The legislature giveth and the legislature taketh away. This year was no different. There was once again small victories and damaging defeats. Of course the one bright spot was the solar bill which will push Georgia along the path for even more solar. Seems we like the national spotlight and receiving accolades for our progressive push for solar, but not so fast. The worst thing that happened this year was the death of the tax credit for EVs. Now that the impending death of the tax credit is a couple weeks away, it seemed appropriate to review some of the reasons for its demise.
For the last couple of years my time has been spent in the natural food world and one word keeps on popping up…Paleo. What is Paleo? It is a real diet? Is it a community of bloggers and workout enthusiasts? Is it a lifestyle? Is it science? Is it worth taking note of or just another fad?
Well the answer might surprise you. It is all of the above. It also is a great story! It has plots and subplots, interesting characters, compelling facts, villains, and plenty of drama. In fact, it has tons of drama. The Paleo world has all the makings for a good Southern novel, if you ask me.
Whole Foods has a problem. Actually Whole Foods has created a problem for itself.
As more and more Americans become educated on how, where and when their food is grown and delivered, more consumers are making better educated choices about their food. However, as more people become educated that also means more people are asking questions. Additionally, with the instant gratification of the internet, people expect answers immediately.
Enter Whole Foods with what seems to be the perfect answer, transparency of information. Whole Foods has made the commitment to show organic certification for all products and very soon. That seems easy right?
I was recently delighted to open my inbox and find an invitation from GM to attend the North American International Auto Show (aka NAIAS) hosted annually in Detroit. Of course, my second thought was they clearly don’t know how girly I am when it comes to cars because I really fall in the category of I appreciate great design but as long as it drives and I can listen to my music loud that’s about the extent of my car knowledge. Then of course to prove that I am totally crazy I realized I was excited to be in Detroit in…January.
However, I do know a thing or two about EVs (electric vehicles) and the charging of EVs and since Chevrolet was releasing the totally new and completely re-engineered Volt, I was a perfect candidate to geek out on a new EV.
Many months ago, Cheerios, manufactured by General Mills, made a national announcement that they would make Cheerios GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) free. Almost as soon as the announcement was made there was a chorus of supporters of non-GMO foods who cried foul. Oats aren't a GMO crop.
Here’s what’s important to know. Contrary to what you think, this was not about oats. Oats are indeed, so far, a crop that has not been tampered with genetically. The reason this was such a big deal was because General Mills had announced that it was going to start using sugar beets to sweeten Cheerios which is a genetically modified crop. So there is transparency, but like most issues with anything dealing with large business it’s complicated. The reason it was a big win it was the first time a national company had agreed to remove or not use a GMO ingredient. That’s worth the win!
As many of my readers know by now, I spent some time in Baltimore at the Natural Products Expo East tradeshow. To see what I tweeted you can read the Tweet Diary here. I also took a lot of pictures of yummy foods and products. You can see them here.
It was a really great show in many ways but it was also eye opening. I expected a higher level of standards in regards to sustainability. What I saw was a large number of companies with great products but not an eye towards the rest of their company. Packaging in particular was a bit disturbing. There were a lot of single packs with no attention to the lifecycle of the package. Hopefully, manufacturers will start paying a bit more attention to this packaging issue.