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Organic Alternatives and Good Food in Glens Falls on May 24

Food to Farm Festival Comes to Crandall Park

2014 Food to Farm FestivalOn May 8, 2014, Vermonts Governor Peter Shumlin signed an important bill that would require all food manufacturers to label their products that contain genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). The actual bill will not become effective until July 1, 2016, however, it is greatly expected that there will many challenges against it over the next two years. Regardless of the bill’s outcome, it should be noted that while GMO labeling is required in 64 countries, it’s not required in the US.

Much of the controversy has arisen over Monsanto, the Missouri based agricultural biotechnology corporation, which is the largest producer of genetically engineered seed.  While there has been much debate over whether GMO food is actually harmful, most corn and soybeans in the US is genetically modified, there is a movement underway to thwart Monsanto, based on its chemical background and apparent political influence as a lobbying power.

Part of this movement against Monsanto began in 2013, as demonstrations were held worldwide to protest genetically modified crops. The ‘March Against Monsanto’ drew in crowds of up to two million in over 400 cities and is poised to become an annual event.

This year’s March Against Monsanto will coincide with the Food and Farm Festival, on Saturday, May 24th in Crandall Park in Glens Falls. Running from 12 noon to 4pm, this celebration of local food and area farms offers a vast array of samples from many local food producers. Organizations participating in this year’s event will include: The Glens Falls Food Co-Op, Rock Hill Bakehouse, The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, Yummy Mommy Bakery, Rue 46 Cafe, The Glens Falls Farmer’s Market, Community Gardens, Adirondack Natural Foods, Transition Towns, Adirondack Bucks, Fortsville Creek Farm, Kilpatrick Family Farm, Tierra Farm, Echo Creek Farm, Tangleroot Farm, Relay for Life and the Lake George Community Garden Club.

Other events will include an appearance from Matt Funiciello, owner of Rock Hill Bakehouse and Green Party Candidate for US Congress, who will speak on the benefits and importance of local food at 1pm. Live music will follow from Mark Rabin and the Lovely Mrs., as well as an appearance by the Krishna Chandra & Zack Ignazio duo.

The festival will offer plenty of free food samples throughout the day, while also providing educational information regarding GMOs and organic farming.

While the festival is free, donations will be welcome for The Glens Fall Food Co-op, which is a sponsor of this year’s event.

For more information, call 518-745-5778 or visit The Glens Fall Food Co-op Facebook Page.

Chad Henning is a Contributor to The Free George,

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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