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 GMO‘s, 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.
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