Election Day And The Food Movement – A blog from Ocean Robbins

good-bad-v2-1I am lucky enough to have Ocean Robbins as my neighbor and friend. He is author of The Power of Partnership, and co-author, with his dad and colleague John Robbins, of Voices of the Food Revolution. He pretty much sums up the good the bad and the ugly on the mid-term election in the post below. You can read more from Ocean at http://foodrevolution.org/blog .

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Genetically Engineered Fresh Produce

Guest Author:  Simcha Weinstein

delicious organic produceA question I was frequently asked at the Natural Products Expo in Baltimore was, “Are there any fresh produce items that are genetically modified, and if so, which ones?”

 GMOs are present in about 70 percent of foods on US supermarket shelves, as the vast majority of processed foods contain GMOs. One major exception, however, are fresh fruits and vegetables. The only genetically modified produce you’re likely to find is the Hawaiian papaya, a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash, and some sweet corn – all grown using conventional farming methods. Remember, USDA organic standards prohibit any genetically modified ingredients. Organic fresh produce CANNOT (by law) be raised using genetic engineering! No meat, fish, or poultry products approved for direct human consumption are bioengineered at this point, though most of the feed for livestock and fish come from GM corn, alfalfa, and other biotech grains. Only organic varieties of these animal products are guaranteed to be GMO-free. Continue reading

It’s time to think about Organic Cotton

Organic CottonWhen was the last time you thought about cotton and fiber?  I can’t remember the last time the subject came up at a party. Yet it’s integral to our everyday existence. We wear it, snuggle and sleep in it; we swaddle our infants with it. We spend money and attention on fashion, color and cut but we don’t spend much thought on how it is produced. Cotton is not just on our skin, it sometimes ends up on our plates in our food, and every cotton product we use has an effect on what we eat! It’s time to rethink our relationship with cotton. Continue reading

Vote Tomorrow for GOOD FOOD POLICY

Melody DCI am looking forward to casting my vote tomorrow in the mid-term elections . Great change is upon us  in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate, many will be challenged. Polls show narrow races in many states and all eyes are on the Senate control. Interest groups around the country have been spending millions to buy votes and sway opinions. Despite the ads on television and radio I want to find a way to create positive change in our agriculture and food policy. I want to cut through the propaganda and understand how the candidates have performed.  I want to cast a vote for food priorities and begin to hold our future Congress accountable! Continue reading