Get ready to clean out your cupboards. Next Wednesday, on Earth Day, we at Real Food Media are launching the No GMO Challenge.
Similar to the Eat Local Challenge or other similar types of blog challenges (The Growing Challenge is another), the No GMO Challenge is a way to organize, educate and build awareness around the issue of genetically modified food.
According to Jeffrey Smith, leading expert on GMOs and bestselling author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, GMOs or genetically modified organisms are in about 75% of the foods at the supermarket. Most processed foods contain either soybean oil or soy lecithin, or high fructose corn syrup.
According to a 2001 poll:
- 52% believe GM foods are unsafe
- 13% are unsure about them
- 93% say the government should require labels on food saying whether it's been genetically modified
The majority of Americans don't trust GM foods and we want labels on our food. The sad thing is, there's so little information about genetically modified food. Most of us are eating it every day and we don't even know it.
Check out this 10-minute video of a lecture by Jeffrey Smith on the health risks of GM foods:
To help get the word out about GM foods, we'll be asking bloggers and readers to make a pledge to avoid GMO food for 30 days. This means doing your best to avoid the 4 main GM crops: corn, canola, soy and cottonseed. We're not asking folks to be perfect — it's not easy to avoid GM foods!
But we are asking you to try to avoid these foods and to blog about it, tweet about it, post about it on Facebook, and get the word out as much as possible. We'll have videos and news articles you can link to or blog about or tweet, and you can also just write about your experiences going GM-free.
There will be a weekly blog carnival every Monday to share our stories about GM food, and every Thursday we'll have a contest. We have lots of great sponsors including US Wellness Meats, Zukay Live Foods and Tropical Traditions who will be giving away prizes like grass-fed meats, GMO-free salad dressings, and organic coconut oil.
It's a rolling challenge, so you can join at any time. And of course, you don't have to stop at 30 days — you can keep going as long as you like. And the longer you participate in the challenge, the more prizes you can win.
Please join us next Wednesday, April 22nd at Real Food Media's No GMO Challenge and take the No GMO Challenge!
In the meantime, to read more about GM foods, visit the Institute for Responsible Technology and The Campaign.
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