Sign this petition against Monsanto

I would like to get behind any movement against the actions of monolith Monsanto. I believe the actions of this company, whose agenda is insidious, is damaging the health of virtually every American. It controls seeds, harms small farmers, genetically modifies our crops and breeds pesticides into seeds and sterilizes them, and repeatedly hybridizes crops….all to our detriment.

Please sign this petition against Monsanto. Small farmers just lost against the powerful giant company. We need to be like Europe and ban Monsanto’s practices. I have known people with severe gluten reactions who go to Europe, where they do not indulge GMO food, and they have no problems. I’ve also known Europeans who do fine eating even white bread in their country, who come here and suffer with terrible gastric disturbances eating our food, until they go home.

Also I’ve been asked for the link to the photoshopped image of me eating a burger and fries and a mug of beer. Check it out HERE. Lots of people post on the GSG facebook page, so scroll down to Mar. 2.

How can I promote healthy school lunch in my area?

After my Renegade Lunch Lady blog entry, Emily asked, “What I want to know is what can I specifically do in my area?” She refers to turning nutrition around in the institutions that serve our children. Especially schools. And any organizations that outreach to families.

Well, there are macro issues–for the community organizers and big thinkers. And there are micro issues, for those who just want to take a small task in their local area. ALL these ideas are good ones, and you can start with JUST ONE if you like.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers although I have done most of the things on my list below. So readers, please look deep and tell me,

What have you done?
What have you seen others do?
What do you see that needs doing in your community?

Macro ideas:

Talk to a state legislator and find out local laws, and start the grassroots movement towards good legislation. Find the legislator who wants to sponsor a bill and work with him/her.

Talk to your elementary, jr. high or high school principal about school policy. Propose one. Enlist the help of other parents, finding out what they’ll support. Start a petition.

Help your school (esp. private and charter schools) find a high-nutrition option for school lunch vending.

Petition to get rid of junk food vending.

Sign Jamie Oliver’s petition for healthier school lunches here:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/campaigns/jamies-food-revolution/petition

Micro ideas:

Make a veggie platter for your child’s school holiday party.

Go into the classroom and teach a little class about gardening, and get their hands in the dirt. Plant in little pots in the windowsill if planting outside isn’t an option.

Teach kids where food comes from. You think they know but they don’t!

Go into the classroom and do a green smoothie demo with samples. (Teachers will love it.) Talk about the power of green foods with chlorophyll, the “blood” of plants.

Do a tasting involving veggies and fruits, dips like yogurt or hummus or a roasted veggie spread on whole-grain crackers. Talk about why these foods are better for you than junk like
Cheetos and sodas and cookies. PRAISE children for their good choices and open-mindedness as they taste and express their opinions.

Other ideas, please share them. We have some rockstar parents who read this blog and are bucking national trends, so tell us what you do in your child’s classroom.

Finally a legislator is stepping up! . . . part 4 of 4

This is the email I received from my legislator, Rep. Steve Sandstrom (haven’t heard from Sen. John Valentine, president of the Senate, yet).   Write him at ssandstrom@utah.gov and tell him thanks and encouragement for his commitment to sponsor a bill to help our kids.

 

Robyn,

 

I would whole-heartedly support or sponsor such a bill.   We do not eat junk-food in our own household and our kids are healthy and thin.   I believe we need to push this issue, because childhood obesity is an epidemic.

 

I am actually in Sweden right now picking up my son who has been here playing hockey for the last two weeks.   It is very noticeable that the kids and adults here are not obese and they eat healthy.   We need to help the children in our state make good decisions for their own health.

 

 Anything I can do to promote this and get it passed, I am willing to do.  

 

I will be back in the States on Sunday and I will get in contact with you.

 

Thanks,

 

Rep. Sandstrom

 

Please sign this GreenSmoothieGirl petition to Utah’s legislators and school officials, and encourage health-minded friends to do so, too!

 

http://www.gopetition.com/online/20779.html

Junk food vending in schools . . . Part 2 of 4

According to Ace Stryker of the Daily Herald, Child Nutrition Supervisor Jenilee McComb in Provo District is working on a policy for this fall that imposes a 300-calorie limit on vending machine goods.   This is well intentioned, but plenty of nutrition free, acidic, processed foods can be sold in portions lower than 300 calories.   This is an easy policy to end run around.   Kids can still eat plenty of junk–it’ll just cost them (and us) more.

 

Ronda Bromley’s statement in Alpine District (where I live) is that they are addressing the problem “slowly” over several years and high schools have “lagged behind.”   Unimpressive.   Nebo District’s supervisor of food services Bill Vest is imposing a 250-calorie maximum and has removed candy and gum and states that the legislature will likely impose more controls in the coming years.   We can only hope!

 

Utahns, please write a letter to the editor, your state legislature representatives, your school district’s superintendent, and go to my online petition about junk-food vending in the schools, sign it, and send an email to health-minded friends who love kids.

 

Letters to the editor: dhletters@heraldextra.com

 

Find your representative in this list: http://www.le.utah.gov/house/members2005/membertable1add.asp

 

Find your senator in this list: http://www.utahsenate.org/perl/roster2007.pl

 

Tomorrow I’ll post the letter I wrote to my legislators, the day after that the letter I got back.

 

Please sign this GreenSmoothieGirl petition to Utah’s legislators and school officials, and encourage health-minded friends to do so, too!

 

http://www.gopetition.com/online/20779.html

Schools complicit in crimes against children: junk-food vending… part 1 of 4

In July 20’s Daily Herald (Utah Valley), reporter Ace Stryker gives these infuriating statistics from a 2006 study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where my home state of Utah leads the nation in these categories:

 

83 percent of Utah schools are selling chocolate in vending/school stores

versus

40 percent nationwide

 

76 percent of Utah school offer fatty, salty snacks

versus

47 percent nationwide

 

86 percent of Utah schools offer students soda and other sugary drinks

versus

65 percent nationwide

 

As usual, Utah, with its strict liquor control laws, seems to overcompensate for that strictness by being ridiculously lax regarding other unhealthy habits: sugar and junk food.   Just because we don’t drink and smoke doesn’t mean we’re healthy, and at a minimum, we should be teaching our children good habits.

 

Making money at the expense of our children’s health by selling them foods guaranteed to make them ill and fat is criminal.   And my own experience showing support for anti-junk-vending bills in the Utah legislature has been that our legislators haven’t historically cared about this issue.   Every bill has been defeated.

 

Several years ago, I wrote letters to the editor of the Herald for its ridiculous stance on a bill (to be defeated) limiting junk food vending in public schools.   The editorial editor had written a ludicrous op-ed piece making, among others, these arguments against the bill (and he was being serious, not facetious):

 

(1)     We shouldn’t limit junk food consumption by kids because the teachers themselves eats loads of junk, so we wouln’t want to be hypocrites.

(2)     Not all the ingredients in junk food is bad–for instance, corn.   And peanuts.

 

More tomorrow about the reaction of school districts, as quoted by the Daily Herald.   Please sign this GreenSmoothieGirl petition to Utah’s legislators and school officials, and encourage health-minded friends to do so, too!

 

http://www.gopetition.com/online/20779.html