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OUR FOOD SUPPLY

ENDANGERING BUTTERFLIES

Through the years, SISTERS ONLINE has reported on the death of honey bees, but not so much on the deaths of butterflies. We have done a little research and now need to report on butterflies as well.

Butterflies are known as underdog pollinators. Bees are the main pollinators, but butterflies pollinate many different plant populations worldwide as well. They collect pollen and nectar on their long legs and feed themselves and other plants' seeds too.

Like bees, butterflies are being killed by insecticides and pesticides, mainly neonicotinoids.

To change this, policymakers in your community are being asked to increase taxes on harmful neonicotinoids and lower taxes on mint, hot pepper, and garlic-based insecticides. The smell of these sprays are detected by the bees/butterflies and they avoid them thus saving them from harm.

Please encourage your lawmakers to tax neonicotinoids on a higher basis than the alternatives listed above. Also, when you visit garden centers, ask them if their sprays include neonicotinoids. If they do, encourage them to discontinue these sprays or you will go elsewhere for your garden needs.

Thanks for getting involved. Butterflies are not only beautiful, we need them. Lets not forget that!

TELL YOUR GROCERY STORE--NO TO GMO APPLES

GMO apples are in some grocery stores around the country. The company that makes them, Intrexon, is doing trial runs right now. If the trial is successful, the apples will be in more and more stores as time goes on. We don't want this to happen. Here are the reasons for our thinking.

The first GMO apple, called Arctic Apple, is engineered to not turn brown when cut. As you are probably aware, there are much healthier ways to keep apples from turning brown, eg: using lemon juice. Arctic Apple is not necessary.

This GMO apple looks fresh, but they really aren't. More and more pesticides are being used to make them look that way. You probably know that pesticides have negative health impacts on those who consume them. Pesticides also take their toll on the environment as well. Basically, the only one who stands to benefit from GMO apples like Arctic Apple is Intrexon, the synthetic biology company that owns it. The Arctic Apple also is not labeled as a GMO apple.

The only way you can know if your grocery store is stocking this apple is to ask the produce manager of your store. Please get involved in this endeavor to keep the apple out of your store by voicing your concern. Not doing so will mean more such apples in your store as well as other GMO products down the line, eg: salmon.

Please ask to speak with your produce manager when you shop. Ask him/her:

Are the apples in this store the GMO Arctic Apples?

Will you be stocking them in the future?

Express your displeasure if you are, in fact, displeased! Get others to do the same.

Thanks for your help in this endeavor!

FOOD WASTE IN THE UNITED STATES

Americans waste so much food . . . 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted. Many people are now working to change that statistic. Will you contact your elected officials and tell them that you care about the food system in the U.S. and support action to make it stronger whether it be with regard to food waste, labeling, GMOs, or any piece of legislation that aims to make the food system healthier and more sustainable.

Food policy experts are paying attention to consumers (and legislators) who let them know they are unhappy with the current waste stats and so many people, including children, in the U.S. who are going to bed hungry at night. We must do better.

Many of us understand the connections between food, health, and the environment. We understand that children do better in school when they are not hungry or when they are not worrying about where their next meal will come.

Please get involved in the food issue by contacting your elected officials on your local level or on the federal level. Food waste is huge, labelling is out of date, GMOs are unsafe. There is so much to work on in the food industry.


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4--Number of 8-oz. cups of coffee that is safe to drink a day, according to a scientific review of more than 400 coffee-related studies conducted from 2001 to 2015.

--U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he will roll back part of a healthy school-lunch initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Restrictions on salt will be weakened, and schools in certain states will be allowed to serve fewer whole grains.

--40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted; 133 billion pounds of food is wasted per year. (Change.org)

2030--The year in which, if current rates continue, 49% of Americans will be obese.