September 9, 2013
Since the official launch of the Non-GMO Project at Natural Products Expo West in 2007, Non-GMO Project Verified has become an established long-term trend and core value of the natural and organic products industry. Whether you were an early adopter or are just coming on board, this year’s Expo will be full of opportunities to connect, educate and celebrate our collective effort to protect a non-GMO food supply and offer consumers an informed choice.
Throughout the show, find us at:
UNFI, booth #1420
Tree of Life, booth #817
Non-GMO Project Booth #1148
We warmly encourage you to attend the following non-GMO events:
Just Label It: Preparing Your Store for GMO Transparency
2:00 pm – 3 pm
Expo Convention Center, Room 318
Moderator: Christine Kapperman – New Hope Natural Media
Panelists: Robert Craven, CEO – MegaFood, Ben Nauman – NCGA
The increasing visibility of GMOs over the past several years has elevated them into the realm of the mainstream media, and thus, a greater awareness with consumers. According to a recent poll, 82 percent of Americans agree that foods containing GMOs should be sold with a label. It may come as a surprise to some Americans that the U.S. is currently the only industrialized nation lacking mandatory labeling for GMO foods.
I-522 Fundraiser hosted by FoodBade (Vani Hari) and Living Maxwell (Max)
The Black Olive Restaurant
Join the I-522 campaign for buffet dinner and conversation. Tickets available ($100)
GMO Labeling: Where Are We Now?
10:00 AM – 11 AM
Expo Convention Center, Room 319
Moderator: Steve Hoffman, Managing Director – Compass Natural Marketing
Panelists: David Bronner, President – Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Scott Faber, VP Government Affairs – Environmental Working Group
Delana Jones, Creative Strategist – Stonyfield Farm
Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public & Government Affairs – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
GMO labeling advocates are rallying to support I-522, the People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, in Washington State. WA I-522, one of a handful of state initiatives currently calling for GMO labeling, and the only GMO labeling bill heading to voters this fall, is considered one of the best chances to achieve mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in 2013. Learn how you can support this effort, along with lessons learned from California’s Prop. 37 and what’s happening on a national level with the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered foods, from a panel of speakers and industry leaders deeply involved in these efforts.
GMOs: Thresholds, Purity, and Contamination Prevention
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Expo Convention Center, Room 314
Speakers: Laura Batcha, Charles Brown, Melissa Hughes, Maury Johnson
This session will explore a raft of public and private initiatives designed to ensure the genetic integrity of organic products. This session presented by the OTA.
Film Screening: GMO OMG and Q&A
12:30 PM- 2:45 PM
Expo Convention Center, Room 308/309
Screening of GMO OMG, followed by Q&A with Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert.
Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. In GMO OMG, the encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing global movement to take back what we have lost. Has the global food system been irrevocably hijacked? Is there still time to reclaim its purity, protect biodiversity and save ourselves?