Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Non-GMO Month 2013 + PROBAR Giveaway

Hi all.  October is Non-GMO Month and I wanted to share with you an awesome giveaway as well as information about Non-GMO Month. 

What is Non-GMO Month?
Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue. Citizens and organizations across North America are waking up to the failure of GMO technology, and discovering the risks GMOs pose to our health, our families, and our planet.

Non-GMO Month is an opportunity to coordinate our voices and our actions, so that we can stand up loudly and clearly for our right to know what’s in our food, and to choose non-GMO.
Protecting consumer choice and a non-GMO food supply require a multi-faceted approach and lots of team work, which is why this website was created. Together, we make Non-GMO Month happen by creating and participating in events, and spreading the word in our communities.

There are lots of ways to get involved. Make sure your local natural foods store is registered for Non-GMO Month, and pledge to choose Non-GMO Project Verified foods for the month of October. Got another idea? Make it happen! Register your event here.

What are GMO’s?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

Are GMOs labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

How can I avoid GMOs?
Choose food and products that are Non-GMO Project Verified! Click here to see a complete list.

PROBAR (http://theprobar.com) is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of Non-GMO Month. The prevalence of GMO's in our food system is ultimately up to us (consumers) to demand increased transparency and national labeling for GMO products. Especially with Halloween later this month, it's time for us to think more critically about what we're encouraging our children to eat:

Top 10 Most Common GMO Ingredients in Halloween Candy
1. Sugar (GMO sugar beets)
2. High fructose corn syrup (GMO corn)
3. Corn starch (GMO corn)
4. Soy lecithin (GMO soy)
5. Soy bean oil (GMO soy)
6. Modified food starch (GMO corn)
7. Fructose, dextrose, glucose (GMO corn)
8. Cotton seed oil (GMO cotton)
9. Canola oil (GMO canola)
10. “Other” ingredients: isolates, isoflavones, food starch, vegetable oil

In honor of National non-GMO Month and PROBAR's commitment to healthy all-natural snacks, PROBAR is offering a special give-away to my readers: 1 mixed flavor box of your favorite PROBAR product that they will ship once a winner has been selected. (contest open to North American residents)

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  1. I love non-gmo products! These bars sound wonderful - can't wait to check them out!

  2. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for these bars, thanks for featuring them!

  3. Oh we are so against GMO's. This is an excellent post and I am so glad to have discovered your blog.

  4. Very informative post, Natalie. thanks for all the great info!

  5. Lotta good info here! Thanks so much.

  6. I did not know October is Non-GMO month. Nor did I know that sugar was GMO. Thanks Natalie!

  7. Oh, and I love PROBARs. Oatmeal raisin sounds yummy!


  8. GMO's are scary to me! I've switched to non-GMO cereals. I had no idea that sugar was GMO. UGH.

  9. Didn't realize sugar and cornstarch are GMO either.

  10. Woah, what an informative post. It seems pretty much impossible to avoid GMOs with Halloween candy. Great to learn about probars as alternative :)

  11. I wish every month was non-GMO month. Seriously! Great promotion though, I'm glad to see the word is still getting out there and spreading far and wide.

  12. I've never been comfortable with GMO products. I suspect most processed food we buy uses GMO stuff. This is a great initiative.

  13. Great project and wish there was a greater awareness of this in Asia. However I know kids love their halloween candy so this will be a hard hump to go over and have the kids happy too.

  14. So good for you for doing this! We try to avoid all GMO foods also.

  15. SO wish gmo's were just not a thing, it's so frustrating and time consuming to have to read all the labels for them (it just shouldn't be a thing)!

  16. I'd love to try oatmeal raisin!

  17. GMOs are just so freaky! Totally avoiding if I can.

  18. Great info on how to watch what we eat more. I would pick the Probar Core, Mint Chocolate :-)

  19. Congrats on this very interesting post, Natalie!
    It's so important to watch what we are eating and to creat consciousness about it.

  20. PROBAR Bolt™ Strawberry

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  21. I would choose the mint chocolate!

  22. I would choose Double Chocolate!

  23. This is such an important topic. I would choose double chocolate!

  24. We hear so much about GMO products but not really how they affect us directly. Great info!

  25. Double chocolate without a doubt :D

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