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We are on the verge of winning the fight to eradicate GMOs (Genetic Modified Organisms) from the U.S. food supply. A California ballot initiative has been launched that requests a mandatory GMO labeling requirement in place. This, one would hope, would result in nearly all U.S. food producers discontinuing the use of GMOs to avoid the embarrassment (and cost) of having to print GMOs on their labels. This would be amazing!

So what is a GMO?

A general definition of a GMO is when a small piece of genetic material such as DNA from one type of organism is artificially inserted into another organism. This is not the same practice of growing hybrid plants where you cross a red flower with a white flower and get pink flowers. Genetic material is the “blueprint” for how an organism is created. For example, a person’s DNA will determine the color of their eyes and their sex. Every living organism has its own unique set of genetic material. Mother Nature has safeguards in place to prevent cross over of genetic material between species. This is why hummingbirds do not have flower petals growing from their heads.

Actually this is what has happened with some of our food crops. Monsanto has inserted the Bt gene from a bacterium into corn (two different species) to make it resistant to Round Up (an herbicide). This allows Round Up to be heavily sprayed on the corn without killing it, yet killing all other plants around it. Similar genetic modifications have also happened with soybeans, canola, cotton (think cottonseed oil), and sugar beets. These GMO foods were introduced into the American food supply in 1996. Due to heavy lobbying by the big agriculture companies, products that contain GMO ingredients do not currently have to be labeled.

So why label? There is strong evidence to suggest that GMO’s are contributing to the rise in food sensitivities and allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, certain cancers, autism, environmental allergies, and other chronic illnesses. Not only do GMO’s impact our health, but they also negatively affect crops, insects, fish, birds, and livestock. Click on the link below to Sign the Petition to President Obama for MEANINGFUL GMO labeling!

The Organic Consumers Association is trying to get 1 million people to sign their petition to help pass a Truth in Labeling Law which would require that GMO foods be labeled. For more information on this issue or to get more involved visit:

About Karen Roth

Hi. My name is Karen Roth, and I’m a Holistic Nutritionist. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… quick, hide the food; the snack police is here! No need to panic. I describe myself as a “practical” nutritionist, one who doesn’t go to extremes one way or the other and understands that life is challenging enough without having to torture yourself by cutting out many of the things you enjoy. Most of us have limited time to shop for food and to cook healthier meals. And a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to what and how we all eat. Trust me, I get it.

In my early years out of college when I was bartending, my eating and drinking habits were anything but healthy. But, then you grow up and start thinking about the bigger picture and listening more to what your body is telling you. My pre-nutritionist days were on the corporate treadmill where stress and snacking at the desk was part of my daily routine. Never enough hours in the day and proper eating was always at the bottom of my list.

It wasn’t until I broke my jaw in a freak accident that my food life really changed. When you’re wired shut for two months and denied the food you need for your very existence, you begin to look at the world a little differently. When I healed myself, primarily by creating my own foods I could sip through a straw, I decided to pursue something that was always of interest to me… nutrition. Pulling the plug on the corporate treadmill, I went back to school for three years to get my Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I then opened a practice in Valencia, California, and I’m pleased to say that over the years I have helped so many people improve the quality of their lives by helping them make simple changes in their diets and lifestyle.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tasteless, and it is my intention to bring you practical tips each week on how to fit in nutrition one bite at a time. In addition to being practical, I’m also positive so you don’t have to worry that I am going to be Debby Downer and tell you that everything you put in your mouth is going to kill you. Instead, I will offer you easy to implement, simple strategies to help you improve your health. I’ll be introducing new foods (that taste good – because I don’t eat anything that tastes like sawdust or is unappetizing) and new habits that are realistic. I hope you’ll join me as a regular reader and together we’ll build the healthier you with FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

(Karen Roth, MS, NC is a graduate of Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition training program. She helps her clients to take control of their health with foods choices that best support their specific health condition and specific metabolic type and believes that every ill health condition can benefit and possibly improve from a solid foundation of healthy foods choices. Visit her website at

  • Amy Pearson

    Organic foods remain an area of growth even
    with the rising cost of grocery items and tougher economic times. Turns out
    organic cooking is really not that complicated once you know a few basics. In
    fact, it’s way easier and healthier.