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Darryl Benjamin

Darryl Benjamin is a passionate educator and advocate for sustainable food systems. He holds a Professional Leadership in Sustainable Food Systems Certificate from the University of Vermont, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA in English Literature from McGill University. Benjamin is co-founder and president of The GMO Breakthrough Education Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Benjamin has taught at over a dozen universities and colleges in Massachusetts and Vermont. For the past six years he’s taught food sustainability, writing, and marketing at New England Culinary Institute. Benjamin is a regular guest writer for UVM’s Sustainable Food Systems Blog and the co-author of a forthcoming book (May 2016), Real-World Farm to Table, published by Chelsea Green.
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Sigrun Schwarze

Sigrun Schwarze holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Schwarze has worked and taught in Central Vermont for the past 16 years. She lectures and runs informational seminars and workshops on GMOs, food policy, and sustainable food systems. Schwarze is co-founder and president of The GMO Breakthrough Education Project.

Here are two presentations by Darryl Benjamin, most recently held at the 2017 NOFA Summer Conference:

  Nanofoods Presentation – Darryl Benjamin

  CRISPR and Food Presentation – Darryl Benjamin

  1. Avoid engineered/fabricated food. Consumer choices send a strong message —75% of all processed food contains GMOs; corn, soy, and canola oil are 80%-90% GMO. Avoiding these products keeps your family healthy. Purchase organic; get your Non-GMO shopping guide; look for the Non-GMO Food Project label.
  2. Help pass legislative or ballot initiatives by spreading the word, collecting signatures, and donating. We have the right to know what is in our food!
  3. Talk to others — whether they’re friends, family or strangers — help educate! Hand out educational materials about engineered/fabricated food or place them where others will see it. Pass out educational material to your neighbors.
  4. Spread the word by sharing links through email or social media to educate your friends and family. Organizations like The Institute for Responsible Technology, GMO Free California, GM Watch, Millions Against Monsanto, Organic Consumer Association, and the GMO Truth Alliance all publish regular updates on social media and have mailing lists as well.
  5. Send out or share others’ Twitter feeds that help educate the public and remind them of the importance of putting an end to engineered/fabricated food.
  6. Seek audiences for educational talks or webinars through groups you already belong to, such as religious organizations, parent-oriented events, health, school, college and gardening related organizations, where these types of educational events are often welcomed.
  7. Invite friends and family members to watch a non-GMO movie such as The World According to Monsanto, Scientists Under Attack or The Future of Food.
  8. Read and recommend books about GMOs, such as Seeds of Deception or Genetic Roulette.
  9. Most, if not all, organizations fighting against GMOs or for GMO labeling are non-profit organizations relying on donations from supporters. Donate to these organizations — they could not do the work that they do without our financial help.
  10. Contact the food manufacturers you buy from and ask them if they use engineered or fabricated ingredients. Let them know that you will no longer buy their products if they do.
  11. Contact your local health food store or co-op and ask them if you can hand out educational materials to their customers.
  12. Contact your local newspapers, magazines or any media with educational articles, letters or videos.
  13. Get a booth at a local event or Farmer’s Market and hand out educational material. Help educate your local healthcare professionals about the dangers of engineered/fabricated food and why they should recommend a diet that avoids these foods.
  14. Contact your government representatives, including the president, and let them know that you want to end engineered/fabricated food. Sample letters will be available on our website soon.
  15. Keep in touch with other sustainable food organizations for updates, such as the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth or GM Watch.
  16. Volunteer to help at local events that promote sustainable food that is not genetically altered or artificially fabricated.
  17. Grow your own Non-Engineered Food.
  18. Petition your local schools to serve real food.
  19. Ask the grocery store chains to label all engineered/fabricated food and to stop selling engineered/fabricated food.
  20. Take Care of Yourself! Taking on a huge industry that is tied to our government can feel overwhelming. Make sure you spend time nurturing your body, mind and spirit.
  21. Get Involved and Get Active! Contact the organizations listed above and attend local events featuring real food alternatives to engineered/fabricated foods.

 

Darryl and Sigrun recently attended the 5th International Food Studies Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia. During the conference, they conducted a workshop on Nanotechnology in Food Systems, which was very well received. Since there was so much interest and enthusiasm about this topic, we decided to make our presentation available to all attendees well as other interested parties.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you are interested in a workshop, seminar or presentation by the GMO Breakthrough Education Project.

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The GMO Breakthrough Education Project will be offering a workshop at the Fifth International Conference on Food Studies in Blacksburg, VA on September 19: http://cgpublisher.com/conferenc…/…/proposals/247/index_html

Find the most recent articles and opinions on the GMO Debate on our Flipboard Magazine at https://flipboard.com/…/real-world-farm-to-table%3A-the-gmo…