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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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Kitchen Garden #CleanCouponing Chat

If you could pick one thing to grow organically in your own kitchen garden, what would it be?  Will you be growing some of your own fresh vegetables and herbs this year?  Join us Thursday, March 12 at 9 pm Eastern on Twitter for our next #CleanCouponing chat on growing a kitchen garden!

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What easy plants would an expert gardener suggest you try?  We’ll share those ideas.

Is seed saving really worth it?  I’ll share how that’s been working for me.

Where can you go to find open pollinated, heirloom seeds that you could use to continue seed saving each year?  I’ll share some of my favorite sources for non-GMO seeds.

Be sure to join us tonight at 9 pm Eastern and follow @FlourSackMama and @CleanCouponing.  Use the hashtag #CleanCouponing to join in the conversation!

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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?

Roasted meat with garnish and cowberry pie on festive table

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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An Organic Apple a Day…

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what about the pesticides we’ve been ingesting along with those apples?  It’s hard to say, isn’t it?  Healthy guidelines from places like Choose My Plate tell us to fill at least half our plate with fruits and vegetables each day.

Yet, pesticides have been found again and again as residues on conventionally grown apples.  This, according to government data collected and shared via watchdog Environmental Working Group.

Organic ApplesApples have the notoriety of topping the EWGs Dirty Dozen list that helps consumers understand which conventionally grown fruits and vegetables tend to contain the most pesticide residues.  The American Academy of Pediatrics, the President’s Cancer Panel and other health and environmental experts have long been cautioning about the health dangers of pesticides.

No wonder organic apples have been gaining in popularity, particularly among parents of young children who pound for pound are more susceptible to toxic pesticide exposures.

No doubt, the extra value and extra work involved in producing organic apples can add some expense.  How can you use #CleanCouponing methods to feed your apple-a-day needs?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Use store coupons for dollars off your total purchase, so you can make choices like organic apples and use that discount.
  • Check for discounted organic produce that might not be cosmetically perfect.
  • Shop farmers’ markets or local you-pick farms.
  • Sign up for a local food cooperative that might give member discounts on organic foods.
  • Be flexible and rotate from apples to other organic fruits as stores offer various special pricing.
  • Give up one junk processed food and apply that savings toward organic apples.
  • Split the cost of a bag of organic apples with a friend so you can each use half that week.

What #CleanCouponing methods do you use to make organic apples available for your household?

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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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Our Frugal, Clean Couponing Grocery Shopping for Family of Four

We’re all challenged to make ends meet these days, aren’t we?  Yet, we’d be penny wise and pound foolish to pat ourselves on the back for being frugal at the grocery store, with no other values in our shopping cart.  That’s why clean couponing is about being frugal with more than money.

Budget-conscious grocery shopping trip for only $135 for family of four.

It’s common knowledge that good nutrition is the most important single thing we can do for our own health.  So, how do we balance the need for the best nutrition, free of pesticide residues, genetically modified organisms and other suspect additives in our food, without breaking the budget?  Could you feed a family of four all week for $175 or less with mostly organic, non-GMO foods? Continue reading

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YoKids Organic Yogurt Pouches Review & Giveaway

*The following is a sponsored post for Stonyfield Organic, bringing you new information and the chance to win free organic yogurt for your family!

I’m not the only mom who gets nostalgic about every little toy her kids play with, am I? This miniature wooden wagon made a great prop for our new delivery of Stonyfield pouches.  I insist on saving all of the wooden, vintage-inspired toys my kids have been playing with — now realizing how fast my kids are outgrowing them.  I suppose holding onto toys is another way of holding onto #RealLifeMoments.

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My daughters, both so mature and school-aged, were sure to point out that they were really too big for the “baby” food, although they liked the taste of YoBaby blueberry in the new reclosable pouch. Continue reading

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Texas Farmers Offer USA-Made Organic Cotton Clothing

*The following is a sponsored post for #CleanCouponing Twitter party sponsor SOS From Texas.  All opinions are my own.

Colorful t-shirts in all sizes, for all seasons, plus tiny baby-sized organic cotton creations fill the online catalog for SOS From Texas.  Just when you might have given up on organic cotton as too rare, too expensive, or not-to-be-found in the USA, there it is.  Would you believe I found some cute t-shirts on sale there for under $10?

Oldham Farm Family Courtesy:  SOS From Texas

Oldham Farm Family
Courtesy: SOS From Texas

Today’s USA-made clothing creating fair wage jobs is also helping farm families like the Oldhams preserve their heritage.  Gary Oldham says he comes from a family that was growing cotton in Texas a century ago.  He has the photo to prove it.  Oldham proudly continues the tradition with sustainable, organic growing methods like crop rotation, using beneficial insects, and avoiding toxic, persistent pesticides when he grows cotton.

Photos Courtesy:  SOS From Texas

Photos Courtesy: SOS From Texas

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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