All Are Welcome to a GM Food Awareness and Action Event at the Fish Hoek Library Hall on 25 May from 10:00 till 12:00.
Do you know which of the foods you are eating have genetically modified content? Are they labelled ? Should you care? Find out why GM food is a threat and how many of our staple foods and even baby food, are genetically modified. Consumers have a powerful voice – let’s make sure we are heard.
Guest speaker Glenn Ashton will give a presentation at 10:30. Concerns voiced on the day will be channelled through the African Center for Biosafety for action, as well as to local supermarkets who sell unlabelled GM food. Come and find out what is at stake. If you are already aware and concerned come and support this event and share your understanding. Posters expressing your distrust / disgust will be welcome.
Our health, our food security , our agricultural integrity and the health of our environment is threatened by the spread of genetically modified crops in South
Africa. There is an increasing GM content in many of our staple foods. Most are not labelled which robs us of our right to choose what we eat. Powerful multi-national corporations such as Monsanto push GM varieties of crops such as maize, canola, soya and cotton. These are patented, giving Monsanto ownership of staple foods in South Africa and globally.
To break the increasing stranglehold of multinationals such as Monsanto, concerned people around the world are coming together to March against Monsanto on 25 May to expose the extent of unlabelled GMOs in our food and to say NO MORE. For info about Marches in Cape Town go to http://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto. Or attend the Awareness and Action Event at Fish Hoek Library Hall on 25 May from 10:00 till 12:00.
Organised by cLOVElly Friends in support of the African Center for Biosafety.
Kyoko: 076 798 0313 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim: 0754548467 Kim@greenaudits.co.za
Background information from the March Against Monsanto website
- Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s GM foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, stomach lesions, immune impacts, infertility and birth defects.
- In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is directed by ex-Monsanto executives. We feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products. GM crops containing GM pesticides are not even assessed by the FDA but by agricultural authorities because they are classified as pesticides.
- Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
- For too long, Monsanto has benefited from corporate subsidies and political favouritism. Organic and small farmers lose ownership of crops polluted by Monsantos patented pollen, resulting in Monsanto continued increase of control over the world’s food supply, reducing crop diversity and choice.
- Monsanto’s chemically treated GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) among the world’s bee population.
What solutions do we advocate?
- Vote with your wallet; purchase locally grown fruit and vegetables,
- Boycott companies that use Monsanto’s GM ingredients in their products,
- Insist on clear GM labelling so that consumers can make informed decisions,
- Stop pernicious influence of Monsanto on our Department of Agriculture and demand the US repeal relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act,”
- Demand further independent scientific research on the health effects of GMOs,
- Hold Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.,
- Continue to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets,
- Take this struggle to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we refuse to quietly accept these injustices.
Organised by cLOVElly Friends
Kyoko: 076 798 0313 email@example.com