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    Double Your Impact

    August 21, 2011 •  4 comments.

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    Written by Robyn O’Brien

    Have you heard of Double Impact? I hadn’t either, but they are working to make the world a healthier place. And all you have to do is one thing. Pretty simple, right? And even better, they’re supporting world-changing charities like Healthy Child Healthy World and have companies like Clean Well giving away prizes if you do.

    Because the truth is that when it comes to creating the change we want to see in the world, none of us can do everything, but all of us can do something.

    So when they came to me, asking for three ideas that would help people make healthier food choices with the end goal of a healthy planet, I was in because it sounded like a fun way to make a difference.

    But I need your help. If you had to choose just one thing to do to help clean up the food supply from the three choices listed below, what would it be? Here’s a link where you can vote www.doubleimpact.com/g4g and the choices are detailed below.

    CHOICE 1:

    Go Organic with Your Dairy: Did you know that our dairy cows are now injected with artificial growth hormones, routinely fed pharmaceutical drugs and given genetically engineered corn that is actually labeled as an insecticide by the EPA in their livestock feed? When I learned this, I thought, “How do I opt out of this “Dirty Dairy”?” And thankfully, by going organic with your milk, cheese and yogurt, you can, because by law, the production of organic dairy does not allow for the routine use of these things.

    CHOICE 2:

    Cut the Artificial Colors: Our food manufacturers (you know, the Big Ones that make packaged goods, sports drinks, sodas, mac and cheese and cereal bars) have already pulled artificial colors from the products they make for eaters in other countries, due to consumer demand and health concerns (a lot of them are made out of petrochemicals and have been linked hyperactivity and cancer). If we want them to reformulate our products here in the US, too, then we’re going to have to send a message with the dollars that we spend in the grocery store. So instead of fluorescent mac and cheese, grab a bag of noodles and grate some parmesan on it. Nix the tubes of blue yogurt and add some berries, granola or even chocolate chips to some white yogurt. Instead of bright orange chips, look for pretzels. Remember, this is about progress not perfection, so try not to make “the perfect” the enemy of “the good”!

    CHOICE 3:

    Opt Out of Genetically Modified Foods: In the 1990s, the biotech industry got into food production. Who knew, right? None of us, really, because the new agrichemical ingredients that they created in their laboratories and then inserted into our corn and soybeans didn’t require labeling here in the US.

    So despite the fact that countries around the world said that they weren’t going to run this experiment on their populations due to concerns that these foods and novel proteins might trigger allergies among other things, we introduced them into the American food supply – without labels or any long term human trials conducted to have deemed them safe.

    In other words, while countries around the world were given the right to choose and labels were put onto these foods, when they were introduced fifteen years ago, we weren’t. Want to opt out of this experiment? It’s easy.

    Since two of the top genetically engineered crops are corn and soy that have been engineered to either produce their own insecticides or to withstand increasing doses of toxic weed killer, in order to opt out of the agrichemicals that now occupy a significant place in our food supply, either choose to look for labels that say “Non-GMO” or “USDA Organic” because by law, these products are not allowed to contain these new insecticide producing and weed killer tolerant proteins.

    All three choices matter, but since most of us are operating with limited time and limited budgets, if you had to choose one thing, which would you choose? Cast your vote here => www.doubleimpact.com/g4g

    Just by voting in Double Impact’s poll, not only are you participating in the change, but your vote also inspires a ripple of change! Because every vote helps support charities like Healthy Child Healthy World that are working to make the world a safer place for our children.

    Pretty great, right?

    Don’t forget to vote! www.doubleimpact.com/g4g

      4 Responses to “Double Your Impact”

      1. Cheryl Famili

        That is a toughie! I think they have all been omitted from our lives. Artificial colors are a nightmare, as are the GMO’s and medicated cows. When I came to the USA from Canada I gained a lot of weight – eating the same things, a few years later I noticed sensitivities and finally major reactions to foods. Through the process of elimination and a quest for ‘what is wrong with me?, and my favorite why am I so weak?’……did I realize how darn strong I really was. My body was warning me against toxins disguised as food. My adventures landed me in the farmers markets eating local, fresh, ripe, seasonal fruits with all my meats bought at whole foods using the animal welfare status to get step 4 or 5 meats. Food is a right we have, thereby we should be aware – fully aware of what is in it, what it is made of, how it is made. People should have full disclosure to make those choices and in am fairly certain they would also opt out.

      2. Organic dairy is the easiest to actually do since you can reliably buy organic milk by selecting only dairy products with the USDA organic seal. That’s what we do. Artificial colors and GM foods are tough because the foods you want to avoid aren’t reliably labeled. So my advice for any family starting out on this journey is, if you eat dairy products, always select Organic. You can relax and know that you are doing something great for the planet and your children. THEN you can begin to look for artificial colors on food labels. GM foods — well, they’re in things we have no idea that we’re eating. They are not in foods with the USDA Organic seal — unless there has been accidental cross contamination from a nearby farm, but that’s another story!

      3. Janine Cirone-Nichols

        No GMO!

      4. Deb

        After changing my whole diet I finally also switched my salt to a Himalayan pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com since it is non GMO and gluten-free and made in their own facility with no cross-contamination. I’m always so happy when I come across these finds and just have to share!

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