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October is Non-GMO Month! | 09.30.2013
This October, Good Earth Market will be one of more than 1,500 grocery retailers across North America participating in the fourth annual Non-GMO Month—a celebration of people’s right to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Studies show near-universal support for GMO labeling — over 90 percent of Americans want to know whether or not their food contains GMOs, and 2013 has seen a groundswell in the “right to know” movement. More than 1.2 million Americans have contacted the FDA asking them to implement mandatory labeling of GMO foods and 27 states have taken up GMO labeling bills like those passed in Maine and Connecticut in June.
“With GMOs now contaminating as much as 80 percent of conventional packaged foods, we are more committed than ever to helping people find safe, healthy non-GMO choices,” says Alicia Weber, GEM’s Marketing Manager. “We believe people have the right to know what’s in their food, and we will be celebrating that right throughout Non-GMO Month this October.” During Non-GMO Month, Good Earth Market will help shoppers identify Non-GMO Project Verified choices with special shelf tags, end cap displays, sales, and educational materials. Good Earth Market will also feature a free showing of the film “Genetic Roulette” on Wednesday, October 16 at 5:30pm. Discussion to follow.
Public concern about GMOs is rising as studies increasingly raise doubts about the long-term safety and environmental impact of this experimental technology. GMO labeling is mandatory in 64 countries around the world, including Australia, Russia, China, and all of Europe, but no such requirements exist in the U.S.
“The right to know what we’re eating and feeding our families is so basic,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the nonprofit Non-GMO Project, which created Non-GMO Month. “Americans deserve the same freedom to avoid experimental GMO foods as people in other countries.”
While consumers fight for their right to know at the polls, the Non-GMO Project provides shoppers an immediate solution to the presence of unlabeled GMOs. As the only third party non-GMO verification in North America, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is quickly gaining popularity. It is now the fastest growing label claim in the natural products industry with more than 11,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products.
For additional information, visit the links below:
“What is GMO?” http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/
“Non-GMO Month” http://www.nongmomonth.org
“Labeling Survey Results” http://justlabelit.org/faqs/
“State Labeling Initiatives” http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/976/ge-food-labeling/state-labeling-initiatives
Fair-Trade Company’s CEO to Visit Billings | 09.28.2013
Alaffia, a Fair Trade body care company based in Olympia, WA, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by sending CEO Olowo-n’djo Tchala on a two month, 8,780 mile, couch surfing tour across the US in a biodiesel van. The money saved on hotel rooms is being donated to their women’s maternal health care program in Togo, West Africa.
Ten years ago, Alaffia began as a pledge, a pledge to promote gender equality by empowering women and bringing recognition to the indigenous knowledge they possess. Alaffia’s first co-op was made up of 50 women from 20 different ethnic groups, and has since grown to well over 500 women representing 70 percent of the 42 known ethnic groups in Togo. These co-ops are member-owned and exclusively employ women who receive a steady income and are empowered by valuing their traditional knowledge. As stated by Alaffia co-founder Rose Hyde: “In all of the other countries [In Africa] I’ve been in, I’ve never seen anything that compares to it. I’ve never seen a place where women go to work and it’s theirs.”
As Alaffia grows, so does the number of women empowered, and communities uplifted, through Community Projects in Togo. These include the Maternal Health Program, which provides post and prenatal care for 1,000 women each year; planting 10,000 trees each year through their Reforestation Project, and empowering thousands of students with transportation through Bicycles for Education.
During the months of September and October Alaffia’s CEO, Olowo-n’djo Tchala, will personally travel the US thanking stores and consumers for their support.
“The reason our cooperatives continue to exist is the opportunities each and every one of you have given to Alaffia. My objective is to personally visit with you as an extension of my gratitude.” –Olowo-n’djo Tchala
On Monday, October 21 at 9:00am, Alaffia Co- Founder Olowo-n’djo Tchala will be at Good Earth Market to give a presentation. You are invited to come meet Olowo-n’djo and hear more about empowerment through fair trade.
More information about Alaffia: www.alaffia.com.
Eat Seasonally: Apples | 09.18.2013
Beautiful, delicious, and healthy, apples are a triple win! With so many varieties of apples to try, it is no use playing favorites. Try a perfect Honeycrisp apple – its glacier-crisp crunch and perfect sweet-tart balance may challenge your ideas about health food. Pie enthusiasts will want to try tart regional varieties like Granny Smith apples, adding lots of flavor without overdoing the sweetness. Try toasting chopped apples with root vegetables when the weather gets cold, or use a cheese grater to shred fresh apple onto a green, leafy salad with curried raisin vinaigrette, and enjoy the sweet and savory flavors of a changing season.
Watch for unique local varieties from Ross Orchards. See our Produce page for a list!
Brown Bag Apple Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes
1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1-2/inch pieces
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1 small orange, peeled and segmented
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup granola
Pinch of cinnamon
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (optional)
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients and serve immediately. If making the salad a day ahead, add granola just before serving.
Serving suggestion: Pack the apple salad into individual serving containers and top each with equal amounts of the granola (if the lunch box/bag will not be in the refrigerator, leave out the yogurt). Substitute orange juice for apple juice or lime juice for the lemon juice for an even perkier flavor.
Reposted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop, where you’ll find articles about you food and where it comes from, recipes and a whole lot more at www.strongertogether.coop.