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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Food Labels – 26 October 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

I’m so happy to see that the latest issue of VegNews Magazine features an article written by Jonathan Hermann entitled “Code Red: Deciphering the Discombobulating Language of Food Labels.” This is definitely a must-read for anyone who is curious about all those ingredients listed on food labels.

You may be dismayed to learn what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows under the heading of “natural flavors”! And how about this: “According to FDA guidelines, products are required to list all ingredients constituting more than .1 percent by weight in order by amount, with the main ingredient listed first, followed by the next largest amount, and so on.”

In other words, you may unknowingly be eating something that is not required to be listed on the label, including animal products – just because it is a small amount. If you’re like us, any amount – no matter how small – of an animal ingredient (like gelatin, for example) is a “no-no.” This is the reason we try to avoid buying processed foods.

For more information about this very important subject, visit my Blog “Animal Ingredients A to Z – 18 Mar 2006” at 

For my review of the excellent book Animal Ingredients A to Z - Third Edition visit:

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