Three and a half years ago, I wrote this post, where I mentioned a book that Marilyn’s husband, Steve, first read, called, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It. I thought I was informed before I read that book. Yep, boy, was I wrong! I got schooled on GMOs and wrote about it here. Since then, A LOT has happened…
The Good News
- There are great resources to help you if you want to avoid feeding your family foods known to have GMOs in them. Start with the Non-GMO Project.
- Many food companies and restaurants have begun the process of going GMO-free: Panera Bread, Chipotle, Cheerios, Hershey Bar, Campbell Soup, to name a few.
- Over 30 States have active GMO-labeling bills – proposed laws that would require companies to put know GMO ingredients on their food labels. Currently, 64 countries require labeling GMO foods. Some countries even outright ban GMOs.
The Bad News – And this is Breaking News –
- There is federal legislation that has just been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would block states from requiring GMO labels, it would actually make it harder for companies to label voluntarily. It’s first, official (misleading!) name is “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.” Its second name is given by its opponents: The Deny-Americans-the-Right-to-Know (DARK) Act. Read about it here and find out what you can do about it.
Back to The Good News
- 90% of folks across the country and in our state of CT want to know which foods have GMOs and continue to be willing to contact their legislators and national food companies.
- The latest company to announce going GMO-free is McCormick’s Spices. Read about the consumer victory here.
- Learn more about the latest and join me and other folks at a local gathering this coming Thursday night. See below. Find out if there is a local gathering in your neck of the woods, or better yet, create one (!) by clicking here.
As I like to say, Your Health is Your Wealth!
Consumed – Movie Screening
Thursday, February 25th from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
100 Quarry Rd, Trumbull, Connecticut 06611
Consumed is a film by Staples High School graduate, Daryl Wein. It’s a dramatic thriller set in the complex world of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The story is anchored by a working-class, single Mother who goes on a journey to uncover the cause of her son’s mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of an Organic farmer in danger of losing his farm, the CEO of a biotechnology corporation trying to save the world, two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery, and an ex-Cop caught in the middle of it all.
Tickets for this screening must be reserved here: http://gathr.us/screening/14065