Here at Nourishing Charlotte, we like to focus on the healing power of nutrient-dense, real food as well as the positive benefits of sustainable farmers and markets. But the GMO situation is constantly in the news these days so we thought it would be appropriate to provide some helpful information and convenient links. Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a very important link to Just Label It’s online petition regarding GMOs.
- Monsanto has been named the Worst Company of 2011 by Natural Society for “threatening both human health and the environment.”
- Dr. Mercola offers this chart of the revolving door between Monsanto and and our federal government.
- Natural News makes the case that nearly all corn and soy products purchased at grocery stores are genetically modified and may place your health at risk.
- The Weston A. Price Foundation website offers this article on How To Avoid Genetically Modified Foods.
- The Institute for Responsible Technology provides their Non-GMO Shopping Guide and Non-GMO Shopping Tips as free downloads here.
*** Just Label It provides this online petition to the FDA, asking them to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. ***
Readers of our recent series on raw milk … see part 1 here and part 2 here … learned that real raw milk is a nutrient-dense and safe component of a nourishing diet. There is growing interest in the healthy properties of real milk and new studies proving the benefits of consuming raw milk vs. pasteurized, homogenized milk.
But is it legal? The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund explains that consumption of raw milk is legal but state-by-state legislation on distribution varies along the spectrum from illegal, to legal as pet food, to legal from farms only, to legal in a retail setting. See this chart provided by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund: State-by-State Review of Raw Milk Laws.
But the federal government prohibits the sale of raw milk across state lines. Viewers of our recent screening of Farmageddon learned that the FDA and USDA allocate a great deal of their resources in regulating raw milk interstate commerce, sometimes in extreme, heavy-handed ways.
What can we do? The good news is that a bill has been introduced to the 112th Congress by a group of representatives. House Bill HR 1830, if passed, would allow the interstate shipment of raw milk for human consumption. Please visit the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s HR 1830 petition page to make your voice heard!!