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What MUST Be Done to Stop the GMO Threat to Our Food Supply: Coexistence Is Not An Option


Green Lifestyle  (tags: conservation, ecosystems, environment, food, garden, genetic engineering, GMOs, greenliving, healthy, humans, organic, protection, Sustainabililty, world )

Kathy
- 154 days ago - naturalsociety.com
Only a cooperative effort between consumers and non-GMO farmers of banning cultivation of genetically modified foods in as many local areas as possible will rescue us from the future peril of scorched earth by biotech. Retail labeling will do nothing to->



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Kathy B. (98)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 2:10 pm
Only a cooperative effort between consumers and non-GMO farmers of banning cultivation of genetically modified foods in as many local areas as possible will rescue us from the future peril of scorched earth by biotech. Retail labeling will do nothing to stop these GMO monsters, especially here in fast-food nation where most don’t really care what’s in their food.

Actually, non-GMO labeling already exists thanks to a non-profit group called the Non GMO Project. Instead of throwing millions of dollars and lots of blood, sweat, and tears into getting any government to label GMO foods, why not put some of that money and effort into supporting a non-government group that offers labeling to the handful of Americans who know and care. Find out more about the Non GMO Project here.

While earnest anti-GMO activists attempt to meet the demands of the struggle for labeling, the GMO companies make more and more inroads into agriculture. Our government on all levels has been infiltrated by biotech industry masters. The biotech industry owns the government in the USA and Canada. They don’t have to play fair. So forget petitions to Obama and the USDA and others. They’re all in on it.

Contamination from GMO crops and seeds has already happened often. The USDA’s four mile buffers aren’t effective, and worse, there’s the even more difficult to ascertain GMO contamination at the seed level.

Consumer labeling at the retail level implies non-GMO and GMO crops can coexist. This is totally untrue. Many non-GMO farmers have discovered this the hard way when their exports were rejected because of GMO contamination, which the USDA deems completely normal.

While GMO labeling is better than nothing, the only true way to protect the Earth and living organisms from the potential destruction from GMO biotech is to ban GMOs altogether.
An Example of Grass Roots Farmer Actions That Could Use More Support

Jackson County in Central Oregon has been invaded by Syngenta, which needs to experiment with their GMOs on open fields outside their head-quarter’s nation because Switzerland doesn’t allow GMO cultivation at all. By leasing unmarked fields covertly, their experimental GMO crops have violated the four mile buffer zone mandated by the USDA.

Syngenta had fields within one mile of three organic farming operations, and further investigation discovered that Syngeta had been in Jackson County operating undercover in unmarked rented fields since 2009.

Syngenta’s GMO beets threaten non-GMO and organic beets and chard and their seeds since they are of the same species. Since agricultural authorities are ignoring these local farmers complaints or even considering lost business from exports rejected, they formed their own movement called “GMO Free Jackson County”.

They created a petition to bring the whole matter of banning GMO seeds and cultivation within Jackson County. After obtaining over 6700 signatures, Measure 15-119 to ban GMO seeds and farming completely will be on the ballot May 20th, 2014. Hopefully this will get voted in.

Label laws will be meaningless when all organic or non-GMO crop foods are contaminated from GMO seeds and crops and the pollinating bees, butterflies, and birds are all killed from the GMO pesticides and herbicides, which is occuring.

Folks, food doesn’t originate from retail shelves; it comes from the ground. We need to support and incorporate farmers into the fight against GMO proliferation.

 

David B. (38)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 2:45 pm
In the interim... Matches work wonders.
 

David B. (38)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 2:47 pm
Oooops, that was posted tongue in cheek... I wouldn't torch GM crops, would you?
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 3:04 pm
we don't want gmos
 

Arielle S. (316)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 4:25 pm
Whatever it takes...our lives depend on our success.
 

Alexandra G. (216)
Monday February 24, 2014, 3:57 am
noted, thanks
 

gabriele jefferson (147)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:01 am
noted, shared on fb, twitter & google
 

Fi T. (16)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:30 am
Can technology be something really beneficial?
 

Thomas Clother (13)
Monday February 24, 2014, 8:26 am
Thanks for posting, Kath, noted.
 

Deb E. (64)
Monday February 24, 2014, 11:04 am
The Oregon legislature allowed the "Monsanto Protection Act" which disallowed individual counties to be able to control the growing of GMOs. Because Jackson County already had a ballot measure that qualified for voting before that bill was passed, they will be allowed to have it voted on in 2014, but if it fails, there will be no other opportunity for GMO control at the county level. After speaking to my Representatives, I understand their premise for not wanting this legislature at the county level. In a nutshell, they said because the bees and birds travel great distances, and there will always be wind drift, there is no way to control GMO crops at the county levels (that, in itself, is good enough reason to ban unregulated and 100% confined GMO production). They went on further to say that kind of legislation must come from a state level, and as long as GMOs are recognized across the majority of the country as being safe, they cannot agree that banning all GMO crops in Oregon would be good for the state and, in fact, would cause a great loss of export ability as well as income to the state. Considering all of this, it is my opinion that the only way to stop GMO foods is to ban them in the entire country. And in order to do that, a major campaign must be kept in place to battle the one that is being put out by the bio-tech industry. They utilize all social media avenues available to push their agendas, including the use of paid "private" bloggers to make people think that individual people are against the labeling of these foods and anyone who is against GMO foods is either stupid or anti-science.

When reading about this issue, people need to remember to consider the source the information comes from and the motive behind its' release. Why would any private individual care to blog about how stupid it is to be against GMOs? Maybe they think food prices will go up, or that we would just run out of food if we didn't have GMOs, but if that is the case, why would anyone believe what they have to write? Neither point is a valid one.

These companies have got such a strong influence in our government, that battling the issue of their production is, I fear, a very long and difficult uphill battle and when won, will have been won too late to do us any good. That is why we have to keep up pressure for labeling these foods. If these companies are so against labeling, there has to be a reason for it. Let's continue fighting to get these GMOs labeled, as well as banned, so that more people can become aware of what they are and how extensively they exist in everyday food items.

Thanks, Kathy.
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Monday February 24, 2014, 2:02 pm
We must do everything we can to stop the production of GMO foods. Don't buy the stuff, require labling, vote politions Out that support GMO; Insist FEDERAL laws ban GMO production & sales. Anything else you can think of!
 

Penny C. (79)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:44 pm
Thanks Kathy.
 
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