Gmos

How the Candy Witch Can Revolutionize Halloween

Rachel Parent | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.

How My Family Celebrates a Healthier Halloween

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

In reality, Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. From the toxic candy, to the phthalate-laced costumes and the insane amount of waste generated, it's challenging to consider it good, clean fun. Thankfully there are a few things we can do to make sure our kids don't hate us, and our neighbours, family and friends don't ridicule us.

Canada, You Have Two Days Left To Tell Health Canada to Label GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

It is not too late to exercise your democratic rights and voice your opinions. I may not be old enough to vote in the polls yet, but I am definitely old enough to vote at the cash register. I have also had the honour and privilege to speak with thousands and thousands of people across Canada about GMOs, and it's pretty clear.

The Government Needs to Get Serious About GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

As you may already know, I've been on a mission to meet Canada's Health Minister, Rona Ambrose in person to discuss the important and urgent issue of GMO labeling. To date, I've sent her three letters via courier, and received absolutely no response. Below is the third letter that I sent her.

How Probiotics Could Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe value of good germs has been known for decades. This was epitomized last month when an international group of researchers illustrated how the use of genetically modified probiotics could prevent chronic disease. Using only a specifically designed bacterium, they could prevent obesity in mice giving them a healthier life.

All the Questions You Should Ask at the Farmers' Market

Lisa Borden | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

There's nothing better than shopping at a farmers' market. The benefits are endless. But, as anywhere, buyers beware! Take the opportunity to buy the freshest, most local organic goods, and make sure you know what you are buying, who your money is going to, and what you are supporting. Just a few questions we all need to be asking our farmers (before we say "thank you").

Why I Changed My Stance On Eating Organic Food

Abby Langer | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Of course, the reasonable side of me remains a bit conflicted, because the price of buying organic food for 5 people is extraordinary (organic foods cost around 20 per cent more than conventional). So I buy organic when I can, and when I think it's worthwhile. Organic grain products, and most fruits and vegetables: good. Organic milk? Not necessary, because in Canada, there are no hormones or antibiotics in the milk.

Become a Citizen Scientist and Help Save Monarch Butterflies

David Suzuki | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Monarch butterflies are in trouble, their numbers drastically reduced. Experts and others are calling on citizen scientists -- and politicians -- to help. We can only hope our leaders live up to their commitment,. But we can also become citizen scientists to help monarchs survive.

Don't Apologize For Eating What Feels Right To You

Lisa Borden | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

I avoid GMOs and those who promote and serve GMOs. There is no way that I knowingly want to put those ingredients into my body, my friends or family's bodies, and I certainly do not want to support Monsanto. I trace my food back to where it came from. This makes me feel good, and also makes me feel confident in all other principles I have listed as above.

Organic or Gimmick? What You Need to Know About Organic Foods

Dain Wallis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Ah, organic foods. Mysterious and pretentious. Some people swear by organic foods to avoid the "hidden dangers" of conventional products, whereas others completely ignore anything organic, equating the term organic with expensive. But what does "organic" even mean, and is eating organic better for you?

WATCH: Teen Challenges Ambrose To GMOs Debate

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Impact

Teen activist Rachel Parent has challenged Health Minister Rona Ambrose to a debate on genetically-modified foods. During the March Against Monsan...

What It's Like to Be a 14-Year-Old Activist

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Hi, my name is Rachel Parent. I'm 14 years old and just started high school in Toronto. People ask me all the time, "What's it like to be a child activist?" Well, it definitely keeps you busy. Insanely busy! But I love it! It's so much fun and you feel so good because you're doing good for the world.

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Empowers Corporations -- and Disempowers Us

Mark Taliano | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Taliano

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is yet another corporate empowering deal that is being negotiated behind firmly closed doors, in various countries throughout the world. Not only is public input not welcome, but even the pretense of public participation has been lifted.

SavvyMom Roundup: GMOs, Music Apps and an Anonymous Letter

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The Google blackout, child advocates, an app to help you focus, bookshelves and ignorance. Those were a few things that caught my attention, and maybe yours too, this week.

Biohackers Are Kickstarting Some Unregulated Experiments

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Business
L. Jim Thomas

Three biohackers from California have hijacked the Kickstarter machinery -- they have made Kickstarter the conduit for a nationwide release of untested, unregulated and unmonitored bioengineered organisms.

What I Learned This Week: How to Modify Your Perception

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada
Andy Nulman

Right now, in an effort at consumer education for best health practices, many restaurants are providing calorie count info on their menus. The end result is that people still aren't ordering fewer calories...in fact, some order an extra glass of wine to help them forget just how many they are consuming.

Something Fishy?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business

UNDATED, - Almost 30,000 comments have poured into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about Canadian genetically modified salmon since the agency a...

Seedless Fruits and Vegetables Don't Do Us Any Favours

Josh Gitalis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

Seeds contain the book of life. They have all of the genetic information necessary to create a new life. But what happened to all of the seeds? One word... convenience. We have bred our foods to make them more convenient by eliminating the most important part of the food.

Agriculture Misconceptions Run Rampant, But I'm Here To Change That

Teresa Falk | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Teresa Falk

In the last several years I have become more and more aware of how disconnected the average consumer is from agriculture. Most people are now living in urban centres and have no connection to the farm. This stranger was a perfect example of this. He had many questions and many misconceptions about modern agriculture.

How Canadians Became Mice in a GMO Study

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Nydia Dauphin

Last week, a ground-breaking study revealed that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) pose a serious threat to our health. Among the obvious stingers of these findings lies the fact that one of the GMO crops used during this study, the Monsanto NK603, has been allowed in the Canadian food system by Health Canada since 2001. How did our government allow us to become the mice of Monsanto's own experiments?