Right To Know MN is a campaign started by concerned citizens to make the labeling of GMOs the law in Minnesota. We are a coalition of farmers, health advocates, families, and others who support healthy foods. We're moms, dads, brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons from all different walks of life, who believe we have the right to know what's in the foods we eat.

 



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    Birchwood Boost is Supporting Right To Know Minnesota!

    Birchwood Boost supports local nonprofits whose work aligns with our "Good Real Food" values. Food connects us all (everyone eats!) and food systems are a critical point of action for addressing human and environmental health, climate change & social justice issues. Birchwood Boost will partner with six organizations per year, so that our entire community can engage in the good work they do! Read more > CURRENT PARTNER Right to Know Minnesota is a campaign led by a coalition of farmers, health advocates, families, and others to make the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) the law in Minnesota. They believe we all have the right to know what’s in the foods we eat. And we agree! At the Birchwood, we support Right to Know’s campaign because it evens the playing field for food businesses, provides transparency, and gives people the information we need to make our best choices about our food.   BOOST EVENTS Meet Right to Know MinnesotaMondays, 6-8pm: April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16Saturdays, 11am-1pm: April 2 & 23, May 7 & 21Sunday, May 15 / Noon to 2pm Stop by the front of the cafe to meet with folks from Right to Know MN to learn more about what YOU can do to #LabelGMOs! They'll be at the cafe on multiple dates, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to have real face-time & hear first-hand about their work! Boost Movie NightThursday, April 23 / 7pm to 9pm Gather with us in the Community Room to learn more about one of the world’s most precious resources and the threat GMOs pose to them in the film “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds.” Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink, but given far less attention. This moving documentary illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food. We’ll have food & drink specials, too! Register your free seat at www.bit.ly/BoostMovieNightRTK Earth Day Booster Club DinnerThursday, April 21 / 7pm to 9pm Join Right to Know, MN State Representative Karen Clark, and Pollinate MN's Erin Rupp in our Community Room to celebrate Earth Day! GMOs have a significant impact on our planet’s ecosystems, specifically pollinators, who are essential to growing Good Real Food! Enjoy an inspiring (and delicious) evening AND support Right to Know MN! Tickets and more details at www.bit.ly/BoosterClubDinner ABOUT BOOST By highlighting Good Real FOOD as a solution, we aspire to engage more people in a culture of service to create positive, lasting change. For two months at a time, our cafe will collaborate with a local nonprofit organization to do the following: Advance Awareness We’re going to put our partner organizations center stage and get the word out about their work by highlighting their programs and impact through our newsletters, social media, our website and signage in the cafe. Facilitate Fundraising Our servers will invite customers to round up at the register to “Boost” these organizations—pocket change, just like our individual action steps, has the power to add up! We’ll also host a Booster Club Dinner in our Community Room for an inspiring evening of Good Real Food and special guests. Together, we can start a ripple effect that expands far beyond our plates and into the broader world. Encourage Engagement We’ll co-host events with our partners and provide our community with real, face- time opportunities to meet these people and hear first-hand about their work. Our partners will present information and action steps that can make a difference. Our current Boost partner is featured above. You can also find out more through our social media and by visiting the cafe. Or, sign up for our e-newsletter for up-to-date info on events and action steps you can participate in. Together, we can#BeTheChange! back to top
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    #WINNING

    What an Incredible Week of WINS for the GMO Labeling Movement! Your persistent phone calls, office visits, emails, letters, and social media posts to Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken paid off as they voted the way we wanted them to this past week. They voted NO to cloture and essentially stopped the Roberts Bill in its current form. More details from the Star Tribune HERE. Note the quotes from several of our MN State Legislation Co- Sponsors in the article. This win and the fact that Vermont's GMO Labeling Bill goes into effect in just 103 days, led our Hometown Titan of the Food Industry- General Mills- to make the announcement Friday that they would begin labeling products containing Genetically Engineered Products in ALL 50 States beginning in the next few weeks. More on their decision and Right To Know Minnesota's response HERE. The fight is far from over. The DARK ACT, or some type of Industry backed scheme, will likely be introduced after the Easter recess. So we will need you and your important VOICES in just a few weeks dialing up your Senators to ensure any "National Labeling Solution" they support is as STRONG as Vermont's law.  Meaning- it needs to be MANDATORY- ON THE PACKAGE-CLEARLY STATED and PASS THE ONE-SECOND RULE. If the Federal Government cannot pass a GMO Labeling Law that meets those requirements- then they need to get out of our way and let the States continue their important work on this issue. What we need from you THIS week- 1. Contact Senator Franken and Senator Klobuchar and thank them for their votes this week. Some other points to share with them: - There is no patchwork. Ask them to stop saying there is one. The laws we are fighting for State-by-State match Vermont's law. "Produced with Genetic Engineering" is the label we are fighting for here in MN- same as Vermont's label that will go into effect in 103 days! -Mandatory Labeling IS the compromise. Over 30 countries have banned the sale of GE foods. We are simply demanding we have the same information as the 64 other countries that label- and allow their citizens to decide if these ingredients are what they want to feed their families. A truly free market needs transparency, not secrets. -It will not Cost More. Ask them to stand up and refute the lie that a GMO Label will cost the average family over $1000 per year. Campbells and General Mills have both proven that it doesn't cost the consumer any more to label Genetically Engineered products. Both companies have said they will do so with no additional cost to the consumer. You can also cite the Consumer Reports analysis that shows any increase in prices being as little as $2.30 annually. Another important point to consider- how much would the  QR/1-800/ "secret code" that the industry is pushing- cost the industry and the consumer? Smartphones, data plans, website maintenance all cost a lot of $$$!! A  MANDATORY- ON THE PACKAGE-CLEARLY STATED GMO Label IS the cost-effective solution. CONTACT INFO- AMY KLOBUCHAR Senator Amy Klobuchar 302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-3244 / Email through this form: http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/email-amy   AL FRANKEN Senator Al Franken 309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-5641 / Email through this form: https://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al   2. Mark your calendars for a special event on March 30th in the afternoon. More details to follow. 3. Please take a moment to thank General Mills for doing the right thing for their customers! CUSTOMER SERVICE 800-248-7310. 4. Contact your State Representatives/Senators and ask them to sign-on to our Minnesota Legislation to pass a law just like Vermont's. Bill Info. Don't know who represents you? Click HERE. 5.Finally, please consider donating to Right To Know MN. We are a volunteer-led organization that needs your help to continue to fight defense at the Federal Level and play offense here at home to pass our State GMO Labeling bills:  SF 335 and HF 351. We end with a huge THANK YOU!!! We the People made a HUGE difference!!
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