"All we're asking is to know what we're eating and what our kids are eating," Gilbert told SheKnows.
As mom of two school-age children and a newborn, Gilbert is all about low-guilt, healthful mothering and took a few minutes to talk with us about what's on her own plate.
People can go ahead and produce all the GMO food they want. As parents we just want to know about it. http://t.co/3lfguJaDyK— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 9, 2015
Gilbert has three children and is married to singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry, who has collaborated with Pink, Christina Aguilera and others.
Parenting has only reignited Gilbert's passion for healthy eating and educating parents, and in 2013 she authored The Imperfect Environmentalist: A Practical Guide to Clearing Your Body, Detoxing Your Home, and Saving the Earth (Without Losing Your Mind).
"The issue is always getting people the information and then giving them a simple solution," she shared. "[My goal is to explain,] 'here's why this is bad,' and 'here's what you can do that's really easy to help fix the problem.'"
While Gilbert is "doing whatever I can" to support the Conceal or Reveal campaign, she gets why some moms may just have too much going on to execute at the same level of advocacy.
"I totally understand that," she said. "If you can put another thing on your plate — no pun intended," she chuckled, "it's something worth considering. Just look at corn and soy. Look at the crops genetically modified most frequently. It's whatever small change you can make."
Speaking to moms about GMO labeling makes sense, Gilbert explained, because they're most often buying groceries and preparing meals.
"I wish more moms knew that GMO foods incorporate herbicide and pesticide into the seed sometimes, so it's impossible to wash it off," she said. "So, you're eating chemicals."
Gilbert's a strong believer that women can counter a trillion-dollar industry led predominantly by male executives who, as she pointed out, "all have wives. If we can reach the women in the household or the women that are electing them, then that's a great place to start."
Too busy to get involved? "At least make your vote count."
"I would love [for moms] to start putting pressure on politicians and companies to ask for GMOs to be labeled," she said. "Make your vote count."
Just Label It unveiled the public service announcement featuring Gilbert, Jillian Michaels, Jordana Brewster, Constance Zimmer, Ginnifer Goodwin and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The organization's website also suggests nine ways moms can advocate for non-GMO food. The Center for Food Safety offers a Shopper's Guide to avoiding food containing GMOs; and The Center for Food Safety’s Shopper's Guide app is available for iPhone and Android operating systems.
Gilbert also shared these tips for healthier family eating overall exclusively with SheKnows:
"Listen, we're not going to be perfect," Gilbert said. "If we try to do that, we're going to be defeated. You do what you can … [make] small changes, and that becomes part of your routine."
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