When: October 1 – 16, 2011
Why: We have the right to know what’s in our food, and to choose safe, healthy and sustainable non-GMO food and products.
This right is not being respected, so it’s time to…
- – Mobilize concerned citizens and organizations to speak with one loud voice
- – Raise awareness about the risks of GMO seeds and crop production
- – Ask the government to label food and products made from GMO crops
These recent actions have created momentum to rally for the right to know about GMOs:
- – The decisions by the USDA to approve genetically modified Round-Up Ready Alfalfa seeds to be grown without restrictions
- – The court decision to hold Bayer responsible for the LibertyLink contamination of rice
- – The pre-emptive action by organic farmers and seed sellers to sue Monsanto for protection from patents on genetically modified seed
- – The participation of hundreds of organic and natural companies in the Non-GMO Project’s initiative to give consumers an informed choice and protect a non-GMO food supply
- – Grassroots organizing of the March 26th Right to Know Rallies and the response of 68,478 letters to Congress asking for GMO Labeling
Where: From New York City through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland culminating on October 16th, World Food Day, in Washington, DC.
What: Everyone is invited to walk the entire route or portions of the route – or to get involved in other ways. Stops at supporting retail stores will be scheduled along the route for events. There will be a large kick-off event in New York City at the Green Festival and final event in Lafayette Park across from the White House. Arrival and departure, and overnight accommodations must be organized
Who: Inspired by Joseph Wilhelm, organic pioneer and managing director of Rapunzel Naturkost in Germany who has organized and lead two marches for a GMO-free world in 2007 and 2009 in Europe, this U.S. event has been initiated by citizens and NGOs who believe it is time to rally together peacefully and raise a unified voice to protect our right to know as consumers and to support the right to farm without genetic trespass.
Initial Organizers: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM); The Non-GMO Project; Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap; and Sustainable Living Roadshow
- – Supporting organizations to spread the word; organize local events; join the march; circulate petitions for GMO Labeling; join the coordinating team
- – Supporting retailers to spread the word; collaborate in staging events at their stores; sponsor the march; join the march
- – Supporting businesses to spread the word; sponsor the march; join the march
Sponsorship: Entry level $5,000: Sponsors, depending on level of support, receive recognition on website, postcards, flyers, press releases and other print material. A special account has been set up by The Non-GMO Project and your sponsorship donation can be tax deductible.
Supporting organizations will also receive recognition on website and print material.
We are seeking to confirm an initial group of sponsors and supporters by June 1st, to be acknowledged in our initial press releases (scheduled for early June).
Projected budget: $250,000
Find out more – contact: Katherine DiMatteo, email@example.com; 413-624-5569