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Prescott, Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt to declare October GMO Awareness Month

The City of Prescott and the towns of Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt will designate October as GMO Awareness Month by proclamation of their respective mayors. Prescott Valley officially approve their proclamation on Sept. 24 and Prescott and Dewey-Humboldt will follow on Oct. 6.

The three municipalities are making the proclamations coincident with national Non-GMO Month, as declared by the Non-GMO Project, which verifies and labels foods as free from genetically modified organisms. The mayors and councils, by adopting these resolutions, respect the ability and the desire of constituents to make informed decisions about their food choices and recognize the needs of citizens to protect the health of themselves, their

families and their community.

Specifically, the Prescott Valley Proclamation recognizes several vital concerns:

• Mounting scientific evidence is leading to health and environmental concerns about the consumption of genetically engineered foods, and many citizens are unaware of these risks.

• The WHO has classified glyphosate, widely used in connection with GM crops, as a probable carcinogen.

• Epigenetic research has shown that food resets genes for wellness or illness.

• Public demand is growing for locally sourced, healthy and sustainable foods.

"Since GMO-Free Prescott and other groups and businesses across the United States have historically celebrated October as NonGMO month, we believe Mayor Kuykendall, Mayor Skoog and Mayor Nolan, by signing these proclamations, have taken an important step for our community's health and freedom of choice," Shea Richland, founder of GMO-Free Prescott, stated.

In years past, other Yavapai County municipalities have declared food-related proclamations due to similar recognitions for locally grown and healthy food, food security and sustainable agricultural methods.

A group distinct from traditionally bred plants and animals, genetically modified organisms are created in a laboratory using genetic material from different plant, animal and bacteria species to express commercially desirable traits. The FDA's policy on GE foods has been called fraudulent and illegal by Steven Druker, Executive Director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity and author of Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.

For more information about upcoming GMO educational opportunities, access gmofreeprescottaz.org.

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