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Food Safety

 

Q: I’m reading about additives, hormones, chemicals, and toxins in our food. How can I know what is healthy for my family?

A: Dr. Francesca Grifo (the Union of Concerned Scientists) recommends buying from small, local, organic food producers and doing research—i.e., I found http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org. I asked Jeanette McNelis to report on her research on food safety:

Consumers need to start reading the ingredients on their purchases. Genetically engineered seeds (corn, soy, canola, cotton, etc.), owned by large pesticide companies, have made their way, unlabeled (except for Europe), into the majority of our food supply. Check out the following sources:

*The author of Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith is the world’s leading consumer advocate. He gives us four suggestions: Buy organic/local. Look for Non-GMO verified seals. Avoid risky ingredients (invisible GM ingredients such as fructose, dextrose, glucose, Nutra-sweet, Equal) http://www.responsibletechnology.org/ Check out the GMO shopping guide.

*John Robbins, award-winning author (Diet For a New America & Food Revolution), wrote an article worth reading: “Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Artificial Hormones?” (http://www.johnrobbins.info/)

*Check Dr. Mercola’s web site for interesting articles on GMO food products and healthy living. (http://www.mercola.com/)

*www.organicconsumers.org also aims to educate the food consumer with many articles. Do your family a favor by knowing what you are eating and by making healthy choices.

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