For all you bloggers out there, you may have noticed lately that I haven’t been commenting on blogs nearly as much as I used to. A few of you have even asked me if I’m still reading your blogs. The answer is yes. Not as regularly as before, but I am still visiting your site and reading your posts. I love so many of your blogs; your stories, insights, experiences and the research and information that you share.
But as we all know, life gets busy.
The reason I’m not checking out your sites as regularly as before is because there’s a project I’m working on which I really feel needs more of my time than I was able to give it in the past. And that project is The Food Label Movement.
The Food Label Movement is an organization that I co-founded last September, and which we are now relaunching in an effort to truly try to effect real change.
We as consumers all have a basic right to know what’s in the food we eat. Unfortunately, food labels make it difficult for us to know. A lack of GMO labelling, a hard-to-read ingredient list and no differentiation between natural and added sugars are all major problems (among many others).
Even if you eat primarily whole foods, you still need to be able to understand how to read food labels. I once found partially hydrogenated oil in the ingredient list for a jar of cinnamon! So this absolutely affects each and every one of us.
The Food Label Movement is a consumer advocacy group to propel that change, to tell the government that we object to current food label regulations, and to urge them to make changes and improve the label so that we can be better informed as consumers. The July 2007 issue of Alive magazine notes that:
Besides pollutants on fresh produce, the national environmental group notes that 94 to 99 per cent of our exposure to cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting, persistent organic pollutants, such as PCBs and pesticides, come from diet.
The Food Label Movement is a very exciting project and although it will likely be years from now before we finally see changes in food labelling regulations, we need to make our voice heard now. That’s why I’m hoping that each and every one of you will get involved in and support The Food Label Movement.
Next week I’ll talk about how exactly you can get involved with The FLM.
Share in the comments section below the thing that frustrates you the most about current label regulations and what you would like to see changed – The FLM is a voice for every consumer, and that means you!
We matter, and what we eat matters. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.