I just called my Senator. Up until now, I’ve been more interested in social media action, but the stakes are so high today that I had to take all steps possible. You see, tomorrow the Senate will decide whether or not to pass S. 2609–also known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act. After the House of Representatives passed it last year, the Senate is our last line of defense. The DARK Act would make it illegal for states to require GMO labeling and would override GMO labeling bills already in place–regardless of the fact that 94% of Americans want GMO labeling. Luckily, the Senate also has another bill…
I’m no stranger to junk food. After enduring years of healthy eating (brown-bag lunches with an oversized, barely washed carrot from my father’s vegetable garden peeking out of the top), I spent about a decade of rebellion indulging in a plethora of processed foods. But the (organic) apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Despite the occasional foray into junk food, I always feel better when following these healthy eating habits.
If anything can change the world, it’s greed. As sales of organic food continue to rise–raking in more than $35 billion last year and accounting for nearly five percent of our total food sales–supermarkets are getting into the action. And getting royally rewarded.
Swedish researchers recently showed a simple and easy way to completely eliminate pesticides from your body, working with a family of five. In a matter of days, the family went from showing high levels of pesticides like 1,2,3-Trichloropropane–better known as TCP and classified as a “likely human carcinogen,” by the EPA–to registering no levels at all. How did they do it? The video tells all.
Yes, the polar ice caps are still melting and the climate-deniers are still ensconced in Congress. But there is some good news, this Earth Day Eve: The resources that make our planet healthier are getting more affordable–and popular.
Last week, the blogosphere was all a-twitter about a post maligning the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists, which are published each year in support of their annual “Pesticides in Produce” study. In the interest of full disclosure: I’ve been a supporter of EWG for years, and occasionally consult with the organization. But more importantly, I refer to these lists regularly when writing about organic food on Mommy Greenest. So the article had me worried: Was everything I believed about pesticides in produce wrong?
I had so much fun with Diane Mizota of Spiritual Playground making this amazing green smoothie recipe with some stealthy healthy ingredients. Unlike other juices and smoothies you might buy in a store, you know that everything in this glass is good for you. But will our kids drink it? Watch and see.
Okay here’s a genius idea: Create a healthy chocolate milkshake, cram it full of organic vegetables, and package it in a way that’s lunchbox-friendly—for kids and adults. That’s the genius behind Sneakz Organic healthy chocolate milkshakes, which combine USDA Certified Organic milk, sweet potatoes, broccoli and carrots into a delicious drink that delivers more fiber and less sugar than chocolate milk—as well as a full serving of veggies, plus their vitamins (from food, not fortification). How do I know this GMO- and pesticide-free shake is delicious? I personally taste-tested it, and am now giving away FOUR CASES to Mommy Greenest readers!