Food Safety

Published on May 6th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


Taking Action: Organizing a GMO Food Dump

no GMO 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.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to Taking Action: Organizing a GMO Food Dump

  1. Ella Baker says:

    The World Trade Organization has made a preliminary ruling that European Union restrictions on genetically engineered crops violate international trade rules. The United States, Canada, and Argentina together grow 80 percent of all biotech crops sold commercially, by which the EU regulates such crops. The countries argued that the EU’s regulatory process was far too slow and its standards were unreasonable given that the overwhelming body of scientific evidence finds the crops safe.

    • If by “overwhelming evidence” they mean safety studies conducted by the same biotech companies that stand to make huge profits from selling these GE foods, then yes.

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