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HERSHEY’S MILK CHOCOLATE AND KISSES TO GO NON-GMO BY THE END OF 2015

It’s beeing called a victory for the consumer.  I just think Hersheys latest move following the removal of GMOs by General Mills, Unilever and Post Foods is just plain awesome!  And I’m personally grateful that one of our most beloved American companies is finally answering chocolate lovers everywhere with a message they’ve been hoping to hear.

kissesIn response to tens of thousands of Facebook posts, emails, and telephone calls from consumers who took part in GMO Inside’s campaign calling on Hershey’s to move to non-GMO ingredients, the U.S. chocolate giant released a statement last week (http://www.thehersheycompany.com/newsroom/news-release.aspx?id=2017846) that it “will feature a lineup of simple ingredients, and transition some of its most popular chocolate brands, including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars to simpler ingredients.”

Today, Hershey’s confirmed that as part of its commitment to simpler ingredients, its two iconic products will be non-GMO by the end of the year.

Green America Food Campaigns Director Nicole McCann stated: “We congratulate Hershey’s on this important move and great first step. As one of the leading chocolate companies in the U.S., this commitment will help move the rest of the companies in this sector. Hershey’s joins General Mills, Unilever, Post Foods, and other leading companies in responding to consumer demand to make at least some of its products non-GMO.”

Two years ago, in February 2013, GMO Inside began calling on consumers to put pressure on Hershey’s (as well Mars) to make its products without GMOs due to concerns over the environmental and health impacts of GMOs (http://gmoinside.org/hershey-mars/). In response, thousands of consumers emailed the company urging it to remove GMOs.

In December 2014, when Hershey’s announced it was exploring transitioning away from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), GMO Inside mobilized consumers to call the company to urge it not to use any other form of GMO sugar, such as from GMO sugar beets (http://greenam.org/1Bfmbre); and then again in February 2015 called on consumers to post on the company’s Facebook page on Valentine’s Day (http://gmoinside.org/hersheys-show-us-love-organic-sugar/).

“Hershey’s needs to take the next step and go non-GMO with all of its chocolates, and get third-party verification for non-GMO ingredients. This includes sourcing milk from cows not fed GMOs and agreeing to prohibit any synthetic biology ingredients, starting with vanilla,” stated John Roulac, co-chair of GMO Inside. “Consumers are increasingly looking for non-GMO products and verification, and Hershey’s and its competitors would be wise to offer third-party verified non-GMO products to consumers.”

ABOUT GMO INSIDE

GMO Inside is a campaign dedicated to helping all Americans know which foods have GMOs inside; and removing GMOs and toxins from our food supply. We believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and to choose foods that are proven safe for people, their families, and the environment. GMO Inside provides the information for a growing community of people from all walks of life, to make informed decisions around genetically engineered foods. Join the campaign at www.gmoinside.org, and take part in the GMO Inside community on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT GREEN AMERICA

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems (http://www.greenamerica.org).

Fifty Shades of Grey Publishing Partner Wins Lawsuit

50ShadesofGreyCoverArtEven with all the success and notariety that 50 Shades of Grey is having at the Box Office it seems there’s still a backstory landing it in hot water.  This release was issued on February 19, 2015.  Read on:

Plaintiff Entitled to Book Royalties

In a verdict with blockbuster implications, a jury in the case of Pedroza vs. Hayward and TWCS Operations Proprietary Ltd awarded a victory to Jennifer Lynn Pedroza in a dispute over royalty rights for the publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey.  The jury’s verdict was announced today by Ms. Pendroza’s attorneys at Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, PC.

The original publisher of the trio of books was The Writer’s Coffee Shop, an independent publisher of e-books and print-on-demand books.  The plaintiff, Jennifer Pedroza was one of four original partners in the start-up company that published Fifty Shades of Grey.  The Writer’s Coffee Shop eventually sold the publishing rights to the books to Random House.

Today’s verdict confirmed that Jennifer Pedroza was a partner in The Writer’s Coffee Shop.  The jury determined that fraud had been committed by Ms. Amanda Hayward and TWCS Operations Proprietary when they induced Ms. Pedroza into a Service Agreement, and also deprived her of her share of one of the most successful book deals in history. To date Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 100 million copies and is currently on the New York Times best seller list.

Damages will be assessed at a later court hearing after a forensic audit determines Ms. Pedroza’s appropriate share of royalties.  Ms. Pedroza was represented by the Dallas law firm of Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, PC.

SOURCE Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, PC

Happy Fat Tuesday!!!!

Don’t forget to eat a pancake and if you are in New Orleans a beignet to also celebrate National Pancake Day.  Perfect storm in every way!!!

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STOP DROP ROBOT: C.O.N.F.E.S.S.I.O.N.S.

GiaOnTheMove:

I spotlighted these guys in 2014 at Gia On The Move. But really Hurdy Gurdy Girl, their biggest all time fan, showcases them best!

Originally posted on hurdygurdygurl's Blog:


STOP DROP ROBOT: C.O.N.F.E.S.S.I.O.N.S.

 STOP DROP ROBOT is an electronic hard rock band, that hail from The Steel City, Sheffield, UK. I got hooked on the first song, I ever heard by Stop Drop Robot.

 I listened to ‘Running Tricks’ and watched the music video. I got hooked like a junkie.They say that the first one is free. So, it is. I spent loads of time, searching for more and more of my wonderful new drug, Stop Drop Robot.

 I followed the band on Bandcamp, Facebook, iTunes, Pinterest, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter and Youtube.I searched Google for whatever I could find. My addiction to Stop Drop Robot was serious, right from the get go. I needed a non-stop supply. I needed a fix and I needed it now.

STOP DROP ROBOT STOP DROP ROBOT – SHEFFIELD, UK

I got to know Stop Drop Robot frontman, Sam Christie, via Twitter. We bantered back and forth…

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Faster Than The Speed of Light

Just when I was catching up on my Happy New Year greetings it seems January has already passed us by.  Indicative of the year to come? Maybe. I’d say “faster than the speed of light” doesn’t quite describe how culture at large is moving on its own – never mind my own life.  Personally, I’m a bit cross-eyed.

“Shake it off!  Shake it off!”

Come With Me to Sardegna!

GiaOnTheMove:

La Signora Midge over at Nonna’s Mulberry Tree is an expert on Italy. She there most of the year living with her Italian family and lives like a local. The Sadegna tour is going to be special. You will at leat want to read about it and hopefully joining in! Buona Fortuna!

Originally posted on Nonna's Mulberry Tree:

Forget the tours. 

Ignore the guide with the raised umbrella. 

Travel Independently With

Nonna’s Mulberry Tree.  

 Why aren't the lights in Flagtown this cute?

Come to Sardegna.

Jack and I like to travel and we are particularly partial to Italy.  Friends enjoy our tales of traveling sans a big bus and a tour guide.  Yes, we find our own hotels – sometimes we can’t fit in the shower.  Yes, we figure out how to get fed – once Jack stared at what he ordered and gulped .  Yes, I make language snafus and am often surrounded by lots of laughing folks who haven’t a clue as to what I am saying.  Those experiences are stories to share and learning adventures to build on.  Join us as we improve our Italian language skills at Centro Mediterraneo Pintadera.  I wrote about the school a few months back – http://wp.me/p3rc2m-oW – and readers have asked me if they could study with us…

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