Take Action Guide for Non-GMO Month 2011
10 Ways to Take Action in 2011
October 2011 is the second annual Non-GMO Month and we are happy to announce that the campaign just keeps growing! This month is dedicated to promoting awareness over the concerns of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food systems and environment. This year several organizations have teamed up to support the labeling of GM (Genetically Modified) foods. This effort will make it easier for all of us to make educated food choices for ourselves and our families.
|Last year WholeSoy put together an Action Guide with ideas on how you could get involved in non-GMO issues. The Guide was so popular that we decided to put together another set of steps that you can take to become part of this fast-growing movement.
For a quick introduction to GMOs, read our Non-GMO overview page and learn about our company pledge to non-GMOs.
Here are our top 10 ways for you to participate...
|1. Stay up to date about why non-GMO is important
Learn more about GM foods by reading the latest resources such as the Your Right to Know Guide. Your Right to Know Guide is a comprehensive and critical book outlining the dangers of GM foods. The Institute for Responsible Technology website is constantly updated with information including a handy 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs. The Non-GMO Project is of course leading the way by providing the industry standard non-GMO verification process.
|2. Learn to talk about the issues
Train to be an effective speaker on non-GMO issues. Review the speaker training calendar to find a time that works for you. Anyone can learn to be a speaker! Check out 11-year old Birke Baehr speaking at a TedX Next Generation conference.
|3. Volunteer or make a donation
Volunteer your time in support of non-GMOs with an organization like The Tipping Point Network. If you can't find the time to volunteer think about making a donation to a non-profit organization of your choice, like the Institute for Responsible Technology.
|4. Tell your local retailer how you feel about GM foods
Make sure to keep buying and requesting non-GMO foods at your local market. Download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to make your grocery shopping easier. You can also supply your local market with a Retailer Tool Kit to help them get started!
|5. Watch, learn and share
Watch a video and share it with your friends (we enjoyed the Just Say No to GMO music video) or have a movie screening party at your house to watch films like The World According to Monsanto. You can even be over prepared by using this movie showing guide!
|6. Participate in the Right2Know March
The Right2Know March campaign advocates that the labeling of genetically modified foods be required, giving consumers the information they need to make their own choices. The March begins October 1st from New York City and continues through October 16th ending at the White House in Washington DC!
|7. Become an activist
Join your local chapter of Millions Against Monsanto to really get involved at the grassroots level on a global issue.
|8. Voice your concern at your local college or university
Attend the Campus Consciousness Tour if they make a stop in your college town or request that your school offer non-GMO food options for students (or do both)!
|9. Write to your elected officials
Tell your elected officials you'd like to see GM foods labeled! Use the simple form provided by the Center for Food Safety or write your own letter and easily search for your elected officials' contact information.
|10. Share your own idea
The WholeSoy & Co. community is growing! Come up with your own action item and share it on our Facebook page. If we pick your idea at the end of the month we'll send you some free coupons for WholeSoy's Non-GMO Verified yogurts.Visit the WholeSoy & Co. Facebook page >>
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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