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Informed Consumption Print E-mail
Monday, 05 December 2011

Recently an initiative was introduced to the California State’s Attorney General’s office: the California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. This initiative, which will most likely be sent to voters in 2012, would require all genetically modified food to be clearly labeled so consumers can make informed choices.

Numerous other laws requiring better food labels have been introduced to legislatures around the country and in D.C.; unfortunately, big agriculture and chemical companies have great lobbies and have gotten each bill shot down. The California measure’s the first one that will be taken directly to voters, and polls right now show that 93% of Americans believe genetically-modified foods, or GMOs, should be labeled.

What’s the big deal, though? So they’ve cross-bred two tomatoes to get a superior, juicier, redder tomato? Where’s the cause for alarm, huh? That’s not what GMOs are, though. A genetically-modified vegetable or animal – and yes, cloned animals have been permitted in our food supply (unlabeled, of course) by the FDA since early 2008 – is something that has been altered at its molecular level: we’re talking introducing foreign DNA from another substance, not another strain of the same plant. So instead of cross-breeding a tomato with another tomato, we’re talking about a tomato cross-bred with a scorpion (true story, by the way). THAT kind of modification.

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What's For Breakfast (or Snack, or Lunch) Wednesday Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2011

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been madly making smoothies since all our delicious summer fruits began coming into season. The girls love them, and I love having a glass full of fiber and vitamins in a yummy drink.

I’m a bit of a protein hound, always trying to find new smoothie recipes that will get me some blood-sugar-boosting proteins and fats in non-dairy ways (slight allergy), and I came across this one from Keeper of the Home recently. Since I’ve been madly freezing organic fruit as it’s available for a modest price, I’ve got a drawer full of berries that are being seriously whittled down in this recipe. The use of coconut milk solves my thirst for something more filling than pure carbs, and I throw some brown rice protein powder in for an extra boost as well.

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More On The Food Dye Front Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

I blogged last year about the rising concerns over the links between artificial dyes in our food and hyperactivity – or worse – in our kids. I saw for myself the effects of artificial dyes when Cora began eating store-bought birthday cakes laden with blue “ocean” frosting or purple “flower” frosting; after one such party I found her an hour later literally climbing the curtains. Between Cora’s incredible bouts of turning into Hyperactive, Uncontrollable Girl and her four-day-long blue poop (yep, it stains your intestines for several days afterwards) I was convinced enough to actively work to rid our diet of artificial dyes.

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Not So Much Potty-Trained Print E-mail
Friday, 21 January 2011

Wednesday morning Cora and I went to the grocery store, taking a quick potty break before heading out. After arriving home, I was putting groceries away when I heard from the downstairs bathroom, “Mommy, come look at this.”

I ran in, and Cora had not quite made it onto the potty. I reassured her, got her cleaned up, and we went on with our day.

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Panty Party At The Mouse House Print E-mail
Monday, 10 January 2011

That’s right, folks, we are officially a diaperless household. Well, at least we will be when I’ve freecycled all the leftover diapers we’ve got lying around. But officially there is not a single person under this roof who uses diapers.

Yeah, we’re awesome.

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