Non GMO Halloween Candy {All Treat, No Tricks!}

Make sure the Halloween candy you use for trick or treaters is non GMO.

What do you usually hand out at Halloween?

It is possible to hand out treats that you can feel good about. All of the candies listed here are non GMO.

Why Non GMO Halloween Candy?

There is increasing evidence that connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Choose one of these candies to hand out on Halloween night or to give to your own little monsters.

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Endangered Species Bug Bites 

Who doesn’t like chocolate? The perfect little bite of chocolate, try Bug Bites for a perfect halloween treat! Plus, each Bug Bite chocolate contains 1 of 30 collectable, educational insect trading cards!

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Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

Trash the Reese’s and replace them with Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. They taste better than the mainstream candy without all the nasty stuff.

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Gin Gin Chews

If you need lots of little yummy treats to hand out, check out the Gin Gins Spicy Apple Ginger Candy. There is a lot of cinnamon, apple and ginger goodness in this 2 pound bag. I could eat the whole bag in one sitting, but then I wouldn’t have any for the next day.

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YumEarth Lollipops

YumEarth Lollipops are a popular Halloween option since the cost is low for the number of lollipops you receive. Not to mention, they are perfect if you are looking to avoid food dyes!

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YumEarth Organic GummyBears

What’s not to love about gummybears? Especially when those gummybears are free of artificial colors, flavors and are Non GMO.

Will you be going Non GMO for Halloween?

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GMO Free Candy List for Easter

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Looking for Easter treats that you can feel good about giving this year? This GMO free candy list will leave both you and your kiddos happy this Easter!

Not only are these products GMO free, they all come with high ratings for taste!

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Enjoy Life

If you have kiddos with food allergies, Enjoy Life chocolate bars can be a lifesaver! These candy bars are not only GMO free, but they are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, sesame, and soy!

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Surf Sweet

What is Easter without jelly beans? Surf Sweet jelly beans use only 100% natural ingredients. They also contain some fruit juice and 100% of your daily vitamin C.

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Glee Gum

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love chewing gum! Glee Gum is GMO free and has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It also uses fair trade sugar cane.

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YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks

YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks are made from real fruit extracts and absolutely no high fructose corn syrup.

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Unreal Chocolate

Unreal Chocolate is an attempt to “unjunk” our junk food. Unreal uses grass-fed dairy in it’s products and does not contain corn syrup or artificial ingredients. That includes no artificial colorings! On top of that, they average 40% less sugar than mainstream brands. If you read the reviews, these chocolate treats get high ratings!

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Wondering Which Foods to Buy Organic?

Which Foods to Buy Organic

Are you wondering which foods to buy organic? 

While not everyone can agree that buying food organically grown is healthier, no one can argue that they don’t contain fewer pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.

By definition, buying food with the USDA organic label means the product was grown free of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers, was not treated with antibiotics, and contains no additives. In addition, for a food to be labeled organic, the food can not be genetically modified or irradiated.

Start by buying these 14 produce items organically grown to greatly reduce your exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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PRODUCE

Apples
Bell Peppers
Carrots
Celery
Cherries
Imported Grapes
Lettuce
Nectarine
Peach
Pears
Potatoes
Red Raspberries
Spinach
Strawberries

Change to buying these four meat and dairy products organically grown, and you can reduce the number of antibiotics and growth hormones you are exposed to daily.

MEAT and DAIRY:

Chicken
Beef
Eggs
Milk

Finally, if you are purchasing baby food, buying organic protects your baby from harmful pesticides that can interfere with infant development.

The lists aren’t long and you probably don’t buy all of these items every single week. This list is meant to get your started on an organic diet. As your budget allows, it makes sense to make sure the items you buy the most of each week are also purchased organically grown.

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Why I’m Worried About GMOs {and You Should Be Too!}

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Are you worried about GMOs?

I am.

GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. GMO crops were all new to me until I watched Food Inc, one of my 7 Food Documentaries to Watch Now. That was when I learned crops and animals were being genetically modified to be more disease resistant and pest resistant.

Sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it? To be able to produce crops that are disease and insect resistant? To be able to have more abundant crops that can help feel the world?

How joyous will the day be when no one on this good earth goes hungry.

When looked at like that, how can we argue that GMOs can be bad?

Let’s look at what the scientists are saying about the safety of GMO crops:

“… Research on genetically modified seeds is still published, of course. But only studies that the seed companies have approved ever see the light of a peer-reviewed journal. In a number of cases, experiments that had the implicit go-ahead from the seed company were later blocked from publication because the results were not flattering.”

Scientific American

Hold the phone. Are you reading what I’m reading? The companies that are telling us GMO crops are safe are the same companies that are developing the GMO seeds then controlling what studies are seen and what they say?

Hmmmm. Guarding and witholding information, then releasing only favorable information has always been a big red flag in my book. What does it say to you?

As it stands, GMOs are already in about 80% of our processed foods.

How can that be possible when we only have a few crops that are currently being genetically modified?

Consider this if you will: 88% of the corn that is currently grown in the US is GMO corn. Corn is just one crop. But to see just how much corn we eat in the American diet, read this article and then read this article.

Kinda rocks your world doesn’t it?

Folks, I am a stay-at-home mom with two kids, two dogs and a degree in political science. None of this makes me an expert on anything genetically modified. All I’ve done is try to educate myself. Are my conclusions correct? Is there reason to question the safety of GMOs in our food? You can decide for yourself.

What I’m asking is simple: Label my food so I can choose.

Currently, there are two labels you can find that help you avoid GMOs:

USDA Organic

and

Non-GMO Project

By definition, organic food can not contain GMOs. So purchasing food with the USDA Organic label is the current gold standard for finding food that has not been genetically modified.

The non-GMO label is given when a company demonstrates GMO avoidance. It’s not a sure-fire guarantee that your food has no GMOs, it simply means they are doing their darndest to make sure it doesn’t.

Short of those two labels, it is impossible to know if your food is genetically modified, which is why labeling is so important. 64 countries already require this labeling. It can be done, it is being done, and to be totally transparent in our food supply, it must be done.

Getting off my soapbox now. Thank you for listening. And now it is your turn. Do you worry about GMOs?

The state of Washington currently has a chance to require labeling on GMO products. If you would like to see labeling, Vote YES on 522! And help to spread the word.

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