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#F27: Let’s Occupy Our Food Supply By Labeling GMOs

#F27: Let’s Occupy Our Food Supply By Labeling GMOs

As I’ve said many times before, Occupy Wall Street is about more than, well, occupying Wall Street. Banks and politicians aren’t the only ones responsible for declining health, freedom, and equality in this country. Today, the Occupy movement has challenged us to go deeper, to acknowledge a corrupt system that can do more to destroy our way of life than any other arm of the 1%: the agricultural business.

Today, on #F27, we will occupy our food supply, sending a clear message to corporations like Cargill and Monsanto that while they may have purchased political power, they have not deceived us. We will continue the fight for a fair, just, and sustainable food system as long as necessary.

The American food supply has been infected by a mysterious and deadly parasite. The government knows about this parasite, but has done nothing to protect us. In fact, instead of sounding the alarm, punishing the culprits who created it, and informing the public about the best ways to avoid it, the government has allowed corporations to release more of its kind into the food supply. It’s even given these corporations the power to financially ruin anyone who dares to capture and kill this parasite.

No, this isn’t another e. coli outbreak in our spinach or mad cow disease in the beef. It’s Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and you’re probably eating them right now.

The most common genetically engineered (GE) crops in the United States are soybean, corn, cotton, and canola. Because many processed food products contain soybean or corn ingredients (e.g., high fructose corn syrup or soy protein), it’s estimated that 60 to 70 percent of processed foods in grocery stores include at least one GE ingredient.

The truly shocking fact isn’t that corporations created these mutant seeds and pesticide-resistant plants. The shocking fact is that they’ve been allowed to introduce them into our food supply without asking our permission, or even acknowledging which foods they are. Here in the United States, a country obsessed with personal freedom, corporations are allowed to put genetically engineered foods on the shelves without proper labeling. Not only that, we’re also pressuring other countries to accept our GMO crops, even though they want nothing to do with them.

The double standard enjoyed by food corporations denies us the right to decide what we will feed our families, and it’s wrong.

Several states already have mandatory GMO labeling laws in the works, and it’s time that the federal government followed suit. Americans deserve to know what’s in their food before they buy it, so that each of us can decide what is the healthiest option for ourselves and the ones we love.

Industrial agribusiness corporations like Cargill, Monsanto, Dow, ADM and Dupont have gained runaway control of our food systems and to take them back, we’ll need all the collective power we can manifest around the world. Take action by becoming a conscious consumer:

  • get educated about GMO peddlers like Monsanto and join the fight to expose their lies
  • research the brands you buy and find out whether they contain GMOs
  • tell your political “representatives” that you support mandatory GMO labeling laws
  • join your local Occupy group or other community organization, and spread the word about the need for GMO labeling.

You can also help by growing your own food, and supporting local, sustainable farming operations in your own community!

Related Reading:

Protesters Demand GMO Labels At Right 2 Know March

The Toxic Gene Spill: What You Should Know About GMO Pollution

Say No To GMO with The True Food Shopper’s Guide

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8:33AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Petition signed. Also the petitions in Susan V's post. Thanks for that, Susan!

12:30PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I'm sorry Shalvah L., but the facts are facts. Yes, I am interested in ruling the world, as I think that 100 years of world peace sounds like a good idea. As well as riding the world of the need to hunger for food, giving every able man and woman a job that earns them a living as well as destroying the way wall street runs and works. I guess that is bad. Some of the GMO's are bad and some are good. What people are doing, is failing to do the research without coming to a conclusion. In Mexico, Monsanto has sold GMO rice and corn that uses less water to grow and can withstand hotter climates. Imagine that, poor communities in deserts, growing food on their own when they haven't been able to do so before.

I agree that they should be labeled, I never denied that. I only think that not all GMO's are evil or bad to your health. You know, tobacco products say that they can cause cancer on the packaging. Do people still buy them? Yes. Does using a seatbelt help prevent injuries in car crashes? Yes. Do people still not use their seatbelts? Yeah. Will it matter? No. You could even say that "this corn has been suspected of killing people by unknown means" and you know what? People will still buy it and eat it.

By ruling the world, I would commit that all GMO foods be rigorously tested before going on the shelves. Also, all other things would have to have labels on them as well. Grapes are a choking hazard, strawberries can cause allergic reactions and eating r

5:52PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thanks, great movement, watch our world health issues plummet .

11:42AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thanks, great movement, watch our world health issues plummet .

11:08PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

High time GMO foods were labelled. I though the consumer was supposed to be King/Queen? If GMO's are so safe, why the opposition to mandatory labelling? It does not cost anything? Could they possibly have something to hide? Do they believe that the anti-GMO message is finally getting across to the mass of people?

6:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Monsanto and their growing array of Frankenfoods are a serious threat to the public health. Take the case of the zombie, mutant banana http://www.zombielogicblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/zombie-mutant-banana.html

5:55PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Please support these related issues:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/STOP-2-4D-CORN/
(time has been extended for comment on this - I have sent over 6000 signatures to USDA so far)

food safety groups are working hard to reverse this idiotic decision
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/USDA-Reverse-GMO-Alfalfa-Approval/

We must continue to tell Obama and USDA that we stand behind the farmers against Monsanto
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/we-support-farmers-and-osgata-against-monsanto/

And put pressure on Wal-Mart to reject Monsanto's poison sweet corn
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Walmart-Dont-Sell-Monsanto-Sweet-GM-Corn/

thanks,
susan V

8:25AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

What does our president have to do with this? Why isn't he shouting about it from the roof tops? DO NOT RE-ELECT OBAMA!

6:27AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

They reduce pesticide and fertiliser use, ie they make "conventional" produce closer to organic for the same price. GMO is great.

Seed patents are terrifying, yes, but I find all infertile seeds nearly as worrying. Seed corporations shouldn't control our fields in this way. It creates a dependency and destroys traditional agricultural systems. But the food itself is better for us, unless you were previously eating only organic.

I wish people weren't so afraid of science. Agricultural progress is what human culture is based upon! (It's not like the non-GM seeds tend to be anything like their "natural" ancient cousins, after all.) It's wonderful.

10:46AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I strongly believe that GMO foods should be labeled - regardless of how long we have been eating it! I also believe that all hormones and antibiotic levels in our food supply should be labeled - so end users have a chance to choose what to put on their tables. Signed petition!

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