Tag - GMOs

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Naturepedic Says “Get Out Of My Bed!”
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Then & Now: Environmental Leaders You Need to Know
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Avoiding GMOs – What Are Your Current Options?
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Just Label It Advocates GMO Labelling
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Soybean Foam Isn’t Made Of Soybeans

Naturepedic Says “Get Out Of My Bed!”

Natural foods store chain Whole Foods publicly published a list of Unacceptable Ingredients for Food. This list alphabetically spells out ingredients like disodium dihydrogen EDTA the retailer finds inappropriate for food or packaging, ingredients not in line with healthy living. Panera Bread did something similar, publishing a No No list of ingredients the restaurant/bakery chain has committed to removing from its offerings by the end of 2016 to make its food even healthier for consumers. Panera, in fact, was one of the first to move toward transparency, becoming the first national restaurant chain to disclose caloric content on its menu. When you think about it, while you can read a food label on a can of soup in a store and get the ingredients and information on calories, fat, sodium, and more, that level of transparency has largely been missing from restaurants. And consumer products. As you read this, you’re probably looking at some form of screen — on a[…]

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Then & Now: Environmental Leaders You Need to Know

As a society, the United States is more environmentally conscious now than ever before. We’ve come a long way, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have a long way to go. There’s much work to be done to ensure our planet remains beautiful for generations ahead. The environmental movement took force in the 1940s with leaders like organic visionary J.I. Rodale and marine biologist Rachel Carson. These leaders paved the way for future generations, and set a crucial precedence: the Earth is vital and important, but it’s not invincible. In honor of #EarthMonth, we’ve highlighted four environmental leaders we think you need to know. This list is not exhaustive, as there are many environmental influencers, but it’s a good start. There are reasons these four individuals are still making waves decades later. J.I. (Jerome Irving) Rodale (1898 – 1971) The word “organic” is commonly thought to mean grown without pesticides, and that definition is largely because of publishing magnate J.[…]

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Avoiding GMOs – What Are Your Current Options?

We believe consumers should have a right to know what they are eating and drinking (AND sleeping on!) In a previous post we mentioned our partnership with Just Label It, an organization advocating labeling of foods using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). At this time, however, companies are not required to disclose GMOs. Nonetheless, consumers that wish to avoid GMOs do have a few tools available. Buyers can look for: The USDA Organic label. USDA certified organic food currently can not contain GMOs. While this logo can also apply to non-edible raw natural fibers and materials such as cotton, this label is not designed for finished textile products. Non-GMO Project Verified label. While this voluntary certification guarantees food does not contain GMOs, it does not mean food is organic, so food with this label can still be grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Also, because this verification is voluntary, the absence of the label does not mean an item necessarily contains GMOs. Smaller organic food[…]

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Just Label It Advocates GMO Labelling

Naturepedic has joined more than 600 companies and organizations in becoming a partner with Just Label It, promoting the right to know when there are Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients in your food. More than two-thirds of processed foods in the U.S. contain GE ingredients. GE ingredients come from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), plants or animals that contain artificially inserted genetic material from other species that simply couldn’t happen in nature or through traditional breeding methods. Currently, there are no laws requiring labeling or disclosure of GE ingredients. Just Label It advocates the labeling of GMOs and so do many, many others. GMO labeling has garnered support that is independent of political affiliation or gender, and more than 750,000 people have contacted the FDA on this issue. Ready to take action? Sign an online petition asking the FDA to guarantee that GMOs are labeled. Visit http://justlabelit.org/take-action/ and add your voice in asking the FDA to protect your right to know. The nine most common[…]

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Soybean Foam Isn’t Made Of Soybeans

I’ll keep this short: soybean foam is primarily made from petrochemicals, not soybeans.   You might have also have heard of soybean foam as bio-foam, soy foam, and other names combining soy-, bio-, or eco-. No forest green lettering, or image of pastoral fields on marketing materials, can change the truth: soy foam might contain 20% soy content but can contain as little as 3-5% depending on the product. The rest is highly flammable polyurethane foam. If a consumer is looking for an alternative to polyurethane foam, soy foam isn’t the solution. Sigh. But soy foam sounds so healthy … and marketers count on it. The initial green angle for soy foam was on using renewable plant-based resources* to supplement non-renewable petroleum. Mattress and furniture company marketers, however, soon found that marketing could intentionally lead consumers to make seemingly logical – albeit false – assumptions about what was, and wasn’t, in “soy foam”. With the addition of green imagery and[…]

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