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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Are you eating GMOs?

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.

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Sustainable Foods Summit – a call for greater collaboration

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The recent 2014 Sustainable Foods Summit that this writer attended in San Francisco was a remarkable and engaging two days. Over 160 senior executives debated key sustainability issues affecting the North American food industry. Ethical sourcing & biodiversity impacts, the role of sustainability metrics, and food ingredients for sustainability were some of the major themes covered.

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Too many green labels equal confusion for consumers

There are hundreds of "green" labels out there, providing plenty of confusion for consumers

There are hundreds of “green” labels out there, providing plenty of confusion for consumers

While participating in the recent Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco, I browsed the trade show outside the event. One of the first booths I encountered was for Control Union Certification, which is an independent inspection and certification body. In my conversation with their representative, I came across a startling fact.

There are literally hundreds of certification programs out there. It’s a veritable morass of information that is impossible for consumers – and even somewhat educated journalists – to keep up with, much less to understand!

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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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The campaign for mandatory GMO labeling heats up

GE food graphicToday more than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

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