“Unhealthy & Unsustainable”
Presentation on GMOs Oct. 15

More and more people are gradually learning the hard truths about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and taking action to avoid them, making the non-GMO movement a very fast-growing movement. The Non-GMO Project Verified label now is the fastest-growing label claim in the natural foods arena.

However, there have been so many myths perpetuated about GMOs that even some people who feel strongly about having a sustainable food system have missed some basics about GMOs and why GMOs aren’t good for us or our planet. On Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. 2nd Street, in Tucson, I will explain the many compelling reasons why growing numbers of people are shopping and eating non-GMO in “Unhealthy and Unsustainable: Why Growing Numbers of People are Saying No to Genetically Modified Foods.” Tips on how you can be a savvy non-GMO consumer will also be included. My presentation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session.


Short Movie & Talk on GMOs Sept. 3

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve missed the basics about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are hidden in our foods? If so, I’ve got a great event for you!

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., I will be giving a primer on GMOs entitled “The Unhealthy Truth about GMOs Hidden in Our Food” at the University of Arizona Agriculture Center SmartClassroom, 1951 E. Roger Road, in Tucson. The first part of the presentation will be a 28-minute movie, then I’ll give a short talk with current information on GMOs, followed by a question and answer session.


Check Out My Updated Website

If you haven’t visited my Melissa Diane Smith website, www.MelissaDianeSmith.com, in a while, now is a great time to check it out. I have updated most of the pages on the site and have also added two new pages.

Be sure to take a look at my revised Speaking page, Nutrition Consultations and Coaching page, Background page, and Resources page and don’t forget about my Books, which are consistently highly rated, including Going Against the Grain and Gluten Free Throughout the Year.

My new pages are my GMO-Free Information page and my Eat GMO Free Challenge, which I created to provide more information for people who hear me speak about GMOs or who are looking for non-GMO help from a nutritionist who specializes in therapeutic diets for optimal health.


Elle Magazine Covers Allergies
to Genetically Modified Corn

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – It’s rare for a mainstream magazine to run a feature article even mentioning genetically modified (GM) foods, much less covering an in-depth look at a specific type of health risk – allergies – from one type of GM food, corn. But that’s exactly what Elle magazine, a large fashion magazine with a paid circulation of more than one million people in the United States, did in a story in its August 2013 issue.

What’s especially interesting to me about the article, “The Bad Seed: The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn,” is that the author’s experience recovering her health by staying away from GM corn mirrors one of my client’s experiences recovering her health by avoiding GM foods. Plus, both of them had high levels of a type of white blood cell called eosinophils, levels that normalized after cutting the GM food or foods from their diet – a result that seems to be quite significant.


Does the FDA’s Decision
on ‘Gluten Free’ Make You Feel Safe?

by Melissa Diane Smith

Find out why it shouldn’t.

(Opinion) – After half a dozen years without making a decision on “gluten-free” foods – a topic that was and continues to be of keen interest to growing numbers of people who want to avoid gluten for their best health – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally announced an official definition of “gluten free” in the United States: Foods can be marketed as “gluten free,” “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” if they contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten.

Are you celebrating this announcement thinking it is a big victory for consumer safety? If you are, it’s vital that you read this article so you know the undisclosed facts behind “gluten free” that aren’t reported by the mainstream media.



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