Take Action Guide for Non-GMO Month
10 Ways to Take Action
October 2010 is the first ever Non-GMO Month. This month is dedicated to promoting the awareness of the dangers of genetically modified food. We invite you to join us in celebrating and taking action!
Here are our top 10 ways for you to participate...
|1. Learn about why non-GMO is important
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. The specific processes behind genetic engineering are complex, but the simple explanation is that genes are taken from one species and forced into the DNA of another species to obtain a desired trait or characteristic. The result is a plant with DNA that is forever altered and one that would not exist under natural conditions. For more information, visit The Non-GMO Report and The Huffington Post.
|2. Check out the Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization offering North America's ONLY third party verification for non-GMO food and products. The "Non-GMO Project Verified" label gives consumers an informed choice. WholeSoy & Co. was the first soy yogurt company to receive the certification in the Spring of 2010.
|3. Join the Facebook Campaign: Celebrate Your Right to Choose Non-GMO!
The “Celebrate Your Right to Choose Non-GMO” application on Facebook will feature a different vendor sponsor each weekday for over 3 weeks beginning October 1st. The campaign will educate users about GMOs, the Non-GMO Project, and some of the brands participating in the product verification program. It also will raise funds for the Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with vendor sponsors donating $1 for every click from users, up to a specified dollar amount. WholeSoy is one of the vendor sponsors so click away!
|4. Shop at retailers who sell non-GMO products
Close to 300 independent retailers and co-ops are participating in Non-GMO Month. They will be using a variety of educational tools throughout the month to help educate shoppers about GMOs and the Non-GMO Project. Select stores will also be doing special events on 10.10.10 (Non-GMO Day), including fundraising to support the Non-GMO Project.
|5. Encourage your retailer to carry non-GMO verified products
The Non-GMO Project was started in Berkeley, CA in 2003 at a natural food store who responded to letters from customers who were concerned about a GM soy lecithin that the store was carrying. Since then, the movement has grown immensely and will continue to grow with the support of customers like you!
|6. Blog about the importance of non-GMO
Are you a blogger and want to help spread the word about Non-GMO Month? There is lots of great information available on the Non-GMO Project website. Our staff at WholeSoy is also very knowledgeable about the topic and can assist you in your research. Contact us for more information.
|7. Share on our Facebook page about why non-GMO is important to you
The WholeSoy & Co. community is growing! Our official Facebook page is live and we want to hear from you! Tell us your thoughts on why non-GMO is important to you. While there check out other people’s comments and share them with your friends. It is through these social channels that we will help spread the word about the importance of Non-GMO Month.
|8. Plant non-GMO seeds in your garden
Getting ready to plant your winter garden? Have you checked to see that your seeds are GMO free? Try planting a non-GMO garden this year. Not only will your neighbors’ gardens appreciate it, but your crops will taste better too! Place a sign for all to see declaring “This is a GMO Free Zone”. We checked on Google for non-GMO seed companies and there are plenty to choose from.
|9. Download the Non-GMO Project's iPhone App Shopping Guide
The list of Non-GMO Project brands and products in this guide is searchable by product type, brand name, product name, and key word. In addition, you can use it to find supporting retailers in your area who can help you with your non-GMO shopping. The guide also includes tips for avoiding GMOs, including a list of GMO crops and common ingredients at risk for GMO contamination. (Also available for the iPhone Touch.)
|10. Write to your elected officials
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We encourage you to tell everyone you know about Non-GMO Month and help spread the word. The more people who know about the importance of non-GMO, the faster we will help grow the movement and build a more sustainable, healthy food system.
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