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Looks like pink slime is off the menu, boys. At least for now. Pink slime, a.k.a. “finely textured beef”, is a meat by-product that’s used in like 95%+ of non-organic ground hamburger meat. People finally made a big fuss about, shit went viral, and change happened. Hurray for us.
Nobody did anything (about pink slime). USDA dropped the ball again. The meat industry soft sold it,” said Zirnstein, who left USDA and took a job as an industry consultant but now is unemployed. The issue got renewed life when British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who advocates for American children to eat healthier food, devoted an episode of his television show to the topic in April last year.
Disgusted by the product, consumer activist organizations, food safety blogs and the media have pounced on the issue. More than a million people have watched a YouTube video of Oliver’s show, an online petition has begun and consumers have complained to major grocery companies. […[
“The whole thing went viral … Just blew the top off everything,” said Zirnstein. Zirnstein said he worried at first about being deemed a whistleblower, but now does not care. “I am really an involuntary whistleblower,” he said. But he added, “It looks like pink slime. That is what I said.” Asked if he and his family still eat hamburgers, Zirnstein sighed. “The labels aren’t clear, so we don’t eat it. That’s the thing,” he said. “It isn’t freaking labeled.”
If we speak up loudly enough…
In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.
Remember that genetically modified foods are scientifically proven to weaken your immune system, your child’s immunes system and over time the entire human genome. Take back your food system from corporate behemoths. Stay informed of important legislation in your state via Millions Against Monsanto or Occupy Monsanto.
There are so many important issues clamoring for my attention and I only have so much bandwidth… but one issue I just can’t ignore is the genetically modified food battle. It’s so fundamental.
GMO foods in the US are not labeled because lobbyists pay to ensure they’re not. Why? Because a GMO label is a consumer’s equivalent of a skull and crossbones. And for good reason. (Just skim this interview with the heroic Dr. Árpád Pusztai, a whistleblower whose astounding study on the damaging effects of GMO potatoes caused a citizen uproar leading to an all-out BAN of genetically modified foods in Europe!)
To sum up Dr. Pusztai’s scientific findings: GMO foods weaken your immune system and will eventually weaken the human genome.
Hopefully, you belong to a CSA or get your veggies from an organic farmer’s market. But if you shop at Whole Foods – even occasionally – thinking they don’t sell this crap because of their (hypocritical) Non-GMO project, think again. Whole Foods just caved under Monsanto’s pressure and will now carry GMO foods beginning with Roundup Ready alfalfa sprouts and spreading from there. Oh, and these GMO foods won’t be labeled.
No matter where you shop, make some noise. Please take a sec to sign and pass along these two petitions asking food retailers to label GMO foods:
This’ll lift your spirits…
Oooo, this really burns me up. ONLY PUBLIC PRESSURE from you and me will shift this frightening trend. Please please please do everything you can to support local farmers!
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasonably burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.
Since 2006, Iceland has killed hundreds of whales for profit — including 280 endangered fin whales — in DEFIANCE of an international moratorium on commercial whaling. Over the next 60 days, the President will decide whether to make Iceland pay a real, measurable price for defying the global ban on whaling.
Please take 60 seconds to…
1) Ask President Obama to send an economic message that Iceland can’t ignore by targeting imports by those Icelandic seafood companies DIRECTLY tied to the whaling industry.
2) Spread the word to friends
7 minutes and 50 seconds of profound wisdom. Here’s to bringing back the art of conversation.
There’s a new CPR technique called CCR that’s super EASY, doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth and is performed to the rhythm of a Bee Gees tune. I feel so empowered. Always bugged me that I didn’t know CPR and now I do. At least watch the first 1:30 for the basic info on how to keep someone’s blood and oxygen flowing to the heart. It’s really easy…
(Thanks to Peter’s mom!)
Beautiful messages being posted for the children of Japan as collected by Mercy Corps’ ‘Comfort for Kids’ program. The program “helps children in local communities recover from the emotional effects of a large-scale disaster and lessens the risk of long-term behavioral problems. It also helps children regain a sense of stability – helping them laugh and play, and just be kids once again.”
You can write a quick note to the children too :)
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