Are You Sweet On GMOs?
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with the polar vortex still slamming most of the country with unseasonably cold weather, what better time is there to snuggle up to your loved ones?
If you’re planning something special for this year’s Valentine’s Day, take a moment to consider organic, non-GMO alternatives instead of the usual box of Russell Stover chocolates or those chalky conversation hearts.
Why? Sugar is often sourced from genetically modified crops. Corn and sugar beets are two of the most common GMO commodity crops grown in the US, making up 88% of corn and 95% of sugar beets grown on American soil. As many of you already know, corn and sugar beets are used to produce high fructose corn syrup and processed sugars. Besides having the usual environmental and social implications that come along with GMOs–Sierra Club just named GMO corn as one of the five foods killing the planet–HFCS and processed sugars are simply unhealthy. With strong links to risk factors that increase the likelihood of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and even stroke, a spoonful of sugar is not as harmless as Big Food would like us to believe. In moderation, sugar can be part of a healthy diet – but it’s the “secret” sugars and the GMOs that have got to go.
You’d think these ingredients are limited to junk foods, but these sugars can be found in everything, including your breakfast.
Take Honey Nut Cheerios, for example – America’s #1 cereal. It contains 9 times the amount of sugar in original Cheerios, making it the logical next step for General Mills when it comes to meeting consumer demand for more non-GMO options.
In desserts, sugar from genetically modified sources becomes even harder to avoid. Thankfully, there are companies out there that provide organic, non-GMO options that you can feel good about indulging in.
So for this year’s Valentine’s Day, from breakfast-in-bed to dessert-for-two, support sustainable companies that respect people and the planet.
Click here to sign the petition asking General Mills to remove GMOs from Honey Nut Cheerios. If you really want to let General Mills know that you’re ready to break up with GMOs, click here to post on the Cheerios Facebook Page.
Here are a few suggestions for your Valentine’s Day alternatives:
Call me crazy, but ice cream should be enjoyed year-round! Coconut Bliss is a dairy-free, soy-free, certified-organic (therefore non-GMO), and Fair Trade option that comes in a variety of amazing flavors.
Introduced as one of the first fair-trade chocolate bars in the UK in the late ’90s, Divine Chocolate is now a worldwide brand with a passion for providing high-quality and ethical sweets. Divine Chocolate is a farmer-owned co-op.
Started in 1986, Equal Exchange works with farmer co-ops to provide economically just and environmentally-conscious coffee, tea, chocolate, and more. Equal Exchange is even offering a 15% discount on Valentine’s Day chocolate hearts for GMO Insiders with the coupon code LOVEFARMERS. Offer expires 2/15/2014 or while supplies last.
Alter Eco principle #1: Whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. Alter-Eco chocolate is perfect for your Valentine, but their other products such as sustainably sourced rice and quinoa, are good year-round.
All Mama Ganache products are 100% organic and fair-trade. If you buy Mama Ganache ‘fundraising’ chocolate, $0.25 from each bar goes to Project Hope and Fairness, a non-profit that works directly with cocoa farmers and promotes fair trade practices.