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What's on My Daughter's Plate? Why I'm Passionate About Non-GMO Labeling

I’m the mother of a smart, energetic, and opinionated 17-month old. In her relatively short time on this planet, my daughter has already helped me redefine what is important and showed me the true meaning of my life. And what I want for her is to have strength, love, courage, acceptance, and health. I play a huge role in helping shape those goals, and I take that very seriously. Especially her health. I have made a commitment to give her the most optimal nourishment available. That’s why I choose breastfeeding, and that’s also why I choose non-GMO, organic food for my family I have advocated for the labeling of GMOs my entire adult life. I’m concerned that the long-term—or even short-term—impact of genetically engineered food isn’t fully assessed. I’ve always passionately believed that we have the right to know what’s in our food. This is not a new fight. Remember when calories, fats, and proteins weren’t on packaged foods? Many food manufacturers fought the requirement of adding nutrition facts but this changed in 1990 when the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) passed. As a Non-GMO advocate and mom, I want the option to make a choice about the foods I buy. Until GMOs are labeled in the US, as they are in over 60 countries around the world, we will not have accurate information to make fully-informed choices about the food we buy.

My family and I live in a small town in Vermont. My daughter runs down a dirt road to a swimming hole every afternoon. She helps us feed the chickens and plant veggies to sell at our corner farm stand. My husband and I also travel the world with her, hoping she takes in and appreciates all the diversity and beauty everywhere we go. I want her to grow up feeling free and feeling informed, so she can make her own choices that nourish body and soul. Whether you live in a small town or a bustling city, shop at a local farm stand or a big supermarket, believe in the wisdom of nature, or are open to GMOs in our foods: the right to know is a fight for all of us. Let’s give all of our kids, moms, dads, and friends the choice to know what’s in our food.

If you want to learn more, please check out the Non-GMO Project and their important work.

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