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OUR FOOD SUPPLY

TELL YOUR GROCERY STORE--NO TO GMO APPLES

GMO apples are in some grocery stores around the country. The company that makes them, Intrexon, is doing trial runs right now. If the trial is successful, the apples will be in more and more stores as time goes on. We don't want this to happen. Here are the reasons for our thinking.

The first GMO apple, called Arctic Apple, is engineered to not turn brown when cut. As you are probably aware, there are much healthier ways to keep apples from turning brown, eg: using lemon juice. Arctic Apple is not necessary.

This GMO apple looks fresh, but they really aren't. More and more pesticides are being used to make them look that way. You probably know that pesticides have negative health impacts on those who consume them. Pesticides also take their toll on the environment as well. Basically, the only one who stands to benefit from GMO apples like Arctic Apple is Intrexon, the synthetic biology company that owns it. The Arctic Apple also is not labeled as a GMO apple.

The only way you can know if your grocery store is stocking this apple is to ask the produce manager of your store. Please get involved in this endeavor to keep the apple out of your store by voicing your concern. Not doing so will mean more such apples in your store as well as other GMO products down the line, eg: salmon.

Please ask to speak with your produce manager when you shop. Ask him/her:

Are the apples in this store the GMO Arctic Apples?

Will you be stocking them in the future?

Express your displeasure if you are, in fact, displeased! Get others to do the same.

Thanks for your help in this endeavor!

FOOD WASTE IN THE UNITED STATES

Americans waste so much food . . . 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted. Many people are now working to change that statistic. Will you contact your elected officials and tell them that you care about the food system in the U.S. and support action to make it stronger whether it be with regard to food waste, labeling, GMOs, or any piece of legislation that aims to make the food system healthier and more sustainable.

Food policy experts are paying attention to consumers (and legislators) who let them know they are unhappy with the current waste stats and so many people, including children, in the U.S. who are going to bed hungry at night. We must do better.

Many of us understand the connections between food, health, and the environment. We understand that children do better in school when they are not hungry or when they are not worrying about where their next meal will come.

Please get involved in the food issue by contacting your elected officials on your local level or on the federal level. Food waste is huge, labelling is out of date, GMOs are unsafe. There is so much to work on in the food industry.

Thanks for whatever you can do!

EXPIRATION DATES ON YOUR FOOD

Are you aware how wasteful the global food system is?

More than a third of the world's food supply is wasted, and there are one billion hungry people in the world. The date labels on our food is very misleading. It causes food to be thrown out because the labels on it denote that its expiration date is up. Much of that food is still very good and it is totally unnecessary to discard it.

We are now beginning efforts to change those labels so that perfectly good food will not be thrown out. If you grocery shop at Walmart, Ahold, Kroger, Safeway, Inc., Costco or Publix, please, the next time you shop, ask to see the manager of that particular store. Tell him/her that it's time to change food labels in the store so that perfectly good food is not wasted.

Will you take action? This is one way we can help to feed hungry people in the United States as well as around the world.

Please get involved today. Talk to the manager of your grocery store. Thank you!

THE UNITED STATES NEEDS MORE ORGANIC FARMING

Our reader may know something about organic farming. You may know that it protects farm workers, pollinators and others. But are you aware that we need more and more land given to organic farming. At the same time, we need less and less of industrial agriculture. Will you contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and tell them you want more money to go to organic farms and more acreage for organic farms, and less resources spent on industrial agriculture?

With organic farming, we know there are no toxic pesticides used and it's more profitable for farmers. It conserves the soil and water that we need to feed more and more people across the earth. We know GMO are not used. With industrial ag, we don't know that any of this is true.

President Obama has supported organic farming with resources, but it just isn't enough. Please tell the USDA that we have a right to eat affordable, organic food that we know is safe for ourselves as well as our families. We need to make organic more accessible and affordable for everyone. Will you help?

Please contact the USDA and tell them to fund more organic farms. Contact information is below:

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250

E-mail: oc.news@usda.gov

Phone: 202-720-4623

Thanks for taking action and please spread the word!

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--40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted; 133 billion pounds of food is wasted per year. (Change.org)

--Although the U.S. is overall the richest nation in the world, 24% of Americans say that have had trouble putting food on the table in the past 12 months--up from 16% in 2007, before the Great Recession began. In Australia, Canada, and Germany, only 10% said they had trouble getting food last year. (Pew Research Center)

2030--The year in which, if current rates continue, 49% of Americans will be obese.