Organic & GMO-Friendly..?

Recently, I was motivated and prompted to initiate some research regarding large (and small) corporations making extreme efforts to resist GMO labeling. Honestly, as I have made it a mission within my life to ensure that I am aware of the ever-growing GMO crisis, I was NOT surprised to see that this list has grown. However, I did unfortunately stumble upon some serious news I found necessary to share.

Myth #1: Organic foods are grown, manufactured and/or produced by small and large companies that do NOT use GMOs.

Myth #2: Corporations that support genetic modification (GMO) of food are NOT in the business of growing, manufacturing and/or producing Organic foods.

Myth #3: If a corporation has business in Organic foods, they are NOT lobbying to have GMOs hidden.

Truths: USDA Organic labeled foods are NOT 100% Organic, allowing small and large corporations to “bypass” ethics and grow, manufacture and/or produce foods that can have <10% genetically modified ingredients and still be considered “Organic.”
More Information Below

Organic (and some Natural) food brands owned by Big Corporations:

Coca-Cola –  Honest Tea,  Odwalla,  Simply Orange.

Cadbury –  Green & Black’s Chocolate,  Nantucket Nectars.

ConAgra –  Alexia,  Hunt’s Organic,  Lightlife (vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes like Smart Deli),  Orville Redenbacher’s Organic.

General Mills – Cascadian Farms, Cheerios, Food Should Taste Good,  Larabar,  Muir Glen, Nature Valley.

Groupe Danone –  Stonyfield Farm.

Hershey’s –  Dagoba Chocolate.

Hain-Celestial – (partially owned by Heinz) Arrowhead Mills,  Bearitos,  Breadshop Cereals,  Casbah,  Celestial Seasonings,  DeBoles Pasta,  Earth’s Best,  Ethnic Gourmet,  Garden of Eatin’,  Gluten Free,  Greek God’s,  Hain Pure,  Health Valley,  Imagine Soups,  Linda McCartney,  Maranatha nut butters,  Mountain Sun Juices,  Nile Spice Soup,  Rice Dream,  Sensible Portions,  ShariAnn’s,  Soy Dream,  Terra Chips,  TofuTown,  Walnut Acres,  Westbrae Natural,  WestSoy,  Yves Meatless.

JM Smucker –  After the Fall,  R.W. Knudsen,  Santa Cruz Organic.

Kellogg –  Bear Naked,  Gardenburger,  Kashi,  Morningstar Farms,  Natural Touch,  Wholesome & Hearty. (Kashi cereals contain GMOs!) Kellogs uses genetically engineered sugar beets in its non-organic cereals.

Kraft –  Boca,  Back to Nature.

Mars/M&M –  Seeds of Change

Nestle –  Tribe Mediterranean Foods

Pepsi – Dole,  Harvest Crunch,  Izze,  Naked Juice,  Ocean Spray,  Tazo,  Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana.

Rich’s –  Fresh Meadow

Unilever – Ben & Jerry’s,  Knorr,  Salada

Personal Care:

Clorox –  Burt’s Bees.

Colgate-Palmolive – Tom’s of Maine.

Hain Celestial – Alba Botanica,  Avalon Organics,  Jason,  Orjene,  Queen Helene,  Zia.

Beer:

Anhueser Busch – Stone Mill and Wild Hop.

Read More @ http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/this-might-be-our-only-chance-for-gmo-labeling-we-can-win-this-one/

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The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen

Clean 15 vs. Dirty Dozen – Revelation Revealed

Generally, I am constantly seeking New Knowledge, and my interest is highly piqued by discovering and uncovering myths and truths regarding Health and Wealth. Very recently, I ran across a brochure at a local grocery store, supplying a surprisingly wealthy amount of information about “Eating Well Organically.” This particular grocer has embarked on a phenomenal journey to incorporate organic produce, alternative “milks,” and a small section of the store is completely dedicated to Organic/Non-GMO/”Natural” foods. Their efforts are truly commendable, as they’re smack dab in the middle of suburbia and East Kansas City where BBQ is King (and Queen).


As we passed by the Health Market area – dedicated to conscious fooders – this “Organic” brochure caught my eye. Both myself and the Lover had to take a gander and were truly awed by our findings. This is what we’ve discovered:


Comparison of  Conventional / Natural / Organic Foods            
             
Processing Type   Conventional   Natural   Organic
             
Artificial Colors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Flavors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Preservatives   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Fertilizers   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Synthetic Pesticides   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Irradiation   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Genetic Modification (GMO)   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
             

While we were ensnared by the array of “experts” and “Environmental Groups” (Environmental Working Group, included) stating that there are at least 15 (fifteen) different foods people can purchase conventionally, we were pretty astounded to stumble on this New Knowledge.

Who’d-a-thunk that Natural isn’t truly Natural?

In fact, “Natural Foods” can be genetically modifiedmuch like conventional foods… of course, at the discretion of the producer/manufacturer. Interestingly enough, the brochure made special note to mention that “Natural Food is NOT Organic.


In short, I strongly encourage and support Organic Onlyfood purchases – particularly for Produce / Nuts / Seeds. When visiting your Local Farmers’ Market embrace the confidence to Ask…

What Methods do You Use in Growing Your Food(s)?

It’s as simple as that! Here in BBQ King City, our farmers tend to be pretty honest b.u.t. you DO have to Ask. Try to find encouragement in the fact that a farmer informs you that s/he does use processing of some kind… this just allows you to journey onto the next farmer and discover some of their secrets! 😉 It’s a win-win situation. Because now you have taken ownership of the Power of Choice!


Organic Is the Way…
To The Wealth of Health!