February 7th, 2013

How to Have a GMO Free Valentine’s Day

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Groovy Green Livin How to Have a GMO Free Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s impossible to miss the sea of red and chocolate in every aisle of every store.  How did chocolate become almost synonymous with Valentine’s Day? There’s no surprise that after Halloween, Valentine’s Day is the single largest candy-consuming day all year in the Unites States.

Unfortunately many of our favorite chocolate treats are filled with Genetically Modified Organisms (also called GM, GE or GMOs). GMOs refers to crop plants that are consumed by animals and/or humans that have been tweaked or modified in a lab to boost desired traits such as: the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide, disease resistance and improved nutritional value.

Food with GMOs looks and tastes the same, but they’re not the same. Food producers have been altering and messing with our food with the blessing of the FDA, but without our permission.

GMO labeling isn’t required in the US

Does that bother you? It bothers me. It actually makes me angry. We have the right to know what’s going into our food-don’t we? If we take a look at our friends in the EU and other countries -GMO labeling has been the norm for years. Yet in the US the FDA doesn’t require the labeling of GMOs in food ingredient lists.

So what does that mean? Since there’s no requirement for companies to label their products when we buy food we generally have no way of knowing whether or not it contains GMOs.

Valentine’s Day and GMOs

Some of our favorite makers of chocolate are some of the strongest supporters of NOT labeling products that contain GMOs. Wondering why? Their products are some of the biggest offenders, filled with GMOs. That’s not all. Not only are their products filled with GMOs, but they also contributed big bucks to stop GMO labeling.

GMOiNSiDE.org put together this great graphic showing how two of the largest chocolate manufacturers (comprising 70% of the chocolate market in the US!) don’t care about GMOs and transparency in food labeling.

Groovy Green Livin GMO Inside Valentine's Day Graphic

 How you can avoid GMOs on Valentine’s Day

Groovy Green Livin non GMO Certified Seal

Take action

Tell Hershey and Mars: There is nothing sweet about GMOs! Send your message to them HERE.

Do you believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food? 

photo credit: Rushing Mania via photopin cc

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8 Responses to “How to Have a GMO Free Valentine’s Day”

  1. Absolutely … I think we all have the right to know what’s in our food. Frankly, I’m a little surprised that Prop. 37 failed … I mean … why would anyone choose NOT to know about what they are ingesting. Would people be okay with manufacturers putting poison in our food? Probably not. Perhaps there still isn’t enough education about what GMOs are and how they affect us. Thanks for this post and also for the Non-GMO label … I didn’t know what it looks like. I’ll be looking for it from now on!
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  3. Wow wow wow.I recently started the green lifestlye and have been learning a wealth of knowlegde. The thing is even if I wasn’t doing this Green thing I would really would love to know whats being put into my food. Thanks a mill for the info

  4. Yes, don’t buy chocolate. Make it yourself. It is so easy and delicious!
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  6. […] many of our favorite chocolate treats are filled with Genetically Modified Organisms (also called GM, GE or GMOs). GMOs refers to crop plants that are consumed by animals and/or […]

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I continue on my journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I just might stop to make some noise about issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I fight for a safer world for all of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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