10 Surefire Ways to Build Up Your Non-GMO Knowledge During Non-GMO Month

boost-non-gmo-knowledgeby Melissa Diane Smith

October should be called Non-GMO Action Month. Not only is it Non-GMO Awareness Month, it’s also a month that has March Against Monsanto, World Food Day, and The International Monsanto Tribunal during the weekend of October 14-16, 2016. That makes it the perfect time to boost your knowledge about laboratory-created genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the serious issues that go hand in hand with them, and how you can avoid GMOs and help others learn to avoid them, too.

Try these ten surefire ways to build up your non-GMO knowledge:

  1. Get yourself quickly up to speed on the health risks and other alarming issues associated with GMOs. Download the Institute for Responsible Technology’s Protect Your Children from Genetically Modified Foods brochure and its Health Risks brochure, and the Non-GMO Project’s GMO FAQ for quick rundowns on the most important issues.
  1. Follow The Eat GMO-Free Challenge. Start whenever you like and follow a tip a day for 31 days to gradually learn how to avoid GMOs in real life. You’re bound to feel healthier after a month of eating fresher, less processed, non-GMO foods.
  1. Get a taste of my Going Against GMOs book by reading the Introduction. You’ll discover how I first learned about genetically modified foods and you’ll read an amazing story about the dramatic health improvements experienced by one of my clients who avoided GMOs – a story that prompted me to write the book.
  1. Act quickly and get Going Against GMOs at a special Non-GMO Month discount. Buy a copy of my Going Against GMOs Call-to-Action Special Edition at $5.00 off its normal price through the end of the day on October 17, 2016. Going Against GMOs is the definitive guide to understanding GMOs and how to avoid them. I guarantee that there is no other book on the market that walks you through every step of the process of gradually removing GMOs from your diet and provides advice for going against GMOs when you shop, cook at home, eat out, go to parties, and travel.
  1. Start wherever you can in going non-GMO. Gradually apply non-GMO eating guidelines into your day-to-day living. Make it a goal to eat one non-GMO or organic meal a day, and build up from there.
  1. If you need personalized help with any aspect of your diet, take advantage of a 15% special price on my Get Started Combo nutrition counseling services over the phone with me. Purchase my Get Started Combo (an Initial Consultation and a Follow-up) for new clients at its regular price through October 31st, 2016, and I will give you a refund of $25.00. (If you prefer to send in a check, you can mail me a check for $25.00 off the regular price.)
  1. Download the Congressional GMO Voters Guide and make informed decisions on candidates in your area before you cast your vote. The Congressional GMO Voters Guide is a scorecard compiled by The Cornucopia Institute on how our representatives and senators have voted on all the bills related to our right to know if GMOs are in our food since the beginning of 2015. By learning how your elected officials voted on these measures, you’ll know whether they’re working for you or working for powerful agrichemical companies that want to hide information about GMOs in our food from us. You can use that information to decide if you want to re-elect those officials. (My motto is if they’re working for the benefit of corporations and not for the benefit of everyday consumers, let’s be sure to vote them out of office!)
  1. Educate kids about GMOs. One easy way to help young kids learn common genetically modified foods to avoid is to download the Word Game from my Going Against GMOs book and have them play it. Kids love playing this game!
  1. Have a Non-GMO Halloween. The final day of Non-GMO Month is a day for kids of all ages to have fun and dress up in creative costumes. It’s not a day you want to give out unhealthy, untested Frankenfoods to unsuspecting kids who visit your home. If you celebrate Halloween, be sure to seek out Non-GMO Project Verified and/or USDA Organic sweets to hand out to trick-or-treaters. You can find a list of Non-GMO Project Verified candy, chocolate, and sweeteners here, or read this helpful story on the topic by FoodBabe.
  1. Listen to an online interview with me on The Linda Mackenzie Show on www.healthylife.net at 8 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, November 8th. Though this event is not taking place during October, it will serve as a good reminder about the main points to remember about GMOs. It also should remind you that to take back our food and health, every month, not just October, should be Non-GMO Awareness and Action Month.

Copyright 2016 Melissa Diane Smith

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