Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Are Natural Foods Natural?

Most US packaged foods labeled ‘natural’ have GM ingredients – report

Non-profit finds that while ‘organic’ products lack GM ingredients, many cereals, chips and infant formula contain them

Three tomatoes grown from genetically modified seeds. Photograph: Alamy

A majority of US packaged foods labeled as “natural” and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group.

Consumers are being misled by the “natural” label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability.

Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether labeling claims for GMO presence were accurate.

While foods labeled as “non-GMO”, or “organic” were found to be free of genetically modified corn and soy, virtually all of the foods labeled as “natural” or not labeled with any claim related to GMO content contained substantial amounts of GMO ingredients, Consumer Reports said.

GMOs were present in breakfast cereals, chips and infant formula, the group said.

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Satireday on Eco-Crap

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Make you Fink on Friday

Going ‘green’ is more than shopping at Whole Foods and driving a Prius

Environmentalism in the US today has come to simply mean buying the right products. What if you can’t afford them?

Fresh produce at Whole Foods. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP

As environmentalism goes mainstream, corporations are marketing the word “green” as a panacea for the world’s climate crisis. Today the word describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions: buy local, organic and fresh; go vegan; eat in season; skip the elevator, take the stairs. “Green” has come to mean shopping at Whole Foods and possessing a Prius. Meanwhile, leading corporate polluters like BP and ExxonMobil place commercials on CNN advertising their “green” practices.

It should come as no surprise, then, that “green” lifestyles don’t resonate with low-income communities; being “green” involves a set of behaviors that are financially or culturally inaccessible to millions of Americans. This presents a major problem for the environmental movement. If it is going to be successful, environmentalism simply cannot afford to be demographically segregated or isolated from the pathos of economic disparity.

The environmental movement needs to do a better job of connecting issues of race, class, poverty and sustainability; in short, it has to become a broader social movement. And people of color need visibility in the movement. By that, I don’t mean Barack Obama presiding over environmental policy from the White House or Lisa Jackson heading the Environmental Protection Agency during Obama’s first term. I mean the recognition that sustainable survival practices in poor communities are just as significant as solar panels and LED lights. Ultimately this is where the citizenry of the planet can and must come together in order to move forward.

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Monday Moaning

NB: The original post has been removed as the owner of the source website objected via a comment:

“I did not grant permission to reprint my article in full, so please change this to only be a snippet to my original piece. Thank you.”

In nine years of blogging I have never been chastised in this manner for combining with another site in the event of spreading important news this way, even though I credited his site as the source.

To the blogger, I apologise. I have removed the entire content to be safe. Had his comment been a little more pleasant I would have acceded to his request. I will, however, still thank him for the heads up on this issue.

Corporate Charlatans vs Super Heroes

The fight for labeling products is on. Proposition 37 is due for the vote.

See here how the two sides are shaping up. Who is for – Super Heroes, and who is against – Corporate Charlatans.

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Image via Cornucopia – Click to enbiggenate

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It makes me so mad that these corporations are putting $23bn into the campaign to fight product labeling; it just goes to show that they have a lot to hide from the public.

They are frightened that if we know the truth about the ingredients in their products that we will stop buying them.

It is the consumers’ right to know what is in any product.

My suggestion is, don’t wait for the labels, stop buying these brands NOW! Support the brands from Organic Heroes!

You can make a difference!

Head across to the Cornucopia Site and make your opinion known with your vote.

Make you Fink on Friday

Monsanto or Organic?

 

Small Footprints Stumbled this page to me and I find it very interesting and extremely disturbing:

The source: ecopolitology go there, read more, it gets worse and is definitely something to ‘Fink about on Friday.’

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