I asked @KarenBassTweets to Vote No on DARK Act, Will You Take Action, Too? #StopTheDARKAct

Last week, the House Agricultural Committee passed HR 1599, the bill better known as the DARK Act, which would obliterate state GMO labeling laws, prohibit national GMO labeling, and ban any GMO crop growing limitations on municipal, state or federal levels. At some point this week–it could be today–the DARK Act is up for a vote. Want to help stop it? Me, too. [Read more…]

Will @USDA Label #GMOs?

Will the USDA label GMOs? Possibly. On May 1st, an internal letter leaked to the Associated Press detailed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans to create a labeling program in which companies could pay the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to verify that their products contained no genetically modified ingredients. [Read more…]

Kaua’i Win Vs. @DuPont_News #GMOs

How to win the fight against GMOs? Take a note from Kaua’i, “the global epicenter for GE seed testing,” where residents living near the testing zone are exposed to six times the number of pesticides used on the mainland, according to the Pesticide Action Network. But these activists are fighting back–and winning. [Read more…]

Want Food Fast? Choose #GMO-free @Chipotle!

After making national news in 2013 by becoming the first national food chain to disclose genetically modified ingredients in their food, Chipotle announce yesterday that they have eliminated all GMOs from their food. Like most level-headed conversations, their concern about GMOs focuses on these two points.

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Fight the DARK Act & Support GMO Labeling

gmo labeling dark act call to actionYou know the calorie count and the fat content. Shouldn’t you also know if your food contains GMOs? That’s the question on the table with H.R. 4432, a bill otherwise known as Deny Americans the Right to Know—or the DARK Act—which is set to be re-introduced to Congress this year. Regardless of what you think about the safety of GMO foods, this is a bill you need to know about. [Read more…]

New Year’s Resolution: Boycott Starbucks, Support GMO Labeling

new year's resolution starbucks boycott shows starbucks cup on tableLast year, my New Year’s resolutions focused on small changes that can improve your health and our environment. This year, in addition to the Shop Drop Challenge, I’m just making just one New Year’s resolution—which has the power to change everything. [Read more…]

GMOs, By The Numbers

tomato with red dye being injected into itIs there a more controversial subject in the food world than GMOs? I don’t think so. With Connecticut and Maine passing GMO labeling laws last year, and 20 more states considering them, we all should get well informed about Genetically Modified Organisms. My problem with GMOs is that most manipulation of these plants involves making them able to better withstand high doses of pesticides. In fact, from 1996 to 2008—the first 13 years of commercial GMO crop production—there were 318 million more pounds of pesticides applied to crops. Take a look at this infographic, part of my “by the numbers” series this month. What do you think? [Read more…]

3 Facts to Face About GMO Foods

tomato with syringes poking out of itPeople often ask me, “What is GMO” and “What’s so bad about GMO foods?” I’m not an expert by any means, but here’s my answer: Genetically engineered foods—also known as genetically modified organisms or GMO foods (it’s basically two ways of saying the same thing)—begin as plants that have had their DNA changed in a laboratory.

That would be fine—I’m no science-phobe—except for the fact that most of these changes involve pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. [Read more…]