The state of Washington may not have passed I522, the resolution that businesses would have to label GMO foods, however the voters of Whatcom and Skagit County voted in favor of it. There are ways to be more proactive for those who may be disappointed that there will not be a new labeling requirement for GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) products. (“A GMO is an organism who’s genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.” – Wikipedia)
The good news for consumers is that many companies that do not use GMO’s may begin to label their products as GMO free. You can find a list of non GMO food company brands at www.undergroundhealth.com. Their printable list includes where you can purchase these brands.
A quote that I live my life by is “be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi. Instead of fighting against a system, I encourage you to try a more empowered approach of leading by example. Paving the way for change by being part of the solution. Be aware of what you are buying and purchase products from companies that fit with your values.
While attending a lecture from Whole Foods Co-CEO John Mackey the question of GMO’s was raised, his very poignant reply was that as consumers we vote with our dollars. Business owners will carry what sells. If we choose items that are labeled GMO Free, we create the demand that businesses will supply. We can see this happening already with Walmart beginning to carry items that traditionally could only be found at a health food store.
A way that you can “be the change” here in Bellingham is to participate in the Bellingham Community Seed Swap and grow your own non-GMO food. What is the Bellingham Community Seed Swap?
“Getting Seeds in to the Hands of the People!”
Bellingham Community Seed Swap
Sunday, January 26th
2:30pm – 5:30pm
1027 North Forest Street Bellingham (Intersection of Maple St, near the Co-op)
2:30pm Doors Open
3:30pm “Basic Seed Saving” talk by Celt Schira
4:30pm Master Seed Saving talk by Brian Kerkvliet
5:30pm Swap Ends & Clean Up
Light Refreshments Will Be Served
Who Should Attend:
* People with Extra Seed, Seed-Potatoes & Edible Tubers to Share
(Please have items in labeled envelopes or containers)
* People without seed who want seeds to grow!
Please, no saved squash seeds or GMO seeds!
By Kerri Burnside