Slow Food Meeting on Sunday To Focus on GMO Ingredients and Labeling Issues

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 12:50pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

GMO PosterAt their annual meeting and food tasting this Sunday, March 3, Slow Food Northern New Jersey, will focus attention on the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. The event, called Farms, Food and Community, will be held in Maplewood, at the DeHart Community Center, and feature keynote speaker Michael Hansen, a noted expert on the issue.

According to Slow Food, GMOs have become common in our food supply — and even the most meticulous shoppers can’t avoid them simply by shopping at organic grocery stores.

“Everyone should be aware of this problem in our food supply,” Slow Foods NNJ Steering Committee member Marie DeLuca advises, and adds, “There are steps that we all can take to protect ourselves and our families from the potential health problems they cause.”

A GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been changed via genetic engineering; these could include anything from micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeast and plants, up to fish and mammals for human consumption. There is controversy currently surrounding both the ethics of GMO use in human foods, as well as whether growers and manufacturers should be made to clearly and fully label foods that contain GMOs.

Tickets for Sunday’s event can be purchased in advance online or at the door (though the organization would appreciate pre-registration so enough food can be prepared for all).

Activities get under way at 1:00 with a Local Foods Tasting & Social Hour, opening remarks, and information about Slow Food NNJ’s school garden program and the 2013 School Garden Grants Announcement. The organization has been working with 14 School Garden Partnerships since 2008. Teacher Lisa Schustak from Redwood Elementary in West Orange will discuss the impact of their schools’ organic vegetable gardens on students and communities.

Non GMO ingredient label

Michael Hansen, a GMO expert from Consumer Union, will describe what genetic engineering is, the lack of required safety testing and why food consumers should be concerned. He will review studies linking GE foods to potential adverse health reactions (allergies, immune system effects, damage to various organs, etc.) and environmental impacts (e.g. increased pesticide use). He’ll also discuss what GE foods are currently on the market, or soon will be, why GE foods should be labeled, and how you could avoid them.

To round out the day, Matthew Smith, of Food & Water Watch, will highlight the proposed legislation to require labeling of GE foods that is currently before the New Jersey Senate and Assembly Health Committees for review.

Labeling is a major concern for many consumer advocacy groups nationwide, as states are individually empowered to enact labeling legislation — or not. And major food suppliers are often lined up against such measures, including a New Jersey consortium which last week said it would “vigorously oppose” any state ordered labeling law. Globally, more than 50 countries require that foods imported from the U.S. which contain genetically engineered ingredients must be labeled.

Pam Tonucci, of Maplewood, Slow Food NNJ Treasurer, emphasized that GMOs are notoriously well-integrated into the food chain. Corn, for example, is usually a genetically modified crop, which works its way into the ingredients for thousands of prepared food products.

Naturally, at their Sunday tasting, Slow Food NNJ will present a non-GMO menu, prepared by members and including deviled eggs using eggs from a Branchville farm, locally baked bread, grain salads, and other tasty bites that contain no known GMO ingredients.

“We want to educate people because the problem is we don’t really know the cumulative long terms effects yet of what GMOs may cause,” Tonucci notes, and adds that the film Genetic Roulette, which her group recently screened, is a good way for people to learn more about the issue. You can also visit Slow Food USA.

Photo: Logo – Flickr; Sign – Flickr

18 Comments

  1. POSTED BY Martta Rose  |  February 28, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    In an ideal world, there would be no GMOs (they are actually banned in parts of Europe). Since the U.S. doesn’t seem to want to follow that route, then the next best thing would be labeling the GMO foods so that consumers can make a choice to buy or not. If they’re harming the birds and the bees, what are they doing to us?

  2. POSTED BY bannerchemical  |  February 28, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    Monsanto is pure evil. no question about it folks. Wake up!

  3. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  February 28, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    Great, another thing to rile up the hipster moms about.

  4. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 28, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Herb…..this has been going on for years. Take your blinders off & come back to reality.

  5. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 28, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Great, another issue conservatives can snort at while knowing none of the facts…

  6. POSTED BY Martta Rose  |  February 28, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Really, Herb. This issue affects everyone, since everyone needs to eat.

  7. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 28, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Got to laugh at these righty creationists. “Don’t mess with God’s creations but give me my gentically modified foods!”

  8. POSTED BY bannerchemical  |  February 28, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    Obama’s no better on this issue than those on the right. After all, he appointed Michael R Taylor to head the FDA, who formerly ran Monsanto. So the guy supposedly protecting us from giant corporations poising our food is the guy who’s been poisoning our food.

  9. POSTED BY Martta Rose  |  February 28, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    That’s right, Banner. Both parties are in bed with Monsanto. No one gets a pass here. No one has the intestinal fortitude to send them packing.

  10. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 28, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    I signed a petition against Taylor but obviously it didn’t do any good.

  11. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 28, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Humans, especially professional athletes, are already themselves “genetically modified” in a sense. So why get upset about corn? Does anyone posting above in fact grow their own? Do they at least only patronize farms which don’t use GMO farming techniques?

    Don’t throw the baby vegggies out with the pickling liquid, either. Science has allowed, for example, for the Third World, both people and livestock, to be much better fed than, say, 20 years ago. Or is that too much reality for folks?

    The entire “slow food” movement, at least as I’ve read about it, sounds a bit impractical for working couples. (At least unless they’ve taught their children how to start dinner early before mom and dad get home.) But this sure does sound like a swell opportunity for some to feel morally superior to others, to invoke and bow their heads at the holy name of Alice Waters as others do for Jesus..

  12. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  February 28, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    “Do they at least only patronize farms which don’t use GMO farming techniques?” We try to buy from such farms or stores, yes.
    And I’ve cut way back on corn on the cob, which I used to love but much of it doesn’t taste the same way as I remember from years ago.

    Watch “Food, Inc.” or other similar documentaries to see how farmers who want to grow things the old-fashioned way are being bullied.

    It’s not out of self-righteousness that I choose to be vigilant about what I eat, it’s out of fear.

  13. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 28, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    With cross pollination, it’s very hard to stay away from GMO fields, the insects travel and thus the insects are also in jeopardy along with other fauna.

  14. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 28, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Cathar, you are confusing quantity with quality.

  15. POSTED BY sezwhat  |  March 01, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Really?? Would it really be that heinous to just label products that contain GMOs so the people can vote with their pockets? I think that’s how it’s supposed to work here, since we’re not “filthy socialists” like in Western Europe! Or is “pro-choice” too difficult to swallow?

  16. POSTED BY PAZ  |  March 01, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Sez….GMO’s need to be banned outright before they totally contaminate our food sources. But it might be too late.

  17. POSTED BY zephyrus  |  March 01, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    The actual preference of GMO or Non-GMO cuisine aside, I would love to see a logical explanation for refusing to label GMO products.

  18. POSTED BY sezwhat  |  March 04, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Paz… I agree, but since that’s not immediately likely how about at least getting the public involved at the check-out? And Zeph, the explanation for labeling being such a bugaboo is that the truth is…we don’t get to vote at the check-out because corporations already voted with their billions! So yes, I was being facetious. This is, after all, the Corporate States of America, so bend over and eat your GMOs. Love it or leave it!

Leave a Reply

Baristanet Comment Policy:

Baristanet has specific guidelines for commenting. To avoid having your comment deleted -- or your commenting privileges revoked -- read this before you comment. Violators will be banned from commenting.

Report a comment that violates the guidelines to comments@baristanet.com. For trouble with registration or commenting, write to comments@baristanet.com.

Commenters on Baristanet.com are responsible for all legal consequences arising from their comments, including libel, infringement of copyright or actions that threaten a third party. By submitting a comment, you agree to indemnify Baristanet LLC, its partners and employees from any legal action arising from your comments.

In order to comment on the new system, you need to register a new Baristanet account. To get your own avatar next to your comments, sign up at Gravatar.com

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Featured Comment

Sr. Brigid, an English professor in college. Her technical writing class helped me hone my writing and editing skills.And she had the best sense of humor.

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Filter Restaurant Listings

Full Restaurant Lists

Baristanet Food Guides

Restaurant Listings by Town

Montclair

12 West Restaurant & Bar

Acappello

Adara CLOSED

Ah’ Pizz

Albert’s CLOSED

Ani Ramen

Aozora Japanese Restaurant

Applegate Farm

Aroma Palace

Asana House

Bamboo Asian Bistro

Banker’s Cafe

Bay Street Urban Chicken

Bistro 18

Blu

Blue Sushi

Bluestone Coffee Company

Bonjour Montclair

Cafe Eclectic CLOSED

Cafe La Crepe

Cars

Chatni

Chia Asian Bistro

Comfort Food Kitchen

Corso 98

Costanera

Cozy End

Crockett’s Fish Fry

Cuban Pete’s

Cucina 98

CulinAriane

Cupcakes by Carousel

Dai-Kichi Japanese Restaurant

Egan & Sons

Elevation Burger

Energy Bar

Enzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Erie Saloon

Falafel Hut

Fascino

Fin

Four Seasons Kebab House

Fricassee

Gencarelli’s Cucina CLOSED

Gina’s Bakery

Golden River

Greek Delights CLOSED

Greek Taverna

Green Chop’s

Halcyon

Hot Bagels Abroad

Hunan House

Hunan House

Indigo Kitchen CLOSED

J & K Steakhouse

Jackie’s Grillette

Jefferson’s Cafe & Food Market

Joey Thai

Just Jake’s

Kei Kabob CLOSED

Koreander Fusion Cafe

La Couronne Restaurant

Laboratorio Kitchen

Le Baker’s Dozen

Le Salbuen

Leela’s Trinidad Cuisine

Leone’s

Let’s YO

Long Hing Restaurant

Madear’s Southern Cuisine CLOSED

Mancinni’s Coal Oven Pizza

Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe

Manny’s Diner

Marrakech CLOSED

Marzullo’s Restaurant & Cafe

Mausam

Mediterranea

Mesob

Montclair Char-Broil Restaurant

Mr Dino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Muscle Maker Grill

Nauna’s Bella Casa

New Jin Lin Chinese Restaurant

Next Door

Noodle Cafe

Nori

Osteria Giotto

Palazzo Restaurant

Panera Bread

Panzano Pizzeria

Park Sports Bar & Restaurant

Peking Restaurant

Petit Paris

Pig & Prince

Plato Cubano CLOSED

Plum on Park

Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits

Prime 151

Ray’s Luncheonette

Raymond’s

Red Eye Cafe

Red Mango

Roberto’s Pizza Restaurant

Ruthie’s BBQ

Salute Brick Oven Bistro

Samba

Sandwich Theory

Satish Palace Indian Restaurant

Saveur Creole

Scala Del Nonna

Simit House Bakery

Smash Burger

Solé BBQ

Southend Pizzeria & Deli

Spice II

Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee (Valley Road)

Stockpot Inc.

Subway

Sushi Hana Japanese Restaurant

T.S. Ma

Taj Palace

Tapastry Restaurant

Tasti D Lite & Planet Smoothie

Terra Tea Salon

Thai Chef

The Blended Beverage

The Bread Company

The Little Daisy Bake Shop

The Office Beer Bar & Grill

The Pie Store

The Wood Pit

Tierney’s Tavern

Tinga

Toast

Toro Sushi Bar

Trattoria Rustica

True North Osteria CLOSED

Trumpets Jazz Club & Rest

Tuptim Thai Cuisine

Tuscany

Uncle Momo

Upstairs

Uptown Bistro

Veggie Heaven

Villa Victoria Pizzeria

Wahchung Chinese Restaurant

Bloomfield

Aki Restaurant

Angelo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Anthony’s Cheesecake

Anthony’s Cheesecake

Bar Cara CLOSED

Bella Napoli

Biba’s Tavola Calda Pizzeria

Bloomfield Steak & Seafood

Bohemia

Boonsong Thai

Broad Street Cafe

Brookside Thai Restaurant

Cafe Tartufo

Calabrese Pizzeria and Restaurant

Casa Turano Pizzeria & Restaurant

Cheng’s Garden

Chicken & Rib King

China Taste

Cousins Pizza & Restaurant

Cozy Deli

Crown Fried Chicken

Dev’s Jamaican Cuisine

East West Chinese & Filipino Restaurant

El Matador Mexican Deli & Restaurant

Empire Chinese Restaurant

Family Buffet King

Family Garden

Frank’s Pizza & Restaurant

Friendly’s

Giuliano’s Luncheonette

Glenwood Diner

Golden Harvest

Grill Master

Havana Sandwich Cafe

Holsten’s Brookdale Confections

International House of Pancakes

Italia Pizza

Jukgajee

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kira Kira

Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant

Man Hing Chinese Restaurant

McDonald’s Restaurant

McDonald’s Restaurant

Moon Palace

Mr Dino’s Pizza Restaurant

Napoli’s Pizzeria

Nevada Diner

New China Restaurant

Number One Chinese

Pandan Asian Cuisine

Parkside Pizzeria & Restaurant

Pianos Bar & Grill

Plaza Diner

Prana Restaurant

Senorita’s Mexican Grill

Shiki Wok

Spice Thai Cuisine

Stamna Taverna

State Street Grill

Subway Sandwiches

Sushi You

Tao YUEN Chuen

Taquería Auténtica

Taste it Again

The Orange Squirrel

The Pit BBQ

Town Pub

Victorio’s Restaurant

Vinnie’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Yellow Plum

Glen Ridge

Fitzgerald’s Tavern

Just Sandwiches

Maplewood

Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria

Bill & Harry

Blimpe

Burger King

Chris & Cathy’s Coney Island Grill

Churrasco BBQ & Steakhouse

Di Pietro Foods

Dunkin Donuts

Edith’s Cafe CLOSED

Food of Our Own Design CLOSED

Freeman’s Fish Market

Highland Place Steak

HLS Juice Bar & Grill

HP/Crane’s Delicatessen

Hunan Wok

iLand Breeze Cafe & Catering

Kari’s Cafe CLOSED

Luke’s Kitchen (Catering)

Maple Leaf Dinner

Mapleton Confectionery

Maplewood Country Club

Maplewood Deli & Subs

Maplewood Diner

Maplewood Pizzeria & Ristorante

Marty’s Pizzeria CLOSED

Mt. Fuji Sushi

New World Catering & Food Boutique

O’Reilly’s Bar & Grill

Panda Chinese Restaurant

Papa John’s Pizza

Park Wood Diner

Restaurant Lorena’s

Roman Gourmet

Scoops & Soups

Scott’s Deli

Sona

St. James’s Gate Publick House

Sweet Lime Caribbean Kitchen

Sweet Relish CLOSED

Tara’s Gourmet Deli

The Able Baker

The Bagel Chateau

The Laurel

Verjus Restaurant

Village Coffee

Village Ice Cream Parlour

Village Trattoria

Young’s Fish Market

Millburn

Basilico

Bella’s Bakery

Cafe Luna

Cafe Monet

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse

Cheryl’s Deli

Coco

Dunkin’ Donuts

Enchanté Artisan Cuisine

Häagen-Dazs

Jade Lake Gourmet

La Cucina Ristorante & Seafood Grill

La Strada Nuova

Ling Ling

Martini Bistro & Bar

Mia Famiglia Inc.

Millburn Diner

MS Gourmet

Oscar’s Deli & Restaurant

Pizzeta

Q.J. Green Garden

Rockn’ Joe

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Samurai Sushi Japanese Restaurant

Sapporo

Semolina Ristorante

Sono Japanese Restaurant

Starbucks Coffee

The Millburn Delicatessen

Tinga Taqueria

Trattoria Gian Marco

South Orange

Above Restaurant & Bar

Antonella’s

Ariyoshi Japanese Restaurant

Blue Ocean

Bottagra South

Bunny’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Cait & Abby’s Daily Bread

Carvel Ice Cream

Chris’s Texas Weiner Family Restaurant

Cluck-U Chicken

Cold Stone Creamery

Cryan’s Beef & Ale House CLOSED

Domino’s Pizza

Dunkin’ Donuts

El Greco Pizza

Family Buffet Restaurant

Frank’s Pizzeria

Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant

Giorgio’s Ristorante

Grid Iron Waffle Shop

Harrar Ethiopian Cafe

Haru

Hot Bagels Abroad

Island Life Cafe

J & J Caribbean Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Little Cuba CLOSED

Munchie’s

Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine

New Great Wall

New York Fried Chicken

No. 1 Chinese Restaurant

Papillon 25

Pirates Pizza

Pizza Hut

Reservoir Restaurant

Rita’s

Sonny’s Bagels

Starbucks Coffee

Stony’s

Subway

The Blue Plate Special

The Great Wall

Toro Loco

Town Hall Delicatessen

Tung Tin Restaurant

University Sub Shop

Village Diner

Village Pizzeria

Village Trattoria

Yama Sushi House

Zayda’s Kosher Meats Deli & Catering

West Orange

A Taste of The Caribbean

Al’s Pizza

Angelo’s Meat Market & Deli

Baskin Robbins

Bill & Harry’s Chinese Cuisine

Burger King

China Garden

China Gourmet

China King

Desert Moon Fresh Mexican CLOSED

Due Amici Ristorante

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts

Eagle Rock Diner & Restaurant

East Garden Chinese Cuisine

Egan & Sons Restaurant & Bar

El Centro Americano Restaurant

El Norteno

El Primo Ristorante

Essex Green Grand Buffet

Fogon Latino

Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria

Frank’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Gaffer’s Pub CLOSED

Guy’s Restaurant

Hellenic Deli

Highlawn Pavilion

Hoogaard Market

Huguito’s Restaurant & Bar

Ital Mart

Johnny’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Kim’s Sushi 2

La Delere Centro Americane

Los Tapatios

Lotus Oriental Cuisine

Main Moon Chinese Restaurant

Mamma Maria Pizzeria

Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream

McDonald’s

McLoone’s Boathouse

Miriam’s Restaurant

Misty’s Restaurant

Northfield Bagels & Deli

Number One of West Orange

Oneway Deli

Pals Cabin CLOSED

Panera Bread

Papa John’s Pizza

Pepe’s BBQ Charcoal

Pie~Zon Pizza Cafe

Pizza Hut

Poppy’s Bagels

Primavera Ristorante

Reggiano’s Ristorante

Rockit Pizza

Star Coffee Shop & Deli

Starlite Restaurant & Pizza

Subway

Subway

Sun Wah Kitchen

SuzyQue’s BBQ and Bar

T.G.I. Friday’s

Terra Luna Pizza

The Bagel Box

The Deli Guy

The Manor

The Rock Cellar Bar & Grille CLOSED

The Supreme Bakery

Valle Pizzeria

Wendy’s CLOSED

West Orange Bake Shop

West Orange Diner

Wing Fat Chinese Restaurant

Woxx

Yoshi Sono Japanese Restaurant