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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

If you aren't aware of the danger genentically modified corn and soy products present to your families diet, continue reading. Find out the latest news and commentary on GMO food sources, eating and buying organic foods, nutritional news, food related health issues and much more.

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whydontyoutrythis.com

July 3, 2013

Did you know that Aspartame was banned by the FDA twice? How is this product legal now?

The bittersweet argument over whether Aspartame is safe or not has been going on for a long time. On one side we have medical evidence that suggests we should avoid using it and on the other side we lean on the FDA's approval that suggests it is safe. Since generally that seems to be the factor that many continue to hold trust based upon, I thought we could look into the Aspartame story to find out how it came to be accepted as safe by the FDA. You would think that something so widely used and so well accepted would have quite the pristine story leading to its acceptance. I imagine one will discover otherwise after reading this post. The Shocking Story of How Aspartame Became LegalIt all starts in the mid 1960's with a company called G.D. Searle. One of their chemists accidentally creates aspartame while trying to create a cure for stomach ulcers. Searle decides to put aspartame through a testing process which eventually leads to its approval by the FDA. Not long after, serious health effects begin to arise and G.D. Searle comes under fire for their testing practices.

whydontyoutrythis.com

March 13, 2013

Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars).

The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the 'suicide belt', Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from "renewal" seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year's harvest. The practice of using renewal seeds dates back to ancient times, but Monsanto seeks to collect massive royalties and put an end to the practice.

whydontyoutrythis.com

March 13, 2013

Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars).

The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the 'suicide belt', Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from "renewal" seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year's harvest.

wickedlocal.com

by Gatehouse Media, Inc.

March 20, 2013

Marblehead - Farm Direct Coop is accepting new members for the 2013 season at its pick-up locations in Marblehead, Salem and Melrose.

Working with local farmers for over 20 years, Farm Direct Coop brings just-picked organic and sustainable produce to members on a weekly basis. Through longstanding relationships with a variety of growers, the organization is able to bring top-quality veggies and fruits, from tender arugula, lettuce and those first luscious strawberries of June; to ripe watermelons and sweet summer corn; right on to fall's freshest apples and butternut squash.

wikileaks.org

November 24, 2013

Today, 15 January 2014, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter has long been sought by journalists and environmental groups. The released text dates from the Chief Negotiators' summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.

wilmette.patch.com

December 13, 2012

A film examining the controversy surrounding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) was screened at the Wilmette Public Library on Nov. 14. "Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives" was shown as part of a Go Green Wilmette co-sponsored event.

As consumers we need to know about the dangers we face from the altered end products we eat every day. "Genetic Roulette", which was based on Jeffery Smith's book Seeds of Deception, establishes possible links between GMOs and many of the health issues we face today: asthma, allergies, autism, inflammation, particularly in the gut, and more. His advice? Use vegetable oil instead, eat organic foods as much as possible and encourage the labeling of GMO products so you can make your own informed choice about what you want your family to eat.

wilton.patch.com

March 9, 2013

Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%?

If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There's also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy.

winonadailynews.com

by Linda Van Art

October 14, 2015

"What's on your fork?" the Oct. 11 Daily News asked in a story. That's what I'd like to know. But Monsanto and other GMO-producing corporations want to keep it a secret from us.

According to every poll, the vast majority of Americans want genetically-modified food labeled as such. Over 60 countries, including all of Europe and China and Japan either require labeling of GMO food or have simply banned it outright. Russia has outlawed GMO seed and food, seeking to preserve the healthfulness of its food and the integrity of its soil (GMO seed requires massive applications of pesticide which is conveniently manufactured by the same GMO companies).

Wired.com

by David Kravets

August 8, 2012

Utilities must hand over customer records - which include credit card numbers, phone numbers and power consumption data - to the authorities without court warrants if drug agents believe they are "relevant" to an investigation.

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 allows the authorities to make demands for that data in the form of an administrative subpoena, with no judicial oversight. In this instance, the Drug Enforcement Administration sought the records of three Golden Valley Electric Association customers in Fairbanks, Alaska suspected of growing marijuana indoors. "The information subpoenaed does not need to be relevant to a crime; in fact, it may be used to dissipate any suspicion of a crime," Judge William Fletcher wrote for the unanimous, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "The information subpoenaed need only be relevant to an agency investigation. Energy consumption records can be relevant to an investigation into a suspected drug crime."

Wisconsin State Journal

by Mary Spicuzza

April 13, 2010

Thousands of families without income aren't participating in the state's welfare program; some say it's too daunting, but other participants say it's easy to navigate.

Stung by recent findings that far more families who may be eligible aren't enrolled in the program, the state is revamping W-2 to make it easier to understand and ensure those struggling aren't improperly turned away.

      

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