Hurray! Non-GMO Foods Are Here To Stay

September 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

non-gmoBefore your dinner ends up on your plate, be aware that the different food items you will be eating have gone through an extensive process of production and delivery. In the quest to produce crops and livestock that have enhanced qualities, technology and scientific experimentation increased the nutritional content and  improved their resistance to herbicide and other chemicals. , This has given rise to genetically modified organisms or GMOs. These GMOs have become a part of the American food chain, causing growing concern among consumers who are worried about their potential effects on health.

According to experts, up to 70% of commercially-sold processed foods in the United States contain genetically modified ingredients, the most common of which are maize, soybeans, grapeseed oil, and cotton. The U.S. is also the top producer of genetically modified crops in the world. Public awareness about GMOs and their consumption remains low, however. But how did we get to this point where it’s almost impossible for anyone to avoid the consumption of GM foods? A very informative article which you can read on this website gives a systematic look back on how GMOs started.

Proponents of GMOs contend that technology has helped to make crops more resistant to drought and other weather patterns, and also less prone to diseases and pests. This translates to higher yields and a more stable food supply. However, there are also worries about toxins, allergens, and other potentially dangerous elements that may be introduced to food because of these GMOs, and critical changes to the nutritional content of the crop.

In the U.S., the responsibility of overseeing GMOs and their integration into the food supply would be under the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture. For the most part, however, restrictions and regulations for GMOs are very lenient; in fact, food companies are not required to indicate GMOs or genetically modified ingredients in food labels.

The U.S. government generally considers GMOs to be safe for human consumption, based on industry tests that compared genetically modified foods with non-genetically modified foods. The FDA released a statement in 1992 stating that they did not believe genetically modified foods to be different from other foods “in any meaningful or uniform way”. Even the American Medical Association has thrown its support behind GMO technology. It is interesting to note that the U.S. government’s stand on GMO foods differs sharply from that of the European Union’s, where genetically modified foods are strictly regulated and labeled.

For many American consumers, however, there is a growing desire to see more government regulation when it comes to the processing and use of biotech crops and ingredients, starting with clear labels and information. It is important for a growing percentage of Americans to be aware of GMO ingredients in the food items they buy, and to be able to make discerning choices. Organic food markets and retailers have grown in popularity especially among those who want safer, healthier choices.

Groups such as The Non-GMO Project have come up with lists of food items that have been verified to be completely free of genetically modified ingredients. Included are dairy products (Amande Cultured Almond Milk, Califia Farms products, Organic Valley soy products), baby foods (Beech-Nut, NurturMe), fruits and vegetables (Aunt Patty’s Organic Creamed Coconut, Backyard Farms Greenhouse Tomatoes, Dassi Family Farm products), and many more. Find out more about this non-profit organization from this page.

You can also be more proactive by using only ingredients that you know are GMO-free. For instance, protein shake powder can be used to make nutritious, energy-giving protein shakes with no genetically modified ingredients. The web is teeming with sites claiming to offer the healthy protein-based recipes, so make sure you look for the best protein shake recipes website that provides practical and easy-to-follow instructions coupled with only the healthiest ingredients.

How to Decrease Our Carbon Footprint

September 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

rainbowClimate change isn’t a myth anymore. It’s happening at this very moment, and it’s a phenomenon that is already starting to be felt by our generation. With all the altered weather patterns that cause disruptions to daily life, it’s worrisome to think how drastically it will affect the next.

One of the leading causes of this change is the carbon pollution caused by everyday human activities. The effects, such as devastating storms, melting icebergs and massive tornados might seem too large-scale for individuals to solve. Fortunately, there is a way to help.

One person alone cannot stop these cataclysmic events from happening, but there are a few steps you can take to help improve the Earth’s situation for future generations to come:

 

1. Unplug

It’s true that we can’t disconnect from our gadgets completely because they’re already necessary in our professions and in our way of communication. However, what you can do is make sure that once we finish charging, we unplug it out of the socket. If you leave it plugged while you aren’t using it, it still takes up energy that could be put to use somewhere else. You can even save up to $100 according to the US Department of Energy if you make it a habit to unplug unused chargers. You can read this article which main intention is to serve as a guide on how to compute for the amount of energy saved if you make it a habit to unplug.

 

2. Go For Public Transport

You can even carpool. The carbon dioxide emission in each car is so huge, that using one car instead of two or three can help save so much energy. Riding the train or bus to work will also lessen the number of cars on the road. Educate yourself more about the benefits of carpooling by visiting this page.

 

3. Choose Your Appliances

Much like telecommunications accessories, there are appliances we have in our home that are necessary to daily living. Unfortunately, some of them use a lot of energy. So if you’re choosing what to buy in the appliance store, pick energy-efficient appliances.

Adjusting thermostat can also save money on your electric bills, as well as turning it off when you’re not home. Put your curtains at use, too. Leave them open during cold days to let in sunlight, and close them at night to keep in the warmth.

 

4. Shop Online

How can shopping help the earth? Well, buying local, or shopping in cyberspace will. Think of how much energy is actually used with the transportation of your food from the farm, as well as when you go to different stores to shop. Solution: Buy from the nearby shops, or just call them. This is one way that you can minimize your fuel expenses. Delivery trucks make the most of their trips so you know they’re using their fuel efficiently.

Does your slow Internet connection make you wary of paying online? Do you experienceconnection issues with your phone? If you’re having trouble with your phone or Internet connection, you can call the Charter Customer Service Phone Number on this page for assistance. With customer service representatives available 24/7, you’re sure to have your connection issues resolved.

 

5. Plant a Tree

We don’t just mean that in the literal sense, but metaphorically as well. Yes you should participate in tree-planting activities that help our forests, because just one decade-old tree can support the oxygen needs of two human beings. However, saving the world is not a one-time thing. It is a lifetime of planting seeds of knowledge to the people you meet.

 

Inform others of the dangers of apathy. If there are more people who act now, there will be lesser people who suffer in the future.

These are just five steps you can take, but there are more ways to help. Take part in saving the world today, and ensure a happier tomorrow.

5 Wise Ways To Go Green

September 16, 2014 at 5:32 pm

gogreenThere is an increased awareness and focus among communities these days regarding switching to eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable products, practices, and methods. As scientists and researchers come up with more studies on the effects of climate change brought about by pollution and other human activities that harm the environment, organizations and governments are leading the way in taking action and achieving environment-friendly and sustainable changes.

At home, there are many opportunities for you and your family to make positive changes to your lifestyle and daily activities towards an eco-friendly residence. The changes can start with focusing on energy efficiency, an area that has a significant impact especially on carbon footprint in the environment. If you have not made the switch to compact flourescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED lights yet, consider doing this as soon as possible. LED bulbs and CFLs save energy and consume less electricity, but also provide brighter lighting. You will immediately notice the difference as well as the savings.

The simple habit of unplugging appliances and devices when not being used can do much to save energy consumed in your home and contribute to a more eco-friendly home. In many households, appliances such as computers, ovens, televisions, DVD players, home entertainment systems, coffeemakers, and others are plugged in throughout the day even when not being used. These appliances are consuming energy as long as they are plugged in even if not being used or in a low power or standby state, so unplug them when you can.

Switching to eco-friendly household cleaning products and solutions is another option that consumers should look into for a more environment-friendly home. Many of the chemicals in household cleaners, detergents, soaps, and air fresheners are toxic not only to the environment, but also have harmful effects to your body and your family’s health. The good news is there are plenty of safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives now sold by different retailers in stores or online. You can even search online for instructions on how to make your own household cleaning solutions that cost a fraction of commercial products.

gogreenfuelAnother simple way to be more environmentally responsible is to reduce fuel consumption. You can plan your trips accordingly so that more tasks or errands are accomplished in one driving trip rather than several trips to the same general destination. The whole family can sit down and figure out a schedule that maximizes fuel by bundling different destinations and errands into streamlined trips. Maintaining your vehicle’s optimum performance also helps reduce fuel consumption. Vehicle maintenance doesn’t have to cost a lot, you can get some Tires Plus coupons from this page and use them to avail of great car care services at discounted prices.

Recycling and reusing items minimizes waste and contributes much to ecological sustainability. Start with your old gadgets, devices, and appliances, which need to be disposed of properly instead of thrown in the trash bin. Look for recycling programs or services in your community specifically for e-waste. Of course, recycling efforts for bottles, plastic, and other reusable materials should be standard practice in your residence.

Look for ways to reuse clothing, accessories, and other everyday items instead of disposing of them right away. For example, clothes or toys that your children have outgrown may be given to neighbors, friends, or local charitable organizations. What you no longer need may be just the thing that another person will find useful.

Caare101 Spotlight #2: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

June 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Kellog Foundation LogoWill Kellogg retired in 1929 as president of the W. K. Kellogg Company. He remained as chairman of the board until 1946. During this time he became increasingly involved with philanthropic activities. As early as 1925, he had formed the Fellowship Corporation to foster agricultural training. In 1930 he established the W. K. Kellogg Child Welfare Foundation after having been named a delegate to the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection by President Herbert Hoover. The Child Welfare Foundation then became the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; it remains one of the leading charitable institutions in the United States, donating more than $4.5 billion dollars between 1930 and 2006. The foundation has continued to focus on children’s welfare; Kellogg strongly supported educating children and giving them the means to achieve independence and security because he believed the future of humanity depended upon it.

Kellogg spent his last years living mostly in California. He owned a horse ranch in Pomona and left this property to California State Polytechnic College for use as a campus. He was opposed to leaving his wealth to his children for fear that doing so would stifle their own ambition and independence. Kellogg died in Battle Creek on October 6, 1951.

Will Kellogg’s legacy is twofold. First, his creation of the wheat flake and then the cornflake transformed the way people in America and all around the world start the day. The cereal industry that grew up in Battle Creek began with Kellogg’s experiments at the sanitarium and soon expanded into the W. K. Kellogg Company. Today packaged breakfast foods can be found in nearly every kitchen in America and many other parts of the world. Over the years Kellogg expanded its offerings to include other convenience foods such as crackers, cookies, and meat substitutes. Among the company’s many brands are Keebler, Pop-Tarts, Cheez-It, Morningstar Farms, Famous Amos, Chips Deluxe, and Eggo. The company’s trademarked figures Tony the Tiger, Ernie Keebler, and others are among the most recognized characters in advertising.

Second, his philanthropic commitment led to one of the largest, most far-reaching charitable institutions in the world, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. With headquarters in Battle Creek, the foundation makes grants to programs and projects relating to health, agriculture, and education in an effort to help people around the world gain independence. Will Kellogg was in the vanguard of early-20th-century entrepreneurs who embraced philanthropy as a way to address society’s ills. His foundation served as a model for the great number of private charitable institutions that would appear across the United States in the economic boom years following the end of World War II in 1945.

Caare101 Spotlight #3: World Health Organization

June 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm

World Health OrgThe World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. With its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization has grown from 26 member countries in 1948 to more than 190 in 2003, improving health conditions on every continent of the earth. It functions under the aegis of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. The governing body of WHO is the World Health Assembly, which is composed of delegations from all member states. The assembly decides the policies, programs, and budget of the organization. It selects the countries that will place one member each on its twenty-four-member executive board, which oversees the programs and budget for the coming year. These plans are presented for approval by the director general, who, with a staff of two thousand, is responsible for conducting investigations and surveys.

The World Health Organization is divided into six regional subdivisions working in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the middle eastern Mediterranean, southeastern Asia, and the western Pacific. These regional organizations have headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark; Washington, D.C.; Brazzaville, Congo; Alexandria, Egypt; New Delhi, India; and Manila, the Philippines, respectively.

The regular budget is contributed directly to WHO by its member states. The United Nations also devotes many resources to the Fund for Technical Assistance to Underdeveloped Countries, of which a substantial part is for health work. Other financial sources are individual donations for promoting good health practices and eradicating malaria. Despite these incomes, there is a continual drain on funds because many underdeveloped countries cannot afford to pay for the drugs, vaccines, or technical medical assistance that they receive.

One of WHO’s enduring achievements has been to communicate to the world an understanding and acceptance of the idea of a common, basic list of drugs. The model Essential Drug List has been a powerful tool in providing scientific justification for the improvement of health standards and practices through publicity, workshops, and training in the developing world. The first list of essential drugs was published in 1977 and included 205 drugs; the list published in 1999 contained 306 preparations. Drugs are included based on recommendations of expert committees from both developing and developed countries. The committees consist of clinical pharmacologists, health officials, and university professors. The drugs are chosen for efficacy, safety, quality, and stability. By emphasizing generic agents, the list has stimulated international competition among drug suppliers and brought down prices—an important consideration since some countries spend 40 percent of their slim health budgets on drugs.

WHO concerns itself with the needs of those billions of people in the world who are still without regular access to the most basic drugs at the primary health care level. It seeks to establish equitable access to essential drugs for people. The organization has helped more than 90 percent of its member nations to develop a partly or fully developed essential drugs policy. The Essential Drug List is a valuable resource for countries trying to develop their own national lists. Changes have been made in the list for several reasons, including oversight or omission, accumulation of more conclusive evidence of the therapeutic advantages of various drugs, and changes in the perceived role of the list itself.

WHO attacks communicable diseases in every country through prevention, control, and treatment. The cornerstone of prevention and control is education. Public information is of crucial importance in controlling epidemics. Also vital to many populations is information on nutrition, breast-feeding, personal hygiene, cleanliness, and the use of safe water. Stress is placed on the public’s ability to play an important role in prevention and early detection. With full and accurate information, symptoms may be correctly interpreted and conditions correctly diagnosed, thus preventing the spread of disease.

Various WHO commissions continue working on projects to improve health standards. Efforts continue for increasing the number of trained medical personnel in many countries. Systems for selecting, procuring, storing, and distributing drugs and supplies more efficiently are continually being refined. WHO is cognizant of a global range of concerns, from promoting a healthy environment to revising guidelines for ethical conduct in research on an international level.