I & My New Book now on Facebook

FB-f-Logo__blue_100I, Melissa Diane Smith as an author, and my new book, Going Against GMOs, both are now on Facebook! Compared to many people, I am starting my Facebook pages rather late in the game. That’s because I was literally putting everything into counseling my clients and researching, writing, and producing the best new book possible.

I can guarantee that my pages won’t post as much as some Facebook pages, but I will include engaging information related to my work and the fast-growing non-GMO movement—and some information, usually timely news that’s happening quickly, that you won’t receive on my blog or newsletter.

If you like my work and are not a member of Facebook, you can still bookmark my pages and read the information. However, if you’re a Facebook member, make sure to “Like” my two pages so you can learn up-to-date info and more easily spread the word about my new book, interviews I’m doing, articles I’ve written, nutrition counseling and coaching specials, and more.

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Dr. Oz Asks the American People to Oppose New 2,4-D GM Crops

Did you see the groundbreaking Dr. Oz show on GMOs and pesticides that aired on September 22, 2014? He came out the strongest against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that he ever has, and particularly against GM foods engineered to withstand the 2,4-D and glyphosate combination developed by Dow Chemical Company.

He had guests explaining the dangerous “pesticide treadmill” we’re on—something I explain in my new book Going Against GMOs—and he said: “I’m very concerned that I’m at the beginning of a catastrophe—one we don’t have to subject ourselves to.” He also said: “America, we are running out of time…. Let’s let Washington know we mean business when it comes to GMO foods.”

Then he ended up doing something he has never done before, asking the American people to sign a Take Action petition to demand the President step in and oppose the EPA’s approval of the New 2,4-D resistant genetically engineered crops.

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GMO: Opting Out

By Melissa Diane Smith

As concern about GMOs grows nationally, three Tucson businesses have decided to stop serving some genetically modified ingredients.

(See the first printing of this article by me with photos that appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of Edible Baja Arizona magazine.)

In 2012, shortly before The Loft Cinema was scheduled to screen Genetic Roulette, a documentary about the health risks of eating foods that contain laboratory-created genetically modified organisms (GMOs), it began selling organic popcorn popped in non-genetically modified canola oil.

“We wanted to offer the healthiest possible popcorn that we could,” said Zach Breneman, the deputy director of The Loft. “I think it tastes better, too.”

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My New Book Will Be Coming Soon!

All has been quiet from me for quite a while. I have been researching, interviewing sources, writing and producing my forthcoming book, Going Against GMOs. Even though I have several traditionally published books to my name, my new book is one that conventional publishers wouldn’t publish. The book covers vital information that has been kept hidden from the American and Canadian public for decades and is critical for protecting both the future of our food and our health. I felt so strongly about getting this underground information out to the public that I am publishing the book myself.

Going Against GMOs is scheduled to be completed and available for purchase before October. I will let you know exactly when, so stay tuned or sign up for my newsletter to receive an announcement.

In the meantime, visit my Going Against GMOs book page, www.goingagainstgmos.com, to learn more, and start spreading the word to others! Trust me when I say there is no other book like it on the market. Waiting for it will be worth the wait, but you won’t have to wait long. The book will be here soon!

Copyright 2014 Melissa Diane Smith

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Copyright © 2014 Melissa Diane Smith
Copyright © 2014 Melissa Diane Smith
Copyright © 2014 Melissa Diane Smith
Copyright © 2014 Melissa Diane Smith
Copyright © 2014 Melissa Diane Smith

ABC Cancels a TV Show Two Days After an Episode about GMOs Airs

by Melissa Diane Smith

 (Opinion) – On Tuesday, March 25th, I turned the TV channel and happened to land on a show where the first few lines I heard were about someone who had tried to blow the whistle on his employer for creating a dangerous genetically modified food. This obviously caught my attention! I thought to myself, is the GMO topic really being covered on a TV series on one of the main networks? It seemed so hard to believe, I felt like I was dreaming!

I watched this unorthodox show called Mind Games, in which brothers and partners in a unique agency are committed to solving clients’ problems using psychological tactics. The particular episode I stumbled upon, called “Cauliflower Man,” involved the firm’s team being hired by Jim McKenna, a researcher who tried to blow the whistle on his employer, a company called “PureGrow,” for creating a dangerous genetically modified cauliflower. In the process, McKenna was fired and his life was ruined. People thought he was crazy. Even McKenna’s wife didn’t believe him. The key brother owner of the firm believed him, though, and the team enacted a plan to convince McKenna’s former colleague to leak documentation to validate McKenna’s claims and expose PureGrow. I thought many parts of the show were quite well done.

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Non-GMO vs. Organic:
Do You Know the Difference?

by Melissa Diane Smith

Both are good ways to avoid GMOs yet they have definable distinctions.

The natural foods industry has always been based on the idea of pure unadulterated whole food, so it isn’t surprising that there’s a big movement afoot among natural food shoppers to avoid laboratory-created genetically modified organisms (GMOs) hidden in many foods. Newfangled GMOs are made when genetic engineers insert genes from one living thing (say, a bacteria) into the DNA of a completely unrelated living thing (say, corn) – a process that is anything but “natural.”

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How the Food Industry is Trying to Keep People Misinformed about GMOs

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – The food industry is trying countless ways to keep people from knowing what’s really in their food, especially regarding the presence of unnatural genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  On February 17, 2014, Dr. Oz ran a short segment on this topic entitled “No to GMOs: The Global Conspiracy to Keep You from Knowing the Truth about Your Food.” It featured Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, who explained that the food industry doesn’t want mandatory labeling but is trying to get “voluntary” labeling of GM foods, and it’s asking the FDA to label GM foods as “natural” foods. Both are crazy ideas that would keep the public misinformed and deny the public our right to know what’s really in our food. Like several segments Dr. Oz has done about GMOs, this segment still is not yet archived on his show’s website, but if and when it gets put onto the site, it should be at this link.

A good summary to turn to for a quick rundown on the food industry spin and propaganda versus the truth about genetically modified foods is the recent article Warning: Industry Spin May Be Hazardous to Your Health; Learn the Truth about GE Foods by Elizabeth Kucinich, Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety. Kucinich points out:

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Make No Mistake

Below is a reprint from a question Melissa answered in Better Nutrition magazine.

Q: What is the most common mistake people make on the gluten-free diet?

A: For people who are just beginning the gluten-free diet as well as those who have been on the diet a long time, the biggest mistake they make is over-relying on manufactured processed foods instead of eating naturally gluten-free whole foods such as vegetables and fruits.

Highly processed “gluten-free” food products set people up for health problems in three different ways. The first way is, ironically, by those products sometimes being contaminated with unwanted gluten. Even though gluten-free grains and and flours are naturally gluten free, these foods are often processed in the same facilities – and with the same equipment – as the gluten grains wheat, rye, and barley, where they can inadvertently pick up gluten.

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Gluten-Free Guide to the Holidays

by Melissa Diane Smith

Here’s how to stay well through the hustle and bustle of the season.

How do you maneuver through the holidays without gluten? With a little help from this guide!  To keep your health up and your stress level down, try these tips:

  • Get properly stoked for holiday parties. To avoid eating something you shouldn’t and feeling awful, fuel up on food that you know is safe. Either bring your own gluten-free dish to the party, or if you can’t, eat a sustaining mini-meal beforehand.

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Hawaii’s Big Island Bans GMOs;
Now Do Your Part to Stop the TPP

by Melissa Diane Smith

The mayor of the Big Island of Hawaii has signed a bill into law that bans all future plantings of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and prohibits biotech companies from operating on the Big Island. In a letter to council members announcing his decision to sign the bill, Mayor Billy Kenoi said that the new law signals the county’s desire to encourage community-based farming and ranching, as opposed to playing host to global agribusiness corporations.

Hawaii is joining Mexico, which recently banned (on an interim basis) the planting of all genetically engineered corn; Peru, which has a ten-year moratorium on GM crops; and Italy, which in July became the ninth European country to ban planting of Monsanto’s GMO corn. In addition, two city councilmen have proposed a motion to make the city of Los Angeles a GMO-Free zone, the largest one in the country, by banning the growth, sale and distribution of GM seeds and plants anywhere in the city. (These actions are pointing to more people in counties, cities, and countries understanding that banning and boycotting GMOs are better uses of our time and efforts than labeling them. See my special report “Why We Need to Focus on GMO Boycotts and Bans” for more info.)

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