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My favorites from the week . . .

From Seeds of Suicide to Seeds of Hope:

This is not a puff piece. But in light of  what Monsanto claims about their products, it’s a must read. Honestly, I expected M Corp to keep a low profile after Food, Inc. came out. Nope. Here’s the statement on their front page:

Monsanto is an agricultural company. We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more. We help farmers grow yield sustainably so they can be successful, produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber, while also reducing agriculture’s impact on our environment.

Does that line up with real life experience? You decide.

The region in India with the highest level of farmers suicides is the Vidharbha region in Maharashtra — 4000 suicides per year, 10 per day. This is also the region with the highest acreage of Monsanto’s GMO Bt cotton. Monsanto’s GM seeds create a suicide economy by transforming seed from a renewable resource to a non-renewable input which must be bought every year at high prices.

To read more, visit The Huffington Post

How Long Should You Breastfeed For?

This short article, although not new information, was certainly worth the read if only for the comments. I feel almost mainstream now. Sigh.

The practice of extended nursing has sparked heated controversy because some disagree about when it is no longer appropriate to breastfeed children. Some parenting experts say breastfeeding too long could potentially stunt child development because it may impede a child’s ability to self soothe. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports mothers who want to nurse as long as necessary. “It’s completely appropriate that a mother should avail herself to her infant or toddler,” said Dr. Lori Winter, of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “That’s in no way damaging to the child.”

Read the full article at New Parent

Who Owns Your Favorite Organic Foods?

I try to buy local as much as possible, but due to time/budget/availability constraints we supplement our pantry with goodies from Whole Foods. I shop at WF because it is the only grocery store I can go into and buy anything, knowing it doesn’t have any GMO ingredients (yes I am THAT against GMO’s). Plus, even their conventional produce has not been irradiated. So even if it’s not organic, at least it’s still alive.

With that said, Whole Foods is not what it used to be. I don’t walk in there and buy just anything. Many of the labels are owned by companies I don’t trust. They’ve “gone organic” for the money, and that often means they sacrifice quality.

“The large companies go to great lengths to hide that they’re the owners,” Potter said from his company’s headquarters in Clinton, Ill. “There’s a great deal of effort that goes into shielding that from the public. There’s smoke and mirrors in the marketing of organic foods.”

There are a few really exceptional companies out there. One of my favorites, Organic Valley, is more expensive than Horizon Organic but soooo worth it. If you’re wondering why Horizon uses factory mega-farms to produce their organic but environmentally unsustainable milk. Organic Valley, on the other hand, is a cooperative of private family farms with very high standards. Their CEO, George Siemon, is an actual farmer. He has resisted buyout offers from just about every U.S. food conglomerate imaginable in order to keep product quality and environmental sustainability a priority. Seriously, I wish more CEO’s with half a billion in sales this year looked like this.

For more on this topic, read Who Owns Your Organic Foods?

Happy Saturday!!!

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3 Responses to Link Love from The Mommypotamus

  1. Sarah says:

    **Some parenting experts say breastfeeding too long could potentially stunt child development because it may impede a child’s ability to self soothe** I have always been curious as to what these so called “experts” have done to become an expert on MY baby. I believe God gave us the wisdom and knowledge to parent the children he gave us. You can walk into any book store and find an ‘expert’ that will support any position you want to take….I say what does YOUR HEART say? My heart said look to my child and meet his needs now and I wont be meeting them later. Which as far as BF goes meant nursing in terms of years not months or days as is typical. It was a mutual relationship between the two of us..not the baby in control or me being controlling… I would love for anyone to meet my children and see if they have been stunted in anyway or are unable to self soothe. Oh and at 19, 16,and 10 they are all weaned, potty trained, sleep in their own bed and are turning into quite the functional contributing members of society all in spite of how long they nursed when they potty trained or how long they co slept…. ; )

    • Heather says:

      Sarah, I am so glad to hear from you! People often ask me if I know anyone with grown (or almost grown) children that have parented like this. They want proof that the kids turned out okay, I think. I’m sure I DO know moms that have practiced extended breastfeeding,etc, but I haven’t polled local parents or teens about how long they breastfed and therefore this information is hard to come by, So, THANK YOU for taking the time to comment. I hope you’ll come back and share your wisdom with those of us that are just starting this journey!

  2. Sarah says:

    I felt the same way when my children were babies. I had a couple of families I looked up to because I could see proof in the children. It is amazing to me that I am now that mom who can say seeeeeee look it does work. Time truly aware of that! : ) My kids are not perfect of course and I have made many mistakes a long the way but following my heart has never let me down. I just retired from being a La Leche League Leader of 13 years..member of LLL for 20. Maybe this can be my way of giving back what was given to me! : ) Your very sweet..I know I don’t know you but I do live in the area and “know” some of the same people that you do! Thank you for letting me share on your blog! By the way…you blog is very inspiring to me as well!

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