October is Non-GMO Month!
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October is Non-GMO Month!

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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For the third year in a row, the Non-GMO Project has supported “Non-GMO Month,” which is aimed at creating awareness about genetically modified organisms. As more and more are making the switch to healthy and organic foods, people are learning about the importance of knowing exactly what is in our food. 2012 has resulted in an increase in the “Right to Know” movement in America. Recent polls show that 90% of Americans are concerned about what is in our food, and 1.2 million Americans have contacted the FDA requesting mandatory labeling.

The Non-GMO Project is a third-party labeling company that is quickly gaining popularity. Currently, it is the fastest growing label claim in the natural foods industry with more than 6,000 products verified by the project. It’s helped to generate close to $3 billion in annual sales. Several popular brands have taken note of the benefits of including this label on all of their packaging.

In California, Non-GMO Month is especially relevant with the November election approaching. Through petitions and concerned representatives, Californians have pushed to include prop. 37 on this year’s ballot. Proposition 37 would require foods that include genetically modified organisms to be labeled for consumer education. This would help concerned shoppers and families make more informed decisions about what exactly it is they’re buying. California would become the first state to require such labeling, and would set an example for the other 49 states.

You can help promote Non-GMO Month by buying products that include the Non-GMO label. You can also work to educate your friends and family on GMOs and how they may be harmful. Take part in a Non-GMO Month event or donate to support organizations committed to working towards GMO labeling. If you live in California and feel that GMO labeling is something you are passionate about, get out and vote in the upcoming election to ensure proposition 37 passes.

Working towards GMO labeling may help create an increased standard for foods sold in America for future generations.

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