Dear Green American ,
2014 is off to a great start.
Since news broke about General Mills' decision to remove GMOs from Cheerios last week, our story has gone viral. Thanks to all of your work, we've gotten over 200 media stories in major publications including: NY Times, Al Jazeera, LA Times, NPR, CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Bloomberg, PBS, Voice of America, and more. Read all about it at the GMO Inside news page.
Another exciting development: I'm pleased to introduce Nicole McCann, our new Food Campaigns Director at Green America and the newest addition to our GMO Inside team. Nicole has extensive experience in community organizing and food issues, so you can expect our campaigns this year to be even bigger and better with her on board!
Cheerios: Next Steps
What's next? Third-party verification of Cheerios' non-GMO status, of course. While we're off investigating Cheerios' ingredients and planning our next targets, join us in thanking General Mills for taking this first step!
Click here to share our Thank You on Facebook, and to ask GM for independent non-GMO verification.
And here's an extra special news story from this past week: Click here to watch Green America President Alisa Gravitz share our consumer victory with Al Jazeera America.
Whole Foods Drops Chobani
In response to consumer demand, Whole Foods is dropping Chobani from its shelves starting early this year to make room for more non-GMO Greek yogurt options. Click here to read the NY Times article.
Chobani says that there isn't enough organic milk available to transition to non-GMO yogurt just yet. We know change isn't possible overnight, but with a plan for an orderly transition, Chobani can commit to ending its reliance on GMO crops.
Click here to sign the petition and show Chobani that non-GMO Greek yogurt is the way to go!
Looking for non-GMO Greek yogurt options at your local grocer? Try Brown Cow (now non-GMO project verified!), or So Delicious Greek Yogurt made from coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative!
USDA Extends Public Comment Period for GMO Apples
On New Years Eve, the USDA extended the public comment period for genetically modified apples to January 30, 2014.
The Arctic Apple was developed by Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., to resist browning. With field tests already underway, the USDA has recommended two varieties for non-regulation. However, stakeholders like the U.S. Apple Association and Northwest Horticultural Council are voicing opposition to the latest GMO crop under review.
We can't pass up this opportunity to make our voices heard! Click here to submit your comment now.
GMO OMG Comes to Washington D.C.
Join fellow GMO Insiders for the first D.C. screening of GMO OMG. Film director Jeremy Seifert, executive producer Elizabeth Kucinich, and Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter.
When: Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1
Where: AMC Loews Georgetown 14, 3111 K St. NW, Washington D.C.
Stay tuned for more info about screening times, tickets, etc. Watch the trailer here: www.GMOfilm.com
GMO Panel: Hosted by Ojai Chautauqua
Featuring GMO Inside Steering Committee member and Nutiva CEO John Roulac, Gregg Jaffe, Project Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Alan McHughen, professor of plant biotechnology at UC-Riverside.
When: Saturday, February 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Tickets: Pre-sale and available at the door
To read more about the event and buy tickets, click here.
Michelle Kim and Nicole McCann
GMO Inside is a coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals that support a healthy, GMO-free food system. The GMO Inside campaign is led by Green America. To learn more about our work, visit our website or sign up for Green America's green living email newsletter.