Headlines related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food consistently have been in the news the past several weeks. Recently, the Senate narrowly defeated legislation that would have preempted state GMO labeling laws, including Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law that is set to take effect on July 1st of this year. On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Senate voted to reject the Denying Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act, demonstrating that they are hearing the voices of the majority of Americans who want GMO foods to be labeled. Following this news ConAgra, Mars, and Kellogg’s joined Campbell’s and General Mills as major food companies that have announced they will label products containing GMOs nationwide to comply with Vermont’s upcoming law.
These headlines are welcome news for the nine out of ten Americans who consistently say they want GMOs labeled. But many citizens don’t yet fully understand the serious health, environmental, and farmers’ rights issues surrounding GMOs and how to avoid the laboratory-created substances in the food they purchase right now. You may find yourself struggling to identify GMO ingredients while food shopping and restaurants that consciously choose to label or avoid GMOs. These issues will be the focus of a Non-GMO Information & Food Fair at 6 p.m. and a screening of the GMO-related dramatic thriller Consumed at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12th at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
The food and film community event is co-presented by Food Conspiracy Co-op, Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, High Energy Agriculture, and The Loft Cinema. Regular admission prices are for the film and the food fair is free. A panel discussion with local experts will immediately follow the film.
Panelists include Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, small farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture, and Renee Kreager, owner of Renee’s Organic Oven. A statement from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) also will be read.
Non GMO Food Fair & Film at the Loft, Tuesday April, 12th read more
Additional resources to help you choose what you are eating:
10 Apps to help you Eat GMO Free read more
The DARK Act read more
Going Against GMOs book and Shopping Guide by local author Melissa Diane Smith read more
Living Nono GMO, a Lifestyle Site by NonGMO Project read more
Organic & Non GMO Report, the only magazine that provides information to respond to the challenges of genetically modified (GM) foods. read more
Organizations working on GMO issues:
Non GMO Project, a non profit organization whose mission is preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices
Organic Consumers, grassroots public interest organization
Just Label It, industry leaders who support mandatory labeling