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In an effort to raise awareness about the lack of labeling of the controversial and widespread use of genetically modified foods, a coalition of advocacy groups, organizations, businesses and concerned citizens will march from New York City to Washington, D.C. in October.

Dubbed the ‘Right2Know March’—part protest rally part GMO educational forum—the 313-mile march is scheduled to take place October 1-16 with daily events at key locations dispersed throughout the walk focused on truth in labeling for foods containing GMO ingredients and the benefits of avoiding them altogether (through cooking demos and meetings with regional non-GMO farmers).

The rise in genetically modified foods has hit a breaking point for many concerned Americans as approximately 80 percent of all processed foods now contain some form of genetically modified ingredients, be it corn or soy based products, canola or cottonseed oil. As the USDA continues to deregulate genetically modified crops here in the U.S., citizens and governments around the world are protesting the strong-arm reach of Monsanto, the leading biotech manufacturer eager to sell their patented seeds and companion pesticide with little proven effect in improving crop yield, but a number of known health risks. “Genetically engineered foods can be detrimental to our health, just as they are to the environment and farmers’ livelihoods. American consumers deserve the choice whether they want to eat GMOs, just like their counterparts in Europe and Japan,” says Michael Hansen, Chief Scientist of Consumers Union.

According to Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project, sponsor of the Right2Know March, “After 30 years and billions of dollars in research, only two principal traits have been successfully developed: weed killer tolerance and insecticide production. Despite industry promises, there are no GMO traits currently on the market for increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other humanitarian or environmental benefit.”

The Right2Know March is being supported by some of the biggest names in the non-GMO movement including Stonyfield Yogurt, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Nutiva Foods, The Non-GMO Project, The Center for Food Safety and The Organic Center. For more information, visit: The Right2Know March

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