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Hidden in Our Food: GMOs & Your Right to Know

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By Gabriela Worrel / Special to LAistAre you unknowingly putting GMOs on the table? Have you ever wondered what GMOs are? Local residents can learn more about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) popping up on their dinner plates at a special event on Thursday, October 13, hosted by Co-Opportunity Natural Foods at the Santa Monica Library Auditorium from 6:30pm to 9pm.

At "Hidden in Our Food: GMOs and Your Right to Know," guests will join the discussion on the issues surrounding GMOs and inform their decision on whether or not to eat GMO-free food. Folks particularly interested in informing themselves on whether or not GMO foods should be labeled in California should attend this event. An effort is currently underway to allow California residents to vote on a bill in 2012 that would require foods containing GMO to be labeled as such.

The issues surrounding GMOs are extremely complex, so get ready to put your thinking caps on! Megan Westgate, executive director at the Non-GMO Project, will speak about GMO basics, GMO concerns and which foods come from seeds engineered in the lab. Westgate represents the only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO products and espouses the shared belief that "everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms."

Ann Gentry, founder and CEO of local restaurant Real Food Daily, will also give tips on cooking GMO-free means. In addition, Jaime Farms and Garcia Farms, local growers of organic non-GMO foods, will donate items for hors d'oeuvres. If nothing else, go for the grub!