Slow Food MV – GMO Free Intitative

Let’s make  Martha’s Vineyard GMO–free.

The project’s immediate goals are (1) to support the Massachusetts GMO labeling legislation that will be introduced this year, and (2) to educate and inform Islanders, especially those who are in the food producing and food supply chains — including farmers, feed suppliers, garden centers and chefs & restaurants..

SLOW FOOD MV – GMO FREE hopes to engage members of the community in discussions about the benefits and obstacles to becoming GMO free, so that as a community we can find solutions to growing and raising clean food on the Vineyard

If you are interested in attending discussions or working with the SFMV-GMO FREE group, please email Sue at: sue.hruby@usa.net

Action Alert!
Declare your Right to Know!
Upcoming Public Hearings on Proposed GMO labeling bills

On June 3rd and 11th, safe food advocates across the Commonwealth will have an opportunity to address their legislators in support of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).  State legislators are considering five GMO labeling bills. These public hearings come weeks after two neighboring states (VT and CT) each advanced GMO labeling legislation farther than anywhere else in the country, and days after hundreds of Bay Staters in 5 cities participated in a global March Against Monsanto (and FOR labeling of GMOs). Massachusetts now has a chance to help lead the country toward a safe and democratic food system, but we need your help!3 ways to make your voice heard:

#1.  Attend one (or both!) of these public hearings! June 3rd in Spencer and June 11th in Boston. (details below) Seeing a crowd of supporters will have an impact. Spread the word in person and on Facebook/Twitter!

#2.  Submit Testimony! MA Right to Know GMOs is forming panels of experts, consumers and concerned individuals.  We are also collecting written testimony to print and submit.  Please sign up or submit testimony using this form:  http://bit.ly/17wZPRX

#3. Call your State Representatives and let them know that you support GMO labeling.  This is such an important way to make your (actual) voice heard!

 

When you shop, ask your merchants to label foods that contain GMOs.

Below are a list of educational links on labeling and GMOs

Just Label It!

AVAAZ

the GMO Project,

GMO Awareness

FOOD DEMOCRACY NOW.ORG

ORGANICCONSUMERS.ORG

We had 90 folk come to the viewing of Genetic Roulette on Sunday April 28th. We plan to show it again in July. SFMV hosted a GMO free pot luck dinner at the end of May.

and on May 25th Vineyarders took part in the world-wide

March Against Monsanto

 

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In the spirit of Slow Food’s interest in

Labeling….


    What’s in our food?
    Unless a label tells us,
    how are we to know?

    Whole Foods is mandating the labeling of all GMO foods to
    keep us all better informed.

    to read more about GMO, visit the GMO Project
    and
    and read this article
    in the NY Times:


    Who knows, maybe the practice will catch on here on the Vineyard.
    Ask your local grocer about this as well as prominent labeling
    of local and organic foods.
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    In April, Slow Food together with the MV film Society

    showed the film Genetic Roulette.


    The award winning movie Genetic Roulette will hit the big screen in Vineyard Haven on Sunday afternoon, April 28th. Produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), this film is concerned with the health dangers of genetically modified food. Genetic Roulette has been awarded both the Solari Best Film of the Year, 2012, and the Top Transformational Film 2012 by Aware Guide.  IRT has worked in more than 30 countries on 6 continents and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumers’ buying habits


    “Becoming totally GMO free may never happen, since GM food is so pervasive in th
    e general food supply,” said Jan Burhman. “But we’re excited about this movie because it clearly explains the situation and the options that are available to us.”

    “We believe that there are a lot of people on Martha’s Vineyard who would like a quick education on genetically modified food,” said Sue Hruby.  ”This movie will not only answer their questions, it will also provide a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon among friends.”

    “We hope that once restaurant owners and patrons understand the GM food issues, m
    ore restaurants will want to become GMO free — or at least have a few GMO-free offerings on their menu that diners can be confident of,” said Aaron Oster, President of Slow Food.

     

    A joint fundraiser for the two organizations, the screening of Genetic Roulette was be followed by a discussion led by Jan Buhrman and Sue Hruby from Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard. They announced the initiative SLOW FOOD MV – GMO FREE, and invited people who are interested to sign up to help promote this program, or to just stay informed.

    SLOW FOOD MV/GMO FREE has the goal of making Martha’s Vineyard food production GMO–free.  The project’s immediate goals are (1) to support the Massachusetts GMO labeling legislation that will be introduced this year, and (2) to educate and inform Islanders, especially those who are in the food producing and food supply chains — including farmers, feed suppliers, and garden centers. SLOW FOOD MV/GMO FREE hopes to engage members of the community in discussions about the benefits and obstacles to becoming GMO free, so that as a community we can find solutions to growing and raising clean food on the Vineyard.

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