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Taste Homegrown Tomatoes & Talk Food Labeling at The Learning Garden This Saturday

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By Gabriela Worrel / Special to LAist

What says summer more than juicy, homegrown tomatoes? Angelenos, prepare your taste buds! This Saturday, August 18, the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) will host a 2:30pm tomato tasting, displaying the variety of tomatoes grown by SLOLA's members.

After satisfying their hunger in the relaxed patio garden setting, attendees can also listen in on a discussion about California's Proposition 37, a ballot measure urging for the labeling of genetically engineered foods (or GMOs). Guest speakers include Jeffrey Smith, author of the book Seeds of Deception, and Tom Newmark, founder of Sacred Seeds and Board Member at Greenpeace USA.

Smith's book explores the health risks genetically engineered foods present today and discusses the relationship between corporations with a stake in these foods and government regulation. Sacred Seeds is "a network of sanctuaries preserving biodiversity and plant knowledge" and has foundational gardens throughout the world.

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Both speakers will candidly address the dangers of genetically engineered foods and how the labeling of these foods can empower people to maintain their health.

As it stands, some locals are hoping to see labels in place after we vote in November, and we recently spoke with some local shoppers about the controversial food issue.

The tasting and talking will take place at the community-loving Learning Garden at Venice High School. A $10 donation is suggested. Street parking is available.

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