Green America goes to General Mills

Green America’s Campaign Director delivers nearly 10,000 petitions to General Mills. Thanks to the nearly 10,000 of you that have so far taken action with GMO inside, calling on General Mills to remove GMO ingredients from their products!  Yesterday, GMO Inside, a Green America campaign, delivered 9,830 petition signatures to General Mills at their headquarters  outside of Minneapolis, MI!   Along with the petitions, we shared our concerns about GMOs with General Mills’ team, and the fact that every day more and more consumers are learning about GMOs and demanding non-GMO choices.  Additionally, we warned them that as more states propose labeling initiatives, it will only be a matter of time before companies are required to disclose their GMO ingredients.  We encouraged General Mills to commit to dropping their genetically modified ingredients completely, in order to get ahead of the curve. General Mills prides itself as a company that gives consumers what they want.  We need to keep letting General Mills know that what consumers really want is healthy choices for their families, free of GMO ingredients. (and if we can achieve and non-GMO food supply in the process, that’s even better!) If you have not yet signed our petition, please sign today and share with your friends.

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A Fair Deal for Global Sugar Workers

My colleagues Martha van Gelder and Tracy Fernandez Rysavy have been sharing their experience with kicking the sugar habit on this blog for the past week or so. We’ve all been delving deeply into sugar issues recently, working to prepare “Sickeningly Sweet,” the latest issue of our Green American magazine, all about the American sugar habit, and its effects on our bodies and our health. For my part, I confess to being a little stunned at the amount of sugar Americans consume per capita, partially because I don’t tend to consume that much sugar myself.   I don’t keep any sugar-boosted foods in my house — no soda pop, no sugary breakfast cereals, no sweet treats like boxed cookies or or ice cream, and no processed snacks with hidden sugars.   I don’t even put sugar in my coffee, and if a recipe calls for a bit of sweetness, I’m likely to either leave the sugar out, or replace with a few drops of organic honey, maple syrup, or molasses.

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Is Sugar a Poison?

While experts recommend that women limit themselves to 6 tsp. of added sugars and men to 9 tsp., one measly Cinnabon contains 13 tsp.

Several weeks ago, the Green American editorial staff started researching an issue theme centered on sugar. With the labor abuse in the sugar industry and the fact that much of the sugar sold in the US comes from genetically modified sugar beets, we thought we’d have plenty of social and environmental problems to cover. We knew that science has long […]

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TAKE ACTION: Monsanto Protection Act Passes Congress

It’s time to call your members of Congress! Today, Congress took a giant step backward on the genetically modified organism (GMO) front by passing the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which included the “farmer assurance provision,” a rider perhaps more accurately known by anti-GMO activists as “the Monsanto Protection Act.” The provision makes it easier for biotech companies like Monsanto to push their GM seeds into farmers’ hands without proper safety reviews. Under the provision, even if a court of law finds that a given type of GM seeds was approved illegally and may not be safe for human health or the environment, it would not be able to halt the seeds’ sale or planting. The Monsanto Protection Act also forces the USDA to immediately approve any permits for continued planting of GM seeds at the biotech industry’s request. “The US judicial review process serves as a vital check on any federal agency decision that may negatively impact human health, the environment, or the livelihood of farmers,” write our allies at Food Democracy Now. “This provision gives Monsanto and its biotech cohorts a way around the law so it can continue to sell its biotech seeds regardless of the cost to people and the planet. This provision creates a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review and a dangerous assault on fundamental judicial safeguards.” The current version of the CR bill is only good through September, at which point a new spending bill will […]

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Stop the Sneaky Biotech Rider!

Adapted from a post by Green America’s Shireen Karimi, on behalf of our GMO Inside program: The Senate and House of Representatives are voting soon on legislation into which biotech companies (think Monsanto) have snuck a provision ending judicial oversight of plants, including the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Called the “Farmer Assurance Provision” as though it will help farmers and those growing our food, this provision strips the rights of federal courts to halt the sale and planting of genetically engineered crops during the legal appeals process.  Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry are working behind closed doors to undermine our rights and our judicial system. This time they’ve gone too far! The Senate is voting today and the House is expected to vote within the next couple days.  Please call your legislators, and ask them to oppose this provision! Please call your senator NOW and stop the biotech rider! Sample text: “I am a constituent and asking Senator  _____ to oppose the biotech rider, section 735, in the Senate Continuing Resolution of H.R. 933.” If it goes through the Senate, then it will enter another round in the House.  Therefore, you can also call your House representative and stop the biotech rider.

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Have a Non-GMO Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  We are thrilled to partner with Non-GMO Project this year to present the 2012 Guide to a non-GMO Halloween! Offered to parents as a toolkit, the 2012 Guide (pdf) contains a list of Non-GMO Project Verified Halloween treats, such as Endangered Species Chocolates, fun ideas for “treasures” (non-food goodies) and even a healthy recipe fromGreen Halloween®  food blogger, Kia Robertson. Get the facts about “Frankenfoods” in from our Green American magazine online.  And if you live in California,vote yes of Prop 37 next Tuesday! Get the Guide here. Learn more about GMOs and what you can do to fight “Frankenfoods”! Visit:

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