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5 Actions To Take During Non-GMO Month

5 Actions To Take During Non-GMO Month

Did you know that October is Non-GMO Month?  The GMO Project created this event to raise awareness about the issue, and to use it as an opportunity to coordinate and speak up about “our right to know what’s in our food and to choose non-GMO.” That is the purpose of the organization’s web site: to spread the word and to create and help us participate in events in our communities.

As I wrote last year at this time, this is a great time to get involved and to take a stand and support products, businesses, and organizations that take the Non- GMO pledge.

Here are some specific ways that you can take action.

1. Make your own personal pledge to support products that do not use GMOs, buy organic products, choose only Non-GMO Verified foods, and boycott companies that use GMOs in any of their products. You can make sure products are Non-GMO Verified by using the Non-GMO Project’s product search page. It lists over 3000 products.

2. Use your real voice and share your opinion with your local, state and federal legislators, and companies that support GMOs, like Monsanto. Let them know that you want further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs and that you want labeling of GMOs so that we as consumers can make informed decisions. Support current campaigns in support of GMO labeling, like the one in Washington State set for the November 5 ballot. And, find out if there’s a ballot initiative in your local community or state, and spread the word, volunteer with the campaign, or donate to the cause.

3. Get educated and educate your friends, family, and local community. The Institute for Responsible Technology offers all you need to know about GMO’s with simple explanations so that you can educate others.

4. Attend an organized Non-GMO event in your area or volunteer at an event. While there were global marches held on October 12, there are still plenty of other events throughout the month.

5. Support only non-GMO seeds by saving seeds, joining a seed library, having a seed swap, or simply by purchasing non-GMO seed.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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6:28PM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Thanks!!

10:19AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Started working at a NON-GMO grocery store, and now have discounts to their products- makes the healthier lifestyle a little easier.

5:23PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

At the very least, GMO products should be labeled so people know what they're buying. You can't have 'buyer beware' if they don't even know what it is they're bewaring. Thanks.

12:51PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

I sign against GMOs all the time.

1:10AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thank you!

12:51AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

thanks for sharing

11:38PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks

8:15PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks for posting. Somehow I'm not really surprised that there is a Non-GMO month...

4:10PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

thanks

7:42AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

thanks

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