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Millenialls Losing Interest in Golden Arches PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael McCaffrey   
Tuesday, April 02, 2013



According to Advertising Age, a recent internal memo popped up stating that McDonalds has failed to reach the top 10 restaurant chains for "millennials” or 19-to 30-year-olds.

Millenialls are looking for healthier alternatives and more sustainable solutions. They place a great deal of value on things like social responsibility, local, sustainability, organic, grass-fed and hormone-free offerings when they dine out. Yes, McDonalds added salads to their menu some time ago. However, the fact that its Caesar Salad possesses more fattening than their burgers doesn’t help their cause.

Dan Schawabel, managing partner of Millennial Branding, a consulting firm shared with TakePart “"I think back to Fast Food Nation, which was very popular among millennials. They're looking for sustainability. They want their food to be better grown, and when you see McDonald's putting [artificial flavors] in their food, those things aren't helping build trust."

So, according to Ad Age, they are about to embark on a major food change- the new McWrap, and as Ad Age reports:

Referred to in the memo as a "Subway buster," the McWrap "affords us the platform for customization and variety that our millennial customer is expecting of us." The McWrap comes grilled or crispy in three varieties—sweet chili chicken, chicken and bacon, and chicken and ranch—and will range from 360 to 600 calories, depending in part on the type of chicken.

Said the memo: "Our customers are consistently telling us, particularly millennials, they expect variety, more choices, customization and their ability to be able to personalize their food experience."

The last time I have been in a McDonalds it was to pee. In fact, that’s pretty well it’s status in our household as the “Great American Pee-House” as we travel across the country. I say “hooray” for the millennials, and look forward to seeing more from this group in the future.

Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael McCaffrey   
Tuesday, April 02, 2013



President Barack Obama signed a spending bill into law last week, (HR 933), that allowed the federal government to continue through the end of the year – and, unfortunately, it includes a rider that has been called the “Monsanto Protection Act.”  

The Monsanto Protection Act keeps federal courts from being allowed to halt the sale or planting of genetically modified (or genetically engineered) seeds, no matter what health issues prove to be a result of GMO’s in the future.

The Farmer Assurance Provision, Section 735 of the bill, includes language that has many citizens outraged.  A Republican of Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt, worked with Monsanto on this provision, ignoring the thousands of people who made their distain heard.  Obama, too, needs to be held responsible for ignoring the protestors outside the White House- the organic farmers, consumer advocates, and everyday heroes whom many supported Obama to get re-elected.

Food Democracy Now collected more than 250,000 signatures on a petition calling for the president to veto the CR, argue that not enough studies have been conducted into the possible health risks of GMO and GE seeds. Eliminating judicial power to halt the selling or planting of them essentially cuts off their course to ensuring consumer safety should health risks emerge. But to no avail, the Monsanto Protection Act is in affect for 6 months. Some have said that is all they need, because they can replant versions of the original seed year after year now without legal ramifications.

For those that supported Obama are very disappointed because Obama made a campaign promise in 2007 to have GMO’s be labeled (hasn’t happened) and to have a transparent government where this type of activity doesn’t happen.

Click here or the image above for an AOL video about this decision.

What Now?
This is all pretty distressing information. What does one do now? We buy organic. We buy local hopefully from a farmer you get to know at the Farmers Market in your town. You are very aware of what is a known GMO and what is not. Below is a handy chart for you:




Vermont Getting Close to Mandatory Labeling of GMO’s PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael McCaffrey   
Monday, March 04, 2013



The State of Vermont is getting closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.gmoimage

On Friday March 1, 2013, the House Agriculture Committee, after a great deal of testimony, passed H.112, or the “GMO labeling bill,” by an 8-3 vote.

The bill requires food producers to put labels on raw agricultural and processed, packaged food products that are genetically engineered. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.

Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said “It’s a consumer bill. It lets people have information that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”

Here’s the link to a local article from The Addison County Independent in Vermont.
FDA Considers Allowing Aspartame in Milk Without Label PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dee McCaffrey, CDC   
Monday, March 04, 2013




The story of milk keeps getting worse.

Appalling as it may sound, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of "milk" to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.

Even worse, these additives would not need to be listed on the label. They will simply be under the definition of "milk," so that when a company lists "milk" on the label, it automatically includes the possibility of aspartame or sucralose.

Can you believe it? Is this just appalling? Don't just get pissed off - submit your own comment to the FDA about this decision.

Processed-Free America has submitted a comment to the FDA, but here's the link to submit your own comment. Deadline to submit a comment is May 21, 2013.

For more information, here's the link to the Natural News Article about this situation.


Study Shows Diet As Powerful As Drugs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael McCaffrey   
Monday, March 04, 2013




For the first time ever, a study has shown that diet can have as powerful an effect on your health compared to drugs in preventing cardiovascular disease.

The study, published last week in The New England Journal of Medicine, is making waves in the cardiovascular medicine. Experts are calling for more rigorous studies of popular diets recommended by cardiologists.

The study involved 7447 people in Spain, half randomly assigned to follow the Mediterranean diet while the remainder was to follow a low-fat diet. The study ended early (less than 5 years) with 30% fewer heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart disease compared to the low-fat diets.

For more info on this diet, you can go to the study here as well as a New York Times article here.
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