Right now, across this great land of ours, many state legislatures are debating the issue of labeling Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, on food products meant for human consumption. Behind these state efforts are grassroots organizations and individual consumers concerned about what they eat, or don’t eat as the case is here. Next door in Minnesota, where Angelica’s Garden does the lions share of its business, is where one of these great debates is now taking place at the legislative level. Behind the efforts to move GMO labeling into state law is the grassroots organization, Right to Know, which started in 2011 by concerned citizens. I contacted them back in February when I learned about their efforts and I wanted to help them in any way I could. So here’s the deal: during the month of April, 5% of all sales of Angelica’s Garden products will be going to Right to Know to help with their efforts to label GMOs in the state of Minnesota. When you’re buying your jar of my Sauerkraut or Kim Chi in April, you’ll know that you’re helping to support a safe and healthy food system for all. Another thing, if you live in Minnesota, consider calling your legislative representatives to encourage their support of this initiative. Also, contact Right to Know and ask what you can do to help! (www.righttoknowmn.org) And finally, put pressure on your natural health food co-op to find out which of their products have GMOs in them.
During April, I’ll also be posting GMO themed blogs on my website, because I would like to share with you what I’ve learned through the years about this form of bioterrorism. As an organic farmer, consumer and mom, I think it’s imperative that consumers have the right to know exactly what’s in their food and how GMOs are altering agriculture in a less than positive way. Check Back!