Would General Mills support national GMO labeling? They say yes.

GMO rice graphic

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

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 market for non-GMO crops is growing and farmers and grain processors are getting onboard

Lynn Clarkson founded Clarkson Grain, which accepts only non-GMO grain. Photo by Dan Charles, NPR

Lynn Clarkson founded Clarkson Grain, which accepts only non-GMO grain. Photo by Dan Charles, NPR

As the groundswell against GMO crops and genetically modified ingredients in our food grows, farmers are taking notice. Many are realizing that more demand for non-GMO means better prices for their crops.

Supply and demand always dictate what’s available to consumers and the more we speak up, the louder consumers get, manufacturers, grain processors and farmers will deliver.

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Stephen Colbert takes on Washington state’s GMO labeling initiative

Colbert Report + GMOs

If you’re a fan of political satire, you’ve gotta love Stephen Colbert. His latest is his take on the still-in-limbo Washington state ballot initiative #522 which, if passed, would mandate labeling for foods containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.

Take a look and enjoy!

Washington’s GMO labeling measure too soon to call

Yes on 522 logoMajor news organizations are touting the failure of Washington state’s “Yes on 522” measure which, if passed, would require mandatory labeling for products containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. But it seems they’ve jumped the gun.

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Healthy, gluten-free cosmetics for vibrant skin

Tilth Cosmetics logoFor those who suffer from wheat allergies, I can relate. I had an intense wheat allergy for ten very long years. During that time, I avoided anything that had wheat or wheat related.

But one area I never considered during this time (and I should have) was my cosmetics. Who knew that wheat is a major component of many of the major cosmetic brands on the market?

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