Mandatory GMO-Free Labeling in Florida

We Could All Use More of GMO-Free Labeling in Our Foods

Wouldn’t it be nice if all GMO foods have labels on them? In fact there are over 64 countries already require GMO-Free labeling as a law, while some parts of North America, including the state of Florida are still in the dark when it comes to what’s inside the food  we eat and they’re finally taking a stand.  Aside from spending a lot time researching for foods that are non GMO, I’ve also switched other products such as scented soy candles that offer GMO-free alternatives.

What exactly is GMO and what can I do about it?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with GMO, I think it’s time for you to become educated of this heinous practice (if it’s not already obvious, I’m very anti-GMO).  Here’s the definition from Wikipedia.

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques (i.e. genetically engineered organism). GMOs are the source of medicines and genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce other goods.

Read this article by Christina Sarich from Natural Society

Due to the efforts of thousands in a grassroots campaign, as well as the actions of Senator Maria Sachs and Representative Vasilinda who started a campaign 3 years ago, 3 GMO labeling bills are being put forth in Florida – Senate bills SB 1700 and SB 1708, and House bill HB 1369.

Polls report that ‘9 of 10’ people in the U.S. want to know what’s in their food, while 64 other countries already require GMO labeling. Yet we’re still struggling to achieve the right to know exactly what we’re consuming. With the DARK ACT and TTIP threatening food security and transparency, biotech giants like Monsanto and others in the biotech industry have been trying to keep everyone clueless about what’s in the food.

But as Vermont has proven, we can rise from the defeat of California’s Proposition 37 – a low point for the anti-GMO movement.

To support these bills, since we know that the biotech industry and organizations like the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association already have their henchmen trying to defeat them, consider calling to ask your Senator to co-sponsor SB 1700 and SB 1708 today!

You can say:

I am calling to request that Senator ___________ co-sponsor Senate Bill 1700 & 1708, the genetically engineered food labeling bill, introduced by Senator Sachs, because we have the right to know what’s in the food we feed our families.

To read the full article, visit the News Site.

 

 

Pesticides Kill Off Honeybees

The Decline of Honeybees Linked to Pesticides

I’m a big fan of honey and I mean the raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered honey available at Whole Foods Stores not the genetically modified type, helps keep the good bacteria flourishing in the body and provides natural antioxidants. Furthermore, this type of honey “plays vital a role in regulating insulin, managing a fever, easing digestion, alleviating allergies and can even help treat urinary tract infections” according to  naturalnews.com.

Now imagine a world without bees or honey? Most of us can’t but that may be where we’re heading if we don’t protect them by allowing farmers to continually use dangerous pesticides which can ultimately impact our food supply. Sure there are benefits to using certain amounts and types of pesticides but these are becoming more rare than ever before so it’s up to us to make the conscious effort to take a stand and voice our concerns to our government representatives in this matter.  Here’s an article Jennifer Lea Reynolds that delves into the adverse effects of using dangerous pesticides and how they’re killing off honeybees.

(NaturalNews) As if we need another reason to be very concerned about the harms of pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come out with its first scientific risk assessment study[PDF] which explains just how detrimental they may be. The agency studied neonicotinoids – a specific class of pesticides – and assessed their impact on bees in particular.(1)

By now, most people are aware that bees are vital to a flourishing food supply. Without them, a great majority of our food would be jeopardized. As it currently stands, about one-third of the human diet comes from plants that are insect-pollinated. When you consider that the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, it’s important to be cognizant of what’s happening in their world, that will either hinder or help their population. Unfortunately, it appears that the key word in that sentence is “hinder,” since dangerous pesticides are a great threat to honeybees.(1)

Although the study makes it clear that “Multiple factors can influence the strength and survival of bees whether they are solitary or social,” it is obvious that neonicotinoid pesticides are jeopardizing the honeybee population. For example, the EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, Jim Jones, noted that the pesticide, imidacloprid, which is the most common neonicotinoid, can be detrimental. Over 25 parts per billion of that chemical is the magic number; if nectar brought back to the hive from worker bees exceeds that amount – which it has – Jones says that “there’s a significant effect,” that can lead to less honey, fewer bees, and “a less robust hive.”(1)

To read the full article click on the story posted on What’s Your Cloud.

Image courtesy of Natural News.