On Saturday, May 25, 2013 over two million people in 52 countries and 436 cities marched for their food rights. Many people used their Memorial Day weekend right here in New York City – Union Square – to protest the use of GMOs, to support the mandate of GMO labeling, and to demand political transparency of suppliers and the food chain. The issues are complex and controversial. But what does this mean for local organic enthusiasts?
For local organic enthusiasts, the march in Manhattan was an opportunity for many locals to add their voice to a public protest of genetically modified foods (a.k.a. GMOs). There was also an online campaign of the same nature for individuals who couldn’t make it to the Big “non-GMO” Apple. To dive deeper into the details of why people are very upset, visit here. To educate yourself in the most “balanced” fashion, check out the explanation on the Non-GMO Project’s website.
What does this mean for you and what can you do locally? Do you have to take the streets and protest? No. The easiest way to continue to support organic is to vote with your hard earned dollars.
Here are five easy ways to achieve food and health independence!
- Buy Local – Look for products in stores that have been made/grown locally. We have everything from organic salsa made in Brooklyn to organic chocolate made in Long Island City. Know where your food is made, and what it is in it. The easier the ingredients to pronounce, the better.
- Shop local farmers markets – Get to know your farmers. Local farmer’s market stands put a face to your food. You can ask them questions about their products and visit them weekly for your grocery needs to support the local economy.
- Substitute with organic in your conventional recipes – This is easy to do by using organic, local, and responsibly manufactured foods in place of conventional “big box store” food. You can tell true organic foods by the “9” at the beginning of the five digit PLU Code.
- Add Buycott to your phone apps – This cool app enables you to trace the source manufacturer of your food products, enabling you to see whether companies involved with their production are participating in causes you do/do not support. Vote with your dollars!
- Start a home garden – Use seeds from seedsforchange.com and know what you grow! They sell certified organic seed and it is a fun way to teach kids about life and nurturing growth, while putting your money towards positive strides in the food revolution. Bring back the bees!