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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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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

October 2, 2012

The use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified crops has increased as "superweeds" are showing up, a U.S. researcher says.

A study by Washington State University scientist Charles Benbrook on the impacts of three genetically engineered herbicide-resistant crops - cotton, soybeans and corn - on herbicide usage found the emergence and spread of resistant weeds is strongly linked to the increased use of glyphosphate pesticides. Marketed as Roundup and under other trade names, glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds and is extensively used with crops that have been genetically modified to be herbicide resistant.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

October 1, 2012

Many U.S. parents are unaware that 8 percent of kids have a food allergy and more than 15 percent of them have an allergic reaction at school, an expert says.

Dr. John "Drew" Bird, a pediatrician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas who specializes in food allergies, said peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches - along with other lunchbox staples - could turn life-threatening for children with food allergies. Bird, who also is clinical director of the Food Allergy Center at Children's Medical Center Dallas, said in an allergic child just smelling or touching a food can trigger a reaction.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

September 26, 2012

The federal government has taken its first large-scale action against medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Federal agents raided several cannabis shops and issued warning letters to dozens of others on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. "We couldn't do all of L.A. at once," said spokesman Thom Mrozek. "There's just too many stores." Prosecutors filed civil asset forfeiture complaints against the owners of three properties in northeastern Los Angeles for allowing commercial marijuana stores to operate on their premises.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

September 19, 2012

A lawyer for a Michigan man who lost his lawsuit alleging snack price gouging at movie theaters said he advised his client to buy a subscription to Netflix.

Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald ruled in a 45-minute hearing Friday to dismiss the lawsuit Jason Thompson brought against an AMC Theater in Livonia, saying the Michigan Consumer Protection Act does not apply to businesses regulated by other laws, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 27, 2012

Chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers, U.S. researchers suggest.

"Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood," said Karina Martinez-Mayorga, now with the Chemistry Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, but previously at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. "In turn, our studies show that some commonly used flavor components are structurally similar to valproic acid." The study found the possibility of mood-enhancing effects associated with some flavors, stemming at least in part from natural ingredients bearing a striking chemical similarity to valproic acid - a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 22, 2012

Mayans may have hastened the demise of their civilization by clearing forests, making an already naturally drying climate drier, U.S. scientists say.

Prolonged drought is thought to have contributed to the eventual collapse of Mayan civilization in Mexico and Central America, and forest razing for cities and agriculture may have made matters worse, the researchers said. "We're not saying deforestation explains the entire drought, but it does explain a substantial portion of the overall drying that is thought to have occurred," lead study author Benjamin Cook, a climate modeler at Columbia University, said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 16, 2012

A Los Angeles restaurant's new policy, a discount offered to patrons who refrain from using a cellphone at the table, has been well-received, the owner says.

Mark Gold, owner and chef of the 40-person Eva Restaurant, gives a 5 percent discount to customers willing to check their cellphones at the door, KPCC-FM reported Thursday, in the hope they will relax, better enjoy their meals and actually talk with friends and family in person.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 9, 2012

The drought afflicting the U.S. midsection is causing food prices to rise globally, the United Nations said Thursday.

The United Nations' monthly Food Price Index indicated food prices rose 6 percent in July after three months of decline, CNNMoney reported. Record-high grain prices, specifically corn prices, were blamed for the increase.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 20, 2012

Voters in California could soon decide to make the state the first in the country to require labels identifying genetically engineered foods.

Proposition 37 on the November ballot has seen the natural food industry and activists on one side and multinational companies, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Kellogg, on the other already raising nearly $4 million combined for campaigns to sway voters one way or the other on genetically modified, or GMO, food products. The outcome in California could have nationwide impacts, as experts say an estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of processed foods sold in supermarkets could fall under a labeling requirement.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 20, 2012

Folk wisdom may say a dropped a hot dog or baby's pacifier is OK to put in one's mouth if picked up with 5 seconds, but a U.S. expert says they're contaminated.

"A dropped item is immediately contaminated and can't really be sanitized," Dr. Jorge Parada, medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System near Chicago, said in a statement. "If you rinse off a dropped hot dog you will will probably greatly reduce the amount of contamination, but there will still be some amount of unwanted and potentially non-beneficial bacteria on that hot dog."

      

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