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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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March 13, 2012

In an end-run worthy of an NFL halfback, the National Health Federation is spearheading the introduction of legislation to counter the FDA's infamous new Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs).

Since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, the United States has enjoyed excellent access to essential nutrients, but more recently we have watched as the FDA increasingly squeezes the life out of that law with new and onerous rules and regulations. Now, the FDA wants to enforce even more rigorous "safety" standards on products that have never caused harm, but which entered the marketplace after the year DSHEA became law, 1994.

June 29, 2012

This week the House of Representatives will consider a provision to House Agricultural Appropriations Bill that will fundamentally undermine the concept of judicial review.

Hidden under the guise of a "Farmer Assurance Provision" (Section 733), the provision strips the rights of federal courts to halt the sale and planting of genetically engineered crops during the legal appeals process. In the past, legal advocates have successfully won in court the right to halt the sale and planting of unapproved GMO crops while the approval of those crops is under review by a federal judge. This dangerous new House provision, which were calling the Monsanto Protection Act, would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up a floodgate of planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.

by Sam Jennings

October 2, 2012

There are at least four major active Monsanto attacks on food in California going on right now. The last listed exposes the iron fist Monsanto tries to hide.

Prop 37 calls for the labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients in food. Monsanto lawyer and VP, Michael Taylor, was responsible when Clinton put him in at the FDA, for the first GMO in the food chain - rBGH, a GM-bovine hormone linked to a large increase in risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer, for deregulating the approval process for GMOs, and for keeping GMOs unlabeled (even coming up with a white paper for Monsanto on how to sue farmers for attempting to label their milk as not based on rBGH. It was during this time at the FDA that 40,000 documents were hidden which showed extreme toxicity of GMOs, before Taylor arranged for GMOs to begin to be planted regardless.

by Anthony Gucciardi

April 5, 2012

Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch

The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto's genetically modified creations. In addition to being linked to a plethora of health ailments, Sawicki says that the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the already dwindling bee population.

April 2, 2012

BELFAST, MAINE - Photographer Lottie Hedley believes that beauty, inspiration, conflict, determination, and intrigue all exist in our own backyards and deserve our attention.

They document the life and work of the Gerritsen family: Jim and Megan and their four children, Peter, Caleb, Sarah and Amy. The Gerritsens grow organic potatoes and other crops for seed on Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, Maine.

by Lucas Grindley

January 28, 2013

Reports are spreading that Chick-fil-A has ended its donations to antigay groups. But that's not the whole story.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director for Campus Pride, wrote a column for the Huffington Post today that appeared to some to indicate Chick-fil-A had ended the entirety of its charitable donations to the groups flagged by Equality Matters in its reports on antigay giving. Equality Matters included a list of groups it considered antigay when tallying $2 million in 2010 alone by Chick-fil-A's Winshape Foundation. But Windmeyer clarified in an interview with The Advocate that when he saw IRS tax forms last week, provided to him by Chick-fil-A officials, that several of the groups identified by Equality Matters are still indeed receiving donations. Those groups include the Marriage and Family Foundation, National Christian Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. What Chick-fil-A was attempting to highlight by showing Windmeyer the tax documents from 2011 is that it had stopped giving to what it considers more activist groups such as Exodus International, which had practiced so-called "conversion therapy," and the Family Research Council, which is labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "hate group." All Chick-fil-A has promised is that it doesn't contribute to the likes of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum or James Dobson's Focus on the Family. Windmeyer describes these as "the more divisive groups that have a political or social agenda."


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.

by Jacquie Hayes

March 4, 2016

When the going gets tough, the tough (and smart) get going to health retreats. This has been my fallback position for almost a decade now since I started searching for ways to reset in an increasingly manic life.

Organic devotees are attracted by the prospect of clean food devoid of harmful pesticides that tastes as it should and a diet built of produce that is seasonal and fresh. But unless you live in Queensland where the culture and the climate make for easy organic pickings, tracking down the good stuff can be tricky. Not to mention that organic food is still relatively expensive compared to conventional produce. Some consider it the domain only of "the rich".

Ag Journal

by Candace Krebs

October 5, 2010

APHIS announced it intended to issue permits to sugar beet seed producers authorizing seedling production under strict permit conditions that would not allow flowering.

APHIS issued four "non-flowering" permits with appropriate environmental and permitting documentation. The move didn't sit well with environmental groups opposing biotech crops. An environmental coalition filed a lawsuit on Sept. 9 challenging the issuance of permits to sugar beet seed producers.

Age of Autism

by Scott Laster, SafeMinds

March 18, 2009

Mercury at chlor-alkali manufacturing plants represents one of the main sources of anthropogenic mercury (i.e. mercury contamination originating from human activities).

This source of mercury contamination will be gaining more attention in 2009 with the reintroduction of a bill in Congress to stop this unnecessary mercury exposure. SafeMinds has been investigating whether past, or ongoing, contamination of the food supply by chlor-alkali mercury has contributed to the increase in neurological disorders.


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