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Free Lecture On Nutrition & Health With Local Naturopathic Physician

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Healthy Hut will be offering a free lecture for the community this month. The lecture will be held from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Sunday, April 14th. Tea and a light snack will be offered for attendees.

Lyle Robinson, a local resident and licensed naturophathic physician, will be speaking on nutrition and health. Robinson believes in, “letting food be thy medicine.” She treats her patients by first looking at their diet and seeing where improvements can be made to mitigate health problems.  “Looking at people’s nutritional status is always a good place to start,” she says.

We look forward to this opportunity to learn with you. See you at The Hut!

Documentary on the Dangers of Fluoride

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Aloha All, just wanted to share this insightful documentary on the possible dangers of fluoride.

5 Things You Can do to Fight GMOs Now

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

4-organic-farm1With the lack of labeling laws, it can be a difficult task to avoid genetically modified ingredients in our food supply. How can we really know if we are eating GMO foods? How can we be sure that the companies we are supporting are really trustworthy and ethical? With more and more of our valuable fertile soils and dwindling water supplies being polluted by toxic farming methods, it is vital that we become more aware of how to combat this growing threat and take control of our future. Here are just a few things we can do now to help in the fight against GMOs. (more…)

Does Organic Always Mean GMO-Free?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Does organic always mean GMO-free? The answer is usually. It can be difficult to keep up on all the issues concerning food safety, so we try to help our customers stay informed so they can feel more confident about the products they buy. If you want to be in the know then please like us on facebook.

If an item is labeled 100 percent organic then it most certainly does not contain GMO ingredients, however, the USDA organic certification seal does not require 100 percent of ingredients to be organic. It only requires 95 percent to be organic meaning that the other 5 percent can contain anything on the USDA’s approved National List, which may be viewed here. Although the list does not specify GMO ingredients as being approved, there are some gray areas. (more…)

Buyer Be Aware: GMO Ingredients Prevalent in ‘Natural’ Foods

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

 

By Shastin Grace

Most of us try to be conscious of what we buy and eat—especially when feeding our families and young ones. What most people do not realize, however, is that many of the foods marketed as ‘natural health foods’ are often not certified organic at all and may contain GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients.

The word ‘natural’ has no legal definition and therefore many companies—especially ones that use GMO ingredients—use this term widely to promote their products and persuade people to become loyal consumers. In today’s world of gimmicks and hidden ingredients, it is imperative that we become aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ and how to choose wisely what we eat and what we are ‘voting’ for with our pocketbooks.

In 2011, independent organization, Cornucopia Institute reviewed numerous cereals on the natural foods aisle and tested them for GMO ingredients and pesticide residues. What they found was shocking. Many of the brands that formerly carried the organic seal (including Kashi, Barbara’s, Annie’s and Peace Cereal) were now simply labeled ‘natural’, had detectible pesticide residue and some contained up to 50 percent or more GMO ingredients! Watch video here: Cereal Crimes Video from Cornucopia

The organic certification process requires companies to use ingredients that are free of pesticides and GMO ingredients. The companies who go through the process to get their products organically sealed are taking the extra step to ensure their product is safe and they are paying an extra fee to assure their customers of that fact. On the other hand, the term ‘natural’ means absolutely nothing and doesn’t ensure any kind of safety about the product or its ingredients.

It can seem an overwhelming task to choose safe foods for ourselves and our loved ones. Many times larger corporations buy out smaller companies and keep the packaging the same even though the ingredients have changed and may no longer be certified organic.

Some simple things to watch for when shopping:

1.) The organic seal. This is usually the green USDA organic seal but each state has its own organic seal as  well and many of them are even more strict than the USDA. This means that the all ingredients have been verified as organic. It is common for products to list several organic ingredients but this does NOT mean that all the ingredients are organic so look for the organic seals!

2.) The Non-GMO Project seal. This is a small seal carried on products that may not be certified organic but have submitted their ingredients for GMO testing. These products still may contain conventional ingredients and so pesticide and chemical residues are still a factor.

3.) Top GMO Ingredients. The top crops that are being genetically modified are corn, soy and sugar beets. These crops are typically cheaper for companies to buy because they are subsidized by the government. Any products that contain these ingredients are suspect.

4.) Check ingredients! Yes you may be familiar with a product and just assume that it will always remain the same and keep the same good ingredients but beware. As I mentioned above smaller organic companies are being bought up by larger corporations all the time. The packaging often remains the same even when the organic seal is removed and so it is always a good idea to double check!!

For more up to date information check out the Cornucopia Institute online at: http://www.cornucopia.org/

Also check out their scorecards on cereals: http://cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/

Here is a list of links used in this post if you want to read further:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism

http://www.cornucopia.org/2011/10/natural-vs-organic-cereal/

http://agr.wa.gov/foodanimal/organic/Certificate/2006/OrganicRequirementsSimplified.pdf

http://naturalsociety.com/9-foods-the-u-s-government-is-paying-you-to-eat/

 

 

 

Video on GMO Farming in Hawaii: Please Watch

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

FDA Seeks to Regulate “New Dietary Ingredients” in Supplements

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do).

There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994. (more…)

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Monday, July 25th, 2011

“Natural” Label on Genetically Engineered Products
With consumer interest in how food is produced on the rise, many food companies are now selling new lines of “natural” products—often priced unjustifiably higher than conventionally produced foods and only slightly lower than certified organic products. These purportedly “natural” products often mislead consumers about healthy food choices. (more…)

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011




Organic Bytes #285: An Urgent Appeal

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An Urgent Appeal

#285, July 14, 2011

Dear Friend of the Organic Consumers Association,

I’m writing you today to ask for help. This is only the second time in 13 years that OCA has had to put out an emergency fundraising appeal. OCA needs to step up our efforts to label genetically engineered foods and fight Monsanto, to preserve strict organic standards and expand the organic market, and to reverse global warming before it’s too late, but we don’t have the financial means to do so. Strategic staff and campaign efforts are in jeopardy. Last summer, we had to temporarily lay off staff and slash our already modest salaries. Right now, we are facing a similar financial crunch. We need to raise $75,000 from our subscribers over the next two weeks.

The good news is that OCA and our allies are on the verge of launching the largest grassroots effort in our history. For those of us who were born into the Monsanto crime scene, who have never known a world uncontaminated with its chemicals, for those who have constantly been threatened with unlabeled Frankenfoods, we have reached a turning point. Our health, our lives, and our future depend upon putting an end to Monsanto’s poisons, its seeds of destruction, its killing fields, its climate-destabilizing crops, and its factory farms.

Monsanto has used its vast resources to buy off state legislators, Congress, and the White House with campaign contributions. Monsanto’s lobbying dollars have been used to send its lawyers and scientists through the revolving door into jobs as government regulators. Monsanto’s financial power has infiltrated state and federal governments, along with trade associations, universities, research institutions, philanthropic organizations, and media outlets.

But there are two things Monsanto’s money can’t buy: Our trust, and our votes.

OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign is launching a nationwide multi-year effort to let voters decide whether we need labels on foods produced with genetically modified organisms. We want to get GMO labels on the ballot in all of the 24 states that allow the ballot initiative process.

The very encouraging news is that our organic food and farming revolution is growing steadily. OCA and our allies have managed to beat back most of corporate agribusiness’ attempts to degrade organic standards, including a recent misguided attempt by large organic companies to accept "coexistence" with Monsanto. We have also recently put an end to factory farm dairy feedlots calling their products organic and are well on our way to eliminating organic labeling fraud in the body care sector.

Consciousness is rising, but our public health, food, and climate crisis is metastasizing into a full-blown disaster. Monsanto and Food Inc. are increasing their stranglehold over the future of food and farming, apparently hell-bent on dragging us, along with the planet’s life support systems, over the cliff with them.

Please help us raise $75,000 as soon as possible. Last week, in response to our emergency appeal for funds, Organic Bytes readers sent us over $20,000 in donations. This week a generous subscriber from Pennsylvania has offered to match the first five thousand dollars of donations from our network members.

So please: click here to make an online donation.

Thank you for your support. Together we’re going to build a sustainable, organic future for our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves.

Regards and Solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins,
Co-Founder and National Director, Organic Consumers Association

 
 
 

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