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Vandana Shiva — Biodiversity or GMOs?

Within Vandana Shiva's dedication to defending the natural world is a profound celebration of life. When we allow systems to sustain balance and wholeness, life truly can thrive. Here are...
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GR:  This story is about "golden rice" and other GMO crops.  The GMOs contain fewer nutrients, they promote monocultures, and they promote artificial fertilizer and pesticide use.  As explained in this article, GMOs cause disease and biodiversity decline.  Proponents are well-funded and profit motivated.  Opponents lack funding and are made to appear fanatical.  What should we do?  We must ban GMO crops. Please support all forms of opposition to GMOs.

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Tell Congress to Protect Your Right to Know: Oppose the DARK Act; Don't Hide Food Contents

Tell Congress to Protect Your Right to Know: Oppose the DARK Act; Don't Hide Food Contents | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with allies like Monsanto and Dow, have teamed up with Koch-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know what is in your food.

This bill, (HR 4432), which has been called the “Denying Americans the Right-to-Know Act” (DARK Act), is on the march and has just gained 20 new Republican co-sponsors, bringing the total up to 25. That’s 25 members of Congress who stand with industry in an effort to keep consumers in the dark.
 
"This backwards bill would:

  • Prevent states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.

  • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GE ingredients.

  • Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.

"GE labeling is important to Americans, with over 90% consistently supporting transparency in the marketplace through mandatory GE labeling. In 2013 and 2014 there were over 70 GE labeling bills and ballot initiatives introduced across 30 states, with laws being passed in Maine, Connecticut and Vermont. The DARK Act would shut down these efforts and replace them with an undemocratic, hollow “voluntary” labeling scheme. In the 13 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label GE foods, a total of zero companies have done so.  This is not the solution consumers have been demanding."

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GR:  Here's congress teaming with industry to block our right to know what's in our food.  And this time it's the Republicans. 


Pesticide-resistant GMO crops pose a serious threat.  Now that we know pesticides are killing pollinators and other essential elements of our Earth ecosystems, we need to be able to discourage pesticide use by avoiding the foods made from resistant GMO's.

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Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees -

Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees - | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The International Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Dogwood Alliance & Biofuelwatch Groups Condemn US for Bowing to Industry, Ignoring Widespread Public Opposition New York (29 Jan. 2015) ­– Groups from around the world [1] today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.

"A secret letter from the USDA to GE tree company ArborGen [2], dated last August, was recently exposed by scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Center for Food Safety [3]. In this letter, the USDA made the unprecedented decision to allow ArborGen to pursue unregulated commercial cultivation of a loblolly pine genetically engineered for altered wood composition. These trees could be planted anywhere in the US, without public knowledge or access to information about them.

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GR:  As pointed out in the article, pollen from these trees will spread, and we do not understand forest ecology well enough to predict the consequences.

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