Earth Fare’s Boot Challenge

This morning on Facebook I saw a coupon for a chocolate bar exchange, Earth Fare called it, “Take the Boot Challenge.”

They asked, “How much do you know about the food you’re eating and the wellness products you’re using daily? Come back every month for a new Boot Challenge!  Which chocolate bar, based on its ingredients, would you boot.”  Well, I got really excited, until I read the ingredient list…

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MYSTERY CHOCOLATE BAR A

Ingredients:Milk Chocolate (Chocolate Liquor, Milk, Unbleached Water-Filtered Beet Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Lactose, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla).

MYSTERY CHOCOLATE BAR B

Ingredients:Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Milk Fat, Lactose, Soy Lecithin, PGPR, Vanillin, Artificial Flavor, Milk.

That’s when things got interesting… So, I posted to Earth Fare’s Facebook page:

“I was excited to see your coupon for the candy bar exchange, that is until I saw the ingredient list… Your chocolate bar might be “healthier,” but it still has GMO in it. So, it’s not HEALTHY.”

Earth Fare: Which ingredient are you referring to? These bars contain no known GMOs….

Annette M. Hall: got a link? I can’t find it.

Earth Fare:  You’re referring to the Boot Challenge, correct?
http://www.earthfare.com/EarthFareVersion2/Home/What-You-Eat/TheBootChallenge.aspx

Annette M. Hall: Filtered Beet Sugar – it’s my understanding that most beet sugar is GMO and Soy Lecithin. Neither of these say they used organic materials.

A chocolate bar exhibiting chocolate bloom (li...

A chocolate bar exhibiting chocolate bloom

Earth Fare: Since GMOs are not labeled there is no way to tell for sure if it contains GMOs or not. Unfortunately we can only read what is on the label. On that note, we are all for the labeling of GMOs and encourage all of our customers to contact their local government about the labeling of GMOs. I’ll pass along your concern to our grocery team so they can do some more research.

Annette M. Hall: Thank you!

Amy Scott-Lundy: Is the boot challenge coupon still good?

Annette M. Hall:  Yes, it’s still good but be aware this item does contain GMO.

Genetically modified sugar beets make up 95 percent of the crop in the U.S. Farmers who grow sugar beets say there isn’t enough conventional sugar beet seed around anymore, and they no longer have the field equipment necessary to clear weeds from their fields. — NPR

Earth Fare: You can’t say for sure that it contains GMOs. If we knew for sure it would NOT be on our shelves. Thanks!

Annette M. Hall: I can tell you, it has GMO ingredients.

Earth Fare: Haha – ok Maybe you should come work for us and tell us about all the other non-labeled GMOs in our store!

Annette M. Hall: I’m sorry, either it is organic or NOT and I’ve been doing my homework. I am not going to lie for you or anyone. sugar beets – GMO Soy Lecithin – GMO Sorry. [Non GMO Project – Verified Products]

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Earth Fare: Actually, to call something “organic” it only has to be 95% organic…so technically even some organic items could contain GMOs. That’s why it’s a problem.

Annette M. Hall: While 95% may be the “legal” definition of organic, it certainly isn’t the “moral” definition – and any company who values the organic market would do well to remember that.

This is a problem for me.

Obviously, I’m not going to buy any of Earth Fare’s products, because “You can’t say for sure that it contains GMOs.”

This is the attitude they have, oh well, sorry, “to call something “organic” it only has to be 95% organic.”

That’s NOT good enough!

I actually, stopped every girl scout I saw out selling girl scout cookies.  I told them, I’m sorry, but they have GMO in them.  I can’t eat them, without getting sick. I guess I’m just supposed to go hungry.  I’ll write more about my medical issues tomorrow.  You won’t believe it.

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McDonald’s: Food not fit to eat!

I wrote the following letter to McDonald’s Restaurants…

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French fries currently sold at restaurant of McDonald’s Co.

I just finished reading: Food Babe Investigates: How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients Banned in Other Countries

Look closely at the ingredients in McDonald’s french fries at the link above. Do you see how the french fries in the U.K. version are basically just potatoes, vegetable oil, a little sugar and salt? How can McDonald’s make french fries with such an uncomplicated list of ingredients all over Europe, but not over here? Why do McDonald’s french fries in the U.S. have to have TBHQ, trans fat and a “anti-foaming” agents? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the last time I checked I didn’t think Americans liked foam with their fries either!

The anti-foaming agent “dimethylpolysiloxane” is a type of silicone used in caulks and sealants and as a filler for breast implants. It’s also the key ingredient in silly putty.

Thanks FDA for allowing companies to put silly putty in our french fries. Seriously this is out of control.

Thanks a lot. What are you trying to do to us? I am sick to death of being abused and taken advantage of by your company. I will no longer eat McDonald’s until you change your food policies… like what is IN THERE.

You should be shot for treason and crimes against humanity.

I don’t even think they read my email.  This is the response I get back from them.

Thank you for contacting McDonald’s. I appreciate this opportunity to share some information with you about our menu items.

We care about what you and your family eat. That’s why we take great pride in the quality of our food. Since our first restaurant was built, we have purchased quality ingredients from trusted, industry-leading brands. We also carefully monitor our products, distribution and storage procedures; and use state-of-the-art computerized preparation methods in our restaurants. Not only do we meet government standards, but in many cases, we exceed them with our own strict quality control.

Every day, in every one of our restaurants around the world, our family promises to serve a quality meal every time to your family…we call it our quality promise. We don’t think of quality as an extra ingredient that gets added on whenever it’s called for. It’s the main ingredient – an irreplaceable element in every recipe.

For further information on our top quality food items, please visit our web site at www.mcdonalds.com for food related inquires.

Again, thank you to taking the time to contact us and we look forward to serving you again soon under the Golden Arches.

Caroline
McDonald’s Customer Response Center
ref#:9684771

Please take the time to write McDonald’s a letter and tell them what you think of the crap they are putting in our food.  Unless they feel the heat, they aren’t going to act.

Additional Reading:

Food Babe Investigates: Is Subway Real Food?

How food companies exploit American’s with Ingredients banned in other countries

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Eco-Responsible Wedding Flowers

With summer wedding season around the corner, many couples are deciding to go eco-chic with a green wedding by carefully planning ways to decrease the impact of their celebration on the planet.

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Flowering Feijoa

Did you know that over half of the florists in the U.S. use imported flowers that are sprayed with pesticides and fungicides?

Not only can these chemicals be harmful to your health, they also contaminate waterways and drinking supplies. Using local, seasonal and organic flowers that are never sprayed with toxic chemicals, lowers fuel consumption and is often less costly than ordering exotic species, which must be shipped – an ideal choice for an eco-chic wedding.  

EcoFlowers is the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic wholesale floral products. All flowers are grown in a manner that is not only environmentally friendly but also provides outstanding life enhancement programs for its farm workers and artisans.

EcoFlowers partners with select flower farms in California, Ecuador and Columbia. All of its wholesale flower farms follow stringent growing practices which are monitored by multiple certification agencies and associations. When you purchase a collection of flowers from EcoFlowers, you are helping to improve the life of a flower farm worker, their family and the local floral community while still planning the wedding of your dreams.

Selection ranges from roses, callas, tulips, gerbs, hyacinths, sunflowers, alstromeria and blue irises. All products are certified eco-friendly.

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