“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?
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?!