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Are We Making Progress?

03/16/2015 04:41 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT

It's not like I want to give credit to huge retailers and big food for making change, and I'm certainly not advocating for anyone to start eating fast food, or shopping big box before local indie. But sometimes, a cluster of announcements, no matter how small on their own, give me some hope -- hope for change, hope that our voices are being heard, and our spending trends and demands matter.

So, let the following show that we are making a difference together, and inspire us to keep at it. But please, let's not put a halo over these retailers and chains...they are still not part of the solution, they are just struggling to be less of a problem for now! Let's applaud them, and keep this momentum and trend up. Let's demand more, and keep buying, supporting and eating what we know is great for us.

Just some of the announcements over the past days:

Dunkin' Donuts is removing titanium dioxide from their donuts

Costco is cutting antibiotics from its meat

McDonald's is cutting the use of antibiotics in its chicken products

Loblaws is starting to sell ugly fruit

Burger King kicks soda off its kids' menu

Coke is lowering its sugar levels

Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway and Kroger agreed to stop selling genetically modified fish

Hershey claims they will be gmo-free by end of the year

Target to double organics, immediately

I encourage you to also read "What Nestle's Decision to Dump Food Dyes Says About the Movement" by Robyn O'Brien. "Real food sells" -- let's eat as much of it as we can -- it's good for us in every way.

Let's all question everything we purchase and eat, get to know our food and our food system, and create our own rules, on our own terms based on what feels right to us. These are the food rules that feel right for me.