TIP TOPICS -- HOUSEHOLDS & FOOD

IMPORTANT NOTE:

So much is happening that we are having trouble keeping up with it all. This page will be updated soon. Meanwhile, the food information below is still good. Our RI Food Concerns Group is active. Events described, even those now past, should inspire you to consider one for your own group, school, etc. For more on any of the topics or info here, or to receive our monthly, brief E-Newsletter, TIP TALKS, contact us at: concerns@toxicsinfo.org.

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PROTECTING OUR FOOD SUPPLY & HEALTH :
A NEW RI GROUP IS WORKING TO HALT. THE CONTAMINATION & TAKEOVER OF OUR FOOD SYSTEM: FACTORY FARMS + GMOS + PESTICIDES = A DEADLY COMBINATION

A huge and dangerous threat to the quality, quantity & diversity our food supply is lurking – one that has the potential to contaminate and degrade our environment, soil and agricultural capabilities, to destroy small farmers, & to seriously damage our health and that of our kids. It's the triple threat of factory farming, toxic pesticides – and genetically modified crops. The latter especially can replace our food choices with food monopoly by a few corporations. Liberty Goodwin, Director of the Toxics Information Project (TIP), in Providence, is seeking to address these concerns by getting together with other Rhode Islanders to plan & carry out an educational & action program here. Click here for mission & history:

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONCERN, THE GROUP, & OUR NEXT MEETING CONTACT US AT : 401-351-9193, or E-Mail: liberty@toxicsinfo.org

THE CONCERNS ABOUT FACTORY FARMING AND PESTICIDES ARE WELL-KNOWN! WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS WITH GMOS?

(This is just a brief list of some of them. See links below for the full, disturbing story) Scientific evidence for the toxicity of GMO's is overwhelming, especially for our kids. www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

GETTING THE REAL STORY ABOUT GMOS – AND FINDING ALTERNATIVES

1. GMOs are unhealthy.
2. GMOs contaminate―forever.
3. GMOs increase herbicide use.
4. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.
5. Government oversight is dangerously lax.
6. The biotech industry uses "tobacco science" to claim product safety.
7. Independent research and reporting is attacked and suppressed.
8. GMOs harm the environment.
9. GMOs do not increase yields, and work against feeding a hungry world.
10. By avoiding GMOs, you contribute to the coming tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing them out of our food supply .

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

**Educate the public about the pervasiveness — and the dangers — of GMOs, pesticide residue in food, and the environmental and health effects of factory farming.
**Counteract industry propaganda and misinformation.
**Avoid buying products containing GMOs & assist other shoppers to do the same.
**Support non-GMO and Organic farmers – and seed preservation.
**Educate politicians, food retailers and wholesalers on the need to resist corporate GMO/ pesticide pressures.
**Learn how to buy healthier food on a budget — & share that information widely.
**Your ideas? Let’s talk about the possibilities!

THE FIGHT AGAINST GMOS , by Jeffrey M. Smith,
Doctors weigh in on the dangers of eating genetically modified (GM) foods www.shareguide.com/GMOs.html

TEN WAYS MONSANTO AND BIG AG ARE TRYING TO KILL YOU - AND THE PLANET www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24800.cfm

10 THINGS MONSANTO DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW
www.scribd.com/doc/51403/Ten-Things-Monsanto-Doesn-t-Want-You-To-Know

THE NON-GMO PROJECT www.nongmoproject.org 1200 Harris Avenue, Suite #305M
Bellingham, WA 98225
Tel. 877.358.9240
E-Mail: info@nongmoproject.org

GMO Facts: To learn more about What is GMO?, GMOs & Your Family, GMO Myths & Truths, The Non-GMO Project “Verified” Seal, & Information on GMO Sweet Corn, see: www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more

Resources : Search non-GMO- verified products, find retailers, restaurants, make a product verification request at: www.nongmoproject.org/take-action/search-participating-products Find listings of various brands of alternative food products, body care products; seed & feed; pet products; vitamins & supplements, wholesale ingredients.

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INSTITUTE FOR RESPONSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
BUY NON-GMO : Eliminate GMOs from your diet & combine your purchasing power with that of other health-conscious consumers. $pend your food dollars on healthy non-GMO brands! Buying non-GMO not only impacts your own & your family's health, it also influences the buying decisions of food manufacturers, distributors, & retailers. Food manufacturers worldwide have switched to non-GM ingredients in response to consumers demanding they make a change or lose customers . www.responsibletechnology.org/buy-non-gmo

Remember The Four Simple Tips To Avoid Gmos:

Tip #1: Buy Organic: Organic producers cannot intentonally use GMOs.

Tip #2: Look for "Non-GMO" Verified Seals:
**Avoid buying products containing GMOs & assist other shoppers to do the same.

Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients: If it's not labeled organic, or doesn't have a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, then avoid processed food products ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed and Beet Sugar.

Tip #4: Download our Shopping Guides. Use IRT's new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or redesigned Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. Go to: www.responsibletechnology.org/docs/Non-GMO-Shopping-Guide.pdf and www.nongmoshoppingguide.com.

Download the PDF of the Health Risks brochure: http://responsibletechnology.org/docs/140.pdf

Excerpt : In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, & changes in major organs & the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.

OTHER RESOURCES ON GMOS & FOOD CONCERNS

“GENETIC ROULETTE”

The Gamble of Our Lives
A film by Jeffrey M. Smith—Narrated by Lisa Oz
A production of the Institute for Responsible Technology

A FILM AND DISCUSSION ABOUT PROTECTING OURSELVES, OUR PLANET AND FOOD SUPPLY FROM GMOS, PESTICIDES AND FACTORY FARMING . (Ask us about other films available for showing)

SAMPLE PROGRAM FROM LAST SPRING

CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE

Agribusinesses-Owned Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack On Gmo Labeling Proposal In California The Cornucopia Institute releases shopper’s guide: pro/con prop 37 brands www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/agribusinesses-owning-naturalorganic-brands-betray-customers-fund-attack-on-gmo-labeling-proposal-in-california/

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PREVIOUS RHODE ISLAND EVENTS

Discussions & Films About Protecting Our Food Supply, from GMOs, Pesticides & Factory Farming

Two FREE "GMO OMG" FILM SCREENINGS, OCT. 22, 2014 AT RIC

The film, GMO-OMG will be shown on Wed. Oct. 22, at Noon & 7 PM at Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, See description of film below. To register for free seats:

Noon to 2 p.m.: gmoomgrhodeislandcollege1.eventbrite.com

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. gmoomgrhodeislandcollege2.eventbrite.com

(Note Whole Foods Market is the sponsor! The greater the attendance, the more they’ll see how many of us care!) PASS THE WORD!

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself - is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?

 

 

RESOURCES ON FOOD & HOUSEHOLD CONCERNS (Including Food, Cleaning, Laundry, Paint, Etc.)

GMO LABELING - WHAT’S THE SCOOP?

64 COUNTRIES ROUND THE WORLD LABEL GE FOOD. WHY? WHY NOT THE U.S.? WHY NOT RI?

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A QUICK GUIDE TO THE QUESTIONS & CONCERNS AND WHAT’S HAPPENING

NOW IN LITTLE RHODY

People around the country are mobilizing to require that food containing genetically modified organisms be labeled as such. It is basically a “Right-to-Know” issue.

However, what’s all the fuss about? Are GMOs harmful? If not unhealthy for most people, should they be identified anyway, so the possible few who might react to them can avoid exposure? (As is done re: peanut, & dairy allergies). This little flyer gives you a quick read on the topic.

Web-Readable GMO Labeling Flyer

Printable: GMOLabelingFlyer.doc

DISCUSSIONS LED BY LIBERTY GOODWIN, TIP DIRECTOR

First given at the Riverside & Seekonk Libraries, now available to your group.

SEE DESCRIPTION OF BOTH TALKS

FOOD FACTS & FANTASY (printable Word document)

Consumers are bombarded with information about what and how to eat. Much of this advice is conflicting or commercially motivated, some just confusing or difficult to follow. Liberty will offer simple tips on how to choose the healthiest food options and avoid those that are harmful.

COMMON SENSE ABOUT CLEANING (printable Word document)

Clear up the confusion of commercial advertising claims about cleaning products. “Green” living is about more than energy efficiency, recycling and solar panels. Human health and the environment go hand in hand. Liberty will discuss ways that household products can impact both, and will offer simple steps to a really “green” household.

(DO YOU KNOW OF ANOTHER GROUP THAT MIGHT LIKE TO HOST EITHER?)

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Toxics Information Project (TIP)
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
Tel. 401-351-9193
E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
Website: www.toxicsinfo.org