Upcoming Events


May 23rd, 2015

CELEBRATE FARM TO FORK

The 2nd Annual Toronto GMO-free Festival and Farmers’ Market

The Toronto Non-GMO Coalition presents CELEBRATE FARM to FORK: the 2nd annual TORONTO GMO-FREE FESTIVAL & FARMERS' MARKET on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Christie Pits Park. Those who attended the festival last year (nearly 3,000 people came through the marketplace) know the community event was a huge success, connecting concerned citizens, food lovers, farmers, well-researched speakers, socially conscious musicians, local non-GMO and organic food vendors, environmental defenders, and food safety and seed freedom advocates. DOWNLOAD the festival schedule!




While the event serves to educate and raise awareness about the potential health and environmental impacts of GMOs, the Festival is just that, a festive celebration of all the safe, healthy food options we have in Toronto and to honor the organic farmers and businesses in Ontario who work so hard year round to serve the GTA and beyond.  All ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate.


Dr. Shiv Chopra, world renowned scientist, public speaker and best-selling author will once again join us as our keynote speaker, joined by Julie Daniluk, RHN, nutritionist, best-selling author and television host; Rachel Parent, teen GMO labeling activist, Lucy Sharratt, of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network; Jodi Koberinski with Beyond Pesticides Canada and  several others.   See the EVENTS PAGE for a full list of performers, speakers, vendors and donors!


Host a table at the event! ---> If your farm or business would like to sponsor the festival or host a booth at the festival, please download and fill out the following form:

2015 TABLING APPLICATION-3.docx


and email it to the Toronto.NonGMOCoalition@gmail.com.




Help sponsor our event!


The festival's primary focus is to increase awareness about the environmental and health risks associated with GMOs, provide consumers with the facts and empower t h em to take action in their communities , while celebrating the safe food options available in the GTA  and honoring the farmers and businesses who work so hard to provide them!


Those who attended the festival last year (nearly 3,000 people came through the marketplace) know the community event was a huge success, connecting concerned citizens, organic foodies, farmers, beekeepers, well-researched speakers, socially  conscious musicians, local non-GMO and organic food vendors, environmental defenders, food safety advocates and seed freedom warriors. The Toronto GMO-Free Festival & Farmers' Market is a win-win opportunity for you to showcase your farm /business / products to a large group of engaged customers who appreciate the value of organic.  


If you would like to be a sponsor for our event please download this form:


2015 SPONSOR THE FESTIVAL-2 .docx


and email it to toronto.nonGMOcoalition@gmail.com


The March



The March will commence at Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St. West (just North of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario) and proceed East on Wellesley, North on Yonge St., and the West on Bloor to Christie Pits Park for CELEBRATE FARM TO FORK: the 2nd annual Toronto GMO-free Festival and Farmers’ Market.Join the march here: https://www.facebook.com/events/291205601087011/


See map for details:



 


    What are GMOs?

GMOs are genetically modified organisms. Genetic modification (GM) is recombinant DNA technology - its also called genetic engineering or GE. With genetic engineering, scientists change the heredity of microbes, fungi, plants or animals by inserting genes from other organisms into their DNA. Unlike conventional breeding and hybridization, genetic engineering transfers genes between different species or kingdoms that would not breed in nature.

    Why are people concerned?

Here are some of the reasons why people are rising up against the poorly regulated release of GMOs into the environment and our food:


  1.   Health practitioners are concerned about the health effects of consuming organisms that have been modified in these ways, especially considering the lack of independent studies conducted to verify their safety.


  1.   Ecologists are concerned about the environmental impacts of releasing novel organisms into ecosystems. The risk of destabilizing ecosystems increases as more and more GMOs are released into the biosphere.


  1.   Animal rights activists are concerned about the ethics of genetic engineering, especially when it comes to genetic experiments on animals and the mutations and degenerative disorders associated with them.


  1.   Indigenous People are concerned about food security and the effects on local communities when plant genes and varieties are patented by large corporations increasingly controlling the food system.


  1.   Religious and spiritual people feel like genetic engineering is messing up the beautiful and sacred world.

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See the EVENTS PAGE for a full list of performers, speakers, vendors and donors!