How can this be!? This is our food, not Monsanto’s! But, their bullying, money and intimidation reach throughout all governments to keep people from the right to know when their food is GMO. Why would a monolithic corporation, like Monsanto, fight a worldwide battle to keep people from knowing that they are eating genetically modified food? If it is that good for us shouldn’t they be proud that they are feeding us and our children genetically engineered food.
They have threatened to sue Vermont if they pass a labeling law, I didn’t think that corporations could do that! How powerful to be able to back down state legislatures all over the country from passing GMO labeling laws. It’s not even saying don’t grow it, it’s just saying that people want to know, people want to have a choice, but, Monsanto has taken that choice away from us.
Why don’t they want GMO labeling for our food? Because, the majority of people do not want to eat GMO food and they know that if it were labeled in the stores people would not buy it. Other countries around the world have either prohibited GMO’s on one level or another or the food must be labeled, but, not the US, here the corporations have the ability to buy and bully the representatives that WE vote for, the people tell them that we demand labeling and then our representatives are stopped by either money or fear to pass a GMO labeling bill.
So, here are a couple of articles with actions to continue shining light on the subject of food. It is our duty, our right and what we need to do for ourselves and our children…
From the Organic Consumer Association:
What is going on? In the past few months GMO labeling legislation has been introduced in Washington State, Minnesota, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Vermont. In each state, the same frustrating story repeats itself. Legislators are optimistic, the bills seem to move quickly at first, they receive a record breaking amount of public support, and then they stall in committee and never move again, despite unprecedented numbers of calls and emails from citizens to legislators. A representative in Minnesota told us they expected “fallout” for supporting the bill, even though it didn’t pass. In Washington state an unprecedented coalition of anti-GMO wheat farmers and organic consumers were stymied by agriculture committee legislators, who, it turns out, had received money from Monsanto. In Vermont, legislators and Governor backed off from a California-style labeling bill, despite polls showing 90% of Vermonters supported the bill, openly admitting that they were fearful of a lawsuit from Monsanto and the biotech industry. It’s clear that Monsanto and the biotech bullies will go to great lengths to keep their stranglehold on our food supply, and unfortunately most state legislators are either intimidated by or complicit with Monsanto.
It is also clear that we are at a major turning point in this fight. More people than ever care about what is happening to our food supply. More people than ever want to see GMOs labeled. The energy is building!
Here’s what OCA wants to do about it:
Our Millions Against Monsanto Campaign plans to join forces with the Occupy Monsanto protests across the country the week of September 17th, 2012 to create the largest Days of Action for GMO Labeling ever! We want to raise the clamor for labeling to a fever pitch and you can help!
Here’s what we need:
More activists and more awareness in each state!
There are now 692,413 in our Millions Against Monsanto campaign! Let’s get one million by September 17th! In the months leading up to the Days of Action, we need you to gather petition signatures (PDF) and pass out leaflets at your local farmer’s market or natural food store. Summer is the perfect time to raise awareness about food.
Support Labeling in California! Let’s Drop the Money Bomb on Monsanto!
Organizers have gathered 971,176 signatures to qualify us for the California State Ballot in November. Teams of volunteers across California submitted them Wednesday to County officials across the state, in some cases wheeling them into the elections offices via baby strollers. If voters pass the initiative, food sellers would be required to use a label identifying foods grown from genetically engineered seeds or containing genetically engineered ingredients. The initiative would also outlaw the routine industry practice of marketing GMO-tainted foods as “natural.”
Now that nearly a million have been delivered, it’s only a matter of time before Monsanto brings out the Big Guns (and Big Wallets) to try to defeat California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, a citizen’s ballot initiative to label GMOs.
We’re going to win in California. Here’s how. Between May 1 and May 26, a broad coalition of food, farm, health, public interest, and environmental groups all over the country, joined by leading organic food companies, will attempt to raise one million dollars to support the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, a citizens’ ballot initiative, and other state GMO-labeling campaigns.
One million dollars. By reaching out to millions of people through multiple websites and e-newsletters.
Let’s show Big Biotech and Food, Inc. what we, the 99%, can do when we work together for a common cause.