Join Me & the GMO Free Project of Tucson for Key Events in Sept. & Oct.

by Melissa Diane Smith

The GMO Tipping Point Network of Tucson, a chapter of the Institute for Responsible Technology’s national Tipping Point Network, has joined forces with the GMO Free Project of Tucson, an already established non-profit group, to more efficiently hold events, use social media, educate people, and lead the non-GMO movement in Tucson, especially before and during Non-GMO Month this October. Numerous public events, including public showings of two different movies – “Deconstructing Supper” and “The Future of Food” – in September will be held, as well as our main event online, an Eat GMO Free Challenge on the GMO Free Project of Tucson Facebook page during October.

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Assorted Newsbriefs: More People Powerfully Saying No to GMOs

by Melissa Diane Smith

Did you know that shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Monsanto gave a “gift” of 475 tons of genetically modified (GM) corn and vegetable seeds, and poor farmers in Haiti banded together, protested against that gift, and burned the seeds? Why would poor Haitian farmers facing hunger burn seeds that would produce food in such a hard-hit area? Because they learned enough to know that they don’t want genetically modified foods. And why do Americans know so little that most repeatedly eat these foods and most don’t even know what GMOs means?

Those are some of the topics covered in a new GMO Film Project now in production by award-winning documentary maker Jeremy Seifert. Watch a clip of it below.

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Distorted Story on the Gluten-Free Diet on ABC’s Nightline Program

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – On August 2, the same day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reopened a public comment period on “gluten-free” labeling, ABC ran a segment on its Nightline program on the gluten-free diet. With the title “Gluten-Free Nation,” you would think the piece would cover the real reasons why the gluten-free diet has become such a phenomenon: that many people, not just those with celiac disease, are gluten intolerant and that removing gluten from their diet relieves symptoms and ailments far better than any type of medical treatment. That’s because many people’s conditions are, in fact, diet-induced from eating gluten that makes them sick.

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Registration Now Open for Nutrition Classes I am Teaching in Sept. & Oct.

by Melissa Diane Smith

I am a strong believer in the benefits of lifelong learning and so is Catalina Foothills Community Schools in Tucson. That’s why I have signed on with them to teach two different gluten-free classes in September and a beginning class on GMOs in October, which is Non-GMO Education Month all around the country.

The classes I will be teaching are:

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Will You Trust ‘Gluten-Free’ Labeling Allowed by the FDA?

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – After four years of inactivity on the matter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reopened a public comment period for its proposal about labeling foods as “gluten-free” and said it aims to publish a final rule and start allowing official gluten-free labeling in the third quarter of 2012. Members of the gluten-free community around the country are excited about this development with many thinking gluten-free labeling approved and monitored by the FDA will automatically protect them from unwanted exposure to gluten. But will it?

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