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The Real Housewives of Wooville

I’ve given up a lot since becoming a skeptic. I’ve stayed away from Whole Foods. Left behind some seriously tasty GMO-free chips. I can’t even read a Mark Bittman recipe anymore, and I used to live by his frittatas, okay? But now pseudoscience is threatening something essential to the very …


Marin School District Goes GMO-Free, Fails Basic Science

Last week, Sausalito Marin City School District became the first in the country to serve 100% GMO-free school lunches. All school lunches will now be fresh, local, organic, seasonal and non-GMO, otherwise known as FLOSN. FLOSN. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? For the past two years, Conscious Kitchen has been serving GMO-free food …


Gwyneth Goes to Washington: 5 Reasons She Wants to Label GMOs

Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow passionately urged the Senate to vote against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Don’t worry, she came armed with reasons: 1. She’s a mom! When I first became a mother, my sister used to imitate my new mom-centered (read: self-centered) way of thinking by squawking “I’m a mom!” after everything …


Dear Amanda Peet, GMOs Need You!

Dear Amanda Peet, As you may know, your bestie Gwyneth Paltrow recently asked her Twitter followers to join forces with anti-GMO activists and demand labeling of GMO food. It seems the woman who recommends limes to folks on food stamps and wood-burning pizza ovens in the garden for the rest of …

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I Don’t Need Your Birth Feminism

Mariah Sixkiller’s Why I Am a Birth Feminist is one of the most privileged and myopic pieces of drivel I have ever read. Why exactly is she a birth feminist? Is it because she wants to see improved birth outcomes for women in third world countries? No. Is it because she wants to fight …


Is Chipotle Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

Several months ago I went to talk to a few fifth graders about GMOs. I was having a hard time explaining the whole GMOs-are-a-process-not-a-thing thing, when I finally just said — Okay, here’s what they’re NOT. You don’t take a giant scoop of GMOs out of your GMO jar and add it to the cereal. That’s not …


Follow The Money: Why You Can’t Trust the EWG’s Ethically-Challenged Sunscreen Guide

It’s hard to find a more successful and widely accepted fear-mongering campaign than the Environmental Working Group’s annual Sunscreen Guide. Every year, the EWG “shames” sunscreens made with scary-sounding ingredients like oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, and the public accepts their word for it. The EWG’s scare tactics aren’t just erroneous. They’re also unethical. They sell …

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Middle School Is Coming and I Am Freaking the Fuck Out

Next year I will have a kid in middle school. I’m entering a whole new stage of parenthood and I am freaking the fuck out. All the most terrifying things are looming — drugs, porn, drinking, driving and sex — and they could all hit at once like a hurricane. Like tomorrow …


Why Does the “Right to Know” Movement Care More About GMOs Than Food Allergies?

My daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Unlike GMOs, these foods present a real danger. It’s not hypothetical and it’s not overprotective parenting. I’ve seen her skin break out in hives and her ear swell after eating a few bites of a piece of contaminated wheat bread. Every …


Similac Doesn’t Care About Your Outrage

When Similac announced its decision to market GMO free formula last week, some science advocates were outraged. To me, it made perfect sense. GMO free may be no better than ordinary formula, but that makes no difference to Similac. Their customers want a GMO free product. And just like Chipotle, Similac has answered the demand. Monsanto, a company …