We are an Arizona-based, non-profit organization, educating about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the associated risks. We collaborate with GMO-free chapters and like-minded organizations statewide, and we provide a hub for resources and networking for Arizona’s thriving GMO-free movement.
We host informative movie nights, lectures, and training. We provide educational materials, maintain an online resource site, and member base. We promote the “Tipping Point of Consumer Rejection,” the “GMO-free Challenge,” and advocate for GMO transparency in the food we buy. We support healthy vibrant GMO-free food systems as parents, health conscious consumers, non-GMO farmers, food sovereignty activists, and sustainability advocates.
Tuesday, December 10: FREE screening of Jeremy Seifert’s award-winning movie “GMO OMG.” Seifert will be at the screening and will host a post-showing Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7:00 p.m at the Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281. Seats are limited, must RSVP at http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/gmo-omg.
What is the connection between chronic disease and the release of GMOs? Did you know that about 140 of Nature’s living things are on the drawing board to become genetically modified? Everything from trees and insects, to wheat and rice.
GMO Free Arizona hosted a special event that night: “The Health Hazards of GMO Foods.” Some 350 people crowded the room at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ.
Keynote speaker Jeffrey Smith talked about the science that relates to the toxicity of genetically engineered foods. (Watch the presentation by clicking in the middle of the image above.) Smith showed government data trend lines that reveal a distinct rise since the late 1990s in deaths from Parkinson’s disease and senile dementia; hospitalizations in kidney disease; and increased incidence of high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic constipation, Celiac disease, thyroid and liver cancers, and more. These rising trends align with the release of genetically modified foods and the use of the pesticide Roundup in the United States.
Three Valley physicians – Dr. Deborah Dykema, Dr. Chis Serafini, and Dr. Jack Wolfson – fielded specific questions from the audience: Why are autism rates are higher in Arizona than anywhere else in the United States? What symptoms prompt a physician to prescribe a non-GMO diet? Are we seeing a relationship between fertility difficulties and GMOs? What correlations are we seeing between allergies, leaky gut, and GMOs?
People testified that in their personal experience, going GMO-free has cleared up a number of health symptoms and allowed them to reduce the need for medications.
Jared Keen of Plant Based Nation explained his plans to launch a labeling initiative for the Arizona ballot in 2014. We fully support the concept of labeling, because as we saw in California and Washington, a labeling campaign, win or lose, serves to educate a lot of people.
On behalf of GMO Free Arizona founder Rachel Linden and all the volunteers, we thank each and every one of you for taking time to attend this educational event. As greater numbers of people know about GMOs and refuse to buy them, the marketplace will respond and food manufacturers will source non-GMO ingredients.
We wish to thank our sponsors who made this special event possible:
• The Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association – the professional association for Arizona licensed Naturopathic Physicians
• Plant Based Nation – an Arizona organization that coordinates health conferences
• ShopOrganic.com – an Arizona company that offers a total organic shopping experience on line and have thoroughly vetted their products to be GMO free
• Essante Organics – this Phoenix company makes all organic, GMO-free personal care products, meal replacement shakes, cleansers and more.
• Save Your Dairy – the one certified raw, organic dairy in Arizona
• Naturopathic Specialists – their clinic is in Scottsdale and their team includes 4 naturopathic doctors
• Dr. Deborah Dkyema of the Wellness Center in Northwest Phoenix
• Dr. Chris Serafini of the Valley Spinal Care clinic in Scottsdale
• Dr. Jack Wolfson of Wolfson Integrative Cardiology in Paradise Valley
• The Institute for Responsible Technology – founded by Jeffrey Smith. This organization investigates and reports GMO risks and their impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.
In 2014, details to come:
- Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farms and the “Just Label It” campaign
- Don Huber from Purdue, internationally recognized plant pathologist
- Howard Vlieger, a 3rd generation pig farmer from Idaho who did the study on pigs fed both a GMO and non-GMO diet
- Percy Schmeiser, the first farmer to be sued by Monsanto for patent infringement because of contamination of GMO canola in his non-GMO canola fields
- Dr. Vandana Shiva, author and outspoken activist in India who forced biotech companies to relinquish patent rights to heirloom eggplant and basmati rice