GMO Wars: United We Stand…Divided We Fail

Mark Squire
Megan Westgate
Executive Director, Non GMO Project
Non GMO Project

Mark Squire
Mark Squire
Partner, Good Earth Natural Foods
Good Earth Natural Foods

KWMR Radio

On Thursday, Jan. 27th the USDA announced their decision to deregulate genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa. As much as it upset me, it really didn’t come as a huge surprise. I know the reality of how things work in our government. According to Food and Water Watch, biotech has spent more than half a billion dollars ($547 million) lobbying congress since 1999. Their lobby expenditures more than doubled during that time. In 2009 alone, they spent $71 Million. Last year they had more than 100 lobbying firms working for them, as well as their own in house lobbyists. Our industry can not compete with that.

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Click The Link Below To Listen To The Interview With Megan and Mark Talk About The Recent Announcement and the Impact on our Industry (60 Minutes)

KWMR – USDA Approval of GM Alfalfa – What Now!?

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Thursday proved to be a walk in the park next to what Friday had in store. After reading an article written by Ronnie Cummins from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) “The Organic Elite Surrender to Monsanto, what now?”, I was left feeling completely defeated.  I felt defeated because of the division that I knew this could potentially create amongst the organic and natural community. Reading the comments of people calling for a boycott of Whole Foods Markets, Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farms literally left me feeling helpless and disillusioned. A boycott of organizations that have been so dedicated and instrumental in protecting the interests of our entire community. How was this possible?

“A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”

I love this industry. I love that what we do increases the overall well being of those we serve. I urge you to listen to this interview. The information shared by Megan and Mark will help to clarify the attacks made against these corporations and share how “UNITED” we can make a difference.

Peace & Blessings,
Joy Schrock
President, Berlin Natural Bakery

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  2. A. Corzine says:

    Well now that the government is not keeping its promises, the organic movement should not agree to anything more and should start making demands, based on hard science about GM that they have gleaned from Europe and elsewhere. We should be more verbal and vocal about the amazing facts gained from biodynamic and permaculture agriculture. They are greening deserts, for heaven’s sake – without chemicals and heavy machinery!
    We need more articulate spokespeople and the organic movement should be looking to train people who can speak up for it more forcefully, getting people such as England’s Jonathon Porritt to train them!
    See my book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE: THE QUEST FOR THE SOUL OF SCIENCE (which has had next to no news coverage but was published by Watkins/Duncan Baird, UK, in 2008) for ideas.
    Please keep me updated.

  3. M. Buckner says:

    Yours is a real service for all of us interested in Organic foods and farming. Your important blog, linking to an excellent interview, has the power to help unite organic people as your great title cautions us – GMO Wars: United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

    Organic consumers must stay united and must act in order to make an effective, empowered stand for the future of Organic foods and farming. Numbers and quality of response are highly important

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