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by Wal on January 4, 2014 · 0 comments

Below you will find some health information news items I have found from around the web in the last few weeks. Some of these healthy news items make for fascinating reading, some maybe not so. But I will let you decide. Scroll down the page and pick out the headlines that most interest you. Topics include natural health news, news about GMO’s, and news affecting the health of the planet. Those of you who are familiar with my healing work will know I am passionate about healing the planet and eating healthy food. This means saying a huge NO! to eating Genetically Modified Food, which to many is a anti-humanitarian weapon of mass destruction disguised as food.

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July’s here, which means it’s time to get the grill going and cook up a big summer feast! Here are some recipes to try out in your next cookout. Buy local and organic whenever possible! Kamut Wheat Pasta Salad This pasta salad is great for a summer side dish, and the perfect vegetarian protein option! Pasta Salad Ingredients: 1 package KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat pasta (Spirals, Elbows, or Penne) 2 cups lightly cooked broccoli florets 1 cup lightly cooked carrots (sliced or shredded) ½ cup sliced black olives 3 green onions Salad Dressing Ingredients: ¾ teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh oregano 1 clove crushed garlic ½ cup non-GMO salad oil ½ teaspoon pepper Juice from one lemon **Place Salad Dressing Ingredients in a small jar and shake well. Preparation: Simply toss vegetables and pasta with salad dressing, chill before serving. For a quicker recipe, you can skip making the dressing and add ½ cup Italian salad dressing instead. Nutiva Black Iced Tea with Chia Seeds A nice refresher to compliment any meal; this iced tea is a cool drink to beat that summer heat! Ingredients: 1/2 tsp. Nutiva Organic Black Chia Seeds 2 tbsp water room temperature 1 bag Numi Organic Breakfast Blend black tea 1 cup boiling water  Ice cubes  Lemon sliced, to garnish Instructions: Add chia seeds to 2 tbsp. of room temperature water. Stir to combine, and set aside for 5 minutes, until chia softens. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Steep tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes. Discard tea bag and pour tea into a tall glass. Add chia seeds and stir to combine. Top with ice, garnish with a lemon slice and serve. Bring along Crunchmaster crackers to dip in organic hummus for a tasty side dish! Enjoy, GMO Insiders! The post Summer Cookout Recipes appeared first on GMO Inside. [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
yoga pose mind body detox 263x164 4 Yoga Poses to Help Detoxify the Liver
How healthy is your liver? Sitting just to the right of the stomach, your liver is the body’s largest gland used for detoxification. It is responsible for purifying blood and creating bile, which helps your body to digest fats. Without a properly functioning liver, you can become over-encumbered with toxins and pesticide residues that cannot find an exit, only to recirculate into your blood. The liver is also responsible for breaking down alcohol, drugs (including antibiotics and pharmaceutical meds), and hormones, as well as converting stored sugar into glucose. It also stores some vitamins and iron for the body’s use. “The blood that comes into the liver from the spleen and gastrointestinal tract is greeted by Kupffer cells, a kind of macrophage (quite literally, ‘big eater’). They’re not picky and will, in plain English, eat the flotsam and jetsam right out of your blood by digesting these undesirable particles. They do the first pass of ‘toxin flushing’, after which anything not caught here gets further broken down by enzymes produced by Hepatocytes, which are sensitive to blood sugar levels.” - The Guardian You might say that the liver has a very important job. Because it is responsible for so much, it can be prone to disease. But in addition to indulging in a liver cleanse diet, there are several yoga practices that help to unclog and detoxify the liver, helping it to function at its best. The internal organs are made of muscle tissue, too, and just like the muscles we get massaged – sore arms, shoulders, back, legs, etc. – the liver, along with other internal organs, could use a little help with blood flow and releasing tension as well. Here are 4 poses that help to revitalize the liver: 1. Padangusthasana (Forward Fold, or Hand to Toe Pose) Not only does this posture help to calm the brain and nervous system since your head receives a plethora of blood flow, it also [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural Society
gmo monsanto crop money 263x164 Monsanto Ordered to Pay $93 Million to Small Town for Poisoning Citizens
Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals. The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the funds were to be spent. The settlement will require Monsanto to do the following: $9 million will be spent to clean dioxin contaminated dust from 4500 homes. $21 million will be spent to test to see if people have been poisoned with dioxin. Citizens will be monitored for such poisoning for 30 years, not just a few months. An additional $63 million is to be allotted if additional tests for dioxin contamination testing is necessary. Anyone who lived in the Nitro area between Jan. 1, 1948, and Sept. 3, 2010 will be tested for dioxin. Although they must show proof they lived in the area, they will be eligible for testing even if they no longer live in Nitro. Former or present employees of Monsanto are not eligible for any of these benefits. An office will be set up to organize testing for Nitro citizens. The registration of participants is to be overlooked by Charleston attorney Thomas Flaherty, who was appointed by the court. Residents have a right to file individual suits against Monsanto if medical tests show they suffered physical harm due to dioxin exposure. Monsanto Produced Toxic Chemicals in Nitro Just how were Nitro citizens exposed to dioxin? Monsanto was producing the toxic herbicide Agent Orange in Nitro, and dioxin is a chemical byproduct of the substance. It is known to cause serious health conditions. The factory which produced Agent Orange was opened in Nitro in 1948 and remained in operation until 2004, even though usage of this herbicide in [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural Society
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Image from greenmedinfo.com Garlic is definitely one of nature’s biggest stars. Not only does it taste good in a variety of dishes, but it also offers numerous health benefits. Adding to the body of research outlining those benefits is a new study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, one that indicates garlic holds the power to eliminate warts and help heal corns. According to the study, participants who received a fat-soluble garlic extract applied directly to their wart(s) twice daily saw 100% recovery. In other words, the garlic extract eliminated the warts entirely. Further, the fat-based extract proved 80% effective in the treatment of corns. What’s more, these results were achieved after only one to two weeks of treatment. As a comparison, the researchers also tested a water-based garlic extract and found that it had beneficial effects—eliminating small warts after 30-40 days of application—but nowhere near the effects of the fat-based extract. So, how did the garlic extract achieve these results? Garlic is a powerful plant with antiviral and anti-tumor properties. The researchers point out that warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), and that the antiviral properties worked on this mechanism. Also, because warts are similar in composition to benign tumors, the anti-tumor properties likely played a role. The researchers also noted , according to GreenMedInfo, that garlic may have affected the body’s immune response: “…enhancement of immunological responses elicited by garlic may be responsible.” In corn removal, they identified the garlic’s ability to separate the affected tissues: “Application of garlic extract on a corn caused the removal of the corn from its place. It seems that because of the fibrinolytic effect of garlic, the surrounding fibrin tissue of the corn capsule was lyzed and the capsule was separated from the main tissue.” Each night before bed, crush up a clove of garlic, rub it on the [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural Society
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Smoking is bad for your health. No, this is not a newsflash. Most people are well aware that smoking can lead to disastrous health outcomes, if not from the tobacco itself then from the chemicals sprayed on it and rolled with it into cigarettes, cigars, and processed loose tobacco products. But despite the general dangers, there are some little-known facts about smoking that you may not be aware of—facts that could further convince you to put the habit down for good. 1. People smoke more now than in 1980 Though smokers in the U.S. have declined in the past several decades, the global population as a whole is smoking more. According to the Motley Fool’s report, the consumption of cigarettes around the world grew by more than 1.2 trillion per year between 1980 and 2012. This growth largely comes from an increasing number of people in developing countries picking up the habit. In these countries, there are few (if any) advertising restrictions and low taxes on tobacco products overall. In other words, anti-cigarette efforts don’t receive the funding they do in other countries. 2. Cigarettes are even more addictive now than more than 15 years ago. While you would think the attention given to anti-smoking efforts would lead to a lower level of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, the opposite is true. Cigarettes tested in 2005 had on average 11% more nicotine than those tested in 1997. That’s in addition to the arsenic, cyanide, and formaldehyde they contain. 3. Death by cigarettes continues to grow. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco products kill more than 6 million people each year, and that number is rising. The WHO estimates it will reach 8 million annually by 2030. If they’re right, that means tobacco will have killed 800 million in a century. Companies that make their billions off of addicted consumers [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural Society
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Marijuana supporters in New York have come together from several corners of the city to help the Cannabis industry get its legs in the state. Advocates from the government affairs as well as New York medical and public policy sectors have joined to help State regulators create a safe, effective medical marijuana program. Named the Medical Cannabis Industry Alliance of New York (MCIA), it aims at benefiting everyone – dispensaries, doctors, and medical marijuana patients. It couldn’t have formed at a better time considering some of the regulatory hiccups that have occurred in other states that recently went forward with legalization. Zoning issues and dispensary certification are on the top of that list. “This new association will work to bring the best practices from around the country and meld them with the unique needs of New York State’s diverse communities, so we have the safest and most effective program possible,” said Melissa Hilt, a founding board member of MCIA. “We recognize the enormous challenge, and workload, the State regulators face in the coming months. We hope to be a resource that allows that work to proceed efficiently so we can ensure this program is up and running as soon as possible so patients can get the relief they so desperately need.” For now, individuals seeking to open their own dispensaries are not permitted to speak directly to regulators who are making laws concerning marijuana sales. Health Department officials are determining the legality of speaking with the trade group, MCIA, as a means of hearing complaints and suggestions from either newly opening marijuana businesses, doctors who are responsible for writing patient prescriptions, or those who wish to participate in this burgeoning market. “Like dozens of other dedicated parents, my husband and I spent countless hours over the last several years working to legalize medical marijuana in New York,” said [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural Society
(NaturalNews) The misguided war on carbon, which has erroneously become the scapegoat for so-called "global warming," is showing signs of retreat in Australia, where a proposed carbon cap scheme was recently abandoned. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government has reportedly agreed... [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have sprung up in recent years, confining cattle in as little space as possible, with no room for the animals to roam, with no grass for them to feed on. Genetically modified feed is trough-fed to the animals as they fight... [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) We live in a world of outrageous lies fronted by corporate interests, but one of the fundamental undeniable truths of biology is that cancer is curable.The cures have been known for decades, and they're readily within reach of people everywhere. But we are not allowed... [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) "The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids," reports DailyLeak.org. (1) "According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to... [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) In larger numbers, Americans who want to be better prepared in case of natural or man-made disasters don't simply want to "settle" for just any food to eat: Even in less-than-desirable conditions, they want healthy food to sustain them.That's why growing numbers... [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Natural News
Originally published by Statesman Journal Anna Staver July 24, 2014 Source article Oregonians will decide in November whether they want to mandate that companies label genetically modified foods. The Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday certified 118,780 signatures — well above the 87,213 needed to qualify for the 2014 ballot. “In only six weeks, we were able to collect more than 31,500 signatures more than the number needed to qualify,” said Sandeep Kaushik, campaign spokesman for Oregon Right to Know. “That is a powerful indication that Oregonians understand that protecting the profits of chemical conglomerates and agribusiness giants should not take precedence over the public’s right to know what is in the food they eat and feed their families.” Initiative 44 would require all food produced with genetically engineered ingredients to include the words “Genetically Engineered” on the front or back of their packages. For raw food, like apples or potatoes, that aren’t usually packaged, retailers would need to place a clear label nearby. It passed, the labeling law would take effect Jan. 1, 2016. The Oregon Right to Know campaign has raised nearly $1.3 million thanks in large part to national companies and advocacy groups. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps donated $250,000 and Organic Consumers Fund has given $200,000, according to online records from the Secretary of State’s Office. Similiar initiatives were defeated in California and Washington, where opponents massively outspent backers. The campaign against Washington’s Initiative 522 broke state records when it raised $21.4 million in 2013. Supporters of the labeling law raised $6.3 million. Opponents of the 2012 California initiative spent $46 million. Oregonians for Food & Shelter, which opposes the GMO labeling initiative, plans to formally announce its opposition campaign soon. “This proposal would mandate costly and misleading food labeling regulations in Oregon that don’t exist in any other state — hurting Oregon farmers and food producers, and costing taxpayers and consumers [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
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Originally published by Fox News By Deirdre Imus July 23, 2014 Source article Organic food is controversial, mostly because food is political. People like me who choose to eat organic produce and other foods grown and raised without poisons, carcinogens, heavy metals, other harmful toxic chemicals, and genetically engineered food are constantly forced to defend ourselves. Happily, doing so just got easier. A recent review of 343 studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic foods are more healthful than conventional foods, mainly because the former contain higher concentrations of antioxidants, while the latter contain higher levels of the toxic metal cadmium. What’s so special about antioxidants? According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that can prevent or delay cell damage, which lowers the risk of certain diseases. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, but organic fruits and vegetables are especially filled with these helpful molecules. Primarily, antioxidants combat free radicals, which can cause “oxidative stress” – a process that may play a role in the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other conditions, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Some of the best food sources for antioxidants include fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C (strawberries, broccoli, kale), vitamin E (nuts, spinach, canola oil), beta carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, peas), and lycopene (watermelon, pink grapefruit, tomatoes). On the flip side, what’s so bad about cadmium? First of all, it’s present in cigarette smoke.  If that’s not enough, chronic inhalation or oral exposure to cadmium can cause kidney disease, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  On its website, the EPA notes that for non-smokers, food is the largest source of cadmium exposure and that cadmium levels in foods can be increased by the use [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
Consumer Group Calls on Costco, Walmart and Carrefour to Join Project Issara and Institute a Zero-Tolerance Policy on Slave Labor SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — More than 160,000 people from around the world have signed onto a new petition from SumOfUs.org urging Costco, Walmart and Carrefour to stop selling shrimp and prawns whose production relies upon slave labor in Asia, and join Project Issara, a cutting edge Thai intiative to end modern slavery in that country. VIEW THE PETITION HERE: http://action.sumofus.org/a/walmart-costco-carrefour-prawns-slave-labor/?sub=pr The petition comes after a report by The Guardian last month found that shrimp and prawns sold in the United States and United Kingdom were often produced using slave labor in Thailand.  According to The Guardian, the world’s largest prawn and shrimp farmer, the Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, is the prime supply offender, buying from suppliers that work directly or indirectly with slave-manned fishing boats. VIEW THE GUARDIAN STORY HERE: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour SumOfUs.org’s campaign urges the three largest grocers in the world — Walmart, Carrefour, and Costco — who were named specifically in The Guardian’s investigation and have yet to take action, to join Project Issera, an initiative by Anti-Slavery International to eliminate slavery within export-oriented industries in Thailand. The Project seeks to push brands that may be buying slavery-made products to use their brand power to eliminate slavery within global supply chains. VIEW THE PETITION HERE: http://action.sumofus.org/a/walmart-costco-carrefour-prawns-slave-labor/?sub=pr Testimony from escapees reveals the gravity of this exploitation. One trafficking victim said he had seen as many as 20 fellow slaves killed in front of him. “If you buy prawns or shrimp from Thailand, you will be buying the product of slave labor,” said Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International. For more information, or for interviews with SumOfUs.org, please contact Brett Abrams at +1-516-841-1105 or by email at brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com. # # # # # SumOfUs.org is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Originally published by Courthouse News Service July 23, 2014 Source article (CN) – The European Union moved a step closer to tighter controls on genetically modified organisms, after the EU Council voted Wednesday to give member states the power to restrict or prohibit GMOs for any reason. Last month, EU environmental ministers announced an agreement that would allow member states to opt out of GMO cultivation within their borders using a nonexhaustive list of possible grounds including environmental, socioeconomic, zoning and public policy reasons. The full council signed off on the agreement Wednesday – with Belgium and Luxembourg abstaining – the culmination of nearly five years of legal wrangling which began after 13 member states demanded that regulators either ban or restrict GMOs within their territories regardless of official EU policy. The bill next heads to the European Parliament, which is expected to take up the issue during its autumn session. Lawmakers credited public outcry with spurring them to action after a tepid initial response to the issue in the council in 2009. A bungled attempt by the European Commission to approve a genetically modified potato – by ignoring the EU food-safety agency’s deep and published doubts about the potato’s safety – also led to deeper support of member-state autonomy on the GMO issue. Already, Europe’s GMO market is the most regulated in the world, and so far only one genetically modified crop is grown commercially there: an insect-resistant corn developed by GMO kingpin Monsanto, on only 247,000 acres of farmland. In the United States, lawmakers – and courts – have long welcomed GMO crops with open arms. Farmers have converted over 40 percent of U.S. cropland – 170 million acres in 2012 – to GMO plantings, growing 45 percent of all biotech crops worldwide. The post EU Lawmakers Advance GMO Restrictions (Courthouse News Service) appeared first on GMO [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
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Can you even imagine what employees at Starbucks have to deal with in the day-to-day? Rude and demanding customers who will stop at nothing to get their caffeine fix, highly specific drink orders that are a nightmare to keep straight…and the list goes on and on. Starbucks employees go through it all – but above all else, they do listen to what customers want. Today, we’re taking action to tell Starbucks what we want, in-person, nationwide.  Stand in solidarity with thousands of GMO Insiders across the country for our Comment Card Day of Action! Visit your local Starbucks store today and—politely—hand in your comment cards asking for organic milk.  By calling company headquarters earlier this month, we overwhelmed Starbucks’ phone lines and demonstrated that customers are committed to getting organic milk in their coffee. Today, with thousands of customers walking into Starbucks stores near and far to submit their comments, Starbucks will realize that it’s due time to take organic milk seriously. Submitting your comment cards is as easy as 1-2-3: Download and print your own sheet of “We Want Organic Milk” comment cards. Visit your local Starbucks location, hand the comment card to the Starbucks cashier, and say: “Hello! As a Starbucks customer, I’m here today to ask that Starbucks provide organic milk at its stores. Please pass this comment card along to your store manager.” Forward this email to 10 of your friends, and ask them to stop in at their local Starbucks stores too. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, we can change the course of Starbucks’ future to one that’s a little greener. Visit your local Starbucks and hand in your comment cards today! Pro tip: Don’t forget to leave a tip for your local Starbucks workers! It’s a hard job – and the comment cards, while making a statement to Starbucks’ management and corporate headquarters, should not [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
If you’ve got ideas for how to take on multinational corporations with a few thousand dollars, a Twitter account and a gorilla suit; if you want to figure out how we can leverage huge amounts of data to empower our members to change the world; if you’ve read Lean StartUp and have a natural MVP mindset; if you’ve ever created a piece of content that’s “gone viral”; if you want a chance to be part of something world-changing from the beginning – you could be the perfect candidate. [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
SumOfUs is looking to hire 1-4 Email Writing Consultants for anywhere from 10-40 hours a week of work, based anywhere in the world, who are happy to write lots of content really fast around a wide range of campaigns and can whip out a basic petition email draft on a straightforward issue in less than an hour. Deadline to apply is Sunday, August 3rd. [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
(Vancouver)—Today Suncor released its 2014 Sustainability Report claiming progress on environmental, social, economic and issues.  However, Suncor failed to mention its water use has increased, its tailings ponds are leaking toxins and the company has had hundreds of violations of existing regulations. Recently, SumOfUs.org launched a hard-hitting campaign calling Suncor out for claiming to be a leader in sustainability while failing to clean up the oil sands and protect the Athabasca River. The website, video and accompanying petition, which has so far been signed by tens of thousands of Canadians, ask tough questions about the company’s refusal to take basic measures to protect the Athabasca and all communities downstream. “Suncor is spending millions to try and tell a pretty rosy story about their operations in Canada’s oilsands but the facts speak for themselves” said campaign spokesperson Kevin Grandia. “They are using more and more fresh water and their tailings ponds are leaking. If Suncor is truly committed to looking for solutions they can start by cleaning up their act and supporting new strong regulations that protect the Athabasca River.” The just-released sustainability report ignores the following facts: A report from Global News found over 500 Suncor violations ranging from corrosion to valve and pipe failures. Suncor has been fined for failing to install pollution control equipment, for environmental violations at a wastewater facility, for failing to comply with the Water Act, and for providing false and misleading information to Alberta environment. A 2011 incident at a Suncor facility leaked tailings water so polluted that it failed 39 consecutive toxicity tests. In 2013, waste from a Suncor operation poured into the Athabasca River for ten hours, dumping 350,000 litres of industrial waste water right into the river. In its sustainability report Suncor mentions a goal to reduce freshwater consumption by 12% by 2015. Yet in 2012, Suncor’s total [...]
Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Is climate change igniting turmoil around the world? Is it contributing to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa? Will it affect our capacity to respond to crises at home? Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley speaks to Earth Focus about how climate change impacts national security. Dr. Titley served as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. He initiated and led the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change. He is presently Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University. [...]
Mon, Jul 14, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
Suncor is spending millions on a high profile public relations blitz to convince Canadians it cares about the environment. [...]
Fri, Jul 11, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
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Bum Boosa® Bamboo Products, a leading brand in the USA to offer baby wipes and bathroom tissue made from renewable and sustainable bamboo, announced today that its 100% bamboo bathroom tissue has achieved Non-GMO Project Verification. Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue is the first bathroom tissue to become Non-GMO Project Verified. “We are committed to providing safe, synthetic-free, tree-free, non-GMO products,” says Bum Boosa Founder Sonja Sheasley. “Non-GMO Project Verification is a significant endorsement that we want to share with our customers as they strive to make educated decisions about not only the food they consume, but also personal care products. We are currently anticipating Non-GMO Verification status for our other products as well.” About Bum Boosa Bamboo Products Bum Boosa has a total of three products: baby wipes, diaper liners and bathroom tissue made from 100% bamboo, and has established itself as an ecological-conscientious company with a commitment to constant progress and accountability in regards to safety, quality and practicing environmental stewardship. Bum Boosa’s product line is currently available at a number of independent natural product retailers, and pharmacies in the USA, Canada, China, and through online merchants in the USA such as Diapers.com,drugstore.com, Amazon, and Abe’s Marketplace.  Bum Boosa has planted 50,000 trees with Trees for the Future and is partnered with Carbonfund.org, whereby they offset 35 tons of carbon annually through various environmental programs.  Bum Boosa is proud to be a certified B Corporation and a nationally certified women-owned business (WBENC). Bum Boosa is also an active member of World Bamboo Organization with whom they work to accurately promote bamboo and elevate bamboo’s status as an important contributor to sustainable environment. To learn more visit www.bumboosa.com   Contact: Sonja Sheasley Bum Boosa® Bamboo Products sonja@bumboosa.com 508-539-1373 ext 5 [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
Source: Non GMO
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BioTerra Herbs®, a California-based company passionate about clean and honest herbal products, showed its true colors this week with the announcement of its entire line of herbal supplements passing the rigorous and independent, third party Non-GMO Project Verification process! “Non-GMO Project Verified affirms BioTerra Herbs’ passion and never-ending strive for providing only the best herbal products possible,” said Jerry Chou, CEO, BioTerra Herbs. “With this exciting feat under our belt alongside our time-tested herbal formulas and side-splitting packaging, BioTerra Herbs is now a triple threat. The entire line of herbal supplements that cover health issues consumers see every day, prove to be the healthiest alternative to supplementing a healthy, honest, and happy lifestyle.” BioTerra Herbs’ product line includes: Energy “boing” – boosts energy without stimulants* Sleep “z-z-z” – relieves occasional sleeplessness and promotes restful sleep* Snoring “shush” – reduces snoring, improves quality of sleep* and is known as a “spouse’s best friend” Mental Focus “huh?” – boosters for mental clarity and supports concentration* Digestion “belch” – reduces bloating & gas, and relieves stomach discomfort* Vision “zoom” – promotes eye health and supports visual function* Stress “gahh” – mastering everyday stress and is upliftment for men & women* Immunity “zap” – supports immune system & response* Detox “ahhh” – eliminates toxins, is a gentle internal cleansing and supports liver function*. The Non-GMO Projectis a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of Non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified Non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s ONLY third-party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. About BioTerra Herbs BioTerra Herbs is a new (and, quite frankly, awesome) company that provides healthy, drug-free herbal supplements that are as active as you are. All products are strictly herbal, vegan, gluten-free and now Non-GMO Project Verified! These symptom-based herbs not only help your body’s natural healing process, but also help your [...]
Tue, Jul 01, 2014
Source: Non GMO
Chicago Vegan Foods is proud to announce that Dandies Vegan Marshmallows are the first marshmallows to be Non-GMO Project Verified. An all natural, cruelty-free alternative to the traditional marshmallow, Dandies Vegan Marshmallows have been made in the Chicago area since 2009. Chicago Vegan Foods worked with the Non-GMO Project for the past year to achieve an ingredient mix that keeps the integrity and deliciousness of the marshmallows intact. Each ingredient in Dandies Marshmallows was reviewed to ensure the entire product met the Non-GMO Project’s Standard. “Marshmallows should be fun, not something with scary ingredients. That’s why we made Dandies delicious and non-GMO. We’ve never seen people so excited about marshmallows!” says Ryan Howard, President and Founder of Chicago Vegan Foods. Dandies are the only campfire-style vegan marshmallow on the market and they are free of gelatin and corn. Produced in a dedicated dairy and nut free facility, Dandies are available in traditional size (made for s’mores and for roasting over the fire) and mini size (made for hot cocoa or snacking). Marketing Director Dan Reed says, “This is the first of our products to be Non-GMO Project Verified so it’s a giant leap towards making all of our products Verified. We celebrated this achievement as we do every day, by making more marshmallows!” In addition to being Non-GMO Project Verified, Dandies are also free of gelatin, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, fat, and corn, and they are also Kosher certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Dandies are sold at Whole Foods Market and other natural foods stores across the US, Canada, and select International markets. Dandies are also available for food service applications. Chicago Vegan Foods makes cruelty-free foods for everyone. A small, tight knit family with vegan values, Chicago Vegan Foods would love to share their everyday fun foods with you at ChicagoVeganFoods.com  Find out more about the Non-GMO Project [...]
Mon, Jun 30, 2014
Source: Non GMO
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Post Foods Canada today officially announced that its Shreddies Original cereal has been verified by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only organization offering third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. The official Non-GMO Project seal on all packaging of Shreddies Original cereal, confirming the recipe and suppliers avoid GMO ingredients, will be available to customers at retail locations starting in July. “We are committed to providing nutritious and delicious products for Canadians of all ages,” said David Bagozzi, Director of Marketing for Post Foods Canada. “Non-GMO Project Verification is an important endorsement that we want to share with our consumers as they continue to make informed decisions about the food they consume.” The Non-GMO Project’s mission as a non-profit organization is the commitment to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. “Having an iconic cereal such as Shreddies now Non-GMO Project Verified is a clear indication that Post Foods Canada is making a concerted effort to provide nutritious, non-GMO product offerings,” said Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “Post Foods Canada takes the choices its consumers make about food to heart and deserves kudos.” About Post Foods Canada Inc.:  Post Foods Canada Inc. is the manufacturer of iconic ready-to-eat cereal brands including Shreddies, Honeycomb, Sugar Crisp, Alpha-Bits, Shredded Wheat, Great Grains, Honey Bunches of Oats and other great tasting cereals. For more information, please visit www.postfoods.ca. About the Non-GMO Project: The Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. Learn more at www.nongmoproject.org. -30- For more information, please contact: Dane Gergovich / Ginger Shewell Media Profile dane.gergovich@mediaprofile.com / 416-342-1816 ginger.shewell@mediaprofile.com / 416-342-1802 [...]
Fri, Jun 27, 2014
Source: Non GMO
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Across North America, retailers that sell Non-GMO Project Verified products are playing a huge role in the non-GMO movement. Teaming up with retailers that support the mission of the Non-GMO Project is central to the work we do. Once products earn Non-GMO Project Verification, we work to make sure shoppers know what the seal means and why choosing non-GMO is important. Small independent natural food retailers and co-ops helped found the Non-GMO Project. Nowadays, all types of retailers—independents, co-ops and conventional grocers—are bringing non-GMO choices to their customers. Here we will highlight some of the awesome stores we love to partner with through our Supporting Retailer Program and our annual October event, Non-GMO Month! Spotlight for June is on: North Coast Co-op Since 1973, the North Coast Co-op has been a member-owned food cooperative with two full-service grocery stores in Arcata and Eureka, CA. They operate a production bakery and deli using healthul, local and organic ingredients whenever possible. With all of North Coast’s active involvement, from store policy to community outreach, we felt compelled to share their non-GMO story. What inspires the team at North Coast Co-op? “We recognize that our members are concerned about the potential negative health and environmental effects of GMOs. Our members expect to find products without GMOs and we are endeavoring to meet that expectation. In addition, we feel we can strongly influence vendors and regulatory agencies to label GMOs if we band together with other co‐ops.” What inspires us about North Coast Co-op? North Coast has demonstrated their commitment to GMO alternatives through the products they sell and their creative outreach during Non-GMO Month and beyond. As their policy states, “We are no longer knowingly accepting NEW non‐organic products that include GMO high‐risk items in their ingredient list, unless they are verified by The Non‐GMO Project.”  North Coast does not stop there, they are also working to ensure that [...]
Fri, Jun 27, 2014
Source: Non GMO
For the indigenous people who live near Ecuador's Kimsakocha wetlands, water here is a lifeline. It's vital for domestic use, as well as for agriculture and livestock production. But there is gold under the water and the government of Ecuador has opened the area to foreign mining despite fierce local opposition. "Resistance will not end, we will not give up even if we are in prison," says local community leader Carlos Perez. Kimsakocha contains over 3.3 million ounces of high grade gold valued at approximately US$30 million. Indigenous groups claim mining will affect groundwater and threaten their agricultural productivity. Correspondent Constantino de Miguel travels to Kimsakocha for this original Earth Focus report. [...]
Thu, Jun 26, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
(Earth Focus: Episode 65) After centuries of over harvesting and bouts of disease, oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay plummeted along with profits for the oyster industry and the health of the Bay. In some areas, native oysters are becoming more abundant. But culture and ecology clash as watermen, who depend on harvesting oysters for income, are at odds with scientists and conservationists who want to restore oyster populations. Filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown looks at oysters and the people behind them in her new film Spat! Bringing Oysters Back to the Bay. An Earth Focus special presentation. [...]
Thu, Jun 26, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
"We are Marsifying Earth," says distinguished marine Biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle. "We are increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere... We are undermining the integrity of systems that yield what we need to live. What is more important than that? Our economy, our health, our security, or being alive? It starts with being alive." Dr. Earle explains why the ocean is a life support system for the planet -- but its becoming more acidic. "Most of the oxygen that we breathe comes from the ocean," she says. "So we should take care of it as if our lives depend on it." [...]
Fri, Jun 13, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
Are nursery plants killing bees? Dr. Susan Kegley of the Pesticide Research Institute explains that 54% of nursery plants recently sampled in the US contain neonicotinoid pesticides at levels that can harm or kill bees and other pollinators. Neonicotinoids are currently found in granular and soil drench treatments for "bee friendly" garden plants like roses and other plants attractive to pollinators without labels that would indicate their toxicity to insects such as bees, butterflies and ladybugs. Many plants sold in nurseries and garden stores across the United States are pre-treated with neonicotinoids. Introduced in the mid 1990s, neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of pesticides in the world. Studies show that these systemic pesticides, which are taken up through the roots and leaves and distributed throughout an entire plant, are toxic to bees even at low doses. They are commonly used in agriculture, landscaping and home gardening. [...]
Fri, May 30, 2014
Source: Earth Healing

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