This week, October 16th marked World Food Day, amidst growing concerns about the global food supply. Many now believe that the world’s modern agricultural practices and food control are being used to build corporate profits and monopolies while curtailing the global population, rather than to feed and nourish the health of the world’s inhabitants. To highlight one of the key aspects of this concern South Florida activists are holding a rally Saturday October 20th at Yellow Green (YG) Farmer’s Market in Hollywood, Florida to support the initiative to demand labeling of GMO (genetically modified) foods. This initiative is on the ballot this year in California, and campaigners are preparing to collect signatures to get a similar proposed law placed on the ballot in Florida.
Genetically modified foods have been introduced in recent decades by giant chemical and agribusiness corporations who claim the foods would help feed humanity. The reality of GMO foods is something quite different, as long term studies have shown they do not produce better crop yields than non-GMO foods, while over time they reduce biodiversity and lead to decreased plant resistance to insect pests and diseases. GMO crops are also being designed to push out traditional farming practices and force farmers to regularly buy new seeds from companies such as Monsanto. Monsanto’s “terminator” seed technology produces plants that have non-viable seeds, so farmers can’t use the seeds from the plants to replant the next season, they have to buy new seeds from Monsanto. Some of these GMO crops like “Roundup Ready” soy also foster more pesticide resistant insects, which leads farmers to end up using more, not less, toxic pesticides on their crops. Monsanto actually has crops where pesticide chemicals are engineered into the plant itself (BT corn), so that you are consuming the pesticide chemicals when you eat the food. This threatens human health and ecosystems while it profits the chemical companies.
One of the most unsettling aspects of GMO foods is their demonstrated threat to human and animal health. A number of studies have shown how these foods can generate cancers, allergies, autoimmune disturbances, digestive problems, infertility, and organ damage. In the new film Genetic Roulette, produced by Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey M. Smith, leading doctors, scientists, activists, and public officials such as U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich discuss the concerns about GMOs and the public’s right to safe food and informed consent. Currently, many food products are sold to the public without any notice that they contain GMOs. The majority of staple crops in the USA like corn, soy, and wheat are now genetically modified, and as this has transpired there has been a vast increase in allergies and intolerances to those foods. Only foods labeled “organic” are restricted from having GMO ingredients. For fresh produce, the PLU codes that are 5-digits and begin with 8 are GMO foods while those that are 5 digits and begin with 9 are organic foods.
The Rally at YG Farmer’s Market is sponsored by The Fishman Institute and RawOne. This GMO right to know event includes exciting sponsors, speakers, live music, raffles, and organic non-GMO food. Those supporting the event include Food & Water Watch & “Right to Know” Millions Against Monsanto, FL.
Here are the event details and contacts for additional information:
DATE: Saturday, October 20, 2012
TIME: Noon – 3:00 PM
PLACE: Yellow Green Farmer’s Market, 1940 North 30th Road, Hollywood, FL 33021
This World Food Day Weekend, people all around the country are getting out to label Genetically Modified Organism’s in our Food Supply. In support of California Prop. 37, and in Florida, Food And Water Watch Initiative for 2013 and Florida Right to Know for 2014.
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