As the last of the summer harvest trickles in, our farmers are preparing for the first big frost. Row covers and hoop houses will help our New England farmers extend the local growing season into late autumn, and we'll continue to source our organic fruits and vegetables from local farms for as long as possible.
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Every Boston Organics customer who receives a delivery in July is automatically entered to win one of this month’s two Summer Rewards Prizes:
- Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Cones and Cakes
- Breville 850-Watt Juicer
Earn bonus points and increase your chances of winning by encouraging your friends to sign up for Boston Organics!
They say that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. But when Boston Organics gives you Meyer lemons, you should make a risotto, a raw kale salad, or candied lemon slices. Read this week's newsletter for recipe ideas, and learn about our Meyer lemons, Mung bean sprouts, and collard greens.
Also get the details on our free film screening & discussion on GMO labeling in Massachusetts, and see what's in this week's boxes!
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Genetically Engineered Foods:
A community film screening and discussion
Join with Massachusetts GMO labeling advocates for a screening of the documentary Genetic Roulette (60 minutes) followed by a discussion about what GMOs mean for Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and how we can work together to keep our communities safe and healthy.
This past Tuesday, June 11th, we attended the MA Right to Know GMO labeling rally and public hearing at the State House in Boston. The hearing was held by the Joint Committee on Public Health on 21 different health related bills, 5 of which were on the labeling and safety of GMO’s.
The five GMO labeling bills cover a range of labeling issues and requirements. Many of the bills require that “clear and conspicuous” language be placed on the front and back of the product packaging. Specifically, the words “Genetically Engineered,” “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering," or “May be Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering” must be on packaging of GMO products.
Supporters from as far as Iowa, Connecticut, and Western Mass gathered on the State House steps Tuesday morning. Advocates, business people, Frankencorns, mothers, parents, doctors, scientists, students, environmentalists, and farmers came together to show their support and fill the hearing with heartfelt testimonies. Their testimonies, each unique and important, all built up to one important message. The people of Massachusetts have the right to know what is in their food, and they have the right to make their own decisions based on that information. Click here to read the testimony submitted by Jeff Barry, Founder and President of Boston Organics.
The Massachusetts hearing comes at a very important time; both Connecticut and Maine passed GMO labeling bills this past week. Connecticut was the first state to pass such a bill into law, while Maine a few days later moved their bill through the House and Senate. These recent bills both carry clauses that halt them from implementation unless surrounding states adopt similar bills. This puts added importance behind the 5 bills in question in Massachusetts and will hopefully be a call to action for lawmakers.
All in all, the feeling in the hearing room was positive towards GMO labeling. The committee officials listened with open minds, asked thoughtful follow-up questions, and seemed generally interested in the stories from the public before them.
Attending the public hearing was a powerful, interesting, and insightful experience into the makings of Massachusetts food law. It was great to see so many people come out and share their experiences with GMO’s and push for proper labeling and legislation.
Here are a few ways you can help motivate Capitol Hill:
- Sign the petition for the labeling of GMOs at MoveOn.org.
- Email your U.S. Senators and Representative in support of labeling.
On June 11th at the State House, the Joint Committee on Public Health has scheduled a hearing entitled “Food Safety, Nutrition and Labeling,” where three bills will be discussed related to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (“GMOs”).
Recently, there have been many articles about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the news and how California’s upcoming election may impact the US food industry. This issue has continued to heat up as we approach the final 24 hours before the election.
Happy October! October is shaping up to be quite a busy month with the Boston Local Food Festival and the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival coming up soon. We're also celebrating Non-GMO Month and Fair Trade Month with a sale on Equal Exchange coffees, teas, and chocolates throughout October!
October is Non-GMO Month!
We are excited to announce that Boston Organics will be participating in Non-GMO Month 2012 this October!
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 foods.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding.
- The majority of genetically modified ingredients are derived from GMO corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets.
- Genetically engineered ingredients are in about 80% of conventional American packaged foods.
- The long-term impacts of GMOs on our health and the environment are unknown.
- Almost 50 countries around the world, including all of the EU nations, have significant restrictions or bans on the production and sale of GMOs.
During Non-GMO Month we’ll help empower you to choose non-GMO foods. We’ll be sharing information and resources to help our customers and our community learn more about GMOs.
Certified organic produce and products are not allowed to contain GMOs (see the USDA for regulations.) By buying only certified organic produce and foods, we support manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and farmers who are committed to providing safe, healthy GMO-free food for us and for our children. As Boston Organics customers, you are already taking great steps towards reducing your GMO consumption.
As you find yourself in grocery stores this month, look for other products that are either USDA certified organic or have achieved Non-GMO Project Verification, which will be clearly tagged by participating grocers.
Let’s help create a non-GMO future together!
For more information about Non-GMO Month, visit http://www.nongmomonth.org/about
For more information about GMOs, visit http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/