This workshop will provide information on what are GMOs/GE foods, why they should be labeled, labeling efforts in New Jersey and what consumers need to know to make informed decisions.
A light dinner of soup and bread will be offered. The cost for the workshop is “Pay what you can.” No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited; attendees can register by going to FoodshedAlliance.org.
“We have a right to know what's in our food,” says Kendrya Close, executive director of the Foodshed Alliance. “Right now, we don't know if our food is genetically engineered (GE) or made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GE foods have never been properly tested and they are not labeled, so we as consumers simply cannot make informed decisions.”
• Due to the lack of labeling requirements, many consumers are unaware of the explosion of genetically engineered foods on the shelves of our grocery stores since they were first introduced in 1996 (94% of soy crops and 88% of corn crops).
• GE foods have not been tested for long-term impacts on human and environmental health. GE crops easily contaminate non-GE crops, threatening the consumer's ability to choose non-GE foods. • Superweeds and pests have become resistant to GE-affiliated herbicides and pesticides, fueling the chemical treadmill.
• The patenting of living organisms and corporate consolidation of the seed supply are significant ethical and economic concerns. • GE Labeling Bills have been introduced in both the NJ House and Senate; the bills require labels for genetically engineered foods in New Jersey. Speakers will include: NJ Assemblywoman Linda Stender, primary sponsor of the labeling bill (invited); Jim Walsh, NJ Food & Water Watch; and Kendrya Close & Lisa Kelly, Foodshed Alliance. Eric Derby, Edible Jersey Magazine, will moderate a panel featuring Camille Miller, NOFA-NJ; Jeff Tittel, NJ Sierra Club; Nancy Massotto, Holistic Moms Network; John Harrington, Sunrise Nutrition Center; and Michael Sinatra, Whole Foods Market.
Co-sponsors of the event are NJ Food & Water Watch, NOFA-NJ, NJ Sierra Club, Holistic Moms Network, Transition Newton, the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, Sparta Farmers Market, Andre’s Restaurant and Wine Boutique, and GMO Free NJ.