Food Revolution Summit Reveals Alarming Information about GMOs

Monsanto GMO corn

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Yesterday, Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, rocked the Food Revolution Summit with some alarming information about Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Jeffrey told the audience that shortly after GM soy was introduced in the UK, food allergies shot up by 50%.

Jeffrey said that GMOs are leading to a massive increase in human exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and to the bt toxin that has been genetically engineered into every cell of corn and other plants.

Ninety-three percent of Americans want labeling of GMO foods, and Jeffrey reported that 53% of Americans say they wouldn’t eat GMOs if they were labeled.

Response to Jeffrey’s interview quickly lit up the Food Revolution Summit Facebook page, and letters of appreciation (and outrage at what he is exposing) have been pouring in ever since.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the internet’s most popular natural health website, spoke next. He reflected that Monsanto, which makes most of the world’s GMO seeds, has been very effective. They have essentially planted former employees in just about every major US federal agency that is responsible for making GMO decisions on a federal basis. They have corrupted the system, so the only way to fight back is on the state ballot initiative level.

“Even if we all become aware of the dangers of genetically engineered foods, we can’t do anything about it if we don’t know which foods are genetically engineered”, commented Dr. Mercola, so “we need to require labeling. That’s why Monsanto is spending $100 million fighting a California ballot initiative that would require labeling. Because they know this could bring down their whole scheme.”

The final speaker of the day was Dr. Vandana Shiva, on the line from India. She spoke of the tragic irony that in the land where Gandhi spun freedom through cotton and the spinning wheel, 95% of the cotton is now controlled by Monsanto.

More than 250,000 farmers in India have committed suicide since Monsanto began to take control of the cotton industry.

“Patents on seed mean genocide, and patents on seed mean ecocide,” she told us. “I’m working with 500,000 farmers, mobilizing millions, creating 66 seed banks, training farmers every month, to be fighting for food sovereignty. This isn’t what I wanted for my life, but too much is at stake. Everything’s at stake.”

Yesterday’s speakers were issuing a call to action. It’s time to label GMO’s, and to expose them for what they are. Long touted as an answer to poverty and hunger, they are turning out to be an attempted consolidation of power and money by big agrichemical companies – with profound and disturbing implications for our soil, our health, and our farmers.

Visit www.gmfreeze.org to find out more about how to lobby your supermarket into taking action – helping to get GM out of our food chain. The biotech industry’s last profitable outlet for these crops is animal feed, if we make it clear we do not want these products, the industry will lose a significant part of its market.

For more information visit the Food Revolution Summit facebook page and website.

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