About

I love to cook, I love to eat, and most of all I love to nurture my friends by expanding their bellies and their minds in roughly equivalent proportions.

But lately I’ve noticed our food needs some nurturing too, if it’s going to keep nurturing us. Because the food we eat has evolved into something rather shocking. Before you relegate me into just another “foodie” with a “conspiracy” problem, here’s my opinion on both counts:

To me, a foodie is someone who puts on airs about food. That’s not me. I just wanna eat (and share) good stuff.

As for conspiracies, I’m way too analytical… I tend to play devil’s advocate in just about any argument, if only to keep the tables balanced, and the minds sitting around that table wide open.

So imagine my surprise when I began to see the word “foodie” associated with a different kind of person — not just someone who loves to cook and/or eat, but someone who’s woken up to what’s happening with our food… someone who’s grown more than a little concerned about how much food has been radically altered in the last couple of decades.

It’s not a conspiracy, it’s just plain and simple good intentions (feeding ourselves, feeding the world) that have run a little bit amok.

So if that’s what a “foodie” is starting to become, I’ll gladly embrace it. With both hands (knife in one, fork in the other), while doing my best to wake up a few minds along the way.

My Mission:

  • To track down original, valid study sources and references wherever possible.
  • To read the study, article, and related references thoroughly.
  • To draw my own conclusions — based on my background in regulatory affairs and biotechnology.
  • To source, organize, and clearly communicate information that helps others make informed choices.
  • To be a humble resource for healthy humans all around the globe.

Got questions? I’ll do my best to answer!
Just post your question or comment below; I’ll respond as quickly as I can.


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    • Jim Carrey gave the commencement speech recently at Maharishi University of Management http://www.MUM.edu located in the cornfields of rural Iowa. He was funny, wise and at times emotional as well, as he told a story about his father inspiring him to become a comedian.

      The students roared with laughter when he took a jab at Monsanto: “I’m here to plant a seed today,” Carrey said. “A seed that will inspire you to move forward in life with enthusiastic hearts and a clear sense of wholeness. The question is, will that seed have a chance to take root–or will I be sued by Monsanto?”

      Carrey concluded his talk with these words: “You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world, and as you walk through those doors today, you will only have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”

      Here is the link to his full commencement speech. The comments about Monsanto are in the first few minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V80-gPkpH6M

  1. Hi. mary at gmo-free portland here. I wanted to check out your blog… very nice. i never ever go read stuff on line like this unless it’s coming up in my research or I sideline from fb like now :) so i’m going to sign up for your updates by email. keep up the great research!

  2. Great info! How can I get our site listed on your site? shopGMOfree.com offers only non-gmo products – its an offshoot of shopOrganic.com so most of the products were already organic. We checked our household and personal care brands for GMO’s and removed any that contained them. What’s left is over 4,000 products that are all non-gmo!

  3. Could you please provide me with a web list or directory of manufacturers or suppliers of USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICES. I have read about LAKEWOOD juices and BOLTHOUSE farm juices but wonder if these are authentic NON GMO .

    I thank you for whatever help you can render

    regards
    deven

    • I’ve got several resource pages on this blog that might help you: under “Shopping List” I list GMO-Free Brands (including several juice makers, though the ones shown in red text are owned by large corporations that opposed GMO labeling); next I have a “Family Owned Organics” page in that same section, which lists both Eden Foods and Uncle Matt’s as USDA Organic, (and both are still privately owned); meanwhile under the “Avoid List” I have a list of GMO Juice drinks (though I realize that’s the opposite of what you’re asking for).

      Other sources: Whole Foods’ “365” Brand juices are organic and GMO-free; and you can check the “Beverages” section of the Non-GMO Project’s website to find a list of products they have certified as GMO-free. Remember, just because a juice is GMO-Free does not necessarily mean it is grown under organic processes.

      Re: Lakewood Juices, these are USDA Organic (which means GMO-free) and they are members of a separate Organic Trade Association. They address both GMOs and Organic in the FAQ page of their website. They are owned by what appears to be a private organization called “Florida Family Trust” (I was unable to find any further information on this trust organization).

      Re: Bolthouse Farms, I see no USDA label on any of their juice products (if you do, perhaps you’re in a test market area?). They do offer organic whole carrot products under their “Earthbound Farm” label. They are currently in the process of being bought out by the Campbell’s Soup Company (who donated a half million dollars to prevent GMO Labeling in California).

  4. Thank you for all the research you have done and putting the information in one place. I will refer your site via my facebook page foodrestlove and my blog foodrestlove.com. Thank you again.

  5. Hi! Thanks for your website! I was on cornucopia.org and stumbled upon some Whole Foods 365 info and would hope you make a note about their product. I’ve included the website and an info snippet of it here:
    For non-organic “natural” products making “non-GMO” claims, results showed that these claims cannot always be trusted. While Peace Cereal® and Annie’s Homegrown® were indeed free of significant levels of GE ingredients,35 Barbara’s Bakery® Puffins® and Whole Foods’ 365® Corn Flakes, which are both enrolled in the Non-GMO Project contained more than 50% GE corn.

    http://cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/docs/Cornucopia_Cereal_Report.pdf

    It’s a beast trying to keep up with all the info and non-info about what we have to put in our bodies!

    • Hello! Well, I have to say I’ve got a few thoughts about this. First, it’s an awesome report!!! I love seeing reports that go into so much detail, as I’m one of those who likes to dig down to the last bit of data wherever possible. :-)

      Second, I’m dismayed to see that Whole Foods 365 brand corn flakes — considering they proudly proclaim their 365 brand is GMO free — tested positive. I personally don’t shop at Whole Foods because I prefer the more “local farmer” and “non-organic is an anomaly” philosophy of my co-op, I prefer smaller businesses to larger corporations, and because there’s been a fair amount of questionable press about Whole Foods over the years on a variety of issues (I personally feel their “label everything in five years” announcement, while honorable on the surface, feels more like a media blitz than a measure of true dedication).

      My biggest takeaway from this is how to deliver the message appropriately. I’m always thinking about the “audience.” With that in mind, I’m concerned that this much data would completely overwhelm the average busy mom — the one who’s responsible for most of the family’s shopping and food preparation, who has 200 other things to do besides read a report.

      So if it was me, I would sum it all up with a simple take-away: always buy USDA Organic; the term “natural” means zilch. Want more data? Read the report. (But I am still going to add a Note to both instances I mention Whole Foods on this blog.) :-D

      • Hi and thanks for your website! I came across it while doing some research on GMO’s for a college research paper. You have some very interesting stuff! On a side note for myself, I am a vegan and I already eat pretty healthy. Organic, non-gmo, but when you mentioned Whole Foods being questionable that raised an eyebrow for me. I live in Las Vegas, NV and we don’t have a lot of “local” options for non-gmo shopping out here. I thought Whole foods was my best bet :( am I wrong to think that now?! Do I have no where to shop?!?

        • Amber, if Whole Foods is your best option for finding organic, I’d continue to shop there if it was me. Wherever possible, be sure to choose brands with the “USDA Organic” and/or the “Non-GMO Project Certified” insignias on the label, so you have additional assurance outside from Whole Foods’ assertions. If you haven’t already seen it, this page may be helpful for you.

  6. This is such a great blog! I’m so happy that I found it. I’m tempted to re-blog every single article. LOL! Thank you for all the time it has taken to put this research into one place.

  7. Hello there, thanks for your blog. I’m new. Not new to healthy living. I was shopping at T.J’s the other day, and had a conversation with them about their label being ‘GMO free.’ I was highly skeptical. If this is in fact true, then why not label their products as such? They started to mumble something…and I was like, CYA? Meaning, they can be held liable if in fact they touted something as GMO free, but it really wasn’t. I think they’re a bunch of money hungry, scammers.

  8. Hi there, I’ll be “Marching Against Monsanto” here in a few weeks and I was hoping to create flyers/pamphlets/brochures to quickly inform others about the cause. Your post, “Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen” is a truly eye opening read and I was hoping to use this information within the brochure…with your approval of course. I’ll be sure to give you credit as well!

    • Ash, big kudos to you for handing out this information on your march! Thanks so much for requesting permission. To use this article in print (either in part / excerpts or in whole), please add the following at the top of the article: by GMO-Awareness.com If you wish to include our little green and red “no GMO” logo, you are welcome to obtain the graphic from our Facebook page. Last but not least, if you have the room at the end of the article, we would be most grateful if you would consider including a link to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/gmo.awareness.usa Thanks kindly!

  9. Great job on this! I reblogged this to CouplandTimes.com but it didn’t show up. Do you need to approve the reposting? Do you see my comments on the reblog?

    • Hello Stewart! There are no settings preventing you from reblogging (in fact our Monsanto post has been reblogged about a hundred times so far); maybe it’s just a hiccup on your server or blogging platform. Thanks so much for helping to raise awareness!

      • Thanks for the reply. It shows up on wordpress.com but not on my site, which is a wordpress installation on another host. Mysterious computer stuff no doubt. I guess I’ll just post the link so that my readers in Coupland, Texas can see it. By the way, I am amazed at the amount of research you must have done to put that together. Very well referenced. I’m sure I’ll be reposting more of your stuff. I’m working on helping the folks in this rural community get educated on important issues. So far, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well informed most of my new friends are. Moved here last year to establish a new homestead with my son and his family.

        • Thanks for such a kind compliment… I’ve tried to find as many articles, links, and peer-reviewed studies as possible and organize them into various resource pages that work for *my* brain… it’s always good to know it’s working for others too. :-) Big kudos to you for your efforts to raise awareness and best of luck to you in your new home.

  10. Thank you for your exhaustive research and your blog to raise awareness! The more people know about GMOs and the monsters of death, the more we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the Earth.

  11. Like to know if anyone can call bee’s wax organic today, Many suppliers are claiming organic bee’s wax but bee’s travel great distances and can feed off GMO’s. We called the Bee Keepers of America and they say no one should claim bee’s wax to be organic.
    Does anyone know if there are changes to this?

  12. Dear Friend,

    We’ve written an article, not only as an introduction to GMOs, and not just on the subjects of labeling or the many harms presented by GMOs, but having been inspired by Vandana Shiva of the Seed Freedom Movement and many of you experts in the areas of Food, Farming, and GMOs, our article morphed into something altogether different. In order to tell the whole story and how we got where we are and where we’re going, we decided to write a very brief (we were able to keep it down to less than 10 pages of text) history of Agriculture. You won’t find this unbelievable (but true) story written in any of our History books.

    We are not alone. We found that many of the world’s leading experts have arrived at these same conclusions, that the whole system of Agriculture, both here and internationally, that of chemical-input-intensive (and livestock-confinement) Agribusiness, is a failed system, broken beyond repair. Unless we see fundamental change soon, we will be unable to produce enough Food and be Sustainable in a world of Climate Change. The UN Conference on Trade and Development issued a report on September 18, 2013 entitled, WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. (PDF link provided)

    During six months of research, we read hundreds of articles and watched dozens of videos provided by experts like you, and all we did was connect the dots.

    MESSING WITH MOTHER NATURE
    Miracle of Seeds vs GMOs and other Freak of Nature Foods
    A Very Brief History of Agriculture

    http://woodstockearth.blogspot.com/2013/10/messingwith-mothernature-miracle-of.html

    We ask you to help us get this story out, and please feel free to use it in your mobilization efforts. We are non-commercial. Our only goal is Education.

    Thanks,

    Mikethemikeman

    PS Please also share this email and article with your colleagues. We need your help, wanting the whole world to read it, especially the undecided.

  13. Hello, you state that a 70% Organic claim does not guarantee GMO free. This is incorrect. In order to qualify for the government regulated “70% Organic” or “Made With” Organic label, all ingredients both organic and conventional must be sourced GMO Free. Also, testing to ensure products are below a certain level of GMO does nothing but put additional pressure on organic farmers and at the end of the day only discourages them from staying organic or switching to organic farming. Due to GMO drift, no organic ingredient can ensure 100% non-GMO. We need to encourage more farmers to go organic, not make it more difficult on our existing ones to stay organic. All or at least the vast majority of ingredients sourced non-GMO will have extremely low GMO levels. Our goal needs to be labeling GMO’s thereby rallying more consumer opposition to GMO seed and eventually eliminating from our food supply. Please support the national Just Label It campaign!

  14. Hey there,
    I have been following you for a while on Facebook and I just wanted to share this movie with you.
    My crew and I made it and it would mean a lot to us if you could/would watch it and if you like it, maybe even share it with your followers.
    Thank You so much for you time!

    Gilbert
    @dreiststudios

  15. Hi, I am a student at Environmental Charter High School and I was wondering if I could visit and see the work you do to learn more.
    -Aaron Penales

    • Aaron, we are private citizens who have chosen to raise awareness about GMOs by investigating, compiling and communicating as much careful research as possible. If you are interested in visiting a GMO education organization, I would encourage you to contact the Institute for Responsible Technology.

  16. Hi, I’m The owner of Flicks Candy Company in Fresno, CA. We are a small family business that is switching to GMO Chocolate for most of our products. How do we get permission or get audited to use the GMO-free insignia?

    Thank you,
    Jim

    • Hello Jim! Assuming you mean switching to non-GMO chocolate :-) you have several choices: 1) if your source provider of the GMO-free chocolate *has* been verified, you can find or create your own “GMO free” insignia and place it on your packaging with accompanying text that provides the company name / website to the GMO-free chocolate provider—assuming their website includes the details of their third party certification. In other words, this tells your consumers that your chocolate is GMO-free, and enables them to visit the provider to verify. 2) you can go through the process / application / expense of getting verified with the Non-GMO Project; after which you can apply their insignia on your label. This is a well-known label that many shoppers look for. 3) If all of your ingredients are organic, you can go through the process / application / expense of getting the USDA Organic certification; after which you can apply that insignia on your label. Some manufacturers do both #2 and #3 since many consumers aren’t aware that USDA Organic = GMO-free. Very best of luck to you and big kudos for making the responsible choice!

  17. Found it interesting attending a scientific conference in England on alum salts toxicity how the USDA is allowing GMO grants to those that would grow in depleted soils not fit for organic seeds and allow pesticides, herbicides, and alum salts to be transferred to the uptake into plants. These ions of alums are the basis of many pesticide and herbicides are of no human benefit and are responsible for many aliments. The accumulation enters the liver, brain, breast, bone to name a few areas that scientist have already found. The difficulty is to rid the body of alums as it binds to other metals in the human body. Eating organic reduces exposure and the fact many people are unable to buy organic is creating a health care nightmare for us. Black underarms, bulging livers, early dementia, closed lymph nodes are just a few of signs of aluminum toxicity. Detoxing and cleansing externally is the new market for ridding the body of alum waste in the human body,

  18. Hello! I am interested in putting the GMO-Awarness brand on a Not-For-Profit Music Video that is going to be released sometime this week.

    Please Email me at d_wu@u.pacific.edu so I may show you the first draft and we can discuss further :)

  19. Hello! not sure if my earlier comment got posted.

    I am interested in using the GMO-Awareness brand in a not for profit music video that is going to be released sometime this week. Please email me at d_wu@u.pacific.edu so we may discuss further! :)

  20. Hi there! Murray’s Chicken is proud to say that we’re now offering Non-GMO Project Verified chicken! We really appreciate your blog and the awareness it creates and conversations it starts. Check out our website if you get the chance: murrayschicken.com Together maybe we can spread the word to get rid of GMOs!

  21. Thanks for all your hard work. Just noticed above that your copyright date wasn’t update above “© GMO-Awareness.com, 2011″ and wanted to mention it so someone doesn’t try and take it from you.

    Blessings as you encourage all of us.

    • Tonya you are so thoughtful, thank you. A copyright notice includes the year of first publication of the work. If it took several years to publish something, then a copyright notice would include a range of years (i.e., 2011-2014). However, because the life of a blog typically spans multiple years, some attorneys are now recommending that blogs list all of the years that they have been publishing… which was news to me, so I will make that change now. That said, we’ve had countless instances of our content being republished without credit; I’ve tried to remind myself that “all awareness is good awareness” when that happens. :-) Thank you again!

  22. I am also wanting to be a voice…. writing articles to get people thinking (a novel idea these days) & spread the word against the GMO continued development and use. Your research and information is one of the best I have come across. I noticed that you allow for link backs to your site for credit / reference. If you have any other desires concerning the proper usage of any information you have shared, please let me know. I want to do everything the right way. This is just such an important topic and although it is gaining awareness, I don’t believe that so much of the “products” (hate to call them food) would be in our stores if people really understood what was going on. Thanks for what you are doing!

    • Paul we are happy to hear of your desire to raise awareness! The best way to give another author credit is to post a paragraph describing your perspective and/or a synopsis of their article (or research page), followed by a “to read the full article, click here” link back to their blog. If you choose to post the article in its entirety, a prominent “written by GMO-Awareness.com” (with a live link) at the beginning of the article, followed by a second source link at the end is another good option. Thank you very much for asking, and don’t hesitate to contact us should you have material that you’d like us to consider featuring here!

  23. Could you please consider adding Vermont Village Applesauce to your list. Family owned, Vermont company. We know all our farmers and where our ingredients come from. Kettle-cooked, GMO free, gluten free, kosher, certified by Vermont Organic Farmers Assoc.

  24. Hi there,

    My name is Devon and I am the producer of The Morning News with Philip Till on CKNW Radio in Vancouver, BC. I’d like to speak to you regarding a potential phone interview (on Thursday, Jan. 30th) regarding GMO’s.

    Please contact me via email and we can discuss!

    Cheers,
    Devon

  25. I have searched your website pretty well and by the way, thank you for all you’re doing! It is completely OVERWHELMING though to even think we can stay away from GMO foods – unless:
    1) they finally “label” GMO foods – LOL…
    2) we eat almost completely from our own gardens (even that has “some” risk) and we buy only from local farmers we trust.

    Would you agree or possibly add something?

    • If you haven’t found it yet, I’d check out this page of our site. Choosing USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project Certified is still your best bet for avoiding GMO ingredients when shopping at the grocery store. Growing your own food is another great option, provided your property hasn’t been doused with RoundUp by the previous homeowner, you’re sourcing non-GMO Seeds, and using organic compost. I personally do not feel so bleak… especially when reading articles talking about farmers shifting away from GMO crops for both practical and financial reasons. Keep choosing organic… it’s the best way to support, encourage, and increase the number of companies that are doing it right.

  26. Hi! I work in Social Media Marketing for one of the companies that you have listed. When people ask us about our GMO status and how many products we make that are non-GMO or Project Verified, I’d love to direct them to this site. However, some of the information you have on us should be updated. Would you have time to speak so that I can clarify a few points? Looking forward to speaking. Thanks!

  27. Hello I tried to post a link to an article from the New Yorker about syngentias treatment of a scientist who was exposing the bio-persistent toxicity of atrizine. Oddly it would not post twice. Is there a reason that you are aware of why that did not post? The way it relates to Monsanto is as an example of how corporate tactics (trolls, threats, smears, disinfo, and worse) are deployed toward those that expose the atrocities they release into our environment

    • Not knowing where you are located, here’s what I’d suggest: look on this page of our website to see if you can find a Facebook page of an anti-GMO group in your state. If you can find a group that seems to be nearby, send a private Facebook message to that group’s page administrator and ask them. Hopefully this will locate someone able to do this for you!

  28. Hi there, I’m writing a story with Capital News Online on the GM salmon produced by AquaBounty Technologies that are approved to be hatched in Canada. I am looking with your permission to reproduce your time line on the history of GMO foods as a multimedia component to our story. Please let me know asap if you give your permission. Thanks and good work here, I really like your blog! P.S. This is our publication: http://www.capitalnews.ca/

  29. Hello
    We have exclusively gmo-free product line, meaning there are no other products besides gmo-free. Could we register the brand with your blog? If yes, please advise how to proceed. Thanks!

  30. Hello
    We have exclusively gmo-free product line, meaning there are no other products besides gmo-free. Could we register the brand with your blog? If yes, please advise how to proceed. Thanks!

  31. Hi, my daughter is doing a report for school on GMO’s. She would love to include a few comments from you. Just a couple easy questions. Please feel free to e-mail us with your answers.

    1) Do you believe GMOs are a problem (and why)?

    2)What are you doing to prevent this problem?

    3)Do you have any suggestions about what I can do personally to help solve this problem?

    Thank you!

  32. You may be interested in our new book
    From the Council for Responsible Genetics

    The GMO Deception
    What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations,
    and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk
    Edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber
    Foreword by Ralph Nader
    ________________________________________
    “If you do not understand why there is so much opposition to GMOs, nationally and internationally, this book is the place to start.” —Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics
    “This eye-opening collection of essays by numerous experts lays bare what global corporations like Monsanto are attempting to foist upon us, as well as how activists around the world are fighting back to preserve our children’s future.” —Dick Russell, environmental author
    “The GMO Deception is the most comprehensive resource covering all areas of this complex topic.”
    —Ken Roseboro, editor and publisher, The Organic & Non-GMO Report
    ________________________________________

    With media buzzwords like “non-GMO,” “biotechnology,” and “genetic integrity” being thrown around, the complexities of the GMO debate can be hard to swallow. Whether it’s the issue surrounding the labeling of genetically modified food, the march against Monsanto, or the Right to Know movement, the Council for Responsible Genetics, a premiere biotechnology watchdog group, wants to shed light on this divisive issue. The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2014) is a comprehensive, easily digestible look at the social, political, and ethical implications of genetically modified food.

    Edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber, with a foreword by Ralph Nader, The GMO Deception gives voice to some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, science writers, and public health advocates, including Michael Hansen, Vandana Shiva, Frances Moore Lappé, Bill Freese, John Fagan, Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson, Philip Bereano and Doug Gurian-Sherman, among others. Together, their essays address the GMO debate and answer important questions like:

    • Are GM foods safe and healthy for us?
    • Who really controls the power structure of food production?
    • Why is it so difficult to get GM foods labeled in the US?
    • What kinds of regulations and policies do we need?
    • Should animals be genetically modified for food?

    We can’t afford to be in the dark about how genetically modified food affects our health, our environment, and our dinner table. From “Why GM Crops Will Not Feed the World” to “The Biopiracy of Wild Rice,” every facet of the debate is explored. The GMO Deception presents a broad, immersive portrait of an issue that’s not going away.

    About the Editors
    Sheldon Krimsky is the Carol Zicklin Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tufts University, and adjunct professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine at Tufts University. He lives in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Jeremy Gruber, JD, is the president and executive director of the Council for Responsible Genetics. He is a founder and executive committee member of the Coalition for Genetic Fairness. He is regularly featured in print, on the radio, and on television. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  33. I am concerned about the GMO content of Annie’s Naturals products. The label states they obtain ingredients from sources who state they not genetically modified. In this world we live in, what someone “states” cannot be trusted. If Annie’s Naturals is not obtaining their ingredients from certified non-GMO sources, I don’t think you should have them on your non-GMO list. Only certified non-GMO (or certified organic) products should be listed.

    • Always look for a USDA Organic and/or Non-GMO Project certification label. The majority of Annie’s products carry this. Since there is no national standard for GMO labeling, we must currently rely on those two certification labels.

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