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GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD

If you have been near a market lately that sells organic food, then you have probably encountered volunteers informing the public about genetically engineered foods.  And, they are collecting signatures on a petition to demand labeling of GE foods.  1.1 million names have been uploaded to the FDA.  Go to this website:  justlabelit.org, and read the FDA’s unbelievable response.

However, the public is not finished.  Ninety-one percent of the American people want their food labeled to show if it has been genetically engineered.

If you don’t know what all this hoopla is about, go to this portion of the website and read the brief, but concise description of genetically engineered foods.
About GE Foods  and the Debate.   Read about the dangers of this experiment, and that is exactly what it is, and if you believe this is important (Remember, our grandchildren will be eating long after we are gone)  you can sign the petition on this site:  Just Label It   I believe we should have a choice, regarding our health.

It is a sad commentary on our times, but I believe, as do many folks, that the FDA is broken, i.e. recalled drugs, contaminated foods, pink slime meat, etc. etc.  In many ways, we really are on our own, with regard to safety.  Fortunately, we have watchdogs, and social media to help us stay informed.  We must educate ourselves, and a positive action that I always encourage:  Buy local and buy organic.

Thank you for paying attention, and taking action.

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ALZHEIMER’S, DEMENTIA & CHEMICALS

If you have followed this blog, you know that I have serious concerns about pesticides in our food.  I am an aggressive cheerleader for organic produce.  Recently I came across a review of an article published in the journal Neurology.

The article discussed:  “A large-scale observational study that found a potential link between exposure to pesticides and cognitive decline.  Three thousand participants were followed over a ten-year period.  They found a correlation between people with high pesticide exposure, like people who work in agriculture, and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.”  (text by Sally Wadyka)

Of course, there may be many causes for these diseases, but the consumption of pesticides on our produce over a lifetime cannot be a good thing.  It may, in fact, be a factor in many other diseases as well.  The truth is we simply don’t know, but I don’t think it is wise to ignore studies like the one noted above.  You can limit exposure to pesticides by buying organic produce.  The Environmental Working Group, a research nonprofit, lists those fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue.  Go to:  ewg.org/foodnews/summary

Just my thoughts…..   We’re Boomers, we’re getting older, and it’s time to think about potential risks.

 

WHY DON’T YOU RECYCLE?

HERE ARE SOME FACTS THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW: (Some of these shocked me)
*  Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic water bottles every hour.
*  Americans throw away 4,500,000 disposable razors in one day.
*  Americans use over 100 billion soda cans every year.
*  Every year Americans discard 380 billion plastic bags.
*  Every year each of us tosses out 1,200 pounds of organic garbage.
*  The U.S. produces 222 million tons of household waste a year.

I could go on, but the problem is one of perception and scale.  We toss out one plastic bottle, or  one little disposable razor, in our small trash container – so what?
HERE’S WHAT:

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE!

I suggest that you drive (and take your grandchildren with you) to your local landfill and/or recycling center, and take a look!  Better yet, take some photos and keep them posted at home – reminders.  Here are some sites that will be helpful in getting you started:

FIND A RECYCLING PROGRAM IN YOUR AREA:
earth911.com or  recyclingcenters.org

FIND OUT HOW TO START A RECYCLING PROGRAM IN YOUR TOWN:
earth911.com/how-to/how-to-start-a-recycling-program

FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE “FREECYCLING” IN YOUR AREA: (It’s non-profit and all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills)
freecycle.org

We can influence our grandchildren by example, but we can also get involved with their schools.  So many schools are doing great projects already, but find out what’s going on at the schools your grandchildren attend, and get involved.  Let’s do a reality check here, their parents don’t have time.  Almost all of them are working.  We need to get involved, and I won’t whitewash this, it’s going to be a lot of work, but get others involved too. If it’s already up and running, see if you can volunteer to help.

RECYCLE AT SCHOOL
recycleguys/guidelines
dosomething.org (Look at this site with your grandchild)
waste free lunches (Remember when we took lunch boxes, and our sandwiches were in reusable plastic containers)

COMPOST AT SCHOOL
Setting it up (Brief and concise instructions)
One School’s Example

There are so many areas where we can initiate a project or volunteer to help an existing one.  And, talk, talk, talk to your grandchildren. We can set up the greatest programs in the world, but if the young people don’t get it, we will ultimately fail.  Educate them about the critical need to recycle.

And, remember that haunting question from the future (from our great great grandchildren) “Why didn’t you do something?”