Local, National Action Against GMOs
& Pesticides the Focus of a Tucson Summit on November 4

Tucson, Arizona: October 17, 2017 – Agrichemical corporation Monsanto hasn’t been in Tucson headlines much since it dropped its bid for a tax incentive with the Pima County Board of Supervisors in February. But the company and its flagship weed killer Roundup have been under fire both nationally and internationally this year and will be in the spotlight again at an educational summit at the Conference Center at the Tucson Osteopathic Medicine Foundation, 3182 North Swan Road, in Tucson from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 4.

Organized by a group of concerned citizens known as Toxin-Free Pima County, the Resist! & Revitalize Our Communities Summit will reveal uncovered secrets about Monsanto’s tactics that propelled Roundup weed killer to be so widely used, along with actions that citizens can take to protect themselves against pesticides and genetically modified foods that Monsanto and other biotech corporations produce.

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‘Stand Up Against GMOs & Pesticides’ Presentation, Film Showing and Food Tasting on October 7 in Tucson!

October is “Non-GMO Month,” dubbed that term in 2010 by the Non-GMO Project to increase awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food and of how to shop non-GMO. And, boy, has awareness increased since that time! Today it’s common to turn on mainstream television and see ads by mainstream companies proudly announcing that their products – from Triscuits to Cheerios – are non-GMO. We are well into the tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs in the United States!

Yet, while awareness about GM foods has dramatically increased, understanding of the widespread use of herbicides, particularly the use of glyphosate, found in Roundup weed killer, which goes hand in hand with GMOs isn’t nearly as far along. To kick off Non-GMO Month, Natural Grocers and Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith are teaming up to hold a special event about the hot-button issue of GMOs and pesticides from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, October 7, at Natural Grocers, 6320 N. Oracle Road. The event will feature an informative presentation by Smith followed by the first showing in Tucson of “Communities Rising,” a 48-minute film that focuses on the glyphosate problem and solutions to the problem that are taking place across the country. View a trailer for “Communities Rising” here.

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Catch the GMO Trilogy Movie Series
at Natural Grocers This Summer

Going Against GMOs author and holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith and Natural Grocers Nutritional Health Coach Kariman Pierce are teaming up to present the GMO Trilogy Movie Series this summer at Natural Grocers, 5600 E. River Road, in Tucson. The series of short films will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every other Saturday starting on July 29, 2017.

Each movie will include a post-film Q&A, information on local action taking place, and tips on how you can avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food. 100% Organic, Non-GMO snacks will be served, and copies of Going Against GMOs will be available for purchase.

Beat the heat and educate yourself about the pressing health and environmental issues connected to GMOs in our food supply. The movies in the documentary series are:

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Don’t Miss These Special Non-GMO Events in Tucson May 18-20!

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

The spring film, education, and action series I’ve been doing in Tucson and Pima County for the last month with GMO Free Arizona and Toxin-Free Pima County Coalition culminates this week! During May 18-20, you can:

  • Tune into a half-hour radio program to learn more about GMOs, pesticides, and Monsanto, and local action taking place on these issues;
  • Attend a non-GMO dinner with farm-to-table selections; and
  • Watch a highly rated movie about the miraculous action of seeds that we use to grow food, the threat that Monsanto and other biotech companies pose to them, and what we can do to protect them.

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Don’t Miss Our “Say No to Monsanto” Dinner/Mixer at The Tasteful Kitchen This Friday, May 19th!

Kick off March Against Monsanto weekend in Tucson by attending a special “Say No to Monsanto” Meal/Mixer hosted by GMO Free Arizona and the Toxin-Free Pima County Coalition at The Tasteful Kitchen, 722 North Stone Avenue.

Not only will you will be able to order from a special menu of non-GMO appetizers, entrees, or seasonal farm-to-table meals, but you can mix and mingle with other people who want to resist GMOs, pesticides, and Monsanto’s presence in Pima County! You also can help us celebrate the launch of our yard sign campaign to make Pima County toxin free! We’ll have two different yard signs available by donation at the event, and we’d love for you to celebrate with us and be one of the first people to get a yard sign and send a powerful message out to others in the community!

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Catch The Future of Food Movie Series in Pima County Libraries May 6-20

The Future of Food series of movies will be shown in three different Pima County Public Libraries at 2 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays from May 6 to May 20, 2017. The free film and education series is presented in partnership by the Pima County Public Library, the Pima County Library Seed Library, Food Conspiracy Co-op, Toxin-Free Pima County Coalition, and GMO Free Arizona. Each movie will include a post-film discussion.

The first movie in the series is The Future of Food, which will be shown this Saturday, May 6, at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library in Marana. A post-film discussion will take place with Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture, and Nurse Janay Young.

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Special Talk about the Future of Pima County’s Food & Environment April 29

by Melissa Diane Smith

My next presentation is “The Future of Pima County’s Food and Environment” this Saturday, April 29, at 2 pm at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive (just west of I-10). This special event will be the first educational event to take place in Marana about the major food and environmental issues facing Marana, Avra Valley, and Tucson, Arizona: genetically modified foods; pesticides; and Monsanto.

A lot of news has come out about Monsanto and its weed killer Roundup at such a dizzying pace this year that you may not have been able to keep track of all the information. My presentation this Saturday will help get you up to speed. In addition, if you are new to the topics of GMOs and pesticides or simply need to know more than you currently know, this event may help fill in the gaps in your knowledge. As a health journalist, holistic nutritionist, and author of Going Against GMOs, I will give an in-depth, yet easy-to-understand presentation that covers the most important information you need to know.

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