Thursday, October 13, 2011

Occupy the Food System: Farmers & Eaters Unite!

The occupation continues with Occupy Wall Street, Occupy SF and now Occupy the Food System (!
As a follow-up to Justice Begins with Seeds conference, California Biosafety Alliance held a press conference at SF City Hall's entrance for the West Coach launch of A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)-False Promises, Failed Technologies.
Supervisor David Campos came out of a Committee meeting to announce that Supervisor Eric Mar planned to propose a resolution to support GMO labeling at next Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
Debbie Barker, Center for Food Safety's International Program Director, holds up a copy of the Report that she helped coordinate with Navdanya's Vandana Shiva & Caroline Lockhart.
Pesticide Action Network's Senior Scientist Marcia Ishii-Eiteman reminded us that GMOs have failed to deliver on promises of higher yields to feed the world. She criticized the corporate influence on public agencies--the so-called revolving door of biotech execs who continue to represent corporate interests when they work at public agencies. Marcia said the solutions are in the Right2Know movement and agroecological practices.
Biosafety Alliance co-founders Miguel Robles & Karen Swift invite the public to the evening's panel presentation of the Report. They also invite us to the West Coast Right2Know March from San Francisco to Sacramento, beginning Friday in SF to deliver the Reports to Mayors in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and then reaching Sacramento on Monday to deliver Reports to Gov. Jerry Brown & Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
We are the 99% demonstrator & SF police in audience
Our Right to Know ( is a 2012 ballot initiative campaign.
UC Berkeley Professors Ignacio Chapela (substituting for Vandana Shiva who was too ill to travel) & Miguel Altieri and Debbie Barker are panelists seated beside Supervisor Eric Mar who supports GMO labeling. Eric really cares about what we eat from healthier Happy Meals to non-GMO foods!
Posters of Report cover & Occupy the Food System In Farmers We Trust
Jeri from Kauai wearing No GMO My Taro (skull face in place of roots) T-shirt

1 comment:

  1. You are precious for Seed Freedom
    Please connect with the fortnigh of action for seed freedom from the 2nd to the 16th of October.
    By Navdanya and Dr. Vandana Shiva
    Thank you