Clean, Healthy Food
We are truly alarmed by the food industry, the ingredients they are putting into food, and their short term thinking. According to the NonGMO Project, approximately 75% of all processed food is genetically modified. GM food has NOT been proven safe. Many other countries have restrictions on GMO’s but the United States allows it because the FDA let the companies producing the GMO’s do the research stating it is safe. We are advocates for science and research, but we also know that messing around with Mother Nature can’t end well for anyone!
Commoditized food supply, corporations and shareholders.
If we peel back the layers of reality, we come face to face with the bottom line of the almighty buck. Major food manufacturers are subsidized to make products (corn, soy, cotton, canola) so cheap that it is hard for families and school districts to serve healthy whole foods. The organic farmer is not being subsidized to help get antibiotic, synthetic hormone and pesticide-free products to market to truly help promote the health of our children. Hmmm, why is that?
Keep it clean. Buy organic, locally and at farmer’s markets whenever possible.
1.2 billion pounds of pesticides are consumed a year which is equivalent to five pounds per person. YUK! Organic food tastes better and helps your personal bio-systems function as they were designed and helps the eco-system function in a manner which can sustain future generations. Buying local helps the local economy, gets you fresher food and reduces the use of fossil fuels. Most produce is about a week old the day it goes in “fresh” at your grocery store and has typically travelled 1500 miles. Take the family to a local farmers market. Get to know your farmers and begin to become familiar with what is in season.
Be conscious and accountable to your health.
Eat real food that needs air and sun to grow. Buy organic when you can so you can be sure it is chemical and GMO-free. Make a little extra effort. Make conscious decisions about nourishing your body. Learn where your food comes from, what happens to it on the farm and when it leaves. Don’t forget to consider what your food is eating – because you are eating what it is eating. If the ingredient list on your food contains items you can not pronounce, just don’t eat it. Don’t sacrifice your health for convenience.
Dirty Words…these are some of the bad guys. Know what they are and teach everyone you love why not to ingest them.
GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). Excitotoxins. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). High Fructose Corn Syrup. Hydrogenated / partially hydrogenated oils. Nitrates. Nitrites. Sulfites. Aspartame. Saccharine. Sucralose. Sodium cyclamate. Sodium Benzoate. Food color: Yellow #5, Red #10, Blue #1.
These are some of the good guys.
Raw coconut oil. Raw organic apple cider vinegar. Cinnamon. Cayenne. Turmeric. Garlic. Ginger. Leafy greens. Lemons. Apples. Organic raw nuts. Hemp Milk. Coconut Milk. Himalayan Sea Salt. Sea vegetables. Stevia.
- Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are connected to allergies and infertility
- Excitotoxins over stimulate nerves and cause brain neurons to die
- High fructose corn syrup interferes with leptin and ghrelin
- Leptin tells your brain you’re full and ghrelin increases your appetite
- Hyrdogenated oils increase the fat in the blood
- Nitrates and nitrites are carcinogens (cancer causing)
- Sugar feeds cancer
- “Natural” doesn’t mean safe, it only means that the ingredient started out in nature
- Cooking with and drinking from aluminum materials are linked to endocrine disruption
- EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ (www.ewg.org/foodnews/) helps navigate the dirtiest and cleanest produce
Green Parent Association has not been endorsed by any of these experts. We have included them on our page so YOU can rely on them as much as we do. We hope they don't mind us trying to send you to their site!
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Recommended Reading / Watching
- Excitotoxins The Taste that Kills, by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
- Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey M. Smith
- TIME Magazine, Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food, by Bryan Walsh
- TIME Magazine, The Fires Within, February 23, 2004, By Christine Gorman, Alice Park and Kristina Dell
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
- Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Acid Alkaline Food Guide, by Dr. Susan E. Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.
- Suicide by Sugar, by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.
- Lick the Sugar Habit, by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.
- The Consumers Dictionary of Food Additives, by Ruth Winter, M.S.
- Anticancer – A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.
- The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone
- The Fat Flush Foods, by Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.
- Living Green, by Greg Horn