The following message is from our friends at the Cornucopia Institute and references the recent GMO labeling law, so called the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, which purports to mandate GMO labeling while, in reality, does not give the FDA the ability to enforce the act, allows companies to opt for labeling practices that are not –er– exactly labeling, and (perhaps most dangerously) takes the right away from states such as Vermont to enact their own GMO labeling laws.
“President Obama has yet to sign the toothless GMO food labeling bill passed by Congress. If you already called the President, or signed one of the “unofficial” petitions, urging him to veto the bill you still have one more chance to influence him. Please sign the official We the People petitionto the White House today urging President Obama to veto this bill.”
In case you missed it, two weeks ago, our friends and allies at the Hawai’i Center for Food Safety took five cases through the 9th circuit appeals court focusing on the rights of local communities to regulate and legislate genetically engineered seed crops and pesticide use. The video embedded below has the live recording of court proceedings. Scroll to 1:40:00 to see CFS lawyer Andy Kimbrell in action in court. See fellow CFS lawyer Sylvia Wu speak about the impacts of these cases here.
Use this kit from Agdia Biofords to test for traces of gmo contamination in your crops!! Check it out here— available for corn, sugar beets, cotton, soybeans.
2013 International Conference dates: August 2-3, 2013. Seattle, WA.
Join food justice and NON-GMO food advocates for two days of plenaries, discussion groups and networking opportunities around SEEDS, SOIL, SOVEREIGNTY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. Get the tools you need to support the movement and advocate for NON GMO food!
This annual conference is the largest gathering in the US focused on educating and creating awareness about the implications of GMO seeds. As an international platform to share, learn and launch campaigns in support of a GMO FREE food supply, speakers from various backgrounds will examine GMO seeds’ relation to health, social justice, environment and corporate consolidation within local to global contexts. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Ignacio Chapela, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Wenonah Hauter, and more.
Taro, one of the earliest cultivations, is threatened by the tsunami of GMO research in Hawaii– which is the world headquarters of genetic research in agriculture. Until recently Hawaii was a major exporter of cane sugar, pineapples and other tropical fruits to the mainland and Japan, as well as large-scale cattle raising industry. These agricultural sectors have suffered and the state of Hawaii has sought other experimental agricultural uses for the lands that had been maintained in monoculture for thirty years. There were experimental tamarisk plantations, and imported keawe plantations established (that wondeful white honey from Hawaii comes from this tree, my friend Logan studies the ethnobotany of keave and the potential use of its pods for sweetener, like mesquite pods).
Monsanto, Bayer, and the posse of bossy agri-life science companies (chemical companies) have come in to do their field tests here in Hawaii so that the escaped pollen won’t endanger the mainland agriculture, and to be out of sight.
This is only one consequence of the collapse–many of you know about the contamination of the organic papaya in Hawaii.
In spite of this, there is a resistance to the ceaseless charges from the chemical companies. There are dedicated grassroots and educational organizations such as Hawaii SEED, Hawaii Organic Farmers Association, and The Kohala Center working for a GMO free, self-reliant island food system. On a lighter note, for your enjoyment, here is a two part short film, Taro Roots, telling the tale of an urban Hawaiian culturally reconnecting with his native land. Mahalo.