“If you control oil, you will control nations. If you control food. you will control the people.”
– Henry Kissinger
Never before in history has it been more critical for each of us to learn the facts about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
As Monsanto and other “ag-bio” corporations continue to push countries to accept their genetically modified crops around the world, as they buy up one independent seed supplier after another, as they influence government regulators and global trade agreements based on whether or not a country will agree to import GMO crops, our precious world stands at a crossroads of food health and security.
Once these ag-bio companies are allowed to control our food, there will be no turning back. Eventually the entire food supply will be contaminated (plants do still cross-pollinate even when they’re genetically altered)—there will be no way to know what is real and what is genetically modified without clear GMO labeling.
Although the list is changing all the time, GMOs are currently labeled, extremely restricted, or banned in 64 countries, including the entire European Union (United Kingdom, Norway, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Ireland).
They are also banned in Australia (but that’s shifting due to pressure from NuFarm/Monsanto) and New Zealand.
Elsewhere in the world, GMOs are restricted or banned in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Algeria, Poland, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, China, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Fiji, Sri Lanka, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Sadly, the debate is still underway.
As far back as 1998, scientists employed by Health Canada who were concerned about human health impacts complained that they were being pressured to approve the GMO milk hormone, which is injected into cows to increase milk supply. They testified that the drug maker, Monsanto, offered them a bribe of over $1 million to approve it. They also reported that their research study documents were stolen from a locked file cabinet in a government office.
In response, a Monsanto official went on Canadian national television saying that the scientists had “misunderstood an offer for research money.” Source: http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=125
Enter Rachel Parent and the Kids Right to Know
When Toronto citizen Rachel Parent first heard of GMOs, she couldn’t rest until she learned more. Once she uncovered the facts behind the GMO crisis, there was just no stopping her. After giving a speech about GMOs to her fellow students, she founded the “Kids Right to Know” organization to raise awareness, and has since become active both nationally and internationally to educate about GMOs, with the goal of making GMO labelling a law in both Canada and the USA.
Help Avert Our Nation’s Crisis
Kids are the future of our country. Our voices CAN and DO make a difference! Here are five things you can do:
- Learn more: watch a movie, read a book, follow Rachel on Twitter, or on her Kids Right to Know Facebook page.
- Sign our current petition to Rona Ambrose, and if you want to take it one step further, sign an additional petition about GMO Labeling in Canada.
- Encourage your parents to choose organic food / food labeled with the Non-GMO Project seal… your dollars are your vote!
- Spread the word: tell a friend, download a brochure, talk to your class
- Find a GMO Free group in your area and get involved with local labeling efforts, marches, and other educational events. Click here for a handy list >
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