I’ve had the flu all week, so no recipes to share because I didn’t feel like cooking, but I did peruse the internet a bit and found some articles to comment on; they’re worth a read.
Spokane, WA Sues Monsanto Giant
What do you think of when you hear the word Monsanto? I think of the Mr. Yuk sticker I placed on anything that was poisonous as my kids grew up. They knew not to touch it, they knew the contents could harm or kill them. Monsanto is a giant and about the largest Mr. Yuk you can find. They are poisoning our food, poisoning our children all for the sake of the almighty dollar. Similar to the story of David and Goliath, where a small boy fights a giant with a sling shot and wins, so I cheer on the city of Spokane, WA, fighting against this global giant. They filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging the company sold chemicals for decades they knew were a danger to environmental and human health. Toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s), used in products such as fluorescent lighting, insulation, insecticides, to name a few, were banned in the 70’s, but the estimated cost of the environmental clean-up is over $100 million, and that is what the city of Spokane wants covered. Since the ban of PCB’s Monsanto turned its efforts toward agriculture. How many years will it take for cancer and other harmful diseases to take such a spike before the food industry or we, the people, manifest an outcry? Eating clean and eating organic is the start to better health. Click here to read my WHOLE 30 adventure. Read the full article on Spokane vs. Monsanto here: Spokane, WA Sues Monsanto
Reading Labels for Gluten
Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration does not require manufacturers to disclose all gluten in foods? Only wheat is disclosed, which leaves out barley, rye, kamut, spelt, and triticale, which makes label reading a bit like detective work. Click here to know how to clearly read gluten-free labels: How to Identify Gluten on Food Labels.
A Gluten Sensor That Identifies Gluten in Your Food
Did you know that graduated students from MIT have created a pocket-size sensor that will detect if there is gluten in your food? The little unit, known as NIMA, is a slick little device that uses a test strip to dip in your food. Once the test strip is placed into NIMA, it analyzes it for gluten. If it shows less than 20ppm, eat with the level of caution you normally do when dining out. The unit will cost around $150 but may be worth it by keeping your mind and body at ease knowing the food you are eating is safe.