An Infographic Shines a Light on GMOs in America | Inspired Bites

Especially for those of you in the USA, but Canadians should be concerned as well.

“If you have no idea that the chemical industry quietly slipped ingredients into our food supply, you’re not alone.  If you find it all a bit shocking, you’re not alone either, especially when you learn that the U.S. was one of the only developed countries in the world to do this to its citizens.

These genetically engineered ingredients were designed by the chemical industry so that food crops like corn and soy could be routinely sprayed with their chemicals.  It’s a brilliant business model for a chemical company.

But it can be a bit tough to hear if you are an eater.”

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2013 GMO-Free Long-Term Food Storage Review | TheSleuthJournal

If you are looking for good GMO-free foods to store in case of power failures or natural disasters this site has some suggestions for you.

“Due to weather or some other catastrophic event, the most important necessities include water and food. Without those items, survival is futile. That being said, when you store up on food, you want to make sure that you’re taking certain precautions to ensure you and your family not only survive, but maintain a certain level of comfort and health.”


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Van Houtte offrira dorénavant uniquement du café équitable dans ses 61 cafés-bistros à travers le Québec!

L’entreprise devient la première bannière québécoise à s’engager dans le commerce équitable de manière aussi soutenue. Tous les cafés servis dans les cafés-bistros, filtres et de spécialités, seront dorénavant certifiés équitables par Fairtrade Canada.

Équiterre redouble d’efforts depuis plus de 15 ans pour sensibiliser la population québécoise aux principes du commerce équitable et convaincre les commerçants d’offrir du café équitable à leurs clients.

Isabelle St-Germain, directrice générale adjointe d’Équiterre, salue ce geste engagé: « il s’agit d’un geste important de la part de l’entreprise, qui non seulement, va permettre de sensibiliser tous les clients des cafés-bistros Van Houtte, mais aussi servir de levier pour inciter les autres entreprises du secteur à emboiter le pas. »

Pour en savoir plus sur le commerce équitable, visitez le site d’Équiterre « Commerce équitable »


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JAM – Justice Alimentaire pour Montréal


Suivez le calendrier / Follow the calendar: 

Partagez les évènements dans votre réseau à Share your events with us!

En solidarité avec les membres du réseau, signez la pétition de l’Union Paysanne, participez à la campagne de Food Secure Canada et au débat de la Table sur la Faim.

16 octobre :

18 octobre :

19 octobre

  • Conférence La solution #1 aux crises alimentaire et climatiques mondiales : se nourrir autrement   (7:30-9 :30pm, 2159 Mackay)

21 octobre: 

  • Organizing Food Secure Canada late november event.  noon 3720, avenue du Parc, Suite 201, contact Karin Hazé
  • Face à face:  les candidats municipaux sont invités pour débattre sur la solidarité alimentaire par Table sur la Faim et le Développement Social ( 11h00, au Centre St-Pierre, 1212 rue Panet, Montréal)

25 octobre : 

30 octobre : 

  • JAM sur la solidarité et le racisme structurel dans le système alimentaire, contacter

1 novembre:

12 novembre : 

  • HEC-JAM Conférence, systèmes alimentaires, enjeux et pistes de solutions et la collaboration universitaires-collectivités

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le café le plus fort du monde ! 200% plus de caféine qu’un café classique !

Attempt to rebut Seralini study fails in court

Court upholds ban of field trials of genetically modified eggplant in the Philippines

Farmer-scientist group MASIPAG, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, and individual petitioners have welcomed the decision by the Philippines Court of Appeals to uphold its previous ruling to stop the field trials of Bt eggplant.

It’s interesting that seven expert witnesses in the latest court case reportedly tried, but failed, to rebut the Seralini 2012 study, which found serious health effects in rats fed GM maize NK603 and tiny amounts of Roundup herbicide over the long term.

It’s difficult or impossible to dismiss this study on grounds of scientific and factual considerations. The only way it can be done is by deliberately overlooking or twisting the facts and focusing on the political intent to promote GM technology!

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Chicken nuggets at fast food restaurants have as little as 40% meat |

Published: October 4, 2013, 3:09 pm
Updated: 4 hours ago

Researchers who conducted an “autopsy” on chicken nuggets from fast food restaurants were shocked at what they saw under the microscope: the nuggets were only about half chicken meat, with fat, skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments making up the remainder.

“I was floored. I was astounded,” said Dr. Richard deShazo, professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Actually seeing this under the microscope is a whole lot different than reading the numbers on a web page.”

Working with a pathologist, deShazo sliced and analyzed nuggets from two popular fast food restaurants that he has chosen not to identify. Their findings were published online by the American Journal of Medicine in September.

“What we didn’t know is that we would find so many chicken body parts in the chicken nugget, like chicken intestine and chicken cartilage and lord knows what else ‘chicken’ was all mixed up in there.”

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FOOD BABE TV: Do You Eat Beaver Butt?

Natural Flavors 101

Castoreum (or beaver butt) is just one of the ingredients that could be called a “natural flavor.” But there are many other things called “natural flavors” that could be lurking in your food. We’ll never know what they are because the food companies won’t tell us as they consider this information proprietary.

According to the FDA, natural flavors can include:

“the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional” (21CFR101.22).

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Watch the first episode of Food Babe about castoreum (from the beaver’s anal gland) as a natural flavor food additive :



More Than 30 Percent of The World’s Food Supply Is Wasted Every Year

Loss and wastage occurs on all steps in the food supply chain. In low-income countries, most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries much food — about 100 kilograms (220 lb) per person and year — is wasted at the consumption stage. International agencies claim to cater to the world hunger, yet fully one-third of all food produced globally — a staggering 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted every year, a study by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization found.

More Than 30 Percent of The World's Food Supply Is Wasted Every Year

Ateliers et Formations en Septembre / Workshops and Trainings in September

=> 12 Sept – Le Pique-Nique des Récoltes (par Éco-quartier Hochelaga)

1691 Blvd Pie-IX, 17h à 19h

-Kiosque d’information sur le jardinage en fenêtre et d’automne / information kiosk on fall and window-farming
-Rétrospective du projet Notre quartier, nos racines / Looking back at the “Our neighbourhood, our roots” project
-Concours de recette avec les légumes de votre jardin / Recipe contest using food from your garden
-Dégustations / Tasting

** des semences gratuites pour tous les gens présents !

** free seeds for everyone who attends !!

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+ infos : Éco-quartier Hochelaga, 3980 rue Lafontaine, (514) 521-2280



=> 12 Sept – Iron Chef

– Edible Campus Garden 805 Sherbrooke W, Burnside Hall Terrace, 17h – 20h30

La grande joute gastronomico-potagère du Santropol Roulant est de retour!

Le Iron Chef est un événement festif ayant lieu dans le Jardin comestible de McGill et mettant en exergue de manière spectaculaire les liens entre jardins et cuisines. À cette occasion des restaurants locaux et le Santropol Roulant mettront en commun leurs efforts pour une cause commune: faire de Montréal une ville soudée et bien nourrie!

The ultimate gourmet urban gardening battle is back! Santropol Roulant’s Iron Chef is the competitive yet convivial event of the year where local restaurants and Santropol Roulant join forces!

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+ Infos : Santropol Roulant  (514) 284-9335, 111 Roy E., Montreal, Quebec H2W 1M1,

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=> 14 Sept – Forêt Nouricière / Edible Forest Gardens

– Cegep St-Laurent 625 Sainte Croix Boul, St.Laurent, 13h

Conception d’une forêt nourricière à petite échelle. Nous tenterons de faire sortir les caractéristiques principales et les dynamiques entourant un écosystème forestier pour ensuite se plonger les mains dans la terre. Nous allons planter quelques arbres, arbustes et plantes vivaces cette automne et faire un 2e atelier au printemps 2014. Le cour n’est pas donné par des professionnelles. Il est axé sur le partage des connaissances et nous encourageons tout le monde à émettre des critiques, remise en question et destitution des animateurs! Les Monoculture tremblerons au royaume du comité Horticole.

Design and participative planting of a small edible forest garden. We’ll be examining the characterisitcs and dynamics of forest ecosystems before jumping into practical (that means putting our hands in soil!) and collectively designing where we’ll put a couple of fruit trees, shrubs and perennial plants. This workshop will be followed by another one in the Spring where the forest will expand! It is not given by experts and is based around the sharing of knowledge. Although the workshop will be given in French, we strive to welcome english-speakers as well and will accommodate you so you are not left behind!

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=> 15 Sept – Bonne fête, Réseau de jardinage! / Happy birthday, Gardening Network!

4525, rue Saint-Jacques (Saint-Henri), 11h – 15h

C’est le premier anniversaire du Réseau de jardinage! Nous sommes encore qu’un semis, mais nous sommes en plein croissance 🙂 Un grand MERCI à tous les gens géniaux qui ont fait notre première année un tel succès. Et nous avons hâte de voir de nouveaux visages dans l’année à venir. Venez tous vous joindre à la fête le 15 septembre!

The Gardening Network is turning one! We’re still just a seedling, but we’re growing strong 🙂 Thanks to each of the wonderful people who made our first year such a success. And we look forward to seeing new faces in the year to come. To celebrate you and us, we’re throwing a shindig on Sunday, September 15!

*Les places sont limitées. Pour réservez la vôtre, s’il vous plaît envoyez un courriel à:

*Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please send an email to:

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=> 17 Sept – Edible Geography of Montreal – in collaboration with Concordia Food Coalition (CFC)

Concordia University SGW Hall Building 7th floor (1455 de Maisonneuve O), 14h – 16h

How do you access delicious, nutritious, and affordable food? In this introductory workshop, we will break the city down into bite size portions and share with you some cool food initiatives that have sprouted from past  Concordia students who were searching for the same answers as you. We’ll look at the organizations and the impacts that their solutions have had on the student body and the greater community and also, how you can benefit from these organizations today. Whether you want to get involved in the city’s thriving local food movement or just want to get a great meal that is both good for your wallet and the environment— this workshop will give you a taste of what’s out there and a take home map to get you exploring Montreal’s incredible edible landscape.

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=> 18 Sept – Cultivating Culinary Herbs – Indoors!

Concordia Greenhouse (1455 de Maisonneuve O. – 13th floor Hall building), 17h – 20h

101 style introduction on how to grow herbs – indoors! This workshop is focuses on indoorherbseasy-to-grow indoor herbs. Its for anyone who wants to add that “just-picked” taste to their meals, even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window. We will cover what are the best herbs for growing on windowsills and some smart techniques you need to keep them happy and healthy. Plus some transformations tips and cooking recipes.

For more info on other workshops in the CFS Free Workshop Series, check out our blog

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=> 19 Sept – Third Annual Harvest Party / 3e Fête de Récolte Annuelle

Loyola Farm – at the Solar House on Loyola Campus – 7141 Sherbrooke Ouest – located just behind Hingston Hall, northernmost part of the campus.

We will be having a BBQ / potluck from 5 – 7 with some live music, and mingling, and then plan to watch a movie under the stars from 7 – 9. (Bring a blanket!!)

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!! Come see our garden and meet those who helped grow it.

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Septembre – Fruits et légumes de saison / September – seasonal fruits and vegetables

Calendrier de 72 fruits et légumes à consommer pour le mois de septembre

Calendar of 72 seasonal fruits and vegetables for september.



Août – fruits et légumes de saison / August – seasonal fruits and vegetables

Calendrier de 71 fruits et légumes à consommer pour le mois d’août

Calendar of 71 fruits and vegetables to be eaten in August

Liste de 97 fruits et légumes / List of 97 fruits and vegetables

Dr Benedetti: Soybean Workers Suffer DNA Damage from Glyphosate | GMO EVIDENCE

 “A new peer-reviewed study has found DNA damage and elevated cell death of blood cells in soybean workers exposed to fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides in Brazil.

Glyphosate and 2,4-D were among the herbicides used by the exposed group. 2,4-D is increasingly used to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds in GM soybean fields.”


Soybean cultivation is widespread in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil), especially in the city of Espumoso. Soybean workers in this region are increasingly exposed to a wide combination of chemical agents present in formulations of fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. In the present study, the comet assay in peripheral leukocytes and the buccal micronucleus (MN) cytome assay (BMCyt) in exfoliated buccal cells were used to assess the effects of exposures to pesticides in soybean farm workers from Espumoso. A total of 127 individuals, 81 exposed and 46 non-exposed controls, were evaluated. Comet assay and BMCyt (micronuclei and nuclear buds) data revealed DNA damage in soybean workers. Cell death was also observed (condensed chromatin, karyorhectic, and karyolitic cells). Inhibition of non-specific choline esterase (BchE) was not observed in the workers. The trace element contents of buccal samples were analyzed by Particle-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). Higher concentrations of Mg, Al, Si, P, S, and Cl were observed in cells from workers. No associations with use of personal protective equipment, gender, or mode of application of pesticides were observed. Our findings indicate the advisability of monitoring genetic toxicity in soybean farm workers exposed to pesticides.


► Genotoxic and mutagenic effect of pesticides were observed in soybean farm workers. ► Cell death in blood cells was elevated in soybean workers exposed to pesticides. ► Inorganic elements were higher in cells from soybean farm workers than non-exposed group.

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Coconut Basil Sweet Potato Fries

How To Make Coconut Basil Sweet Potato Fries


2 large sweet potatoes cut into fries
coconut oil for cooking
one bunch of fresh basil
one cup of dried shredded coconut

1. Heat 1/4 cup coconut oil in a fry pan.
2. Add fries, each one should be covered well in oil
3. Let the fries cook and when they are golden brown gradually add coconut and basil

Seasoning suggestions:

1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt (sweet & salty fries)
2 tablespoons of curry powder (curried fries)

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Sudbury farmer doesn’t want genetically modified alfalfa to be planted…

By Carol Mulligan, Sudbury Star

Monday, July 29, 2013 6:42:50 EDT AM

(There is a voting poll at the bottom of the article: “Do you think genetically modified alfalfa seeds should be planted.”)

“It’s a nightmare of a crop, says Lavigne farmer Dave Lewington, and he doesn’t want it anywhere near his fields.

Lewington is one of two farmers who have asked the Ontario government to conduct an environmental assessment of genetically modified alfalfa seed before it is sold in the province.

In April, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz approved the first genetically modified alfalfa variety to be registered in Canada.

As far as Lewington knows, that seed hasn’t been planted yet, and he and many other Ontario farmers want it to stay that way.

Lewington couldn’t speak to the technical aspects of his application for an environmental assessment under the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights, referring those questions to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

But he knows what could happen if the genetically modified alfalfa seed is planted anywhere near his operation.

Lewington operates Dalew Farms, raising grass-fed beef, pastured pork and vegetables about an hour from Sudbury. His products are organic and non-genetically modified.”

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