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SAY NO TO GMO : THE PROS & THE CONS











Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through an App called Buycott.



 If you happen to have an iPhone, this App can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist. 



You can find it HERE. (Thank you to Miranda for this link!) If I had a cellphone, I would definitely download this tool.


















Blacklisted: GMO Supporting Food Companies to Avoid HOT





A genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but it could still have frankenthorns that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while you’re smelling it. That’s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages.






It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.




Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles. 



 They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources. You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.




Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.





Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.) 



 Don’t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)












I wish I could make a comprehensive list, but there are more stealthily labeled toxins on the shelves every single day. 



 It all boils down to a few of these big companies that own nearly all of the foods sold in the United States. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you.





 Included is the amount that the company (and its subsidiaries) donated to defeat California Proposition 37 which would have required GMO labeling.





Not every item on this list contains genetically modified ingredients. The list is based on the duplicitous marketing of the companies. More consumers are trying to make healthy choices at the grocery stores, but it’s difficult when companies push their toxic wares and dress them up as health food. Young people in particular fall victim to these schemes.





 You have to give a kid credit for purchasing something called “Vitamin Water” over a soda pop, and it’s infuriating that the kid, trying to make a good choice, has been tricked into the purchase by deceitful advertising and marketing.





Some of the products listed, may in fact be exactly what they are portrayed to be, but I choose not to financially support the corporations behind them.











Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries:




Campbell’s - $250,000.00

Healthy Request
Wolfgang Puck Soups
Pace Foods
Pepperidge Farms
V-8




Cargill, Inc - $202,229.36

Truvia Natural Sweetener
Shady Brooks Farms
Diamond Crystal Salt
Liza
Nature Fresh
Peter’s Chocolate
Wilbur Chocolate
Honeysuckle White
Rumba Meats
Good Nature





Coca Cola - $1,164,400.00
Vitamin Water
Smart Water
Dasani
Nestea
Minute Maid
Honest Tea
Odwalla
Vitaminenergy






Con-Agra - $1,076,700.00

Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
Hunt’s Organic
Lightlife
Alexia
Healthy Choice
Hebrew National






Dean Foods - $253,950.00

Horizon
Silk
White Wave






General Mills - $908,200.00

Nature Valley
Fiber One
Cheerios
Cascadian Farm
Muir Glen
Lärabar
Gold Medal Organic
Food Should Taste Good





Heinz- $500,000.00

ABC
Bagel Bites
Complan
Daddies
Delimex
Farex
Greenseas
HP Sauce
Heinz
Lea & Perrins
Ore-Ida
Smart Ones
Tater Tots
TGI Friday’s
Wattie’s
Weight Watchers
Wylers








Hain-Celestial


UPDATED TO ADD: Heinz has divested itself of Hain-Celestial stock over the past couple of years. Two sources report that the primary investors for Hain-Celestial are companies of extremely dubious consideration for our health: Phillip Morris, Monsanto, Citigroup, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and Lockheed Martin. (Farmwars andHome for Health)
Earth’s Best
Spectrum Organics
Garden of Eatin’
Casbah
Rice Dream
Soy Dream
WestSoy
TofuTown
MaraNatha
Mountain Sun
Walnut Acres
Fruiti di Bosco
Health Valley
Bearitos
Bread Shop
Celestial Seasonings






Kellogg’s - $632,500.00

Kashi
Muslix
Nutrigrain
Bear Naked
Morningstar Farms
Gardenburger





Kraft - $551,148.25
Snapple
ReaLemon
Triscuit
SnackWell’s
South Beach
Boca
Back to Nature
Nabisco





Nestle - $1,169,400.00

Pure Life
Pelligrino
Perrier
Poland Spring
Gerber
California Pizza Kitchen
Tribe Mediterranean
Sweet Leaf Tea






PepsiCo $2,249,661.61

Miss Vickie’s
Sun Chips
Aquafina
SoBe
Harvest Crunch
Dole
Ocean Spray
Tropicana
Miranda
Tazo
Quaker
Naked Juice
Mother’s





Unilever – $467,000 (source)

Salada
Knorr
Ben & Jerry’s Ben & Jerry's Go GMO Free









A little bit of good news…


It isn’t all bad news. There are a few companies you can still count on – keep in mind that corporate mergers take place every day. When businesses change hands, there is no obligation to notify the public. One such cautionary tale took place with the company Dean’s, which acquired Horizon Foods. They quietly phased out the use of organic products without making any changes to the label and used non-organic milk produced under factory farm conditions. As well, they dropped the quality of their organic soy and began purchasing cheaper harvests from Asia. Meanwhile, unwitting retailers had no idea that the company had ceased producing the items organically, and continued to promote the products as they had previous to the acquisition.






Right now, these are some of the GOOD LABELS to look for:




7th Generation

Amy’s Kitchens
Apple and Eve
Applegate
Azumaya
Blue Diamond
Bob’s Red Mill
Bossa Nova
Cal Organics
Cedarlane
Cell-nique
Choice Organic Teas
Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit
Coombs Family Farmers
Cosorzio All Natural
Country Choice
Crystal Geyser Alpine Water
Doctor Kracker
Dr. McDougall’s
Dr. Praeger
Eat Raw
Echo Farms
EcoMeal
Eddie’s Pasta
Eden Foods (The only company NOT using harmful plastic in the lining of their cans as bonding agent!)
Edward and Sons
Endangered Species Chocolate
Ener-G
EnvironKiz
Fantastic Foods.
Giving Nature
Golden Temple
Go Naturally
Greenway Farms
Harvest Bay
Hawthorne Valley
Ian’s Natural Foods
Koyo Organics
Lakewood
Lesser Evil
Let’s Do…Organics
LifeStream
Living Harvest
Lundberg Family
Madhava
Murray’s Chicken
Nasoya
Native Forest
Natural by Nature
Nature Factor
Nature’s Path
Newman’s Own Organic
Organic Prarie
Organic Valley
Pacific Naturals
Pamela’s
Peace Cereal
Petalumi
Rapunzel
Real Foods
Republic of Teas
Road’s End Organics
San J
Sensible Foods
Seven Star Farms
Sunergia
Tasty Bite Indian
Terra Nostra
Texmati
Theo chocolates
Think Organic
Turtle Island Tofurky
Vermont Mystic Pie
Vitasoy
Vita Spelt
Vivani Chocolate
Wizard’s Saucery
Woodstock Farms
XOXOXO chocolate
Yogi Tea
Zija
Zoe’s Granola







Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through an App called Buycott. If you happen to have an iPhone, this App can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist. You can find it HERE. (Thank you to Miranda for this link!) If I had a cellphone, I would definitely download this tool.





What you can do

Of course, the best ways to avoid GMOs and toxic additives are to avoid packaged foods altogether.



Raise and
preserve your own food






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