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Conscious Consumer

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist, 1901-1978


Conscious consumerism is about shifting our spending habits to effect change in the marketplace. If we care about our health, our family's wellbeing and the environment, we need to change our patterns of consumption. Making conscious choices means buying wisely, consuming and wasting less, as well as thinking through the consequences of our purchases.

Excessive Sodium and Sugar in Processed Food for Toddlers

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed sodium and sugar levels in 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts. Not only was the processed food heavily salted and contained too much sugar, it didn’t matter whether the toddler’s meal was organic or otherwise.

Glyphosate Found Kellogg's GMO Froot Loops

Independent DNA lab testing has verified that 100% of the corn in Kellogg’s Froot Loops is genetically modified, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt toxin and Monsanto's Roundup Ready BT corn. What’s more, tests documented the presence of glyphosate at 0.12 mg/kg, the main chemical ingredient of Monsanto’s best-selling Roundup weedkiller. Food manufacturers like Kellogg's have the choice to source their corn from organic farmers but simply don’t. Why? Profit margin. But there's a bigger issue here than profit taking. Our kids are eating transgenic food that has been linked to serious health issues.

Study Links Pesticides and Autism

A recent California-based study has uncovered a strong link between pesticides and autism. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute examined associations between specific classes of pesticides, including organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates, applied during participants pregnancies. The data revealed pregnant women who live in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides are applied experience a 66 percent increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay.

Fighting Back: Lawsuit Challenges Pesticide Spraying near Schools, Homes, Organic Farms

The City of Berkeley, the Environmental Working Group and the Pesticide Action Network along with eight other activist groups, sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas. Regulators approved the program despite receiving over 30,000 public comment letters calling for a less toxic approach that would protect the vitality and resilience of the state’s food system and the economic interests of organic farmers.

New Pesticide Rules for California Strawberries

California is the leading producer of strawberries in the U.S. In 2013, more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested annually. Of the 16.3 percent exported, Canada imports the majority of California’s fresh and frozen strawberry produce. So do California's new pesticide rulings make these treasured sweet berries safe to eat? Unfortunately not.

BPA Free Containers Not So Safe After All

Here we go again. Not so long ago governments worldwide banned the use of BPA in plastic containers. Studies showed the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) was linked to some serious health problems including breast and prostate cancer, heart trouble, type II diabetes, autism, liver tumours, asthma, infertility and obesity. In response to the public's outcry, manufacturers removed the chemical from their products and replaced it with bisphenol S (BPS). Now it's been discovered that the replacement is as bad or worse than the original. This latest discovery, demonstrates yet again, the failure of a regulatory system that allows manufacturers to use chemicals that have never been properly tested to rule out potential health effects.

US Senate Rips Into Dr Oz

Undoubtedly, there is enough confusion about what to eat and what supplements we should or not be taking to counter some of our ills without a voice of authority mudding up the waters. Oprah's favorite MD, Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show was hauled in front of a Senate panel last week and grilled about his endorsements of the dietary supplements that he features on his show. Of particular interest was Oz's endorsement of coffee beans that claimed incredible weight loss powers.

Food Choices Without Honeybees

To raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder, the mysterious disease that has reduced the honeybee population by half, Whole Foods brought the issue home by showing consumers what supermarket aisles would look like should honeybees and natural food disappear.



Ben & Jerry's Say Goodbye to GMOs

It was a sad day when I told my four year old granddaughter that she couldn't have the ice cream she wanted because the ingredients were 'not good'. We were on a lovely summer-day stroll and wanted ice cream. I asked the vendor what type of sugar they used. They couldn't answer the question. So then I asked to see the ingredient list and they couldn't supply that either. So we passed on the purchase and went on the hunt for organic ice cream or at the very least ice cream that was made with recognizable ingredients. Needless to say it was a very long walk.

Ractopamine

Ractopamine is banned from food production in at least 160 countries around the world, including countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan), due to its suspected health effects. Yet, the majority of North Americans are unaware that the drug is used in meat production.

Since 1998, more than 1,700 people have reportedly been "poisoned" from eating pigs fed the drug. If imported meat is found to contain traces of the drug, it is turned away, while fines and imprisonment result for its use in banned countries. Fear that the ractopamine ban might be lifted brought thousands of demonstrators onto the streets in Taiwan last year, demanding that the ban remain in place.