Cyclists know they can't ride far without proper nutrition. Organizers of the upcoming Fuel for the Body cross-country bike ride also understand how important healthy fare is for all people—not just cyclists—when grocery shelves are increasingly stocked with genetically modified foods.
The Fuel for the Body T.O.U.R. ("Total Organic Understanding Ride") leaves Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 1, 2012, and ends in Gulfport, Miss., one month and 1,530 miles later. Along the way, its riders plan to educate the public on the benefits of living a green lifestyle that includes eating organic food and supporting local organic farmers.
The group will spread its message at health food stores, colleges and high schools on its 30-day journey south. Events on the route include an appearance with Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey M. Smith in Fairfax, Iowa, on Oct. 9, and a visit to the Go Green Festival in Thayer, Mo., on Oct. 21. Riders also will canvas for signatures on "Truth-in-Labeling" petitions provided by the Organic Consumers Association. These petitions push for the labeling of food products containing genetically modified growth hormones, or those which have been produced at industrial-scale factory farms.
This is the fourth Fuel for the Body tour. Ride leader Lynnette Pate is a health activist and author.
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Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, where her beats include DIY and Green Transportation. She's an avid cyclist and has never met a vegetable she didn't like. You can find her on Google+.