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Why Cheerios NonGMO announcement is a win even when Oats aren’t a GMO crop

Robyn O'Brien - The Unhealthy TruthMany 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! 

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Expo East: Trick or Treat for Adults

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.

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Georgia’s EV tax credit challenged…again

Nissan EV LEAF tax credit in Georgia at riskUpdate: The bill has moved to the Senate Committee of Natural Resources and the Environment. There will be a hearing on March 11th. Please contact the Senators on the committee.

Georgia has the unique distinction of being ahead of the curve. Actually, way ahead of the curve when it comes to national EV sales!

What happens to old laws? Well people forget about them until they become viable to remember. Enter the EV tax credit law in Georgia, that’s been on the books since the late 1990s when there was the first commercial play of electric vehicles in the market. Of course all you need to do is watch Who Killed the Electric Car to know what happened to the beloved EV back then. Travel in a time machine to 2014 and the law still stands in Georgia and is now causing quite a national controversy.

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A Tale of Two Senators: Chambliss vs. Isakson on Big Food Labeling

Lesson for Congress - Read your e-mails!

If you wonder why people are frustrated with Washington, then I have the perfect example here. I normally don't do this. In fact I have never done this before on the website. However, this such a great example of how broken Washington DC is that I couldn't pass up this opportunity to point out that it only takes a minute to have a staff person read an e-mail and make the correct response which to me no response would have been better than what was sent to me. If the staff person can't figure it out, what they should do is ask someone else.

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Food Equity – rethinking how we define our food system

Georgia Organics protecting our foodI have been on a journey during 2013. It started at the Georgia Organics Annual Conference last February entitled Farm Rx. The journey took me to the Ancestral Health Symposium, the conference for the Paleo movement and wrapping up with the Weston a Price foundation Wise Traditions conference in November 2013. Along the way I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), found out how to purchase pastured eggs and unpasteurized milk from a local farmer and started to see some health concerns I had recede.

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Lionfish - The New Flounder

Lionfish Photo - Amy Slate's Amoray Dive ResortOkay so this meandering is a little off my usual topics. However, you know when something keeps on popping up over and over and over again? Well that topic for me is lionfish. Crazy I know. See, I am a big fan of ABC's Shark Tank. For those of you who don't know, Shark Tank is a weekly show that has entrepreneurs come in front of a panel of “shark” investors to pitch their company for investment dollars. It’s addictive! It is interesting to see how businesses present themselves to investors and what people have come up with for a business.

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