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4 Ways to Celebrate Non-GMO Month

4 Ways to Celebrate Non-GMO Month

October is Non-GMO Month, sponsored by the GMO Project, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting non-GMO food and consumer choice. This is more relevant now than ever, given ballot initiatives like California’s Proposition 37.

The GMO Project created Non-GMO Month to raise awareness about the GMO issue and to see it as an opportunity to coordinate and to 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.

How can you celebrate the month? You can attend an event. There are events all across the country and all through the month. The biggest was last year’s Right2Know March. This 313-mile walk went from the United Nations Building in New York City to Washington D.C. It began on October 1 and continued through October 16, when the group arrived at the White House on World Food Day to “demand that genetically engineered foods be labeled in the United States as they are in Europe and Japan. American citizens deserve the same right to informed choices about the food we put in our own and our children’s bodies.” All along the route there were special events at local, natural stores and a chance to connect with others including local farmers along the way.

One of the easiest things you can do to observe Non-GMO Month is pledge to choose Non-GMO Verified foods for the month of October. This page features dozens of recognizable brands and products that have made the commitment to ensure sustained availability of non-GMO options and believe consumers deserve an informed choice.

You can also enter the Daily Giveaway featuring products from these vendors.

If you grow some of your own food and flowers, make sure to buy non-GMO treated seeds. Or, as I have written about here on Care2 before, you can swap them to ensure they are GMO-free and also to save you money. You can even join a seed library. A seed library allows members to “check out” seeds in the spring and in exchange, they agree to grow them and “return” the seeds after harvest from the mature plants they have grown in the fall.

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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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7:28AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

For if any other person comes to this post,
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8:05PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Given the addition of pesticides and hormones and contamination by dioxins and PCBs, melamine, perchlorate and heavy metals, GMOs are the least of my worries.

5:41PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


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9:46AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


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1:59AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

A good, and timely, article.
I can't say I've noticed ANY food at all that has been labeled either "GMO" or "non-GMO"--so it makes it difficult to tell the difference.
Growing your own is best but, apart from swapping with each other, how do we really know we are getting non-GMO seeds?

12:33AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thanks for the information.

10:58PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

sounds good to me :-)

9:49PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012


7:24PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Will not give out my phone number for any reason - not even to sign a petition that I really believe in. So much for entering a contest!

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