Happy Earth Month! The Non-GMO Project is excited to celebrate our beautiful planet by hosting the Non-GMO Challenge this April. The Non-GMO Challenge is a month-long campaign that encourages people to make a non-GMO commitment in support of our planet and to build awareness of our right to know what’s in our food. We invite people across the U.S. and Canada to pledge to go non-GMO for a meal, a day, or even the whole month. Since the Non-GMO Challenge launched in 2012, thousands of people have pledged to eat non-GMO – and now it’s your turn!
5 Reasons to go non-GMO during Earth Month:
- Right to know: Everyone has a right to know what’s in their food, and deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.
- GMOs have not been proven safe: Contrary to biotech industry claims, GMOs have never been properly tested for human or environmental safety. We believe that every family deserves access to safe food, which is why for the month of April we choose to say no to GMOs.
- GMOs are not healthy: A direct extension of chemical agriculture, GMO crops are responsible for the emergence of “superweeds” and “superbugs.” By accepting the Non-GMO Challenge, we are helping to protect human and environmental health and preserve ecological harmony.
- The effect of GMOs cannot be reversed: The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these organisms cannot be recalled. By making a non-GMO commitment, we are helping to protect the people, plants, and animals directly impacted by the consequences of genetic engineering.
- Other countries do not trust GMOs: Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. More than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.
Want to learn more about GMOs?
Download our Non-GMO Challenge Toolkit.
Read our GMO FAQs.
Learn what crops are at high risk of being GMO.
Explore our blogs and news updates on Living Non-GMO.
Visit NonGMOProject.org to learn more about our verification program.
What will your non-GMO commitment be?
Whether you decide to opt out of buying products made from genetically modified ingredients or pledge to pack non-GMO lunches, there are countless ways to go non-GMO! For many of us, lunch is the most rushed meal of the day. Our on-the-go lifestyles can make packing healthy, delicious meals for our families a challenge. These non-GMO lunch recipes are here to help! Quick, simple, and sure to please any picky eater, they are sure to make the Non-GMO Challenge not so challenging after all.
Here are our favorite non-GMO lunches for families on-the-go:
For Parents: When you’re busy juggling work and kids, these nutrient dense non-GMO lunches will give you a boost of energy, even during the craziest of days!
Our favorite quick fix to whip up in the morning is Avocado Salmon Salad.
◦ One can of Crown Prince Natural Salmon
◦ Two Avocados
◦ Juice of one Lemon
◦ Salt and Pepper, to taste
◦ Broccoli Sprouts, for garnish
- Cut the Avocados in half.
- Scoop out the flesh of the Avocados into a bowl, add a can of Crown Prince Natural Salmon, and mix!
- Add Salt and Pepper and the juice of a whole Lemon.
- Once the Salmon and Avocado mixture is combined, scoop the contents back in the Avocado skins, and top with homegrown Broccoli Sprouts for an easy, portable lunch.
We love Indian food! But curries can take a long time to make and the dairy and poultry products may be worrisome to transport to and from the office. That’s why we bring meatless Tikka Masala with Lundberg Family Farms California White Basmati Rice and Curried Potatoes.
◦ 4 Teaspoons finely grated peeled Ginger
◦ 4 Teaspoons ground Turmeric
◦ 2 Teaspoons Garam Masala
◦ 2 Teaspoons ground Coriander
◦ 2 Teaspoons ground Cumin
◦ 6 Cardamom pods, crushed
◦ 1 Tablespoon Salt
◦ 2 Dried Chiles De Árbol or 1/2 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper Flakes
◦ 1 1/2 Cups Coconut Based Yogurt
◦ 3 Tablespoons Ghee (Clarified Butter) or Non-GMO Vegetable Oil
◦ 2 Cups Coconut Cream
◦ 1 Small Onion, thinly sliced
◦ 1/4 Cup Tomato Paste
◦ 1 28-Ounce Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
◦ 3/4 Cup chopped fresh Cilantro plus sprigs for garnish
◦ Steamed Lundberg Family Farms California White Basmati Rice (for serving)
For the Potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees or broil option.
- Cut the Potatoes into chunks and douse with EVOO, Garam Masala, Salt and Pepper.
- Cook until brown and crispy.
- Combine Ginger, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Coriander, and Cumin in a small bowl. Whisk Yogurt, Salt, and half the spice mixture in a medium bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Heat Ghee in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add Onion, Tomato Paste, Cardamom, and Chiles and cook, stirring often, until Tomato Paste has darkened and Onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
- Add Tomatoes with juices, crushing them with your hands as you add them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot until sauce thickens (8-10 minutes).
- Add Coconut Cream and chopped Cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.
- Serve with Fresh Cilantro, Rice and Curried Potatoes.
Non-GMO Bahn Mi is one of our favorite lunch-time sandwiches. Everyone is jealous when we take this bad-boy out of the fridge! This is our take on the Vietnamese classic.
◦ Non-GMO French Bread
◦ Flank Steak, thinly sliced
◦ 1 Teaspoon Spicely Organic Spices Organic Chinese Five Spice
◦ 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
◦ Grapeseed or non-GMO Canola Oil, neutral for frying
◦ A nice helping of Sir Kensington’s Sriracha Mayonnaise
◦ Mint, chopped
◦ Cilantro, chopped
◦ Jalapeno, thinly sliced
◦ Carrots, thinly sliced
◦ Radishes, thinly sliced
- Thinly Slice Flank Steak and combine meat, Chinese Five Spice Blend, and Sesame Oil into a plastic bag. Marinate in fridge for a minimum of thirty minutes and a maximum of two hours.
- Slice all vegetables and prepare bread.
- After marinating, bring a skillet to medium heat with a teaspoon of Sesame Oil or Grapeseed Soil. Throw the flank steak in the skillet and cook until desired.
- Once meat is cooked, layer all the non-GMO goodness onto the sandwich. We add a bit of Salt and Pepper as well as a sprinkle of Sesame Oil on the fixings.
For Kids: Your kids will love these fun, simple lunches!
Circles of Ham, Cheddar Cheese and Crackers, Veggie Sticks, and Fresh Seasonal Fruit
We hope you enjoy these lunch dishes as much as we do, bon appetit!
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