn, mandatory GMO labeling, Measure 92, Monsanto, Oregon, Oregon ballot measure, recount | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 13, 2014 by Envirothink
Votes are still being counted. Oregon could still pass mandatory labeling
With all the media reporting – some gleefully – that Oregon’s mandatory labeling for GMO’s measure went down in flames, it seems that the news may be premature. It brings to mind the famous picture of President Truman holding up the newspaper with the headline proclaiming Dewey won the presidential race when in fact Truman ended up the winner.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: Center for Food Safety, Center for Food Safety Action Fund, contested ballots, mandatory GMO labeling, mandatory labeling, Oregon Secretary of State, President Truman, Truman versus Dewey, Yes on 92 | Leave a comment »