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Preserve Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food by Speaking Out Against the Dark Act

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You make smart choices for yourself in all areas of your life, not the least of which happens at the dinner table.  You may have family members with allergies, heart disease or other special needs.  You may be trying to lose weight.  Food labels can help you make informed choices as part of your #CleanCouponing approach, because as much as you like saving money, you know the value of investing in good nutrition.

Could you imagine going on a diet without being able to find out how many calories, grams of sugar or trans fats are in certain foods?  That’s what’s happening now with your right to know about GMOs.

Did you know that TODAY a movement is happening in Washington to deny your right to get accurate, complete food labeling at the grocery store?   It’s dubbed the DARK Act or Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, but your elected representative may only know it as HR 1599, and it’s due for a vote.  This video explains why you might want to know what’s in your food:

You can call TODAY to tell your elected representative that you expect a “no” vote on the infamously nicknamed DARK Act.  Here’s an easy tool provided by the Center for Food Safety that allows you to enter your phone number and be directly connected via your phone to the appropriate Washington office.  It makes speaking up (politely) to your elected official an easy, 5-minute task that everyone can do!

Not only has the Food and Drug Administration refused to label genetically engineered foods otherwise known as genetically modified foods or GMOs, even though they’re often treated with the glyphosate herbicide recognized by top scientists as probably linked to cancer; but the DARK Act legislation would deny states’ rights to require GMO labeling, even if the people of that state vote for it like they did in Vermont and some other states.  If you eat any conventional processed foods at all, you are likely being exposed to pesticide residues and unknown health harms, according to modern science.  So, the DARK Act would make it more difficult for you to make personal choices about the food you want to feed your family.

A few watchdogs like Just Label It and the Center for Food Safety are trying to keep everyone informed and push back against the intense chemical-food industry lobbyists. Those in Washington are bracing for a vote in the US House as early as July 23, so it is critical you call today and make your voice heard with your representative.

If you care about #CleanCouponing, truly knowing the quality of the food you choose for your family, you’ll want to get the most information you can from a food label.  That means a NO vote on the DARK Act and a yes to authentic, mandatory, state-level GMO labeling.

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#CleanCouponing Holiday Food edition Twitter Party November 20

Ready for Thanksgiving?  How about winter holidays beyond that?  Do you use traditional recipes for Hannukah?  Do you always prepare cranberry sauce just like your grandmother used to make it?  Are you wondering how to pick the best turkey?  Tired of turkey and looking for alternatives?  What about GMOs in your holiday dinner?

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Let’s talk turkey and more when we gather on Twitter for the next #CleanCouponing Twitter party to talk Holiday Food!  The event is set for Thursday, November 20th from 8 to 9 pm.  Follow along with hashtag #CleanCouponing and if you ask or answer questions, be sure to use the hashtag as well so everyone can have a conversation.

Follow current and former #CleanCouponing panelists here via Twitter list.

We’ll be joined by some special guests from the Pollan Family Table cookbook.  Plus, we’re hosting special nonprofit guest Center for Food Safety.  Be sure to enter here to win a cookbook from the Pollans or a $50 gift card from Flour Sack Mama.  Plus, add your Twitter handle when you RSVP to the event below.  Looking forward to chatting on Thursday!

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Green Goes Mainstream special #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat Tonight!

You are invited to a special #CleanCouponing Twitter chat tonight in conjunction with co-host @FlourSackMama – on the series topic #GreenGoesMainstream.  Here at Clean Couponing we are frugal with more than money.  We discuss values like wholesome food and reasons to have organic food as a choice with what studies show are higher nutritional value and lower heavy metals and pesticides residues.

Join experts from the Rodale Institute and Organic Consumers Association as we chat at 9 pm Eastern, 6 Pacific tonight about how Green Goes Mainstream with the growth of organic food!  You can RSVP here.

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Giveaway: Zoeganics Offers a Fresh NEW Approach to Clean

*The following is a sponsored post for Zoeganics, but my opinions are always my own!

We’re thrilled to have woman-owned green business Zoeganics co-sponsoring our March #CleanCouponing Twitter party on March 6!  If you’ve been concerned about toxins in typical cleaning products but underwhelmed by non-toxic choices on the store shelf, this may be the new product you need to try.  Zoeganics shared five new cleaning products for us to try at home, and we want to let you know how they worked for us.

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We’ve all discovered in recent years that the freshly cleaned house smells we grew up with were often deceptively toxic.  Back in the day when I learned about keeping house from my grandmother and mother, who knew we were all breathing in fumes unkind to our lungs and potentially exposing ourselves to nervous system damage, DNA damage and cancer?  I learned that chlorine bleach and, used separately, ammonia products, were my two most useful tools  around the house.  As recently as my youngest daughter’s toddler days, I was still cleaning up bathrooms with bleach products, until the night when she struggled to breathe and thank God we had a rescue inhaler nearby. Continue reading

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Boxed Versus Bulk Bin Popcorn Comparison Shopping

Does your family eat popcorn for family movie night at home?  Is it a snack the kids ask for often?  We always try to stay stocked up on popcorn at our house.

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Maybe you’ve seen the wide range of costs for popcorn these days.  We decided to do some comparison shopping. Continue reading

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Boxed Rice Versus Bulk Bin Rice Comparison Shopping

You’ve heard the cliche about thinking outside the box.  Cooking outside the box can save you money as part of your clean couponing strategy.Rice3CleanCouponing

We went shopping to see what sort of value we’d find in a staple like rice.  We located the popular brand of boxed rice product and purchased it for $2.00.  This contained 6 ounces of food inside, with a small part of that being dried seasonings.  Nutrition facts on the box told us it would make 3 servings.  When we did the math, it came out to $5.33 per pound of food. Continue reading

More Than a Million Impressions from 1st #CleanCouponing Twitter Party!

You did it!  You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January!  Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money!  We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality.  You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs.  You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts.  Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!

Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away  a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!

You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:

Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics

Non-GMO foods

Non-toxic cleaning

Beauty products

Coping with food allergies/sensitivities

More!

You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!

Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!

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Clean Couponing Twitter Party Set for January 16

Do you love stretching a dollar and getting the best quality for your family at the same time?  Are you concerned about ingredients in everything from breakfast cereal to cleaning supplies?  You’re not alone.   Do you enjoy sharing tips and winning free prizes?

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Join us Thursday night, January 16th from 9 to 10 pm eastern for our first Clean Couponing Twitter party.    We’ll be discussing fresh starts for the new year, getting organized and tips for finding the best deals on better products.  Just follow @CleanCouponing and @FlourSackMama on Twitter, as well as moderator @Organic_PR so you won’t miss a thing.  Use hashtag #CleanCouponing to tell your friends about the party, too.  We look forward to connecting and chatting about #CleanCouponing!

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Make a Fresh Start by Cleaning Your Pantry

Is your kitchen ready for a fresh start in the new year?  The perfect place to start is your pantry.  Since clean couponing means being frugal with more than money, we know you’re being budget conscious and stocking your pantry this year with the best of everything for the year.

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This is not one of those unrealistic articles telling you to throw out everything and start over.  Our family pantry is far from perfect.  I often buy the best quality foods possible, while my husband is still a sucker for the lowest price, regardless of quality.  So, tidying up the pantry means leaving a little of this and little of that, including not wasting the items he purchased. Continue reading