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NOFA/Mass Reaching Out on GMOs

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2012 September Issue Newsletter

by Jack Kittredge

Using the “bounce” generated by Jeffrey Smith’s August pre-conference training session on transgenic crops and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Amherst, we are actively organizing to spread the word about these dangerous and unnatural products. The interest generated by California’s Proposition 37 -- an initiative to require labeling of GMO foods -- that will be voted upon this November is proving helpful as well!

Venues Sought

Specifically, we are soliciting opportunities to speak about this issue throughout the state. Church groups, Grange Halls, libraries, garden clubs, food coops and many other venues are being contacted and asked to sponsor a talk on genetic engineering this fall. If you are a member of such a group, or any group for which such a talk might be interesting, we would be glad to hear from you. Call Jack Kittredge at 978-355-2853 or Email me at Jack@nofamass.org to let me know about a possible speaking opportunity.

We are also seeking opportunities to meet with small groups of consumers wishing to get help in replacing GMO products in their households. We will meet with them, provide information necessary to identify and find alternatives for transgenic products, and go through a volunteer’s pantry, garage or barn to actually locate and discuss such products in a real life situation.

Besides educating for better consumer awareness and shopping, we will also encourage such groups to contact retailers and manufacturers with their concerns in an effort to highlight this issue and urge them to source ingredients and products, which have been identified as organic or non-GMO Verified, to offer in the future.

Organizers Sought

We are also using the list of attendees at the training as well as other sources to create a network of people willing to speak publically on the issue and to meet with consumers to help them identify, find alternatives for, and replace common GMO products. If you want to volunteer as a speaker on this topic, to help consumers eliminate GMOs in their own households, or to spread awareness back up the product chain to retailers and manufacturers, let me know as well. I will vet volunteers and place you in situations where you can be effective.

Video Available

The DVD that many NOFA/Mass members saw at the NOFA/Mass fundraiser the evening of Thursday, August 9, is now available to us for this work. Entitled “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives”, this 90 minute film by best-selling author Jeffrey Smith details how genetically engineered foods harm you and your family. It is a compelling and important source of information and evidence. Also available with the video are several other presentations, including is a 28 minute DVD entitled “Seeds of Freedom” about how our collective heritage of seed has, at the hands of multinational companies, become a story of loss, control, dependence and debt. To schedule a viewing of these videos at a meeting or house party, contact Jack as above.

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