gmos – Uncle Matt's Organic Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:52:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 gmos – Uncle Matt's Organic 32 32 Eating clean: Three tips for avoiding chemicals in your food Thu, 30 May 2013 18:14:02 +0000 more]]> It seems like food is getting the blame as the cause of many illnesses and sickness these days. Although we have some of the best health and nutrition education in the world, we’re still addressing significant issues surrounding the American diet. To combat obesity, illness and other diseases, the USDA recommended in 2010 that Americans should fill “half the plate with fruits and veggies” at each meal. Yet, some of us find ourselves second-guessing what’s supposed to be a healthy no-brainer. Maybe it’s due to the fact that much of the U.S. fruit and vegetable supply has been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals that carry long-term health risks.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), many scientists and public health advocates believe that a number of increasingly common problems that afflict children, including autism, ADHD, low birth weight, early delivery, asthma, infertility, diabetes and cancer, are linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides.

A recent study published by the Environmental Health Journal reports that cancer benchmark levels were exceeded by all children tested – 100% – for toxic exposure to arsenic, dieldrin, DDE, and dioxins. Based on the self-reported dietary data, the greatest exposure to pesticides from foods included in this analysis were tomatoes, peaches, apples, peppers, grapes, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, pears, green beans, celery and dairy.  What’s more, the study showed that pre-school age children had significantly higher estimated intakes of 6 of 11 compounds compared to school-age children.

So what are we to do when what we put on our family’s dinner plate is about as simple as navigating a minefield? We’re offering you  three dietary tips that greatly reduce your family’s exposure to chemicals in your food and will help you make informed food choices:

1. Choose organic for all your dairy, fresh fruit and veggies.

It’s an easy rule of thumb: if you’re eating the skin or peel of it, buy it organic. It’s that simple. This advice applies to many of the foods on the “Dirty Dozen: Foods You Should Always Buy Organic List,” including: apples, berries, peaches, tomatoes, grapes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, spinach and lettuce. Since the nutrient density of these foods is so high, why taint the health benefits by choosing ones sprayed with chemicals? Also, when it comes to dairy, what goes into the cow shows up in the milk. So, by choosing organic, you can rest assured that “organic cows” used for milking were fed a diet of grains and grasses that were grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

2. Consume less meat, dairy and fish.

The most Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are found in meat, dairy and fish. POPs are organic (carbon-based) chemicals — products and by-products of human industrial processes — that do not break down, either chemically or biologically, in the environment. They are persistent, meaning that they can be found in the environment for decades and even centuries.

Not only do POPs remain in the environment, they also have a tendency to accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals and humans and have been found in human breast tissue, fish, meat, and dairy products worldwide.

Exposure to POPs has been linked to many health problems, including birth defects, immune system disorders, reproductive health disorders, endocrine and nervous system abnormalities, and cancers. (Source: Healthy Child, Healthy World).

If you don’t want to eliminate these foods altogether, then remove the fat and skin as much as possible when you eat meat and fish since this is where the POPs concentrate. Also, avoid farmed salmon, as it tends to have some of the highest levels of POPs.

3. Lower your intake of processed carbohydrates.

Put away the potato chips. Throw out the cookies. You’ve heard it before: avoid high-carbohydrate processed foods. But do you know why? One partial reason is because those foods have a higher probability of containing “acrylamide.” According to the World Health Organization, “acrylamide is a chemical that is used to make polyacrylamide materials, as well as glues, paper and cosmetics. Acrylamide is also used in the construction of dam foundations and tunnels, and appears to be produced in some foods prepared at high temperatures. Acrylamide is known to cause cancer in animals. Also, certain doses of acrylamide are toxic to the nervous system of both animals and humans.”

So, that begs the question: why is a chemical that is used in construction of dam foundations and tunnels in our food?  The answer is that appears to be produced naturally in some foods that have been cooked or processed at high temperature and the levels appear to increase with the duration of heating. The highest levels found so far were in starchy foods (potato and cereal products).


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“Why I’m PRO ‘NO-GMO’” | An Open Letter from Uncle Matt Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:38:02 +0000 more]]> Dear Friends,

As an Uncle Matt’s supporter, you know the importance of eating food that is high in nutrition and free from the residual effects of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers often used in today’s conventional growing practices.

But there is an issue you may not know about that deeply affects the U.S. food supply and has far-reaching global implications: GMOs. A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.

What’s all the talk about? Simply put, GMOs combine genes in crops from unrelated organisms that could not have otherwise have mixed through biological reproduction and/or conventional breeding. For instance, a frog gene could be inserted into a tomato plant to allow the tomato plant to grow faster.  Common crops that have been modified include wheat, soy and corn. Ultimately, the goal is to increase crop yields by creating GMO plants more resistant to pests and disease.

While farming with GMOs might increase yields over the short term, “Round-Up Ready” crops (as they are dubbed) utilizing the chemical “glyphosate,” a weed killer, have spawned a growing concern for human health. Why? Because not enough research exists on what the long-term risks from GMOs are when examining our environment and human health.

As an organic farmer, I’m concerned with answering questions like, “Does the human body respond to GMOs as food or as foreign substances?” If the body responds to the genetic modification as something “foreign,” it won’t break it down and nourish the body as it should. In fact, the body may actually have a negative autoimmune response. Additionally, what are implications for pregnant women, babies and children who consume GMO foods? Is there a correlation between GMO-food consumption and the spike in food allergies, autism, and ADHD that we see today?

As we grapple over these alarming questions regarding human health, unanswered questions surrounding the impact of GM crops on animal and environmental health remain: What are the ramifications of GM-engineered animal feed given to livestock? Or what about the potential contamination of GM crops on non-GM varieties via open pollination? One grain grower told me about his concern for “trespassing pollen” on his property with organic acreage.

So while the topic can appear daunting, here are 2 important steps you can take today to make a difference ­­–– not only for the safety of your family but also for your community and your state.


Aside from banning GMOs, which I would be in favor of until ramifications for human, animal, and environmental health were fully understood, the easiest short-term action that allows for consumer choice is food labeling. Consumers would then know whether or not they were consuming GMOs and the marketplace would decide whether or not they want to be a part of the GMO experiment.

The national ‘Just-Label-It’ campaign is lobbying Washington D.C. to introduce a law that would require labeling of all GMO foods. Visit to learn about the 8 steps you can take to promote labeling. And while Prop 37, which would have required GMO labeling in California, was defeated last November, there are currently 14 states with similar bills being considered.

If you are more favorable to letting the marketplace decide, Whole Foods recently announced that any products sold in its U.S. and Canadian stories that contain genetically modified ingredients must be labeled by 2018.


Consuming organic foods is one sure-fire way to avoid GMOs.  Not only are organic foods produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, they are also produced without genetically-modified organisms. GMOs and GM seeds are strictly prohibited in the production of organically-grown foods. For example, certified organic corn flakes will not be produced with GMO corn. Organic soymilk uses only non-gmo soy.

In the end, your dollar is your vote and voice, not only for you, but for your family as well. By voting for organic, you are voting for a much cleaner method for producing food that is healthy for you, your family and the planet. And by choosing an all-organic diet, you’ll never have to worry about consuming GMOs again.

Healthy regards,


Matt McLean is the founder and CEO of Uncle Matt’s Organic, a family-owned business located in Clermont, Florida, specializing in fresh organic juices and fresh produce. He also has served on the Organic Trade Association Board for the past 8 years, the last two as President.

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How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow? Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:56:45 +0000 more]]> The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? This Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes.


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