This weekend, Bill Moyers Journal will focus on the issue of labeling genetically-modified foods (GMOs). Click here to read more about the Just Label It! campaign’s efforts to get Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to make labeling GMO foods mandatory.
DSG’s Maria Cardona to host discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama, Latina moms with Mamiverse.com
On Tuesday, July 10th, the Dewey Square Group/Latinovations’ own Maria Cardona will be hosting an intimate and important conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama and six Latina mothers from Mamiverse.com at Barbara Goleman High School in Miami Lakes, FL.
Latina mothers are poised to be one of the biggest swing votes for this upcoming election, and as Mamiverse.com CEO and Founder Rene Alegria says on the importance of the Latino vote, “[w]e are just now starting to understand the effect we will have in shaping America’s future. Our moms, thankfully, are leading the charge.”
Latina moms are an increasingly powerful demographic in America, whose amplified clout at both the voting booth and in the shopping aisle has been acknowledged by politicians and corporations alike. Understanding the thoughts and lives of Latina mothers has become more and more important with the extraordinary population shifts occurring in this country, especially as it tilts in favor of the booming Latino community with 1 in 4 babies born in America are by way of Latina moms. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S., and accounted for 55% of the overall U.S. population growth between 2000-2010.
The event will be live streamed and participants are encouraged to watch and join the conversation through www.mamiverse.com and Twitter by following @mamiverse, @LatinosForObama, and the #Latinos2012 hashtag.
Read her comments here.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Horton’s Kids, a terrific non-profit that tutors and provides nutritional meals to children from Washington DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. Last month we worked with them on several projects including promotion of the renovation of their community center made possible by Microsoft, Home Depot, Chef Robert Irvine and the Food Network’s television program “Restaurant: Impossible” that featured First Lady Michelle Obama. A recent blog post by Horton’s Kids on the site Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington includes their reflections and some kind words about Dewey Square Group, for which we are grateful.
Fireworks May Not Pack the Only July 4th Surprise Americans Don’t Know Whether They’ll Be Serving Genetically Engineered Foods, Says National “Just Label It” Coalition
As millions of Americans prepare for July 4th picnics and barbecues with family and friends, Just Label It, the national coalition for genetically engineered (GE) food labeling, urged Washington to stop keeping our citizens in the dark, and require labeling for GE foods.
“This July 4th and all summer long, American families will gather our children and grandchildren around picnic and dinner tables without knowing about the food they’re serving,” JLI Chairman Gary Hirshberg said. “As we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s freedom, the stark reality is that American families don’t have the information or the freedom to know about the food they eat, which places the United States far behind 50 other nations.” Countries such as Japan, all of Europe, and China already have GE foods labeling.
As families stock up on hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob, and get set to make traditional potato salad and apple pie, millions of us will unknowingly buy foods made with GE ingredients. Having no GE foods labeling denies us the information we need to make informed purchasing decisions, and it may put people with food allergies at significant risk.
“After my child had an allergic reaction to breakfast, I was shocked to learn that GE foods had been introducing proteins and allergens into the U.S. food supply since 1996, and no human trials had been done. This means all of us, including our children, are guinea pigs for the chemical companies who have engineered these crops to withstand increasing doses of their chemicals. We have the right to know about our food. We need GE foods to be labeled,” said Robyn O’Brien, who founded the AllergyKids Foundation to help protect the 1 in 3 American children with allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism.
O’Brien noted that nearly all of the foods served this Independence Day and at every summer barbecue could be genetically engineered. Corn on the cob could be genetically engineered to withstand pesticides. The butter we put on it, along with our hamburgers and hot dogs, could be made from livestock that have been raised on GE feed. Any products that contain conventional soy and corn (soy lecithin, high fructose corn syrup) are likely to contain genetically engineered ingredients. This means all of our condiments, salad dressings, and hamburger and hot dog buns could be genetically modified.
“The right to know is a core American value, and part of the building blocks of our democracy. While the science on the health implications of GE foods is inconclusive, it’s time for government to respond to the will of the people and mandate GE food labeling, so we all have the freedom to decide and choose what our families eat,” concluded Hirshberg.
For further information about GE foods, and to sign the petition urging the FDA to approve GE labeling, visit the Just Label It website. Sample sizes are smaller and margins of error are larger for demographic subgroups, and sometimes unavailable.