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Press Release: Nutiva® Supports GE-Free Sonoma County Initiative to Protect Organics

(Sebastopol , CA) Nutiva, a Northern California manufacturer of organic hemp and coconut food products, today announced it has made a two-thousand dollar donation to the GE-Free Sonoma County initiative scheduled to go on the November 2nd ballot.

“We are pleased to support progressive California communities fighting the release of genetically engineered foods and organisms and maintaining the integrity of organic foods,” said Nutiva founder and president John W. Roulac.

GE-Free Sonoma County is a grassroots organization working to keep Sonoma County’s farms, ecosystems, and public lands free from contamination by genetically engineered (GE) organisms. Margaret Pennington, Chair of the 10,000 member Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club said, “Of particular concern to the Sierra Club are releases of genetically engineered organisms into the environment because they have such potential for detrimental and irreversible effects on natural ecosystems. The national Sierra Club has a very strong position against the release of GE organisms, calling for a moratorium on the planting of all genetically engineered crops.”

Dave Henson, Director of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and a co-author of the Sonoma County initiative explained that “We are very concerned that federal and state governments are planning to allow the release of dozens of new genetically engineered plants, fish, trees and bacteria into our farms, environment, and bodies. No long-term impacts studies have been done on genetically engineered organisms, and to date, none have been proven safe.” GE-Free Sonoma County supporters include farmers, gardeners, health professionals, chefs, business owners, teachers, environmentalists, and local government officials who are committed to an ecological and economically sustainable future for food and farming in their community.

California’s Mendocino County was successful in passing its GE ballot measure in March 2004. According to Californians for GE-Free Agriculture a handful of California counties, including Marin, Lake , Humbolt, San Louis Obispo, Butte, and Alameda are working to place their own county-wide initiatives on the November ballot that would ban the release or planting of genetically engineered plants.

“Pig genes in corn? Fish in blueberries?” Roulac questions the wisdom of permitting unproven gene fragments to find their way from genetic labs onto our dinner plates.

Nutiva donates 1 percent of its sales to groups focused on sustainable agriculture that supports GMO labeling, community gardens, the banning of toxic pesticides or unproven genetically modified crops that could threaten the integrity of organics. Since its inception, Nutiva has donated more than twenty thousand dollars to these causes.

Through its website, Nutiva encourages its customers and all health conscious food buyers to support efforts like the Sonoma initiative that protect our organic food supply.

For more information on this important citizen initiative, please visit www.gefreesonoma.org or contact Daniel Solnit (707) 823-4410. To view Californians for GE-Free Agriculture please visit www.calgefree.org .

Nutiva Nourishes People and Planet

Nutiva is dedicated to a healthy and sustainable world for all, demonstrating its mission to nourish people and planet by using the healthiest organic ingredients available, enriching the soil, and supporting worthy causes by donating 1 percent of sales to groups that promote sustainable agriculture. Founded in 1999, Nutiva offers nutritious organic hemp and flax food bars, hemp protein powder, hemp oil, shelled hempseed, and extra-virgin organic coconut oil nationwide through more than 2,500 natural food retailers, including Whole Foods Markets and Wild Oats.

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