Beyond Organic: Buy Regenerative!

by Melissa Diane Smith

Improving soil health is an overlooked key for nutrient-dense food and a healthier planet. We can support farming that has this focus through the products we purchase.

Thanks to Roman Synkevych for the use of his picture.

I was blown away when I saw the documentary Kiss the Ground, and learned how important regenerating the soil is to so many things, including: growing nutrient-dense food that keeps us healthy; efficiently absorbing both carbon dioxide and water; and positively impacting weather extremes! Can you explain more about this and about the best ways I can take action as a consumer to support regenerative farming? (Is eating organic the way to do it?)

– Susan H. from Atlanta, Georgia

 

Most people don’t understand how critical healthy soil is for supporting a web of health and environmental matters they care about – everything from producing nutritious food and conserving water when growing crops to stabilizing Earth’s climate. (more…)

‘Stand Up Against GMOs & Pesticides’ Presentation, Film Showing and Food Tasting on October 7 in Tucson!

October is “Non-GMO Month,” dubbed that term in 2010 by the Non-GMO Project to increase awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food and of how to shop non-GMO. And, boy, has awareness increased since that time! Today it’s common to turn on mainstream television and see ads by mainstream companies proudly announcing that their products – from Triscuits to Cheerios – are non-GMO. We are well into the tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs in the United States!

Yet, while awareness about GM foods has dramatically increased, understanding of the widespread use of herbicides, particularly the use of glyphosate, found in Roundup weed killer, which goes hand in hand with GMOs isn’t nearly as far along. To kick off Non-GMO Month, Natural Grocers and Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith are teaming up to hold a special event about the hot-button issue of GMOs and pesticides from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, October 7, at Natural Grocers, 6320 N. Oracle Road. The event will feature an informative presentation by Smith followed by the first showing in Tucson of “Communities Rising,” a 48-minute film that focuses on the glyphosate problem and solutions to the problem that are taking place across the country. View a trailer for “Communities Rising” here.

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Catch the GMO Trilogy Movie Series
at Natural Grocers This Summer

Going Against GMOs author and holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith and Natural Grocers Nutritional Health Coach Kariman Pierce are teaming up to present the GMO Trilogy Movie Series this summer at Natural Grocers, 5600 E. River Road, in Tucson. The series of short films will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every other Saturday starting on July 29, 2017.

Each movie will include a post-film Q&A, information on local action taking place, and tips on how you can avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food. 100% Organic, Non-GMO snacks will be served, and copies of Going Against GMOs will be available for purchase.

Beat the heat and educate yourself about the pressing health and environmental issues connected to GMOs in our food supply. The movies in the documentary series are:

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‘What’s With Wheat?’ Free Online Screening June 24-30

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against the Grain

Whats with WheatIs wheat really bad for us, and why does it cause so many different health problems? I first answered those questions in Going Against the Grain in 2002 and have written about those topics many times since then. But soon you can learn by watching the film documentary, What’s With Wheat? Mark your calendar and watch it for free by registering for the free 7-day global online screening available between June 24-30th.

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A statement about GMOs from U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, representing Arizona’s 3rd district

This statement was read before the premiere showing of the GMO-related suspenseful thriller Consumed at The Loft Cinema in Tucson on April 12, 2016.

Thank you for holding this important event to bring to light some very disturbing realities around Genetically Modified Organisms.

Genetically Modified Organisms raise significant concerns right here in Arizona and around the United States.  An escalating reliance on GMOs has coincided with increased use of toxic chemicals in farming, threatening the integrity of our environment and our food, and posing growing risks to farm workers.

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Non-GMO Food & Film
Community Event is this Tuesday!

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

NonGMO Food and Film event memeJust a quick reminder: This Tuesday evening, April 12th, at The Loft Cinema is the not-to-be-missed, non-GMO food and film community event of the year in Tucson!

It starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Non-GMO Information & Food Fair in the patio: You can buy a non-GMO dinner from a food truck, do some farmer’s market shopping for fresh produce (don’t forget to bring a cooler!), and purchase non-GMO skin care products, snacks, desserts and a personally autographed copy of Going Against GMOs from local vendors at the fair.

That’s followed by the premiere screening in Tucson of Consumed, the first dramatic thriller feature film set in the world of GMOs at 7:30 p.m.

After the movie, farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture and Renee Kreager, owner and operator of Renee’s Organic Oven, will join me in a short post-film panel discussion covering effective ways to take action against GMOs. A written statement from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) also will be read.

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Start 2012 with 2 Short Films about Genetically Modified Foods

Are you starting 2012 off not knowing the basics about genetically modified foods and the health risks associated with them? If so and if you live in Tucson, there’s an easy way to remedy that situation: Attend a couple of short movies.

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