Thousands of natural food and conventional grocery stores all across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in the seventh annual Non‐GMO Month, a 31-day celebration to educate the public and spotlight Non-GMO Project Verified choices on shelves. This month-long event provides a platform for organizations and citizens like you to stand up for non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism) choices in the food we eat and feed our families.

Now, more than ever, we need to take action in support of a safe, healthy food supply. Here are ten ways to ensure your non-GMO voice is heard this October:

Enter the Non-GMO Month Daily Giveaway Contest. Every day in October, enter the Non-GMO Month Daily Giveaway for your chance to win great Non-GMO Project Verified prizes from participating brands.

Find a Non-GMO Month Retailer near you. Locate one of the nearly 2,400 stores across North America that are participating in Non-GMO Month this year. In addition to providing you with clear labeling, educational materials and savings on Verified products, these stores will also be providing non-GMO educational opportunities and special events. Support the efforts of these retailers by shopping at their locations and thanking them for being part of Non-GMO Month!

Educate friends and family about their right to know. Download the Non-GMO Project FAQ brochure and print copies to share; it features a handy reminder list of crops and ingredients that are at high-risk for GMO contamination.

Choose Non-GMO Project Verified products. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on products and use our online shopping guide and mobile app to locate Verified products. Swap out one GMO-risk product with a Verified one or make every breakfast totally non-GMO. Or perhaps you’ll decide to eat non-GMO for the entire month. Choosing Non-GMO Project Verified products has a positive impact on the entire food supply chain. If we stop eating GMOs, producers will stop using them in our food.

Create a Butterfly treasure hunt. Make a shopping list for your kids including your family’s favorite Non-GMO Project Verified foods. Have them take the lead through your grocery store to find each item! Bonus option for older youth: talk with them about which ingredients may be high-risk, low-risk or monitored.

Become informed. Read the evidenced-based examination of claims for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and explore the global issues arising from the false promises of GMOs. To stay current on GMO issues, check out the Non-GMO Project’s Facebook page and participate in the conversation on Twitter.

Support mandatory GMO labeling efforts. While the United States passed a national GMO food labeling law this year, Canada is still trying to establish one for their country. Learn more about Canada’s GMO labeling effort and continue to stand up for our collective right to know what is in our food.

Engage a young friend. Kids have a right to know what they’re eating too! And protecting a non-GMO food supply for future generations is especially important. Connect with a youngster who is close to you and start a conversation around the question, What is a GMO?

Host or attend an event. Consider hosting a Non-GMO Month event in your town or check our your local store’s events. One powerful but easy idea: host a film screening in your living room. Invite friends over to watch GMO OMG, Genetic Roulette or The Future of Food and serve Non-GMO Project Verified snacks. If you feel like going out on the town, the new GMO-themed documentary Seed: The Untold Story is just hitting theaters this month!

Happy Halloween! The final day of Non-GMO Month is a favorite holiday for many. Help finish off the 31-day celebration by handing out non-GMO snacks to trick-or-treaters.

Have other ideas? We’d love to hear them. From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, we’re wishing you an inspiring and empowering Non-GMO Month. Together we can preserve and protect a safe, healthy non-GMO food supply for future generations!

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