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Natural Awakenings Space & Treasure Coast Florida

Food By the People and For the People

Jul 01, 2015 04:42PM ● By Kris Urquhart

My husband and boys are not inclined to just believe whatever I tell them, which is okay with me. I raised my kids to question things and think for themselves. My crew is passionate, logical, philosophical, and occasionally will engage in lively debate. Just recently I discovered that they didn’t know genetic engineering and traditional crossbreeding where intrinsically different. So when asked about Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) legislation they really didn’t have an opinion. However, when I presented them with my basic argument, “Don’t you have a right to know what is in your food and where it comes from?” It became clear to us that it really doesn’t matter how you feel about GMOs, there is no reason not to label our food appropriately.

In our feature article, Food Democracy, author Melinda Hemmelgarn tells us ““food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat.” I have been eating gluten-free for about a decade due to sensitivity. Being properly informed about what is in my food with regard to gluten has become second nature. Having food properly labeled and allowing citizens to make informed choices just makes sense to me.

In this issue we focus on food that is “by the people, for the people.” In addition to our feature article on how our food policies can make a stronger nation, you can find insight on GMOs in our Wise Words column [page 30]. In our Conscious Eating column discover how the food we eat has enormous effects on not just our health but on climate, water and soil resources. Enjoy tips for savvy cycling [page 28] and make sure your pet enjoys your vacation too [page 34]. Then discover how to tap into the field of infinite possibility on page 36. This month, I wish you a peaceful and enjoyable Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July!

Kris Urquhart, Publisher