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    Speaking With…: Mary Waldner of Mary’s Gone Crackers

    As much as I enjoy calling out Big Food’s deceptive tactics and worrisome practices, I also like to recognize companies that offer real food and a refreshing “what you see is what you get” approach. Among that small group of all-stars is Mary’s Gone Crackers (apart from crackers, they also offer cookies, pretzel-sticks, and “crumbs”).

    I have been a staunch fan since my first bite in 2008, and have been spreading the word about them since. Any time I have brought these to an office, meeting, or get-together, many people express curiosity and, after trying one, immediately ask, “Wow, where can I buy these?”.

    While the crispy crunch, unique flavor, and dip-withstanding texture are definite pluses, my favorite aspect is the whole-food, organic, non-GMO ingredients. Did I also mention the entire Mary’s Gone Crackers product line is wheat and gluten-free?

    With October being non-GMO month, I wanted to speak with creator Mary Waldner about her goals with the product line and get some insight into production and sourcing issues.

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    Busting Monsanto’s ‘Better’ Broccoli

    Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing the most blog-worthy moments from the American Dietetic Association’s 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), which wrapped up yesterday. Okay, how is this for “did April Fool’s get moved to September?”: Monsanto had a booth there. Yes, at a nutrition and health expo. Among their souvenirs: Monsanto-branded soybean-based chapstick. I’ll let you sit with that one for a minute.

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    Numbers Game: Answer

    rbghApproximately 75 percent of feedlot cattle (this includes dairy cattle as well as those slaughtered for their meat) in the US receive artificial hormone injections.

    Despite its prevalence, Monsanto’s recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) hasn’t even been on the market for twenty years.

    Even more disturbingly, its safety was never properly assessed.  For an eye-opening — and simultaneously infuriating — look at how rBGH made it past the Food & Drug Administration’s approval process, read this short summary by the folks at Sustainable Table.

    As much as companies like Monsanto want to make artificial hormones seem like a utopian solution (to what problem, I ask?), the following countries have banned them due to serious health and safety concerns (both for cattle and humans!):

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • European Union (that’s 27 countries)
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
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    In The News: Unmasking the Monster

    Thank you to New York University dietitian Mary Dye for pointing me to Vanity Fair‘s article on infamous agro business bully and genetically modified food darling Monsanto.

    Regular readers of Small Bites may remember Monsanto from an earlier post on recombinant bovine growth hormone.

    This exhaustive and brilliantly researched piece paints a stunningly accurate picture of Monsanto’s repercussions on farming, the environment, and the overall food supply.

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