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guidecover.jpgDid you know that genetically engineered food crops actually require more pesticides and herbicides than non-genetically modified food crops? This means we’re ingesting more toxic chemicals on genetically engineered or modified (GE/GMO) foods, which, incidentally, have never been proven safe for the environment OR human consumption. It’s also not labeled as GE/GMO  so we can’t even avoid it just by reading the ingredients. This is why the True Food Network’s True Food Shoppers Guide to Avoiding GE Foods was created — because you have the right to know what’s in your food!

The list, compiled primarily from direct communications with food producers, focuses on foods made with ingredients that are commonly derived from GE/GMO crops — the most widely grown being corn, soy, canola and cotton. The list also contains companies that have made a concerted effort to avoid GE/GMO ingredients and have company policies asserting their position on avoiding GE/GMO foods.

Download the list, print it out and keep it handy for when you’re grocery shopping or get the mobile app for your phone.* According to the New York Times, more than 70 percent of car buyers do some research before making a purchase. Shouldn’t we put at least that much effort into learning more about the food we eat?

*Get the mobile app for free on iTunes (for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Android Market by searching for “True Food.”

For more info on avoiding GMO’s, please read this article from Healthy Child, Healthy World.

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A Better Dry Cleaning Bag

What: Bondi Bags eco-friendly dry cleaning bags

Features: Made of breathable, washable, reusable, water-resistant heavyweight nylon, Bondi Bags are a great alternative to plastic dry cleaning bags and suitable for travel, too.

Green Factor: We all know plastic is a huge problem for the environment, hence the reusable shopping bag revolution. But your dry cleaning can skip the plastic, too. Just bring your Bondi Bag to your drycleaner (hopefully a green one!) with your clothes and bring them home in it…plastic-free!

Bonus: Bondi bags are a total bargain at $15 each. Even better, $2 of every bag purchased goes back to the Surfrider Foundation which helps keep beaches safe and clean.

Find It Here: Jen Darling Bags

Wildflower Seed Bombs

What: Pouches packed with five ready-to-grow seed balls, each suitable for one U.S. region.

Features: Help the grass stay greener on the other side of abandoned fences with “guerrilla gardening.” Simply throw and grow! Each pouch holds five seed balls. Seed Bombs are ideal for use during spring, summer, or early fall.

Green Factor: Pouches are made of muslin and balls are handmade from clay and worm castings to enrich soil.

Bonus: Made in the USA

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