Author: Robyn O'Brien

In 2016: How Real People on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic Food

We have received several emails in the first few days of 2016 asking for tips on how to afford organic food. We get it. When we first started learning about how many additives, genetically engineered ingredients and synthetic pesticides were allowed into conventional foods—and that by law, these ingredients are not allowed in the production of organic food—we wanted to make the shift. But the numbers were totally intimidating, especially with four kids.

How GMO’s Failed to Feed The World

One of the most compelling promises that the biotech industry makes to justify the need for their products (genetically engineered crops and portfolio of chemicals needed to grow them) are that these ingredients are needed to feed the world. Who can argue with that if it’s working? But it’s not.

9 Dirty Little Secrets of GMO’s

Transparency is sexy. Misleading people, not so much. If you had no idea that ingredients, labeled by the EPA as pesticides, are hiding in your food, you’re not alone.

Here are nine dirty little secrets about GMOs that impact everyone from farmers to families to the financials of our economy:

Global Concerns Mount Around Monsanto’s Glyphosate

The world’s most widely-used herbicide, glyphosate, has been in the headlines a lot lately.

California’s EPA recently announced that it plans to label the ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup as “carcinogenic” which isn’t good news for its manufacturer, Monsanto, which has been trying to ink a deal with Syngenta.

Ractopamine: The Drug That’s In Your Meat

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals shines a light on a practice that the meat industry would rather not discuss: the use of drugs on the meat that we eat.
80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on the animals we eat: injected into them, fed to them and many of the drugs are banned or restricted around the world.
As Wal-Mart steps into this issue, it brings to light one of the most controversial drugs in our food system: ractopamine.

Things You May Not Know About Monsanto

A growing number of Americans are learning about Monsanto, the chemical company that has genetically engineered our food to withstand increasing doses of their chemicals, particularly the weedkiller, Roundup.

How Food Additives Are Landing On Our Plates

Do you know that food companies can decide for themselves which additives are safe?

It’s time to look into how new ingredients get from the food industry’s lab to your dinner table. Thousands of these additives now exist in our food supply.

Knowing the Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

Today, one in eleven children struggle with asthma, and one in four are affected by allergies. The incidence of allergy has increased significantly over the past two decades, and allergy to peanuts has more than quadrupled from 1997 to 2010. Approximately 30 million children – more than 1/3 of our kids – are affected by one of these four new childhood epidemics. This is not something we can just accept.