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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Food companies are quietly hedging their bets with newer non-GMO products

Ben & Jerry's reformulated their Coffee Heath Bar ice cream to nix the GMO's

Ben & Jerry’s reformulated their Coffee Heath Bar ice cream to nix the GMO’s

With the passage of Vermont’s new GMO labeling bill, food manufacturers are wondering which way the winds of consumer demand will really go, and how soon. Always looking to make a profit, many companies are quietly hedging their bets by recalibrating ingredients in some of their product lines.

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Smart Balance® spread to be non-GMO nationwide

Smart Balance non-GMOThis week consumers will get a healthier choice when it comes to buttery spreads.

Colorado-based Boulder Brands, announced the planned transition in March of its entire product line of Smart Balance® non-GMO buttery spreads to non-GMO. It’s the first leading national spread to go non-GMO.  Smart Balance is shipping millions of tubs of the new non-GMO buttery spreads to national and regional grocery stores across the country. Distribution will continue ramping up in May, with a complete transition this summer.

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The Challenge of Finding GMO-free Pet Food

Editor’s Note:  I write for a variety of online venues. Although the references in this article are for a website based in northern California,  I think you’ll agree that the issue are bigger than geography.

Photo by Margarita Perisco, courtesy of flickr

Photo by Margarita Perisco, courtesy of flickr

As someone committed to living a green lifestyle, it’s natural for me to want my dog to be on the green journey with me. I’ve ditched containers with BPA and chemical-filled pet products and I use top quality “green” laundry detergent. But when it comes to finding pet food or dog treats that are GMO-free, that’s a bigger challenge.

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Are we losing important biodiversity in our food?

Urban garden 1I’ve been a backyard organic gardener for the better part of fifteen years. Each year I learn and grow more while experimenting with a wider variety of types of veggies. It’s a lot of fun and definitely helps keep my food budget down.

I came across an interesting article called 15 Indigenous Vegetables that are Nutritious and Delicious and was surprised at how many of these I’d never heard of before. I’m always looking to find new things to grow in my garden and the idea of trying something both incredibly nutritious and different definitely captures my imagination.

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Vermont Soap launches new organic deodorant

Vt Soap Logo (new)If you’ve ever read the labels of your favorite personal care products, chances are you’ve seen ingredients with names you can barely pronounce. And many aren’t either healthy or natural.

Popular brands of deodorants and antiperspirants include synthetic ingredients such as hormone disrupting fragrance, antibacterials and petrochemicals – things like propylene glycol (aka antifreeze), triclosan, phthalates, parabens, aluminum and alcohol. Many of these are creating serious problems for consumers.

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First No GMO TV ad hits the airwaves

\Washington faces a big challenge in this Fall’s election – whether or not to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill. The Yes on 522 group has now produced its first television ad that will hopefully spur the public to vote in favor of this precedent-setting legislation.

If it passes, hopefully it will spur other states to pass similar legislation. Two states have already done so – Maine and Vermont, but those laws are contingent on at least 3 other neighboring states passing labeling laws in order to go into effect. If you’re on the fence about this issue or don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, check out the film Genetic Roulette to learn more.