Published on May 6th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe3
Taking Action: Organizing a GMO Food Dump
This video from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) calls out natural food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for continuing to stock foods that contain GMOs despite being outspoken opponents of genetically engineered foods.
The video talks you through how to organize a “GMO Food Dump” to protest the practice and raise consumer awareness.
How to Stage a GMO Food Dump
In case you’re not able to view the video, here are the steps they outline for staging your own GMO food dump:
- Purchase contaminated foods, such as packaged foods containing non-organic corn, canola, sugar (not cane sugar) and soy or non-organic animal products.
- Bring the foods outside of the store and display them to the public as unlabeled GMO products. They recommend a sign that says, “Contaminated GMO Foods.” They also suggest having a group of at least 3-5 people, but the more the better.
- Get creative! Try wearing a hazmat suit or other dramatic costume.
- Interact with people and talk to them about the issue. (Ed note: Please be respectful when you’re approaching people. Few people are going to change their minds if they feel like you’re threatening or harassing them.)
- At the end of your protest, go back to the store and try to return the food, explaining that it’s contaminated with GMOs.
The OCA is also asking that if you do organize a demonstration that you share photos or videos. They even have a handy list of guidelines for contacting the media and getting coverage (pdf).
Have any of you planned or participated in a GMO food dump? We’d love to hear your story and share it on the site! You can hit me up at becky AT importantmedia DOT org.