Vancouver’s first ever Non-GMO Show is coming soon! The event is set to take place on January 17 and 18 at the Vancouver Convention Centre at Canada Place.
Tickets are available online for $12 until January 16, 2015, and for $15 (cash only) at the door. Children ages 10 or under get in free and must be supervised by an adult.
The under-regulated rise in genetically modified foods is becoming an increasingly important topic as more and more people look for foods labeled organic. “People should have the right to know what’s in their food,” says Arjan Stephens, a spokesperson for the show and Executive VP at Nature’s Path Organic Foods. “The long term effects of GMOs on our health and the environment is unknown which is all the more reason to label foods that contain genetically altered ingredients so that people can choose whether they wish to be a part of this grand experiment.”
Educating the public is the number one goal of the Non-GMO Show. The two-day event features a varied list of speakers including nutritional researcher and cookbook author Adam Hart, Richmond city councilor and farmland preservation advocate Harold Steves and nine-year-old activist Daniel Bissonnette, who gave a stirring speech at the March Against Monsanto last May.
The Non-GMO Show also features lots of GMO-conscious exhibitors, ready to share their products and brands with the growing number of Vancouverites concerned about the genetically engineered foods on the grocery store shelf.
Arjan Stephens and Adam Hart are available for interviews
Arjan Stephens is propelling the organic movement forward as the Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for Nature’s Path Organic Foods. In his role, Arjan is responsible for leading Nature’s Path’s strategic direction in regards to product development, communications, sales, advertising, social media, and packaging. In addition to the invaluable life-lessons learned from his grandfather, farmer Rupert Stephens, and his parents Arran and Ratana Stephens (founders of Nature’s Path), Arjan holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Since 2012, Stephens has spearheaded the brand’s “Bite4Bite” initiative through which the company will donate up to $1 million per year to local food banks by matching the equivalent amount of cereal for every bag of Love Crunch granola purchased. Recently, Arjan oversaw the company’s sponsorship of the Right2Know March, and has headed efforts to help make mandatory GE labeling a reality.
Adam Hart is the author of the bestselling book The Power of Food and creator of Ra Energy Foods. Born in Toronto, Adam did not always live the healthy lifestyle. After graduation, he found himself suffering depression and anxiety attacks upon entering the workforce. Adam’s poor health led to weight gain, food allergies, asthma, and high cholesterol. At just twenty-six he was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. In 2001, Adam moved to British Columbia, to pursue a passion for mountaineering and quickly discovered an ability to heal himself through being in nature and eating healthier foods. After two years training as a mountain guide, Adam discovered his true passion lay in sharing his food discoveries and founded Power of Food in 2003, a company dedicated to helping others find the abundance of health and energy we all so crave. Adam has made many appearances on morning shows and news broadcasts, sharing his easy to follow dietary approach of adding nutrients in without eliminating the foods we love.