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.