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GE Free Victoria passed. Unanimous.

Eloquence is the poetry of prose.

– William C Bryant

First of all, I was inspired by a quote from Robyn O’Brien. The gestalt was “Keep speaking, even when you’re trembling.”  I was trembling.

This post has been more widely shared than most of my recent posts on the Deeper Side.  A comment on Facebook just came up that made me realize that I need to expand this post with more background information to help more readers understand. So if you are familiar about the subject, please skip the rest of this paragraph.  For some background on the terminology: GE = Genetic Engineering = GMOS.  Not talking about an extension of traditional plant breeding. I’m talking about Canadian food crops that have been modified to withstand herbicides (like glyphosate) or express a pesticide (like BT). Many GMOS have both traits. Talking about food crops that are not modified for higher yield or better nutrition. No governments have done their own safety studies. GMOs contaminate non GMOs. And Canadian law favours the patent holders of the GE seeds over the farmers who have had their crops contaminated. For some background, I recommend the 2013 documentary ‘GMO OMG’. Another great resource is GMO Myths and Truths you can find online.

Now for the specifics of the Motion put forth by Councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday,  There is a bunch of Wheras’s.  If you want you can look up the motion or write back at me and I’ll include them all. Generally given the lack of long-term studies both for human safety and on ecology, and following the precautionary principle the “ask ” was that the City of Victoria go on record to oppose this new technology until the requisite studies are done.  Specifically to quote from the motion:

“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Victoria hereby opposes the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, plants and trees in the City of Victoria.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City call upon the Federal and Provincial governments to implement a regime of mandatory labelling of all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for sale in BC and Canada.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City call upon the Federal and Provincial governments to impose a moratorium on bringing further GMOs to market for sale until a regime of independent and transparent scientific assessment and GMO management is introduced.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Victoria shall forward copies of this resolution to the Premier, Prime Minister, all local MLAs and MPs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM).”

Let me give you a play by play account of how tonight’s Victoria Council Session went.

I came into a mostly empty council chambers as a virtuoso pianist was serenading the room from about 6 – 6:30.  Robert Holliston.  Beautiful playing.  Set the tone? I was not expecting that – it was kind of surreal.  Actually, it was almost mystical.


I met Tony for the first time.  Love his sign and his smile. 
Then Mayor Helps and councillors came in.  I need to give props, snaps, shout-outs to Councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremey Loveday for their commitment to this important cause.

Mayor Lisa Helps (in what looked like a locally-made smoking lily dress oh ye followers of the Style-Diet) called the session precisely at 6:30 and after a few words, I was the first speaker for GE Free Victoria.  Read from my notes.  Held by my trembling hands.  Heard my voice quake and shake. But hung in there.  You can probably guess what I talked about.


Second up was Jim Jordan, a seeker of social and environmental justice.  A soft-spoken man, an organized thinker and most importantly: a do-er.  The steady driving force behind tonight.  Jim spoke about seeds and how the machines and chemicals of war were repurposed to agriculture. Jim provided the council with a speech and presentation by Dr Thierry Vrain, former GMO scientist and current organic farmer.  Dr Vrain summarized recently findings about the biocide/herbicide glyphosate.

Third up was Arzeena Hamir, an agrologist and organic farmer of Amara Farm up in Courtney.  An excellent speaker (a fabulous soul too), she focused on how Richmond benefitted from a GE Free Resolution.

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Next was Tony Beck, a PhD from London and a UN Advisor on food security and gender issues.  Eloquent, beyond knowledgeable.  I wish I had taken notes!  What I recall was how municipalities need to take the charge and how 50% of seeds lies with only a handful of companies.

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Afterwards, Rob Pearce, virtuoso drummer and therapist spoke clearly about the dubious and unethical practises of certain biotech patent holders.  Like me he is more of a musician than a public speaker.  But he was wonderful, informative. He went out of his comfort zone.  Respect.

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Dr Joan Russow, erstwhile leader of the Green Party delved into the history of the international struggle against this questionable technology.  Even since I first met Joan, I have been totally bowled away by her energy and focus.  Gratitude for her voice.

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Frances Litman, sparkling, a great speaker and 2012 CRD EcoStar Community Leadership Award Winner on behalf of Creatively United For The Planet, read two statements.  One from the conscious dietician Rachel Dickens and another from Dionne Laslo-Baker from DeeBee’s organic tea pops.

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It didn’t stop there.  No folks.  Three more speakers followed.

First of the trinity was Michael Coon who has been railing against GMOs in Hawaii (ground zero for GMOs).  He’s a powerful speaker and focused his talk on the findings of Steven Druker in the book “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.”  Wonderful and terrible at the same time. But the eloquence….

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Next was Professor Emeritus Edwin Daniel.  In his 9th decade, he was clear as a bell. And he hit home that there is no independent, long-term studies showing the safety of GMOs.

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To round out was sharp Dr Judy Gaylord.  She was commanding, delivered one truth after the other.  Such impressiveness.

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I was honoured to be there, to be a part of it.  I wanted to take a group photo but we all dispersed at different times.  None of us understood when the motion would be voted on and all thought it would be weeks, not minutes. So I left.  On the way out I got a quick pic with Arzeena and Tony. (Thanks to the dude in uniform at the door for snapping)

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The light outside was good so I finagled a selfie for fun (uncle Godfrey first pointed out this excellent sculpture of Sir John A. Macdonald a couple years ago.)  I like to think of John A holding up the sign!

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I left feeling light, thinking that we’d hear something maybe in a week or two or at the next council session.

BUT THEN, Francis texted me!  It passed.  Unanimously.  Jim called to confirm the news!

This is why Im writing this post now.  In jubilation and exaltation!  Need to share with you all.  Ye who are curious.  Ye who want to know what a council meeting in Victoria looks like.  Ye who may want to bring a motion to your own City Council!

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A little history was made.  In a small provincial capital.  But an important one.  My home since 2009.  This GE Free Resolution is a first for Victoria – and a first for me too.  (Did you know that this was the first time I spoke at at council session?!)

I guess that thinking globally but acting locally has made some kind change.  Today.

Courage is contagious.  Infect others.

Tomorrow.  (Now it’s late: Goodnight dear ones)

 

Politics

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”

– Mahamta Gandhi

 

When I was young, I didn’t think politics was that important.  What mattered to me was learning about *important* things in life: my research into behaviour and development, art, friends, singing…  Yeah, there were some boring folks in government were doing the horribly tedious “government stuff” or “bureaucracy.”  Lawyers and politicians….  Maybe they made it all seem so mind-numbing because they were trying to dissuade others from getting involved?

Well… I am not young anymore.  But neither am I old.

After I came back from thirteen years in Europe, I had an awakening.  What started out as a passion to know more about why and how our food in N. America contains GMOs without our knowledge or permission turned into something else.  I have fortunately – or unfortunately –  developed a sliver of understanding about how the political process works.

In a nutshell, it’s kind of a twister game called follow the money.

How many billions of dollars of subsidies and recorded campaign contributions and speaking fees have influenced policy? Last week, Obama signed the DARK act into law (Deny Americans the Right to Know aka the Roberts-Stabenow Bill of ‘un-labelling’).  For those of you unaware, this bill undoes the hard-won state battles, fought with blood, sweat and tears to label GMOs.  So much for the 4 simple words “produced with genetic engineering” which thousands of products started carrying to conform to Vermont’s law.  Thanks to the DARK act, Vermont’s law is now overturned.  And NOW there will be this strange QR code/funny symbol that only those with a smart phone will be able to interpret.  This DARK bill is about continuing to hide what is in our food.  To continue to confuse the consumer about what is healthy for people and planet.

Although I am wildly angry at this injustice, I continue to harbour hope.  There is so much positive change happening right now.  And everything shows that our clean food movement is gaining ground.  Despite billions of dollars, bought scientists and bought politicians trying to convince us otherwise, sales of Non-GMO and organics are going up.  Farmers markets, urban farms, acres converted to organic and non-GMO are all going up.  Foodies are mushrooming.  We ‘producers’ (not ‘consumers’), through our collective actions (ie: every food purchase), are fundamentally driving the change we want to see.

As the world gets smaller through myriad connections, the polarity of enlightenment shines even brighter in its truth.  I know that with enough political pressure and speaking up and out, we are changing things.  Change comes through struggle for justice. And via the dissemination of truth pollen.

Although ignorance is bliss, once the sleeper is awakened, she cannot go back to sleep. She cannot un-know.  I salute Ye who have been engaged for so long in real politics, fighting for justice and positive change each step of the way. Thank you for waking me up. Here I am trying pay it forward.

So, if you’re new to the deeper side…

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Time to Act

The time is now.

Remember my post “Update Schupdate” where I was cautiously happy about Vermont’s upcoming GMO labelling victory?

Well, Senators Roberts and Stabenow have come up with Monsanto’s, Dow Chemicals’ and the GMA’s sweet-dream GMO labelling bill at the 11 hour.  First of all, it will invalidate all individual state GMO labelling including Vermont which was so hard won.  Second it will take 2 years to come up with some kind of agreement.  Third it will use QR codes or 1800 numbers for consumers to find out if there are GMOs in their food.  Really?  I mean, really? It is just ridiculous.

Might as well call this “The Non-Labelling Bill.”  Or the Dark Act version: Deathstar.

There are already a whole host of large multinational companies who have changed their American packaging (with no extra cost) for July 1st.  It was easy.  Remember that over 90% of N. Americans want labelling.  Like the other 64 countries in the world…

If you are American and care about your food, please contact your state senator which might be the best thing to do.  They will listen to their irate and concerned constituents.  Otherwise  please sign a petition like the one below, share galore, email your friends….

https://action.organicconsumers.org/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18302&track=moFRN&tag=FRN

The time to act is now.

Action always beats intention.

 

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“Without a struggle there can be no progress”

– Frederick Douglass

I am slightly bashful to admit that I’ve been consumed by the US primaries for the first time in my life. I never thought I would care so much. But as much as I’ve tried to ignore politics – perhaps because I spent so many years living abroad – I sincerely thought it didn’t really affect me.  But I admit it now.

It does.

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I have been nitpicking through the media with a fine-tooth comb to separate the real stories from the corporate spin engines. And today, I just remembered that, in my distraction, I didn’t share some big announcements that came in the wake of this year’s Natural Products Expo.

Basically – drumroll – Big food:  Kelloggs, ConAgra, General Mills, Mars, Hershey, Campbell and Del Monte announced that they will label GMOs nationwide in time for Vermont’s GMO labelling law which kicks in July 2016!!!  Imagine that?!!  Well, it’s not such a stretch since they all already label or reformulate their GMOs in 64 countries.  But finally, they’ve agreed to transparency for their customers in the land of the free and home of the brave.

To remind you all, Big food and Biotech sued the state of Vermont to overturn Vermont’s  GMO labelling law. And lost. They have spent millions upon millions  irrationally fighting grass-roots initiatives to keep American consumers in the dark (CA, WA, CO etc). They lobby congresspeople and senators to the tune of millions of corporate bucks a year. These guys are behind the recently defeated DARK act cloture. So these labelling announcements are BIG news, BIG turnarounds. Finally! This tide is turning, the creaking, leaking ol ship is changing course about the horizon of GMO labelling.

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Albeit – there is no guarantee they will follow though. And, although the announcements are not really due to a change of heart, I’m embracing the forth-coming transparency. Some folks have written that they will wait til Big Food follows through and actually labels before declaring victory for the consumer….

Yes, it still is too early to say whether or not the companies who have agreed to label GMOs will renege if they can get the Senate to pass a modified version of the DARK act. The DARK Act = Deny Americans the Right to Know thanks to Senator Roberts and bought politicians protecting corporations over citizen’s rights. To put things into perspective, the DARK Act, alas, is far from dead. Moreover, Vilsack, the US secretary of Agriculture, is still trying to push through the ridiculous idea of QR codes instead of #4simplewords.

Sad to report that my Canadian brothers and sisters are temporarily doomed to the dark, although there are stirrings afoot. More and more people are waking up to the toxic biocide aspect of GMOs, which is a key buried story of this unproven, untested technology.

Let’s just take a tiny second to grin.

(Can you?  Even a bittersweet one-sided wry little upturned lip will do.)

Yes, we still have to push for transparency, fight for the bees and monarchs. We must ban glyphosate, ban neonicotonoids and other biocides, ban these toxic GMOs, stop the TPP, Site C and countless other injustices to people and planet. Work and struggle are ahead indeed. However, things are moving. I just heard about Costco lending money to farmers to spur forward organic production. What fantastic news.

Now if you still haven’t broken out in a smile, check out the Garry Oak Seedling growing out of the remains of an invasive Scotch Broom stump:

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To summarize, needed change is happening in this important food movement. Away from the dark and towards the LIGHT.  We are turning like Sunflowers.

The truth is our collective light.  The medium is the internet.  I thank independent news, rabble rousers, and social media. I say a great big Grazie to my tireless, driven facebook friends.  Thank you all for sharing inconvenient news we need to hear and have to know. I’m grateful, oh so grateful for you, for this technology. Without it, we would be beholden to corporate media.

Maybe they didn’t realize that in burying our voices, they were inadvertently sowing seeds. Which have been germinating….

Confusion of Aims

“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.”

– Albert Einstein

I get a lot of spam on this blog and thankfully wordpress screens most of it.  Over the years, I’ve gotten a few muddled responses, others clearly written by algorithms (Hi!  I really like what you write.  Please write more and check out my link for fantastic savings on car tires) or in unusual English (Respected writer, pleese share with me your secrets of making blog.)  I’ve also gotten some replies which may even be written by real people.  But with questionable agendas.

Here is one that I recently stumbled across: Submitted on 2015/04/07 at 2:24 pm
You do know that people with life-threatening diseases like Type 1 Diabetes need insulin to stay alive, which is made with GMO bacteria? Right?

I need insulin to survive, you need GMOs labeled because you believe in quackeries and have first world problems. Ugh.

This is a classic case of confusing GMOs as ‘food’ with genetically engineered bacteria for medicine.  Even though I question the writers’ motives, I couldn’t help but write a response to clear up any confusion. Here it is:

When I see comments like yours, I wonder if you are a real person or a ‘bot’. Who knows? Maybe you are a paid member of Big Biotech’s “scientific debunking” team? (i.e.: those people who are paid to disprove and discredit valid scientists…) Like folks who call all science that doesn’t support the biotech agenda “quackery” or “pseudoscience.” I’m going to respond to your comment regardless because you conveniently confuse and mix-up two very different things.

First of all, when have I ever lumped-in medicines made by bacteria into the GMO debate? Since I started writing, have I ever stood up against life-saving medicines, modern health care, transfusion, transplants or – getting to agriculture – marker assisted selection? I have a background in Biology (honours BA, MA from The University of Chicago, PhD studies in Developmental Neurobiology, and one co-authored scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal) and I have been very well aware of medicines made by bacteria for decades.

What I am against is our FOOD being modified to withstand toxic pesticides. And I reject this GMO “FOOD” being force-fed to us without our knowledge or consent.  This GMO “FOOD” has no long-term toxicity testing by independent scientists. As Dr John Fagan has confirmed, to date all the studies used to demonstrate the safety of GMO ‘Foods’ have been done by the very same companies selling the GMO ‘Foods!’ No regulators have produced their own data but rely on biotech’s data.  It’s really unbelievable. (I have to put “Food” in quotations because food by definition should nourish and sustain us.)

GMO ‘Food’ is unlabelled and is sitting like a wolf in sheep’s clothing on our grocery shelves.  It is often stacked with traits like insecticide-expression and glyphosate-resistance and sprayed with millions of pounds of glyphosate. The GMO “Foods” I’m talking about could just as well stand for “Glyphosate Modified Organisms.” (Thanks to Dr Thierry Vrain for coining that phrase).  Maybe you haven’t heard that glyphosate has been recently classified as a probable carcinogen by the WHO. This isn’t the first time either (it first happened in 1985 but was somehow declassified…)  Maybe you should look that up! In fact, I suggest you also look up how glyphosate works by binding to heavy metals (chelator) and how it was first patented as an industrial cleaner? Furthermore, check out how it has been patented as an antibiotic. Then read up on how cities and countries (first world and otherwise) around the world ban this toxin.

Below is a moment (via youtube) I can’t seem to shake.  If you still think that glyphosate is safe to drink, spray on lawns, spray on weeds and spray on crops, watch this short video of a GMO shill:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovKw6YjqSfM

I’m surprised that you consider GMOs a first world problem. Have you heard how some of the poorest people in the world, such as in Haiti, have burned biotechs’ seeds? I would suggest you go to my post from 2013 where I’ve compiled a list of countries that require GMO labeling by law. Curiously enough, Canada and the US are the only two ‘first world’ nations that don’t label and/or ban GMO “Foods.” This is not a first world problem. This is a whole world problem.

In the event that you are a ‘real’ person and not funded directly or indirectly by Biotech, I hope this response motivates you to look up what’s really being done to the Food in North America. It’s been 20 years of GMO “Foods” in North America. Virtually all GMO “Foods” available for human consumption in North America are glyphosate-resistant. Since GMO “Foods” were introduced, health, air and soil quality have diminished. There are dead zones in the waters due to pesticide run-off.  Mother’s milk has toxins. Even Polar bears have pesticides in their blood.  Children being born now are called Generation Rx because they are the first generation to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. Look at projected cancer rates in America (1/2 men and 1/3 women). And what is the one thing we do know for sure? We are growing our food with vast amounts of known and probable toxins and carcinogens….

If you are a real person, I have empathy for your pain and suffering. I would not wish for anyone to have to take daily insulin injections.  I have witnessed this first-hand and it is an unenviable burden. I do not think you ought to suffer and I am glad that bacteria were engineered to make insulin.  I am glad you can be treated.  I appreciate you checking out my blog.  I agree with you that it is because of technology that millions of people have been able to afford hitherto costly medicines (such as insulin) that bacteria have been engineered to express. It is because of technology and medical advances that so many of us are alive.

Myself included.

But, just because we *can* insert toxic genes into our FOOD to make Glyphosate-Modified-Organisms or make nuclear bombs or [please fill in the blank], doesn’t mean that we should.  We can change this. You can change this too.

I started this blog to help inspire change. Change for greater respect for people and planet.  I hope this post might motivate just one person to change just one thing.

Spread one small truth.

Worship clean soil teeming with micro-organisms.

Give thanks to an organic farmer.

Give thanks to the Earth.

Smile at the butterflies and pollinator moths, if you are lucky enough to see one.

Grow your own kale!

Find the courage to do what’s right versus what’s convenient.

Love.

This Earth Is Ours….

Breaking Relative Silence

It has been an interesting couple of months for me personally.  I am filled with enormous gratitude for life, my faculties and the love, courage, and greatness I witness every day.  The many wonderful people who have supported me with beautiful words and encouragement I thank you.  There is so much I have wanted to share recently.  From “I Am Steve Marsh” to the Terrible TPP to some inspiring people and events (including my mom Ratana who was recently awarded the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada).  Although I have been posting some Style-Diet Shots, I am otherwise breaking silence.

Through social media (as the mainstream media is still rubbing its eyes, wondering if it should wake up), US state after state and several counties are presenting both labelling bills and GE or GMO Free resolutions.  Clearly, this is one of the biggest issues of our times.   Canada and the US are the only developed countries who do not legislate some kind of labelling of GMOs.  So today I write with a happy heart that we can do something (activism and clicktivism) right here and now today in Canada.  Our collective clicks will become a force for change.  Our voices a sea of myriad droplets rushing in 100 foot waves (Dustin Barca can surf ’em) . So much good has come lately.  Food Babe and Robyn O’Brien and Moms Across America, our Hawaiian siblings and so many others have successfully managed to eke great changes to N. American food recently.  We still have a huge mountain to climb.  But the journey of a thousand miles begins with one single footstep.  Robyn O’Brien talks about the moral compass.  Let’s keep True North.  Let’s hold the corporations to their better angels.

For those who are still confused about whether GMOs are good or bad, I will explain why you should be wary and cautious about GMOs and employ the precautionary principle, apart from the facts that:

1. GMOs have contributed to a massive increase in toxic pesticides and herbicides.

2. GMOs have contributed to the creation of superweeds.

3. GMOs are now being considered by the USDA to be sprayed with 2,4 D also known as Agent Orange.  Since Round-Up (Glyphosate) isn’t working any more, the big chemical companies are resorting to even more toxic applications of the GMO technology.  It appears that the USDA is leaning towards approval despite common sense screaming against it.

4. GMOs have been approved by the government, based on short-term studies done by the same companies selling them.  Every independent, long-term study has shown cause for alarm.

5. Despite the hype about Bio-enhanced foods, most – 90% of GMOs are designed to withstand the herbicide glyphosate also known as Round-Up.

Most North Americans do not know whether they are consuming GMOs since the chemical giants and others like the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association have lobbied against consumer’s right to know, spending millions upon millions to suppress this basic necessity.  Imagine how many hungry people they could have fed instead?  They continue along this tragic path of concealment despite allowing customers elsewhere around the globe this right (about 5 billion see previous post https://thedeepersideblog.com/2013/12/09/gmos-by-nation).  These people in 64+ nations are buying the very same products reformulated without GMOs and or labelled.

There are two things not commonly known about GMOs that I learned from former GMO scientist Dr. Thierry Vrain (youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQkQXyiynYs).  The first is that, when scientists insert foreign genes (usually to resist the antibiotic Round-Up), the process is imprecise and nobody knows where in the DNA of the modified organism this toxic gene ends up.  The second thing is scientists don’t know how many copies are being inserted.  Messing with the DNA of an organism is problematic since biologists continually discover just how intensely, mind-blowingly complicated DNA is.  Even this past December an article in Science turned the original one protein-one gene DNA theory on its head:

http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/12/12/scientists-discover-double-meaning-in-genetic-code/

Nearly every study not conducted by the handful of chemical companies controlling this technology shows serious health and toxic effects on animals and ecosystems.  As famous environmentalist and geneticist (also an alumnus of my alma mater The University of Chicago) David Suzuki has famously said, “Any politician or scientist who tells you these products are safe is either very stupid or lying.”

So what can you do here in Canada?

Today you can effect change with a two pronged approach!

The first is an online petition.  With one click below, you can support the new Federal Labelling Bill M480 “Right to Know” put forth by Murray Rankin, an MP and Lawyer championing people and the environment.  It is wonderful to have an elected official listening to the people, for the people.  Like in the US, we in Canada want GMOs labelled.  And this is no small minority.  Well over 90% of Canadians and Americans consistently polled want GMOs labelled.  We of the over 90% feel it’s a right, given that fat and sugar and even the contents of our mattresses are labelled.  Even those who believe GMOs are good (or can be) still want to know what they are feeding themselves and their families.

Murray Rankin first introduced this bill in Ottawa this past December 2013.  Please take a minute to sign and share and send as widely as you can.

http://petition.ndp.ca/the-food-you-eat

Secondly, if you are convinced like many multitudes, that GMOs have no merit except for fairy tales and real red flag warnings, then you can support a recent campaign to Stop the GM apple.  This apple doesn’t brown when cut.  And remember, the scientists themselves don’t know what processes are being disrupted in the insertion of foreign genes in the process of making this un-necessary apple.  What you can do is speak up against the GM Apple.  Remind your stores where you shop that the apple is using dangerous technology.  Tell them you wont buy it.  Explain how the process of creating GMOs is imprecise and disrupts the DNA of the Apple. Plus once released into our countryside, it will contaminate our other apples.  Quote David Suzuki and Dr Vrain.  Inform them about Dr. Vrain’s Ted Talk and his cross Canada tour to enlighten the public.
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I’ve been reading about Abraham Lincoln who led America at the time of the civil war.  He refused to let the slave states secede at a time a weaker man might have let the US just split into two or allow slavery to perpetuate into the new territories.  Whilst reading, I can’t stop marvelling that people used biology, logic and religion to justify slavery. When such injustice is perpetrated, we are morally obligated to speak out and up.  With right comes might and a sense of noble purpose.  Please ask me if you want more petitions to sign and I’ll dig them up.

Well, Gentle Readers (feeling Victorian after immersing in some Romantic music yesterday), please forgive my ramblings, mistakes, and typos.  I hope to be back again as soon as possible.  In the meantime, thank you for reading.  Thank you for your comments.  Thank you for your commitment to the Earth and each other.  A presto…

GMOs by Nation

Dear Canada and the USA

We *will* join the other ~5 billion people in the world  who know if their food contains GMOs.  This includes nations that outright ban GMOs to those who require Labelling.  Here is the full list  by nation below.  Canada and the USA are the only developed nations in the world that don’t require labelling.  Powerful lobby groups are preventing us from knowing what’s in our food.  This explains why despite 90% N. Americans (across all political stripes) wanting to know if it’s GMO, it has yet to happen.  But it’s going to – We are going to make enough noise and demand out of this mass experiment!

70% of the world lives in countries that have protected themselves with some kind of legislation either restricting GMOs or labelling them.  Given the hype, I assumed it was just Europe, Russia, China and a few others.  When I examined the issue, closely for first time, I was pleased to discover not only European Countries (4 dozen) are protecting themselves, but EURASIAN Countries (18), Latin American Countries (7), African Countries (11) and Australia and New Zealand.  Here are the results below.  Total world population who legislate GMOs : about 5 billion.

I was pleased to discover upon closer inspection that the list has grown recently from Mexico (who has banned GMO corn), to Bhutan (first nation to go organic) to Hawaii’s Big Island as of this last week.

Aloha to Hawaii’s Big Island!  May your population of 185,000 inspire 317 million Americans to do away with this failing and dangerous technology all together!

EUROPE
Russia              143,455,000
Germany                80,640,000
UK                64,231,000
France                63,820,000
Italy                59,798,000
Spain                46,958,000
Ukraine                45,461,000
Poland                38,548,000
Romania                19,858,000
Netherlands                16,795,000
Belgium                11,162,000
Greece                10,758,000
Portugal                10,609,000
Czech Republic                10,519,000
Hungary                 9,894,000
Sweden                 9,595,000
Belarus                 9,460,000
Austria                 8,477,000
Switzerland                 8,075,000
Bulgaria                 7,261,000
Serbia                 7,203,000
Denmark                 5,612,000
Finland                 5,436,000
Slovakia                 5,413,000
Norway                 5,077,000
Iceland                 4,662,000
Croatia                 4,258,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina                 3,847,000
Lithuania                 2,956,000
Slovenia                 2,062,000
Latvia                 2,011,000
Kosovo                 1,826,000
Estonia                 1,283,000
Luxembourg                   542,000
Malta                   419,000
Iceland                   324,000
Jersey (UK)                   100,000
Isle of Man (UK)                    87,000
Andorra                    75,000
Guernsey (UK)                    63,000
Faroe Islands                    48,000
Liechtenstein                    37,000
Monaco                    36,000
San Marino                    32,000
Gibraltar                    30,000
Aland Islands                    29,000
Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway)                     3,000
Vatican City                       800
EURASIA
India         1,257,476,000
Bhutan                 728,000
China         1,357,379,000
Cyprus                 888,000
Indonesia           248,731,000
Japan           127,350,000
Jordan              6,157,000
Kazakhstan            17,030,000
Malaysia            30,476,000
Saudi Arabia            30,476,000
Singapore              5,437,000
South Korea            50,394,000
Sri Lanka            20,462,000
Taiwan            23,344,000
Thailand            67,357,000
Turkey            76,081,000
Vietnam            89,702,000
LATIN AMERICA
Bolivia            10,517,000
Brazil          195,632,000
Ecuador            15,779,000
Peru            30,476,000
Mexico          118,419,000
Costa Rica             4,667,000
El Salvador             6,635,000
AFRICA
Burkina Faso           17,323,000
Cameroon           20,930,000
Ethiopia           86,614,000
Kenya           43,291,000
Mali           16,678,000
Mauritius            1,273,000
Senegal           13,567,000
South Africa           52,982,000
Togo            6,675,000
Tunisia           10,889,000
Zambia           14,129,000
OCEANIA
Australia           23,105,000
New Zealand             4,462,000
Plus Hawaii’s Big Island               185,000
 TOTAL     4,967,704,800
   
 WORLD POPULATION     7,120,000,000
 % of the WORLD WHO HAS RIGHT TO KNOW           70%
 

 * SOURCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eurasian_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_American_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oceanian_countries_by_population

* USED THIS MAP AS A STARTING POINT, FROM CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map/#