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GMOs

A dye-free future? We decide.

April 22, 2011

In the weeks since the FDA passed the buck on artificial food dyes, there’s been a lot of talk about the studies. Studies that elicit dismissive words like “inconclusive” and “inconsistent.” Or my favorite: “urban legends.” The FDA’s advisory panel, while weighing warning labels for foods containing fake dyes, did acknowledge ill effects in some kids with behavioral problems, and called for more research. […]

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The ABCs of GMOs:
Alfalfa, bureaucrats and a conversation with a kid

February 5, 2011

Talking GMOs with my 7-year-old: Me: “You know how cows eat grass?” Tess: “Uh, huh.” Me: “Well, some of that grass is made by scientists instead of by nature.” Tess: “How do they make it? Do they rip the plant or give it surgery?” Me: “Kind of. They put genes from bacteria into the grass cells. You remember what genes […]

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Let’s talk Girl Scout cookies

January 7, 2011

I was talking to a friend this past fall about Brownies. The Girl Scout kind. Her daughter had just joined a troop, and, remembering how much I’d loved camping and earning badges as a Girl Scout myself, I asked for details, thinking my daughter might like to join, too. I’d kind of forgotten about the cookies. Years ago, […]

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