Say No to Industrial Agricultures GMO Experiment on the Biosphere
World Food Day KC 2011
This event seeks to raise awareness of genetically engineered food and the issues surrounding the future of organic food.
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From Safe Food Action St. Louis:
Why Are St. Louisans Concerned about Food?
Nutritious food is based on agricultural integrity. At a minimum, this means that farmers are able to control their crops by saving seeds and consumers have the right to know what is in their food. But Monsanto has worked against both of these. It has brought hundreds of lawsuits against farmers for saving their seeds. And it has vigorously opposed labeling foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Now Monsanto is using a new tactic. Its “American Farmers Grow Communities” program aims to award $3 million in early 2012 in addition to $4 million distributed in 2011. Intended recipients include urban farming groups, homeless shelters and school garden programs.
Monsanto also intends to provide money to local Farmer’s Markets groups promoting local, sustainable agriculture. Yet, organic farming is the polar opposite of industrial agriculture, which is based on monocultures, genetically engineered plants, patenting of life forms, and of course herbicides like Round Up. People have a right to food security: access to a sustainable supply of safe, nutritious foods that is free of toxins and biological hazards.
It appears that Monsanto has designed a “feel good” campaign of giving to St. Louis area organizations in hopes that they will refrain from criticizing Monsanto’s aggressive actions to punish farmers and force unlabelled GMOs on the world.
Safe Food Action St. Louis urges you to stand with farmers, consumers, food retailers and others who will not let corporate money and PR campaigns compromise our principals. We invite you to speak out for the right of people to know what is in their food and the rights of farmers to choose traditional agricultural practices by signing on to the “Foundations of Agricultural Integrity.”
Foundations of Agricultural Integrity
1. We ask Monsanto to cease all legal actions against farmers for saving seed.
2. We ask all organizations and businesses to label all Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in any food or food product that they sell or distribute.
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