GMOs: The Uninvited Guest at Your Picnic

Shared via GMO Inside. The season of charcoal smells and checkered tablecloths has begun. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to share laughs and delicious food. However, there may be an uninvited guest at your picnic or BBQ – GMOs. Unfortunately, almost everything on our typical plate is likely to have some GM ingredients, from the ketchup to the bun. Sometimes these GMOs are disguised and, unfortunately, often overlooked. Adding to the discreet infiltration of GMOs is the fact that meat, dairy, and eggs– even though not genetically modified themselves–are produced using GMOs. Corn and soy make up the majority of animal feed in the US. With 88% of corn and 93% of soy in the US grown genetically modified, our farm animals are raised on GMOs. Animals, like humans, are deeply impacted by the quality of their diets. A 2013 study showed that pigs fed an entirely GMO diet suffered from severe stomach inflammation when compared to pigs given non-GMO feed. Their GMO-fed bodies are then turned into food for us. Before you head off to your Fourth of July picnics and BBQs, review the items below for likely GM ingredients and tasty non-GMO alternatives. Then, share the knowledge. While the topic of GMOs has hit the mainstream, not everyone knows all the facts or understands the destruction GMOs are causing to our planet and our bodies. Use this picnic season as an opportunity to talk to your loved […]

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U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademarks

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans”. This beautiful ad shows better than anything we could write why this name needs to go away for good. In addition, you can read our article on “Native American Marketing Images” for more ideas on how to support justice and respect when it comes to using these images and mascots–or not using them. It was written quite some time ago, but the advice is still sound.        

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Announcing: Companies for Safer Chemicals

There’s now new, positive momentum to control toxic chemicals! A group of the country’s leading consumer brands, including members of Green America’s Green Business Network, have announced the formation of a new coalition to urge Congress to modernize the nation’s out-of-date and ineffective chemical safety laws. The new coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, will make a business argument for strong […]

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Join The Forward on Climate Rally Feb. 17, 2013

At noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Green America is proud to be a sponsor of this action, a project of 350.org, Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop caucus. We urge all Green Americans who can make the trip to join us at this historic event — come make your voice heard! In his eloquent inaugural address, President Obama stated: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. We cannot cede to other nations the [clean energy] technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise.” Now is the time for President Obama to address the climate crisis by rejecting, once and for all, the Keystone XL dirty tar sands pipeline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental United States. We should be far further ahead than we are in developing renewable energy technologies, so it is imperative that we now accelerate our shift to renewable energy. We also need to emphasize energy efficiency programs that can make a tremendous difference. Come to Washington, DC on Feb. 17 if you can! All the details are at www.forwardonclimate.org Stop by the Green America office before the rally at 10:30am to get […]

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Low Sugar Cookie Recipe

Hey Green Americans, remember me? I’m the editor who bragged about kicking her sugar addiction. Well the sugar-free fast is no more. While I don’t eat much sugar nowadays, every once in a while I do break down. I’m not proud. But because of the fast, normal desserts are just too sweet for me. So, instead of making a straight-up […]

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Is Juice Bad for You?

is juice bad for you?

Is juice bad for you? As the New York Times reported last week, the juice craze is in full gear, with juice bars popping up all over the country. You may be hearing talk about this cold pressed juice — full of vitamins, minerals, and veggies that you would never dream of eating, but taste pretty amazing in juice form. […]

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NYC GF: “Sustainable or stylish? It doesn’t have to be one or the other.”

Thanks to fashion designer Eileen Fisher for sponsoring our sustainable fashion show, kicking off Day Two of the NYC Green Festival.  Eileen Fisher’s new “Green Eileen” project recycles used Eileen Fisher clothing at stores across the country, and the company’s “&” (ampersand) line brings a new level of sustainability to fashion: made-in-the-USA items, organic cotton and fairly traded garments, and […]

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[VIDEO] Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You?

Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? In the video below, I zoom in on four artificial sweeteners — saccharine, stevia, sugar alcohols and sucralose. I’ll tell you what the research says about their comparative health effects. But What About Aspartame and Neotame? We’ll have more information on 11 different alternative and artificial sweeteners in the next issue of the Green […]

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How to Kick Your Sugar Addiction:

What I learned from forty days and forty nights of sweet, sugar-free living. The next issue of the Green American is on sugar — the health effects of sugar, genetically modified sugar, and fair trade sugar. Tracy, our Editor-in-Chief, asked me to do some foundational research on the health effects. What I found surprised me. It was actually much scarier […]

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