Fun Fair Trade Prizes, Up for Grabs

Feeling lucky?

Check out the free, random drawing on our Facebook page for a chance to win 3 fabulous, Fair Trade prizes.

On November 30th, 2012 at 12 pm ET, 2 winners will be chosen to each take home:

 Fair Trade: A Human Journey by Eric St-Pierre. In 350 captivating photographs, this book takes you to the four corners of the planet & right into the lives of the women and men – artisans, peasants, workers – who produce various commodities that are part of our daily lives. 

– 1 Make Your Own Chocolate KitLearn how to make dark chocolate like a confectioner, right in your kitchen. This sweet activity kit contains everything you need, including Fair Trade cocoa butter & cocoa powder.

– 1 Case of Glee Gum (12 boxes). Pick the flavor of your choice & enjoy the world’s first & only Fair Trade chewing gum, naturally sweetened with Fair Trade cane sugar. Aspartame-free & GMO-free, too!

Read the full details here. In the meantime, we’ve got our fingers crossed for you!

 

Saying No to GMOs

As you probably know, Prop 37— the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act— didn’t pass this month. We still believe that labeling food containing GMOs would be a good idea. And, based on the votes cast in Cali, so do at least 4 million other Americans!

“Because of the prevalence of soy, corn, and sugar in processed foods, more than 30,000 GMO food products sit on US grocery shelves unlabeled,” Alisa Gravitz, the president of Green America, recently noted.

Green America recently created a new campaign called GMO Inside, in hopes of increasing awareness and keeping up the momentum from Prop 37. If you agree with their position, visit their site to join the movement! Before your next trip to the grocery store, also consider checking out the Institute for Responsible Technology’s guide to GMO-free shopping. And don’t forget that our partners at Just Label It offer a quick and easy way for you to contact the FDA about this issue.

The Green Halloween Scene: Upcoming Events

So much to do before Halloween! These upcoming events sound like a scream. Glee Gum will be there, but will you? Mark your calendar to say, “Boo!”

“The World’s Largest Halloween Party” at the Louisville Zoo, Louisville, KY

October 5th-7th, 11th-14th, 18th-21st, 25th-28th, 2012

New Orleans Film FestivalNew Orleans, LA

October 11th-18th, 2012

Anniversary Celebration at Health Hut 2Beaver Falls, PA

October 15th-20th, 2012

Fall Festival at Apple Crate IIFayetteville, NC

October 20th, 2012

Harvest Carnival at Si View Community Center, North Bend, WA

October 20th, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA

October 20th-21st, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at Gulf Breeze ZooGulf Breeze, FL

October 20th-21st, 27th-28th, 2012

Boo at the Boardwalk at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant, NJ

October 20th-21st, 27th-28th, 2012

Zoo Boo at Como Park ZooSt. Paul, MN

October 20th-21st, 26th-28th, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA

October 20th-21st, 27th-28th, 2012

Anniversary Event at Neighbor’s MarketVancouver, WA

October 25th, 2012

Slither and Squeak Halloween Event at CuriOdysseySan Mateo, CA

October 26th, 2012

Halloween Carnival Fundraiser at the Awakening SeedPhoenix, AZ

October 26th, 2012

Green Scare on the Square at the Rutherford County Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, TN

October 26th, 2012

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked! at Birch Aquarium at ScrippsSan Diego, CA

October 26th-27th, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA

October 26th-27th, 2012

ZooBoo at Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ

October 26th-27th, 2012

Howl-O-Ween at Reid Park ZooTucson, AZ

October 26th-28th, 2012

Zoo Boo at Zoo MiamiMiami, FL

October 26th-28th, 2012

Screamin’ Green Halloween at World Financial Center, New York, NY

October 27th, 2012

SuperNatural at Whole Foods MarketNaperville, IL

October 27th, 2012

Zoo Boo at Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, VA

October 27th, 2012

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

October 27th-28th, 2012

Trick or Treat on the Waterfront at Ferry Terminal to Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

October 28th, 2012

Green Halloween at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA

October 28th, 2012

Haunt the Hollow at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose, CA

October 28th, 2012

Healthy Halloween Jax at Alterman and Johnson Family Chiropractors, Jacksonville Beach, FL

October 28th, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Bash at Whole Foods Market, Pembroke Pines, FL

October 28th, 2012

Georgia A-Scary-Um! at Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

October 31st, 2012

Trick-or-Treating at Whole Foods Market – Speedway, Tucson, AZ

October 31st, 2012

Halloween Block Party at Whole Foods Market – Palm Beach Gardens, FL

October 31st, 2012

Kids Trick or Treat Event at Whole Foods MarketBoca Raton, FL

October 31st, 2012

Happy Halloween Event at Whole Foods Market – South Beach, Miami, FL

October 31st, 2012

Customer Appreciation Day at Happy Heart Specialty FoodsNorth Platte, NE

November 1st, 2012

Family Night at PPAC at the Providence Performing Arts CenterProvidence, RI

November 7th, 2012

 

 


I Spy with My Glee-ful Eye…

Photo Credit: Marta Drane, NMAI

Spotted in Washington, DC. Any guesses where this Peppermint Glee could be?

Photo Credit: Marta Drane, NMAI

It’s in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian! First level, main hallway, on the way to the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe.

Pretty neat, huh?

Glee is part of a three-case exhibit entitled “American Indian Foods in the Global Pantry.” The description notes, “The global impact of foods indigenous to the Americas is so immense that we sometimes forget their origins and how they have transformed the world. Today, corn, cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes are among the world’s most heavily produced crops. These and other American foods are staples in homes throughout the world and sustain populations worldwide just as they have nourished Native families for millennia.” 

Why is Glee Gum in that case? Because it’s made with chicle, the tree sap once chewed by the ancient Maya. 

Have you spied Glee anywhere unusual lately? We’d love to see! 

 

 

Sweet Sale on Natural Candy

As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, there’s no better time to eat something sweet. But wait! What’s really in that lollipop or chocolate bar? Wouldn’t you prefer if it were free from artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives? Wouldn’t it taste yummy if it were safer for your tummy?

Enter NaturalCandyStore.com. This comprehensive web-store offers the largest selection of natural and organic candy you can find—and a lot of brands you might have trouble finding. Family-owned and operated, it was founded back in ’07 by two sisters and their mom in the hopes of offering quality sweets made from the best possible ingredients.

“When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to eat candy because of the refined sugar and artificial ingredients,” explains founder, CEO, and “big sis” Dawn Van Hee. “We want to make it easy for anyone, whatever their special dietary requirement, to find candy they can eat and feel good about eating.”

NaturalCandyStore.com stocks traditional treats like gummies, chocolate, lollipops, and more. But, as their tagline says, it’s “all the FUN without the FUNNY stuff!” The store specifically caters to customers looking for organic, fair trade, vegan, allergen-friendly, gluten-free, dye-free, Feingold Diet accepted, and kosher products.

“The increasing incidence of conditions like ADHD and autism is also a significant factor,” notes Van Hee. “Many parents find that a diet free of artificial ingredients reduces symptoms, with research suggesting artificial colors and preservatives do indeed increase hyperactivity in children. Sugar always gets blamed for making kids hyper, but the research has never supported that— it’s probably all the artificial colors and flavors that usually go along with sugar that are the real culprits! Since almost all candy contains artificial colors and flavors, parents are searching for alternatives.”

Search no more! This is the place to find ’em. Sweetest of all? All Glee Gum at NaturalCandyStore.com is 20% OFF, now through September 21st, 2012. Stock up while you can!

 

All the News that's Fit to Chew

Articles about chewing gum keep blowing up our news feed. Reporters must be chew-sing to cover stories with real sticking power. In case you spent the summer unplugged and offline, here are some of the latest sound bites… and then we promise to quit with the punny business.

  •  In Seattle last Saturday, fans of the Nintendo character “Kirby” honored his 20th anniversary by setting a new world record: “Most People Blowing a Chewing Gum Bubble Simultaneously.” That number, should you attempt to surpass it at your next sporting event or class reunion, is reportedly 536.
  • TIME recently illuminated some of the surprising benefits of chewing gum, from improving focus and fighting fatigue to fixing cracks and baiting fish. Sorry in advance, fish, but can’t blame your good taste.
  • The world’s 1st medical marijuana-based chewing gum, CanChew, is set to debut in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington, DC next month. We shall refrain from editorializing or smoking out additional details at this time.
  • Any guesses as to where in the world most people chew gum? According to a recent report from Kantar Media, the biggest gum fans live in Iran (where 82% of the population supposedly chew it) and Saudi Arabia (79%). The US ranks third with 59%. (For now, at least. We can catch up!)