A popular brand of Greek yogurt is voluntarily recalling product.
The specifics of the recall – including exact descriptions of affected products – are found in this document.
I don’t have much comment, just wanted to spread the word.
The Food Babe has attacked us where it hurts: right in our favorite “unique grocery store.”
There are a lot of issues in her inflammatory article blasting Trader Joe’s, but it does upset me quite a bit that TJ’s won’t respond to her requests to verify its claims to be entirely non-GMO. Whole Foods was third-party verified. Why not Trader Joe’s??
I’m taking back the soy sauce I thought I bought safely last week. Grrrr.
Of course, anybody who blindly shops at Trader Joe’s assuming everything is “healthy” is not paying attention. Sadly, we can never stop reading labels, people. Trader Joe’s has plenty of junk food on the shelves; plenty of HFCS, and artificial flavors and colors, and chemicals and additives and generally the kind of thing you’d want to avoid.
Trader Joe’s deal is that they’re inexpensive for “gourmet” or exotic products. That’s it.
They’re not necessarily healthy, they’re not necessarily organic, and they’re not free-pass shopping.
While you read the article, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
Anyway, check out the article and leave me (or Food Babe) a comment to let me know what you think. Are you a devoted TJ’s shopper? Or are you suspicious?
I have a new hobby horse. Bananas.
“For well over a century, the banana conglomerates, specifically Dole, Del Monte, Chiquita, Bonita and Fyffes, have influenced every level of social, economic, and political history in Latin America. They have controlled the fate not only of the millions of workers who toil on their plantations, but have also been responsible for determining national lending, tax credit, land allotment, environment, and labor policies, even dictating the fate of the highest government officials. The most infamous case occurred in 1954, when the United Fruit Company (predecessor of Chiquita Brands) received the support of the CIA to back a military coup against Guatemala President Jacobo Arbenz, because his land reform policies interfered with the company’s expansion plans.”
I’m not pleased to be learning that many of these giant banana companies not only ravage the earth and abuse their workers, but also employ child labor. Just think: the ubiquitous yellow fruit that is packed in our kids’ lunches or cut upon their cereal might have been picked by a child just like them.
This isn’t once a year at Halloween candy time (which is bad enough); this is daily, for most of us.
Bananas are fascinating anyway – did you know that the strain most of us currently eat is not the strain our parents ate (which died out)? And the current banana will go extinct in the next generation or so, leading to yet a new “regular” banana?
I’m telling you, this fruit is ripe with possibilities. I hope the author of Tomatoland, my most favorite recent fruit expose, is working on it!
Buy fair trade bananas. The link above will take you to Equal Exchange, where you can read more about all of this (the quotes in this post are from the article). In one fair trade cooperative, “the members have voted to spend 80% of the Fair Trade premium they receive ($1 per box) for the sale of their bananas on community medical clinics, teachers, and a school for autistic children.” They’re doing the right thing.
Let’s do right by them.
A very simple but eye-opening slideshow displaying a few of the more obvious ways some foods aren’t exactly what they claim to be:
Lately my hobby horse has become GMOs. Ever since I learned about exploding bug stomachs (admittedly still debated – but I don’t much care, since if there’s even a chance then ew), I’ve been convinced that GMOs are the devil’s work and the primary cause of the stratospheric rise of previously-rare allergies in the kid population.