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National Non-GMO Month is a vibrant celebration highlighting the importance of food transparency. Held each October, this month promotes awareness about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their impact on our food system.

It’s a time for consumers, retailers, and brands to come together and support a healthier, more transparent food supply.

The celebration focuses on several key reasons. First, it champions the right to know what’s in our food, promoting informed choices that align with personal health and dietary preferences.

Non-GMO Month also supports biodiversity, protecting the natural genetic variety essential for resilient ecosystems.

Furthermore, it encourages sustainable farming practices, reducing reliance on harmful pesticides and fostering healthier soil and water systems.

By choosing Non-GMO Project Verified products, individuals contribute to a more sustainable and transparent food system.

The Non-GMO Project, which spearheads this month, provides rigorous verification to ensure products are free from GMOs.

This initiative not only empowers consumers but also supports farmers and food producers dedicated to non-GMO practices, making a positive impact on the entire food supply chain​.

History of National Non-GMO Month

National Non-GMO Month began as an initiative to promote awareness about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply.

This annual event started in 2010 and is spearheaded by the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the availability of non-GMO choices.

The organization was initially founded by two grocery stores: The Natural Grocery Company in California and The Big Carrot Natural Food Market in Toronto.

The month-long celebration highlights the importance of transparency in our food system. It encourages consumers to make informed choices and supports farmers who produce non-GMO crops.

By raising awareness, National Non-GMO Month aims to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable farming practices. The Non-GMO Project provides rigorous verification to ensure that products meet non-GMO standards, giving shoppers confidence in their purchases.

Today, National Non-GMO Month has grown significantly. Thousands of retailers participate, offering promotions and educational events to help spread the word about the benefits of non-GMO products.

This movement has contributed to a more informed public and a greater availability of non-GMO options in the marketplace, reflecting a growing demand for transparency and healthier food choices​.

How to Celebrate National Non-GMO Month

Host a Non-GMO Potluck

Throw a fun potluck featuring only non-GMO Project Verified goodies. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to join in.

Everyone brings a dish made with verified ingredients. This not only promotes awareness but also sparks interesting conversations about food choices.

Visit Local Farms

Spend a day visiting local farms that practice non-GMO farming. Many farms offer tours where you can learn about their methods.

It’s a fantastic way to see where your food comes from and support local agriculture.

DIY Gardening

Plant your own non-GMO garden. Grow your own veggies and herbs, knowing exactly what goes into your food.

Start with easy-to-grow plants like tomatoes, basil, and lettuce. It’s a rewarding and educational experience for the whole family.

Watch Documentaries

Host a documentary night with friends. Choose films that highlight the benefits of non-GMO foods and the issues with GMOs. It’s a fun, relaxed way to learn more and spread the message.

Non-GMO Shopping Spree

Go on a shopping spree for non-GMO products. Many stores highlight these items during National Non-GMO Month. Stock up on your favorites or try new products, and encourage others to do the same.

Social Media Fun

Share your non-GMO journey on social media. Post pictures, recipes, and tips using the hashtag #NonGMOMonth. Engage with others and spread the word about the importance of non-GMO choices.

Support Non-GMO Brands

Support brands that commit to non-GMO products. Buy from companies that prioritize transparency and sustainability. This not only supports the cause but also encourages more brands to follow suit​.

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