Sunday, January 30, 2011


We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.

Alfred E. Newman

Did you know that organic does not necessarily mean non-GMO?

And certainly, non-GMO doesn't necessarily mean organic.

I hope we can figure out what is real...before it is too late.


Deb Shucka said...

It's really frustrating. I stood in a Whole Foods aisle the other day having a deep conversation with a young mother I'd never met before about how hard it is to know what are the healthiest food choices to make. said...

I thought organic DID mean non GMO?

Anonymous said...

oh this is so true. what is the need for all the artificial stuff? really gets me annoyed!

Wanda said...

M O'N...

It is supposed to be, but more and more GMO is showing up in organic crops...unfortunately. Apparently, an organic label can allow up to 30% GM unless it says 100% organic. However, some are looking at a "non-GMO verified" label because in some cases GM is creeping into animal feed. Unless it is verified, we don't know for sure.

Kathryn Grace said...

There is something each of us can do about it right now, today, and I'll include a link at the end of this comment.

According to The IMZAIA Movement, if the food carries the USDA Certified Organic label, it must be 95 percent organic. Only if the label says "100 percent organic" is the manufacturer prohibited from including GMO products.

"If an item is labeled 100% Organic, then it is supposed to contain nothing but organic ingredients and processing aids that are organically produced.

"Products labeled Certified Organic must contain 95% organic ingredients.

"Up to 5 percent of the ingredients may be nonagricultural substances (consistent with the National List) and, if not commercially available in organic form pursuant to section 205.201, nonorganic agricultural products and ingredients in minor amounts (hereinafter referred to as minor ingredients) (spices, flavors, colorings, oils, vitamins, minerals, accessory nutrients, incidental food additives). The nonorganic ingredients must not be produced using excluded methods [GMO], sewage sludge, or ionizing radiation. (Organic Labeling Preamble)"

The problem now is that, just last week, the FDA, completely deregulated GMO. It can be grown anywhere, right next to the organic farm. It is impossible for organic farmers to protect their crops from cross-pollination.

This ruling came down despite tremendous outpouring of feedback from concerned citizens and organic farmers.

There's still hope. Food and Water Watch has set up a quick, easy way to write to President Obama and ask him to reverse this decision. Remember, he and his wife have demonstrated they care very much about the food that goes into their children's bodies. Let's ask them to do everything possible to help all of us make that decision for our children and ourselves.

Kathryn Grace said...

P.S. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, please publicize this link to your friends there before it's too late. We need to get the word out fast!

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