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Celebrate 10-10-10: Non-GMO Day!

By Joe Dickson, October 10, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Joe Dickson
While October is Non-GMO Month, today, 10-10-10, is Non-GMO Day! What are you doing to celebrate? Here are some ideas: Read on for a chance to win a case of Nature's Path Organic Granola Bars for telling us what you think about GMOs. Get Up to Speed… …on the basic scoop about GMOs. Genetically modified organisms — also called genetically engineered organisms — are plants or animals where portions of the DNA from one organism are introduced into and made part of the DNA of another. There are a number of GMO crops currently grown in the U.S., including soy, corn, cotton, sugar beets and canola. GMO crops grown today may be insect-resistant (they grow their own insecticides) or herbicide-resistant (they withstand spraying by commercial herbicides). Know this already? Go to the head of the class! Better yet, go to the Non-GMO Project website to learn more. Take Action Want to make your voice heard? The Center for Food Safety and their True Food Network is a good place to start. They are working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. Their True Food Network is where concerned citizens can voice their opinions about critical food safety issues, and advocate for a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system. It's free to join, and you will get updates and action alerts on simple things you can do to make a difference Celebrate Get out there and support the vendors who are making the effort to go through the Non-GMO verification process! We have signs in our stores to help you find the products that have the Non-GMO Verified seal. This includes the first batch of verified products from our 365 brand — our full line of corn chips. While all of our private label products are enrolled for certification, these are the first to complete the process. Additionally, we encourage shoppers who are avoiding GMOs to choose organic products. You can also find a list of all of the participating products here. Please note that the site lists both enrolled products (products that have signed up for verification) and verified products (products that have gone through the verification process). This symbol appears next to the verified products: Do you care about GMOs?  For a chance to win a case of Nature's Path Organic Granola Bars (Non-GMO Project Verified, of course!), enter your comment by October 20th telling us why non-GMO products are important to you. And don’t forget to wish everyone you pass a Happy Non-GMO Day!
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Annette Lemancik says ...
Non-GMO products are one way my family is able to eat healthy.
10/10/2010 9:52:21 AM CDT
Lori Rek says ...
It's true... The best things in life... money can't buy. Isn't good health one of those things? I am concerned about many food items available today because of all the additives, preservatives, and now GMOs that they contain. I care about my loved ones and I care about me. I want us to eat healthy. I am happy that Whole Foods Markets has taken a stand that shows that they truly care about the health of their customers. Let's eat and be healthy! Lori
10/10/2010 11:43:16 AM CDT
April says ...
To be honest, I never knew the importance of Non-GMO foods until recently. I hadn't ever realized that so many foods (including my beloved soy) are treated with herbicides that aren't healthy for the human body. Being a vegetarian, I get a lot of my protein from products made with soy and Non-GMO soy products are very important to me, and my health.
10/10/2010 11:56:58 AM CDT
Miss Karissa Lamb says ...
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are the result of laboratory processes which artificially insert foreign genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. Those genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. The FDA does not require any safety evaluations. Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs if labeled, but the U.S. does not require labeling. When we alter the food, we are altering the universe in a sense.. We are basically altering the next generation of childeren, and will become more prone to cancers and ly diseases. Its really important to be conscious of what we put into our bodies. People spend more money on upkeeping their $50,000 cars instead of their priceless bodies (which are probably worth billions and billions of bucks!!!). If we all had the mind set that our bodies are the most precious things that we posess then we would see a significant change in the way we see food. You wouldnt put crappy fuel into your brand new limited edition, one of a kind lamborghini would you? NOOO! That is why I choose organic and have for 18 years.
10/10/2010 1:42:12 PM CDT
Vanessa says ...
Joe, I appreciate your informing and encouraging your readers to take action and get involved in celebrating the first annual NON-GMO day. I had hoped to celebrate the day by going to a Whole Foods Market store in my area and picking up a non-GMO button, tote bag, or non-gmo shopping guide provided by the nongmoproject. However, none of the stores in my state had the promotional materials or participated in the event. Hopefully, next year more will be done in the local stores to celebrate and bring attention to this important event.
10/10/2010 9:45:12 PM CDT
Penny T. says ...
Non-GMO products are extremely important to me and my family as we try to eat as healthy as possible. It is critical that we all rally together to insist on proper labeling of GMO products and non-GMO products so that we can choose knowledgeably. I'm thrilled that there is now a labeling of non-GMO products... thank you, thank you for that! However, we need to label the GMO products as well and educate our friends and family about the concerns of GMO products. Together we can make a change for the better and I know Whole Foods will be with us the entire way. We have to go back to basics (organic farming) and safe food products. The power of our dollar can make a revolution!
10/13/2010 8:24:31 PM CDT
Sneeka says ...
This is great! Please continue to offer Non-GMO foods, and I will continue shopping at Whole Foods!!! Thanks - great read!
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