Happy Halloween!

We’ve still got a few of our big, canvas Non-GMO Project tote bags left… PERFECT for trick-or-treating… So we’ve decided to give them away to our first few trick-or-treaters!

See you soon. ;)

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Store Pick: New Non-GMO Dr. Bronner’s Labels

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Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soaps are known for their ever-wacky, text-packed labels. Now, with the approaching November 4th deadline to vote for mandatory GMO labeling in Oregon, the labels have changed up a bit.

The top right corner reads: “We must defeat deceptive pesticide companies that put profits over people / It’s time to expose the pesticide industry lies about GMO labeling / We have a right to know if food is engineered to produce and withstand pesticides.”

If you know anyone out in Oregon, remind them to vote by Tuesday, November 4th! Visit OregonRightToKnow.org for more information.

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Putting Calories in Context

“…the Affordable Care Act will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on menus or menu boards.” – NPR.org

But to many Americans, those numbers mean very little and wouldn’t necessarily impact one’s decision-making.

“‘People don’t really understand what it means to say a typical soda has 250 calories,’ says Sara Bleich, an associate professor in the department of health Policy and management at Johns Hopkins. ‘So, if we’re going to put this information in restaurants,’ Bleich says, listing the miles of walking it would take to work it off ‘may be the more persuasive way.’”

View the full article here.

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Anti-GMO Dr. Bronner’s Ad Stirs Controversy

David Bronner, CEO or Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, recently wrote an advertorial “in response to Michael Specter’s recent New Yorker takedown of anti-GMO crusader Vandana Shiva. He first published his critique on Huffington Post, and then decided to publish it as an ad in a variety of high-profile magazines, because he felt that The New Yorker is highly influential among liberal elites, and he wanted to get his dissenting view out,” according to Mother Jones.

The ad was accepted by nearly all publications to which it was sent, except for Science and Nature magazines – two of the world’s leading scientific publications – for fear that it would stir too big a controversy and pit the GMO industry against them.

However, their decision NOT to run the ad is becoming a big deal in the Non-GMO activist community. You can view the full Mother Jones article here, and Dr. Bronner’s advertorial here.

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Non-GMO Pick: Veganaise

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Lauren and Dan can’t eat a sandwich without this egg-free, gluten-free, Omega-3-packed mayo substitute! The Original spread is made with expeller-pressed canola oil, and we also have varieties made with grapeseed oil, reduced fat ingredients, and all organic ingredients. Flavors range from horseradish to chipotle… barbecue… pesto… roasted garlic, and more!

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The More You Know: GMO’s

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs,” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

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Standing up to Monsanto: Chipotle

“With voters in Colorado and Oregon set to decide measures requiring clear labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients, Chipotle, the Denver-based fast-food chain, is urging residents to approve the initiatives that Monsanto, Kraft, and Pepsico have spent millions to defeat.

‘Fundamentally, we believe that people have a right to know what’s in the food they eat,’ Chipotle chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells said Tuesday in a statement, Denver Westward reported. ’Consumers want this information, and we are already giving it to them. But well-funded opposition groups continue to fight labeling efforts, with opponents putting their own profits ahead of consumer preferences.’”

- via Bloomberg.com

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Non-GMO Pick: Westsoy Seitan

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This week, Sharon presents her favorite meat substitute: Seitan!

Seitan is a soft, tasty, protein-packed derivative of wheat. Sharon plans to use hers with some fresh organic veggies in a stir fry, but it’s also great in soups, stews, and much more. :)

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Crops at Risk of GMO Contamination

The following crops are at risk of being genetically engineered, either because GMO varieties are in commercial production, or because of contamination from unapproved trial varieties. Ingredients from these crops may not be used in Non-GMO Project Verified products unless DNA testing shows them to be compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard:

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The World According to Monsanto

“There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food…”

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