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Fairfield's Public School Cafeterias GMO Free

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 The cutting edge Fairfield Public School System leads the way by transforming their Food Services. After years of parental advocacy by the 'Fuel for Learning Partnership', the Board of Education, and Superintendent Dr. Title, agreed to outsource their food products in order to ensure healthy food options and high food quality.

Tara Cook-Littman, Esq. and Director of 'GMO Free CT' currently Chairs the PTA Council Committee called Fuel For Learning Partnership (FFLP), which is largely responsible for driving these healthy changes. Tara believes "good healthful affordable food should be available to everyone." She has worked closely with our state's government leaders to impliment a GMO labeling law.

Fun fact: Connecticut is the first state in the country to pass a GMO Labeling Law as of June 2013.

"I became a Certified Holistic Health Counselor after grappling with my own health issues and healing myself through changes in diet, and I wanted to be able to teach other people about what I had learned," explained Tara, who decided to combine her advocacy skills (as a former prosecutor, advocating is what she did) with her passion for the policy side of health and wellness.

GMO's

A GMO - genetically modified organism - is the result of taking genes from one species (such as: bacteria, virus, plant, animal, human) and inserting them into the DNA of another (food crop or animal) in an attempt to introduce a new trait or characteristic.

For example, an herbicide tolerant crop, which allows farmers to spray an otherwise lethal quantity of weed killer on the crop without killing it. These food crops have been altered to continually produce pesticides and withstand massive applications of weed killing chemicals.

Affected products: crops, vegetable oils, meats, eggs and dairy products obtained from animals being fed GMO derived feed.   

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