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What is I-522?

Yesterday, I interviewed a mom who is concerned about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). She explained that there is no way to know whether the food you purchase may include GMOs unless it is certified organic. In Washington state, Initiative 522 would require labeling for foods produced through genetic engineering. 

Providing consumers with information about the foods they eat seems like common sense. However, I-522 has already been met with controversy especially from the state's wheat growers. I wanted to hear from a local farm, so I asked Dan Hulse from Tahoma Farms for his thoughts on GMOs and I-522.

In 2003, Dan and his wife Kim formed Terra Organics an organic produce delivery service. They have been small family farmers since 2004. In 2009, the couple purchased a 40-acre farm in Orting, WA known as Tahoma Farms. The farm and Terra Organics sell organic produce locally to restaurants, grocery stores, schools and over 1,000 households in Pierce and King Counties. 
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Learning about GMO foods

Recently, I was talking with some other moms about kids and food when the topic of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) came up. These are foods that have been bio-engineered by taking DNA from one species and adding it to another unrelated species. This experimentation is most often done with the intent to create crops that withstand a specific pesticide, such as Round-up. The majority of U.S. grown corn, soy, cotton, canola and sugar beets have been genetically modified.

Since I have an interest in agriculture and food policy, I asked a friend who has researched this topic to help me better understand GMOs and why she is concerned about them. Shannon is a stay-at-home mom and a former teacher.
1. Why is the topic of GMOs important to you and your family?
Trying to eat mostly organic has been important to me for quite a while. Getting pregnant and having my son reinvigorated my desire to limit  our exposure to toxins, not just in food, but in many other aspects of our lives as …

Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Soup (Serves 8)

Vanilla Spice Sweet Potato Fries (Serves 2)

Tuesday Tip for Picky Eaters: Encourage samples

This week’s Tuesday Tip for Picky Eaters: Encourage samples. Who doesn't love grocery store samples? The tiny bite-sized portions are so enticing you just have to try them out. They are a fun, no-pressure way for kids to taste a new food without committing to a big serving.

There are two ways to embrace samples with your kids. 
Your first option is to take them grocery shopping with you and encourage them to try out new foods at the store. We visit during Henry's usual snack time so that sampling does not interfere with a meal. 

Luckily, we have two grocery stores nearby that offer samples of nutritious whole foods. The first reliably sets out samples of fresh seasonal produce, including slices of apples and oranges. The second always has a wide selection of cheese samples on offer, from aged Parmesan to soft goat cheese. If you don't see good options at your local supermarket, talk with the produce manager or even the checkout clerk to ask them about featuring samples of loca…

Maple Carrots and Parsnips (Serves 4)