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!
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