World Food Day Today (October 16): GMO Protest at Yellow Green Market

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Today is world food day. Originally started in 1981 to honor to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, it is now used to promote advocacy campaigns for nonprofits. This year, World Food's focus is on ending hunger through Agricultural Cooperatives; however some groups are using the day to honor and mobilize other food related campaigns. 

Many anti-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) groups are using the day to raise awareness about their crusade to require mandatory labeling. These groups have kicked into high-gear this year to support California's Proposition 37, the first initiative of its kind, that would mandate labeling of GMO foods. To help California's Prop. 37, the Fishman Institute and RawOne Foods are sponsoring a rally.

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The rally which is being held in conjunction  with GMO Free Florida's "Rally for the Right to Know" and Food and Water Watch's "Let Me Decide" campaigns, will include include: Millions Against Monsanto, Florida Right to Know, GMO Free USA, Carighttoknow, Proposition 37, The Institute for Responsible Technology and The Organic Consumer's Association. The event will take place this Saturday October 20, from noon to 3 pm, at the Yellow Green Market in Hollywood. The event will feature live music, speakers, tables of vendors, raffles, and an organic food truck. 

Clean Plate Charlie spoke to event co-sponsor, nutritionist and owner of RawOne Foods Dion Taylor. Taylor an engineer for twenty years, got into a raw diet with his chef wife and decided to make the switch to nutrition. He studied nutrition and its effects on genes. Taylor is skeptical of GMO foods, because he says, "We don't know what we don't know. It's the wild card. Twenty five years ago or so, we began processing much of our food with fillers, in an effort to feed more people. Food scientists and genomecists are studying the affects of food on the humane genome, but they have not been able to publish findings; because the studies need to be conducted over two generations for government publication. Right now, we basically just don't know."

Although there is no conclusive evidence about GMO's affects on the human body, the results of a peer reviewed study on GMOs in rats came up with some disheartening conclusions. The French study entitled "Long-term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize," surveyed rats over their two year lifespans. Published online by Food and Chemical Toxicology, 19th September, 2012, the "researchers found that even consuming low levels of NK603 and Roundup, separately or combined, can cause serious health problems, but these only became apparent when the rats were older than 90 days. 

The first tumor was observed after 120 days, but the majority were only detected after 18 months." The study was conducted by a group of scientists led by molecular biologist and endocrinologist, Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, who is the co-director of the Risk Quality and Sustainable Environment Unit at the University of Caen, France. Seralini is an authority on research into the health consequences of GMOs and pesticides. The study was supported by CRIIGEN, an independent research organization.

Dr. Robert Fishman, of the Hollywood-based Fishman Institute and Post Haste Pharmacy, studied Pharmacology and Biochemistry at Columbia University. He is an advocate for organics. "Tomatoes, for example, have 3,800 genes. What are those genes for? Those genes are suppsed to match genes we need to survive. They need to fit into our gene structure. Genes are like a key in a lock: when altered, it's like putting the wrong key in the lock. If genes of tomatoes don't match our genes, we can't absorb the nutrients. Unless a scientifically developed food fits the DNA to out gene structure, it won't benefit us. That's science. Were intricately designed."

According to Dr. Fishman, allowing unlabeled GMOs into the food supply infringes upon American's basic right of democracy. "America is supposed to be about free speech. There are over fifty countries in Europe that have banned or required mandatory labeling of these foods. Why don't we have the right to know? If you want food that hasn't been altered you should be able to find it. Let the free enterprise system decide."




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Yellow Green Farmer's Market

1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, FL

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tristessa88
tristessa88

What a wonderful Day!  Thank you, Clean Plate Charlie! 

corysu
corysu

Sounds like a great event.   I am 100% in favor of Prop 37

floridahealthreport
floridahealthreport

We'll make sure the world knows about our food supply crisis!

 

Oh, BTW, why are there known poisons (pesticides) which were outlawed in America, and currently being sprayed on the food grown outside of this country, yet that same food is shipped here and sold in the supermarkets, including Whole Foods.  What the hell is that all about?  So, our Government can't protect us, really!

 

I haven't even mentioned GMO yet...They're poisoning us every day!!!

 

Be safe and join an organic food co-op!

sherli_barlow
sherli_barlow

I say we get them out of our food, & if they aren't completely gone mandatory label them! Support Prop 37!  All it says is that we have a right to know what we are eating!

Hell-0
Hell-0

This is one of the Most Important issues facing the USA. The safety of GMOs must be proven to the entire planet. This is definitely a case, as there have been many with new technologies,chemicals, etc., that the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" ,can be having devastating , perhaps irreversible effects on us all. We All have a Right to know the TRUTH before it is too late. We will never know the truth being kept in the dark.

 

Guest
Guest

Declaration of Helsinki on human clinical trials. ‘the doctor should obtain the patient’s freely given informed consent, preferably in writing’.

 

Regulatory studies for GE foods are 28-90 day rodent trials and no long-term or human studies are conducted for approval.  Therefore consumers are the experiment and any company that does not label the GE ingredients in their products are contributing to an experiment on humans without allowing for the informed consent of the human subject.  The individuals at these companies responsible for their refusal to label the GE ingredients in their products should be charged with crimes against humanity!

blairsgarden
blairsgarden

Looks to be a great rally!  I am from Palmdale, and we are planning a rally here today on the busiest corner in town.  Hopefully, we can catch those people's attention who are still on the fence.  We need visibility and to stay in their faces, so they realize this is extremely important and there is a huge # of us backing it.  They need to hear from all of us!

tristessa88
tristessa88

Excellent information!  Our food supply needs a serious cleaning up.  Did one ever think we'd have to worry about these things? Thank you for sharing!  I can't wait to attend this event! Go South Florida!

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