GMO. GMO Free. Organic. All natural. These buzz words can seem a bit confusing at time for the average person. GMO is genetically modified organism put in and on our food to force a larger yield. However, many, like the relatively newly formed GMO Free Lancaster County, argue that GMO crops are instead producing health risks.
Child allergies have risen over 400% since 1994, said Zoe Swartz, organizer with the GMO Free Lancaster County, in an earlier interview.
The group is a grass roots organization whose mission is to “educate the community about the dangers of genetically modified foods, to advocate for local, organic alternatives, and to contribute to legislative efforts to achieve mandatory labeling in the state of Pennsylvania,” according to their website.
Last Saturday, the groupGenetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our LiveTomorrow, Today,Last Saturday, the group organized he organized a March Against Monsanto at Penn Square. The well attended event offered speakers and workshops as well as vendors and GMO free food samples in an effort to raise awareness.
GMO Free Lancaster County will meet tonight at The Seed, 52 North Queen Street. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to run about two hours. The public is encouraged to attend and be informed.
Tomorrow the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry will discuss the pros and cons of GMO crops at its Ag Issues Forum. Some argue that the GMO crops are necessary to create more food to feed the nation’s growing population. Some argue that GMO foods are causing more health problems and are tampering with nature. The cost for Chamber members is $25, non-members are $35. The meeting will be held at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road. To register, email Ashley Miller or call 717-397-3531 ext. 152.