What MUST Be Done to Stop the GMO Threat to Our Food Supply: Coexistence is Not an Option
by Paul Fassa
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.