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Safe Cosmetics for Frugal Shoppers

Stacy Malkan  |  Earth Day 2014 

moneyHow can I invest in my values and my health by buying safe products from companies I trust, without breaking the bank?

I’ve happily discovered, what’s best for my body and the planet is often best for my budget too. It just takes some holistic accounting; spend money on good food and nontoxic products and offset any extra cost by leaving behind all the unnecessary toxic stuff I don't need made by companies I don't trust. 

In this way, I spend far less money than I used to on products that are better for my health, my conscience and the planet. Here are some tips:

Less is more — Companies spend tons of money trying to make us think we need a different cleaning product for every room in the house, a different lotion for every part of our bodies, and expensive skin creams to make us look years younger. What they don't tell us is that those $100 face creams contain chemicals that are…

3 Actions for the Food is Love Revolution

Stacy Malkan  |  February 2014

bee loveThere's a seat at the table for you at the Food is Love Revolution. Are you in?  

I say “food is love” because in my family, especially for the women, preparing and offering food is the deepest expression of love. It’s how we connect and share ourselves. What happens to our food is as personal as it gets. 

That's why it matters that corporations are changing the DNA of our most important food crops for profit, in ways that can't be undone.

And it's why I believe the Food Revolution is unstoppable -- it’s based in love, not fear. It’s rooted in possibilities for creating a healthy food system that feeds the world without harm. 

Thanks to all who joined the GMOs What You Need to Know online conference. Nearly 10,000 registrants and so many great comments on the blog,…

Connect with Our Experts: GMO Resources on Science, Politics, Ecology

Stacy Malkan  |  February 2014

Please comment on this post below and share your thoughts at #GMOtalk! Thanks to our 9,500 registrants!

whose responsibleWhat’s going on with GMOs in our food? I was inspired to create the GMOs What You Need to Know virtual conference because it’s getting harder to find unbiased information about GMOs in the media. 

Why? As Monsanto’s director of communications Phil Angell told Michael Pollan in 1998, “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 1992 policy on GMO foods…

Scientists Discuss GMO Concerns

Press Release, Jan. 27 — Scientists with deep knowledge of genetic engineering discuss their concerns about the technology in a virtual conference now available for purchase, “GMOs: What You Need to Know.” Topics include GMOs and pesticides, warning signs in the science, the unintended consequences of genetic manipulation and why GMO labeling is urgent. 

  • Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist, Pesticide Action Network, has 14 years experience working in Asia and Africa developing farmer field schools in ecological pest management, sustainable agriculture and community-based rural development projects. “GMOs and the Pesticide Treadmill”
  • Michael Hansen, PhD, senior scientist, Consumers Union. Dr. Hansen represents Consumers International at Codex Alimentarius, the food safety standard setting body of WHO/FAO. “The Science of GMOs and Unintended Consequences”
  • Thierry Vrain, PhD, soil biologist and genetic engineer, as former head of Agriculture…

Did You Eat Monsanto’s Pesticide GMO Sweet Corn This Summer?

Stacy Malkan  |  First appeared in Civil Eats | November 2013 

monsanto-corn-blogAs we were roasting sweet corn over our barbecues this past summer, we wanted to know: Was this the same corn on the cob we'd been eating all our lives, or was it a new type of corn genetically engineered by Monsanto to contain pesticides and tolerate herbicides?

Until now, Monsanto's genetically modified organisms (GMO) have been commodity crops for processed food and animal feed. Very few GMO fresh foods are in stores — just papaya from Hawaii and a little bit of squash. While Syngenta has offered GMO sweet corn for about a decade, most farmers opted not to grow it.

But the DNA of sweet corn is changing. In 2011, Monsanto began selling seeds for its first direct-consumption vegetable product, a "stacked trait" sweet corn genetically engineered with two Bt-toxin genes that make the corn an insecticide,…