When a friend contacted me this week and said a new non-GMO tune is circulating email inboxes, I was curious. My interest was further piqued when I learned "We Don't Want Your GMOs" was written and produced by Barclay Neumann, United Natural Foods' territory manager. The national distributor is a founding sponsor of the Non-GMO Project. Perhaps the organization decided to take its commitments a step further by quietly releasing a protest song for change? It for worked Dylan, Baez and Lennon. Maybe this is what the non-GMO movement needs?
After speaking with Neumann, I learned the song is actually a side project. In his off time he hosts the radio program "Jewels & Binoculars: The Music of Bob Dylan" on KVMR Nevada City. He penned the tune after being inspired by Jeffrey Smith and other prominent non-GMO supporters during a panel seminar. Strumming the guitar and playing the harmonica, he encourages people to take a stand: We don't want your GMOs, we don't want your beans. We want to grow our food with unaltered genes.
Give it a listen:
Barclay plans to copyright the song and hopes people will pass it along. "I would like it to have some effect, even if it means a few more people are asking, 'What are GMOs?'" he said. And what do his colleagues at UNFI think of his aspirations? "Well, I got a standing ovation after playing the recording for the Natural and Independent Western Region sales team in San Diego last week," he said. "Everyone else I’ve shared it with has sent it on to at least one other person."