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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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Guardian (UK)

by Jenny Percival

June 19, 2008

Genetically modified crops could be grown in Britain on a wider scale as a means of dealing with the global food crisis, it was revealed today

Phil Woolas, the environment minister, last night held preliminary talks with the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, an umbrella group formed in 2000 to promote the role of biotechnology in agriculture.

Los Angeles Times

by Jacob Grier

June 19, 2008

A couple of months ago, my research into food regulation took me into the underground world of "raw," or unpasteurized, milk.

Because federal regulations ban the sale of raw milk across state lines, and many states make it difficult to purchase legally, getting one's hands on raw milk often requires dedication and a connection to local dairies.

The Daily Green

by Deirdre Dolan

June 18, 2008

One of my best friends recently told me to read The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Schmid and see if I could get my hands on some raw milk. She's the only person in the world who drinks and loves whole milk as much as I do.

She lives in California where it's legal to buy and sell, but I live in Brooklyn (where it's not) so I drove to the closest place to legally get it (Walter Stewart's Market in New Canaan, Connecticut) and bought two half gallons.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

by Levi Pulkkinen

June 18, 2008

On Wednesday, dairy owners Michael and Anita Puckett pleaded guilty in Seattle's U.S. District Court to the misdemeanor charge of distributing adulterated food. They each face up to a year in prison and as much as $100,000 in fines.

"This was the most dramatic instance of an unlicensed dairy selling unpasteurized milk and causing illness in recent years," said Jason Kelly, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture, which initiated the investigation.

AFP

June 15, 2008

Anonymous drop-offs, arrests and packages disguised as pet food -- it's the underground world of 'raw' milk, the latest health food craze sweeping the United States.

Marta, 29, is among thousands of Americans seeking out unpasteurized dairy products that enthusiasts say can cure everything from asthma to autism -- despite it being illegal in many states on the grounds that it is unsafe.

Organic Consumers

June 10, 2008

Reacting in part to a study released by the Organic Consumers Association, the Attorney General of California has filed a major lawsuit against body care household-cleaning product companies.

Under California's "Proposition 65" consumer products that contain toxic levels of 1,4 Dioxane must have warning labels stating they may cause cancer.

MSNBC

by AP

June 10, 2008

Federal officials hunted for the source of a 17-state salmonella outbreak linked to three types of raw tomatoes, while the list of supermarkets and restaurants yanking those varieties from shelves and menus grew.

McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Kroger, Outback Steakhouse, Winn-Dixie and Taco Bell were among the companies that voluntarily withdrew red plum, red Roma or round red tomatoes unless they were grown in certain states and countries.

The Oregonian

by Amy Hsuan

June 8, 2008

Exo is the executive director of Food Alliance, a Portland-based nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage sustainable agricultural practices in the items that ultimately end up on your dinner plate.

The group certifies about 300 farms and ranches in 19 states, including such products as Country Natural Beef, known for being an Oregon leader in sustainable meats. We hear lots of claims about companies and products being sustainable. What does that mean?

American Chronicle

by Bill Haymin

June 8, 2008

In Panama, as in the US, GMOs are permitted in the food chain without any labeling at all. This is an ecological, medical and consumerĀ“s rights disaster.

Only strong consumer advocacy, and market pressure against anything which might have GMOs in it (that means avoiding anything which is not labeled "organic" or "GM Free") will change US policy. But once the environment, or your body, is contaminated with foreign DNA, there is no know way to reverse that process.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

by Marisa Lagos

June 8, 2008

Health officials warned consumers today about an outbreak of salmonella in raw tomatoes, following the illness of one woman in Contra Costa County and 144 other infections nationwide.

The source of the tomatoes is still unknown, but officials believe that large tomatoes, including Roma and round red, are carrying the strain, Salmonella sereotype Saintpaul, that has infected 145 people since mid-April. Red plum tomatoes may also be affected, according to a statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

      

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