Sunday, October 16th is World Food Day!
There will be rallies and events all over the U.S. Find one near you here:
Some great stories in the news this week:
Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm, on fighting GMOs
“What people need to understand with GE, or genetically engineered, [aka GMO] crops is that the seeds are owned by chemical companies. When we sanction the unrestricted use of GE crops, we’re sanctioning the unrestricted use of these chemicals, which are already making us sick.
I’m hopeful. As I travel the country, I hear that people want freedom of choice. Eighty-seven percent of Americans say that genetically modified foods should be labeled and that they don’t want to buy GE crops and food grown from GE seeds. Consumers care, farmers care, even nonorganic farmers care because they don’t want to be told what kind of seeds to grow and they don’t want to pay the higher costs demanded by these companies.
Think. Should farmers & consumers in Vermont have as many rights as those in Europe, Australia and New Zealand?
The European Union (EU) countries implemented mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered soy and corn. By the end of 1998, nearly all the grocery chains and fast food restaurants in the EU had eliminated genetically engineered ingredients from their products.
Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers must label all processed food products that contain GMO (genetically engineered, or biotech) ingredients. As a result of this labeling requirement, Australia’s largest food conglomerate, Goodman Fielder, eliminated GMO from its product line. Other manufacturers and grocery chains are following suit.
In Vermont, however, we have a new governor who killed the 2000 GMO labelling act when he was a Senator. “…A measure mandating labels on genetically modified seeds and food, liability for the purveyors of the technology and registration of the location of transgenic crops with town clerks flew through the Senate Agriculture Committee. But its good fortunes ended in the Finance Committee. Democratic Sen. Peter Shumlin voted with Republicans to table the bill.”
“Shumlin told Sen. Cheryl Rivers (D), then chair of the Agriculture Committee, that he was “unwilling to support a bill requiring labeling of genetically modified foods because the Democrats had already lost the contributions of pharmaceutical companies, and he was not willing to sacrifice contributions from the food industry,” according to the Rutland Herald.
Read more here: http://senatorwagner.com/2011/01/in-free-market-no-gmo/
Buy No GMO t-shirts
This is the winning t-shirt from the contest sponsored by the Institute for Responsible Technology, 25% of the proceed go to them and it’s on sale until 10/11 for only $10.00 – I thought it was a great design!
And one from Moms for Safe Food too! This is the Men’s T – there are women’s too.
My husband came up with a great slogan and I made them up for café press. We are not making any money on these, just selling them at Café Press’s base price.
I just like them (we all have one) and wanted to offer them to others.
So many good things in the news this week!
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Read more, great Fat Tuesday posts here: http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/fat-tuesday-october-11-2011/
Read more, great Real Food Wednesday posts here: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2011/10/real-food-wednesday-10122011.html
Read more, great Simples Lives Thursday posts here: http://gnowfglins.com/2011/10/12/simple-lives-thursday-65/
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