Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tell Walmart: Don't sell Monsanto's potentially toxic GMO sweet corn

This spring, Monsanto's GMO sweet corn -- their first product for direct human consumption -- will be getting planted for the first time, and eventually be sold, unlabeled, in a grocery near you.
What would it take to stop it? It would take the largest food retailer in the country rejecting Monsanto's untested, potentially toxic corn.
Tell Walmart: Don't carry Monsanto's GMO Sweet Corn!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Something's Fishy

The FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States.  The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or farm-raised—don't we also have a right to know if our salmon is genetically engineered? Without labels, we'll never know.

If you believe we deserve the right to know what we are eating, to sign the petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on, which says:

Commissioner Hamburg, we urge the FDA to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. We have a right to know about the food we eat and what we feed our families, but under current FDA regulations, we don't have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered foods.

Polls show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling. Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare. Please listen to the American public and mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just a thought...

Bountiful Brookline receives Carlin Award

Neal (second from right) accepts the Carlin Award.
In recognition of our work in creating and sustaining a local food system that is accessible to all, Bountiful Brookline was honored by the Friends of Brookline Public Health with its 2011 Carlin Community Health Award.  Speaking at the Friends' annual meeting on Feb. 1, Lynne Karsten, Director of Community Health, described many of Bountiful Brookline's creative and productive programs that led the Friends to select us for this honor, such as our Greenside Out and other gardens, High St. Veterans garden installation, Teens Grow Food program and more.

Additionally, a representative of Senator Cynthia Creem, who sent regrets for being unable to attend the meeting herself, read a proclamation passed by the Massachusetts State Senate recognizing Bountiful Brookline's accomplishments.  In accepting the Award, Cathy Neal, Founder of Bountiful Brookline, acknowledged in return the consistent support and encouragement the Brookline Public Health Department has provided to our initiative.

And the winner is...

Jean and Paul McCabe are the happy winners of the Bountiful Brookline Climate Week 2012 bean count! Their estimate of 2,532 beans in a mason jar was the closest to the count of 2,820, and they have received a free annual membership to Bountiful Brookline.