GMO-Free events & activities on MV

 

a Farmer’s Brunch Sunday, March 15th,  9 – 12,
at the Chilmark Community Center

“Negotiating the Complexity of GMOs -Sourcing Seeds,

Feeds & Foods.”

with speakers:
Eric Glasgow, The Grey Barn & Farm​  • Jan Buhrman, Kitchen Porch Catering • Carol Koury, SowTrue Seed​  • Martin Dagoberto, MA Right to Know

see exhibits and displays, and learn the difference between GMO-free and organic, grass vs. grain-fed beef and poultry, the real cost of eggs, and the latest on GMO Labeling efforts. GMO-free Raffle after presentation!

Doors open at 9 for viewing exhibits,
with​ Chilmark coffee & tea -

Enjoy a menu of Mermaid Farm Yogurt  •  Frittata: onions, greens, eggs, potatoes  •   Sauted Organic Greens  •  Waffles   •  Apple Crisp

BYOP:  Bring own table setting: plate, utensils, cup, napkins, etc.

x$10 Slow Food Members

x$12 Non-Members

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at the FARMERS’ MARKET

Vendor & Public Awareness Initiative

  1. Create a booth at the West Tisbury Farmers ‘ Market at least once a week throughout the summer, offering resource materials and information to visitors regarding GMO issues
  2. Identify Farmers and Vendors at the market who will place a sign in their booth stating “Labeling Starts Here.” This indicates that they support GMO labeling, and/or that NO GMOs are grown on the farm or used in their products.
  3. Provide “No GMO” ink stamps and ink pads for Vendors/ Farmers who sell “No GMO” eggs and other products.
  4. Collect signatures from businesses supporting the labeling initiative that will be added to the MassRight2Know website.
  5. Hand out bumper stickers, other stickers, and GMO shopping guides— which promote and support labeling and no GMOs. Distribute fact sheet “Ten Myths About GMOs” and Slow Food handout about GMOs.
  6. Network with those who visit the booth to extend our ideas and projects

If you are a farmer or vendor that would like a GMO marketing kit, please contact us (with a link to Nan Doty)  with your contact and we will provide you with signs, stickers and stamps.



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Genetic Roulette | The Movie

 

The award winning movie Genetic Roulettewill hit the big screen in Vineyard Haven on Sunday afternoon, April 28th, 2013. 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 the 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, more 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 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.

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OTHER PROJECTS

Continue to work with our state legislature and elected officials on GMO issues.

  1. Present films and presentations about GMOs on the Vineyard, with discussions following. Network with those who are interested in taking further action.
  2. Work with SlowFoodUSA to promote this model in Massachusetts, regionally and nationally.
  3. Update SlowFoodMV’s website in regard to GMO issues and initiatives.
  4. Continue to work with our state legislature and elected officials on GMO issues.