Local organic organization concerned about genetically modified organisms

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – What do you know about GMOs (genetically modified organisms)? On March 29 in Sackville, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will be hosting an event to educate about this important issue, offering an organic farmers’ perspective about the concerns surrounding genetically modified crops.

ACORN – the Atlantic region’s organic organization – has been raising awareness about healthy, organic and local food options for over 14 years, but still finds that many people are unaware of the full implications of organic, or the concerns that led to a certified organic system of agriculture.

“Increasingly, people are concerned about where their food comes from, but as food systems become more complex, the question of “where” doesn’t always go far enough. How your food was grown or raised is an equally important consideration for consumers concerned about a sustainable food supply,” says Theresa Richards, ACORN executive director.

According to Richards, “Organic represents an option for people who want a guarantee that their food reduces exposure to pesticides and GMOs, a food option that’s healthy for everything – soil, plants, and animals and humans.”

ACORN is welcoming the public to attend a film screening at 3:30 p.m. (featuring organic buttered popcorn and soda) of a documentary titled GMO OMG.

“GMO OMG explores the question about the need for and safety of genetically modified organisms,” states Richards. “It’s a fascinating look at how widespread these DNA-altered food products are in our everyday food supply.”

The screening will happen as part of an annual general meeting (AGM) event, which includes a “Seedy Saturday”, starting at 11:30 a.m. – for experienced and novice gardeners alike—and presentations about ACORN’s work (kicking off the AGM, beginning at 1:00 PM). The AGM and Seedy Saturday take place at Mount Allison University student union building, located at 62 York St., Sackville, NB.  The film screening will take place across the street in the Wu Centre theatre on 65 York Street ($5 ACORN members or $8 for non-members).

 

Please note that current members have the opportunity to vote on matters at the AGM, or run for ACORN’s Board of Directors. If you want to inquire about membership, contact ACORN at admin@acornorganic.org or 1-866-322-2676. More information, including a full schedule, is available at www.acornorganic.org.

 

Organizations: Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, Mount Allison University, Wu Centre theatre

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, 65 York Street

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