“Seed is the source of life… Seed is the first link in the food chain, and therefore when you control seed you control food.” Dr. Vandana Shiva speaks eloquently about the problems inherent in biotechnology-based corporate agriculture, and passionately argues for a food system overhaul driven by consumer action. Share this preview with everyone you know who eats food! Then catch the full interview this weekend on Moyers & Company.
The June 27 episode of Real Time With Bill Maher features a rowdy discussion of the pros and cons of labeling on genetically modified foods. Like pink slime, mainstream interest in the GMO labeling issue appears to be growing by leaps and bounds. If this trend continues, Monsanto may have a hard time putting the GMO public-awareness genie back in the bottle!
Consumers want GMO labels by an overwhelming majority, but Monsanto has deep pockets — and so far, sufficient political clout to override the democratic process regarding labels for genetically modified foods. In response to this sorry state of affairs, one CT voter turned anger into action and founded GMO Free USA. This innovative grass-roots group seeks to take the issue directly to food manufacturers, through massive consumer action.
Monsanto and other biotech firms have used Hawai’i as a seed laboratory for decades. In fact, a majority of the GMO seed corn sold to farmers in the midwest comes from Hawai’i. As oil prices continue to rise and the cost of importing fresh food from 2500 miles away goes with it, Hawai’i is reconsidering the wisdom of plantation crops that don’t feed its people.
A California GMO labeling initiative met requirements last week for inclusion on the November 2012 ballot. Biotechnology interests have already begun an all-out assault with big marketing guns, towards convincing CA voters that (despite all evidence to the contrary) they actually don’t want GMO foods labeled. Will pro-consumer forces be strong enough to stand the onslaught?
Citizens win, and GMO developers lose: a precedent-setting Filipino court decision halts field trials of genetically modified Bt Eggplant. Coming on the heels of our own recent legislative cowardice in Connecticut and Vermont, this ruling highlights the inadequacy of GM regulation in the US.
Two GMO labeling bills died recently at Monsanto’s whim, despite overwhelming support from voters and legislators.
The USDA wants public comment on 2,4-D resistant corn, through April 27: tell ’em to just say no! These new GM crops offer no solutions, only more problems.
Facing overwhelming demand for labeling of genetically engineered ingredients, the biotechnology industry is furious that you might be allowed to know whether or not you’re buying their products. Monsanto has threatened to sue the entire state of Vermont, if GMO labeling bill H-722 passes.
The USDA recently announced plans to speed up approval of stacked resistance GM crops, guaranteeing bigger and better new problem weeds sooner rather than later. Thanks, USDA!
So far, 2012 looks like a good year for the US to join the rest of the world in fair and accurate GMO labeling. Connecticut joins the ranks of states considering mandatory GM food labels this year, with a bill called HB 5117.
Roundup Ready ‘superweeds’ have evolved herbicide resistance, resulting in ever-increasing Roundup application and escalating use of unsustainable farming practices.
The biotechnology industry’s proposed solution? GM crops with combined resistance to Roundup AND an Agent Orange ingredient called 2,4-D — so now we can have even MORE herbicide use and even TOUGHER intractable weeds! Yay! What could possibly go wrong?!
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, results are in: when it comes to sustainable agriculture, Monsanto’s report card is abysmal. Despite the rosy brush it likes to use for self-portraiture, Monsanto fails every subject when it comes to sustainable farming practices.