In an email communication today from Ocean Robbins, Food Revolution Network, it was learned that Mexico banned genetically engineered corn and the County Council for the Hawaiian Island of Kauai passed a law to mandate farms disclose pesticide use and the presence of GMO crops. Preliminary approval was given to a bill that prohibits open air cultivation, propagation, development or testing of genetically engineered crops or plants.
Effective immediately, big corporations, such as Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer, will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the borders of Mexico. Corn is a staple crop and fears of contamination and irreversible damage to seeds led to the decision to keep altered crops away from native species.
Kauai County Council passed a bill that could lead to prison time or fines for employees of agricultural companies if they don’t give up specifics about pesticide use, abide by strict setback rules for spraying chemicals or disclose when they grow genetically engineered crops.
As early voting has started in Washington State for GMO labeling, the state Attorney General has sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) for what amounts to money laundering. The GMA were secretly spending more than $7 million from junk food companies, such as Pepisco, Coka-Cola, NestleUSA, General Mills and some others. GMA leaders held several secret meetings to plot how to set up a money-laundering scheme.
Robbins gave an interview with the Huffington Post about these new details in the GMO labeling saga. It was revealed that GMA is a lobby for the junk food industry. The lawsuit alleges that GMA illegally collected and spent more than seven million dollars from donors whose identities were kept private.
The Food Revolution Network and the Institute for Responsible Technology are co-sponsoring a free online GMO Mini-Summit from October 25-27. GMO experts will be providing insights and calls-to-action in this teleseminar that is also being broadcast without charge on the Internet.
Monsanto and other big corporations spent $46 million last year to defeat California's Proposition 37, an attempt to label GMOs in that state. Any way you examine it, $46 million is more than petty cash. It makes a person wonder what is so bad that a corporation would spend that kind of money to hide. What is so dangerous about genetically-altered organisms that the Grocery Manufacturers Association has spent $17 million to keep GMO labels off of food in Washington state?
The manufacturers of GMO food products have maintained that genetically-altered foods are as safe as those that have not been altered. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss believes that GMO foods are safe because the manufacturers of these foods have done their own studies to prove they are safe. No one has considered the independent studies that show the dangers to human and animal health and the environment.
It can't reasonably be expected that altered DNA produces no harm.