With Thanksgiving Approaching, GMO Inside Shows Consumers How To Avoid Genetically Modified Food On Their Holiday Tables

Tips Include Ways To Spread the Word Among Friends and Family, Including Facebook and Pinterest

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Genetically modified ingredients can be an unwelcome and hidden guest at your Thanksgiving celebration. This year, GMO Inside, a new coalition that advocates for increased consumer awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods, is offering tips and suggestions for consumers on how to remove unwanted GMOs from their holiday feasts. From identifying GMO-laden products and offering non-GMO alternatives to giving tips on how to help spread the word on genetically engineered foods, GMO Inside hopes to give consumers the information they need to celebrate a non-GMO Thanksgiving.

Alisa Gravitz, president, Green America said: "Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Consumers should be able to do this without worrying about feeding hidden GMOs to their loved ones. GMO Inside's Thanksgiving campaign allows people to make educated decisions about what will be served at their holiday gathering."

Some common Thanksgiving products that are suspect for GMOs include: Campbell's Tomato Soup, Wesson Canola Oil, Bruce's Yams, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Pepperidge Farm Crackers, Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing, Rice-a-Roni chicken flavored rice, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and Kraft's Stove Top Stuffing.  GMO Inside provides alternatives to these foods here: http://gmoinside.org/launch-thanksgiving/.

GMO Inside offers consumers the following ways to spread the word to friends and family:

  • If hosting Thanksgiving dinner, print out a menu of foods served for your guests and make sure to note that they are non-GMO and organic.
  • Post a photo of your non-GMO feast on Pinterest or Facebook. You can also share your meal on the https://www.facebook.com/GmoInside page.
  • If donating food to shelters this holiday, donate organic and non-GMO foods.
  • If you already purchased holiday food containing GMOs, you can print GMO' labels, place them on food, photograph and upload the photo to social media to warn family and friends. Photos can also be shared with the GMO Inside community at https://www.facebook.com/GmoInside.
  • You can check to see if food containing GMOs has money-back guarantees. If it does, you can send food back to the manufacturer and ask for your money back.

GMO Inside believes that all U.S. citizens have the right to know what is in the food they eat. Genetically engineered foods have not been adequately tested for human consumption. It is unethical to put an experimental technology into the food Americans feed their families without providing information on the label that allows Americans to choose whether or not their food contains GMOs. Americans deserve to know if there are GMOs inside.

For more information about GMOs, see the November 8, 2012 news release at http://gmoinside.org/launch-new-gmo-inside-campaign/

ABOUT GMO INSIDE: STEERING COMMITTEE

Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families. Food Democracy Now! members know we can build a food system that gives our communities equal access to healthy food, and respects the dignity of the farmers who produce it. We believe in recreating regional food systems, supporting the growth of humane, natural and organic farms, and protecting the environment.

Green America is the nation's leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. www.GreenAmerica.org

Institute for Responsible Technology, Jeffrey M. Smith. Smith is an international bestselling author and the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He documents how the world's most powerful Ag biotech companies bluff and mislead critics, and put the health of society at risk. In 2003, he founded the Institute for Responsible Technology, a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.

Nature's Path Organic Foods, the number one organic cereal manufacturer in North America, is family-run, fiercely independent and always organic, with the mission of being a trusted name for quality organic foods in every home – socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable. Nature's Path products are USDA certified organic and bear the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. Nature's Path produces breakfast foods and snacks sold in specialty foods stores and retailers in over 42 countries worldwide.  The company's innovative brands include Nature's Path®, EnviroKidz®, and Love Crunch®.  Visit Nature's Path online at www.naturespath.com and www.facebook.com/naturespath and on twitter: @naturespath and @envirokidz.

Nutiva® is dedicated to a healthy and sustainable world, demonstrating its mission to nourish people and planet by using delicious organic ingredients, enriching the soil, and donating 1 percent of sales to sustainable-agriculture groups. Founded in 1999, Nutiva is the world's best-selling brand of nutritious organic hemp foods, extra-virgin coconut oil, and chia seeds. Fifteen thousand retailers in the United States, Canada, and the European Union offer Nutivaproducts, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Publix, Safeway, Loblaws, and Amazon.com. Nutiva is located in Richmond, California. For more information, visit www.nutiva.com.

Vani Hari is a management consultant, food activist writer and a two time elected North Carolina delegate, endorsed by President Obama. Vani started foodbabe.com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth. She been featured in the Washington Times, NY Times, Lawyers Weekly, Prevention.com, NBC – WCNC, ABC – WLOS, and profiled in Charlotte Observer.

ABOUT GREEN AMERICA

Green America is the nation's leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. For more information, visit: http://www.greenamerica.org.

SOURCE Green America, Washington, D.C.



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