What is Organic

Hello Little Butterfly – It’s Non-GMO Month this October

While we can sometimes struggle to remember a loved one’s birthday, meet deadlines for work, and accomplish a lengthy to-do list of errands, I have found myself and others making time for a new type of celebration. A moment where we can be a part of something larger. Perhaps you GMO Safetyparticipated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year (brrr..) or maybe you posted a #throwback picture of your siblings for National Sibling Day or possibly you are on the committee for your town’s 225th anniversary celebrations. These small acts have become popular because they are fun, yet meaningful. There is another upcoming celebration that is vital to our world’s health and future, and we’re going to need your help. Let me tell you why you should spread your wings and help grow the Non-GMO labeling movement!
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What is Organic

The future of organic in 2014: what’s at stake?

The worldIn mid-December organic took a giant leap forward when a major study published in the journal PLOS established evidence of nutritional advantages in organic milk. The study gave evidence that organic production enhances milk nutritional quality by shifting fatty acid composition.  Simply put, organic whole milk contains more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than traditional milk, one reason is because the cows making organic milk spend time grazing on pasture. Continue reading “The future of organic in 2014: what’s at stake?”

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Boycott that Brand! Is this the real path to change?

Boycott?The organic media is ablaze with boycotts and declarations of industry treason. Familiar brands you thought you could trust, ones that have been proudly displayed on shelves for years, are now under attack. Retailers who have embraced the organic and natural movement are demonized as villains. Continue reading “Boycott that Brand! Is this the real path to change?”

Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations

The What How and Why on GMO’s

World map GMO production From Wikimedia
World map GMO production From Wikimedia

 

What are Genetically Modified Organisms?

GMO’s are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding. The majority of GMO crops are engineered to produce Bt in their DNA.  Bt is a protein that is toxic to chewing insects and is produced by the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis and has long been used as a biological pesticide. Here is a Research Paper on the effects of Bt products in Humans.  None of the genetically engineered traits in commercial production offer increased yields, drought tolerance or nutritional superiority.  Continue reading “The What How and Why on GMO’s”