Environmental Working Group

I’m sharing this email that came through from the Environmental Working Group today to help them reach their goal of 50,000 signatures to stop Dow from releasing Enlist Duo, a toxic weed killer mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate to be used on millions of acres of genetically engineered crops. Dow has asked the EPA to allow this, and Environmental Working Group (an advocacy group to help protect our crops, water supplies, land and animals) is working to prevent this from happening. 

Please take a moment to sign their petition and help support a great cause. Thank you!


Environmental Working Group


I’ve got good news and bad news.

The bad news: Dow Chemical Co. asked the Environmental Protection Agency for permission to sell Enlist Duo, a toxic weed killer mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate to be used on millions of acres of genetically engineered crops. If approved, this dangerous new herbicide cocktail would wreak havoc on human and environmental health.

The good news: It’s not too late to stop it. The EPA is still seeking comments from the public before it makes its final decision, but that window closes on June 30. We’re so close to our goal of 50,000 signatures – we just need 18,000 more.

Just one minute of your time could help tip the scales in favor of safer food and the environment – we need you to take action today.

Click here to stand with EWG and tell the EPA to deny Dow’s application to use Enlist Duo, a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate, on genetically engineered crops!

Researchers have linked exposure to 2,4-D to higher likelihoods of developing thyroid, immune system and reproductive problems, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease. Widespread use would affect dozens of endangered species and potentially contribute to further decline of honeybees and other beneficial insects. Simply put, there’s too much at risk not to act.

Sign EWG’s petition right now: Tell the EPA to deny Dow’s application for Enlist Duo containing 2,4-D and glyphosate for use on genetically engineered crops.

Thank you for taking action,

Mary Ellen Kustin
Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Working Group


In this hilarious “New Rules” segment Bill Maher takes on GMOs and the food supply.

This is a must watch video for anyone who cares about our food supply. Or who’s concerned about why we’re eating horse meat. Or why our fish supply is riddled with mercury and other chemicals.  Or who just appreciates a hilarious skit a’la Bill Maher.

When describing why Prop 37 made sense to pass, he comments “your Chilean Sea Bass is neither Chilean, nor bass, nor from the sea.” Better yet, when blasting Californians for destroying the Prop 37 Initiative last year which required GMO labeling, he quips “Label GMO’s? Nah, GMO’s… TMI!”



From war to GMOs, Woody Harrelson shares his thoughts on what life today is really about. He talks about our penchant towards technology, lack of personal connection, how government controls our people, how big business – like Monsanto and Dupont – control our food supply, slowly polluting us all. “An endless stream of people move like ants on the freeways…In money we trust we’ll find happiness… War is the biggest money maker of all. We all know missile envy only comes from being small.”

Take time to slow down, watch this video and share.

Here’s hoping you saved yourself some cash at the grocery store after reading yesterday’s post. Today I’ll give you more cost-cutting advice including my secret on how to save money AND get your kids eating more veggies. I will also share with you some of my tips on savvy label-reading so you won’t get gypped.


  • Herbs. Houseplants and I don’t get along very well. I have just recently kept my first one alive for over a year and I’m thrilled (as is the plant). So when someone gave me a pot of herbs for my backyard, I worried those little herbs were doomed. I stuck it in a sunny spot and watered it a bit from time to time and those suckers grew by leaps and bounds. I was totally stunned. In an effort to save yourself the $2-3 per small bunch of organic basil, dill or thyme you find at the store: try your own hand at it. You will be amazed at the abundance you’ll have just outside your backdoor.
  • Veggies. Another great option is to grow organics at home with assistance from aeroponic growers like the Tower Garden. The range of your favorite vegetables, herbs and fruits! you can grow at home is amazing.

A veggie bonus tip: My kids now water the robust pot of herbs in our backyard. What I’ve come to discover is that I can serve almost any food in the world to my kids, and if it involves something that came out of our pot of our herbs, they will taste it. This is especially true if they got to harvest the herbs and sprinkle them on our chicken or asparagus themselves. The reason ? They’re curious. They are dying to know what they’ve helped create.


  • Produce. If you can’t afford to buy your produce 100% organic, rely on the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen” —foods that contain the highest levels of pesticides—as your go-to reference for must-buy organics. Apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, and spinach top the list. To confirm that your produce actually is organic, check the sticker number on your produce. The number should begin with a “9”.
  • Chicken and pork. Watch out for sexy labels. Do not pay more for chicken or pork that says “hormone free” on it. The U.S. prohibits growth hormones to be used in chickens or pigs so all of their meats are “hormone free” except for what is naturally-occurring.
  • Eggs. Pastured eggs are a beautiful thing. When chickens are able to feed on bugs and worms instead of corn and soy or animal by-products, the fats you get from eating their eggs are filled with healthy omega-3s. But a word to the wise, the terms “cage-free” and “free-range” are very loosely enforced. In fact, you may use these terms on your packaging if your chickens have access to the outside. In some cases, this means there is a small door available for them to go in and out of. What does that mean ? When it’s your birthday you get to be put outside? I don’t know. My advice to you is to get to know your eggs. Some eggs that say “pastured” are, in fact, pastured eggs. My favorites are Vital Farms Eggs. You can find them at Whole Foods.

So good luck my conscious-consumers and please share with us below your tips for getting more bang for your organic buck.