Originally published March 12 2013
Young girl scout petitions for GMO-free cookies, setting example for children
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) A young Orange County, California girl scout, Alicia Serratos, has started a Change.org petition to stop making Girl Scout cookies with GMO ingredients. Although the source article for this story had the petition signature count at 100, as of this writing on Sunday night, March 10, 2013, the signature count was 1,000.
You can add your signature here: http://www.change.org. Probably little will come of this petition, but it does make a statement which may gather momentum into a collective impact if others join in.
One signer on the petition remarked that HFCS and hydrogenated oils should be excluded from Girl Scout cookies as well as GMOs. Others threatened to no longer support Girl Scout cookie sale fund raising endeavors if this action is ignored.
This should be applied to Whole FoodsA considerable buzz of self congratulation went around upon Whole Foods' announcement to label GMOs by 2018, five years from now. Why not ban them by end of 2013? After all, the name Whole Foods implies that GMOs aren't even carried by this largest of all health food store chains.
The whole notion of labeling is a distraction from the seriousness of GMOs. It focuses on a "consumer right to know" theme while the vast majority of American consumers don't know or care enough about what they eat to make a difference.
Conversely, European consumers are more food conscious and use the "precautionary principle" to hold off that which is not proven absolutely safe. So EU labeling has created that consumer tipping point to interfere with Monsanto's European invasion.
However, Monsanto and their ilk are playing rope-a-dope with the labeling efforts in this country of mostly junk food consumers. While burning energy and time fighting the good food fight for labeling, the biotech industry's scorched earth march continues with little interruption.
Praising Whole Foods' promise of labeling is another way of saying co-existence is possible with organic and GMO food crops. They are not.
Why labeling GMOs is not enoughBy the time Whole Foods or anywhere starts labeling GMO foods in this country, there may not be anymore organic food choices. They can be contaminated even while bearing the USDA certified organic label. The USDA organic certification process does not include GMO contamination.
Any farmer whose fields have been unknowingly contaminated by Monsanto will tell you that buffer zones to permit coexistence among non-GMO and GMO crops don't work. That's a coexistence failure in the fields.
What may be worse is seed contamination. Large scale seed providers for farmers are getting GMO seeds inadvertently mixed into non-GMO seeds, creating unwitting purchases of GMO seeds by organic and conventional farmers.
In a 2006 foodwatch article, the Canadian farmer who fought Monsanto successfully, Percy Schmeiser stated absolutely that "coexistence is not possible." He spoke about how Canada was initially snowed by Monsanto's PR claims about higher yields, higher nutrition, and less chemical pollution. Farmers learned the reality was exactly opposite on all counts.
Percy said, "What it really meant was control of the seed supply and more sales of chemicals by the company. Many of the farm organizations, including the National Farmers Union of Canada, are working hard against any further introduction of GMOs."
Therein lies the only solution folks. For every new species approved by our corrupt federal agencies for genetic engineering, there goes the integrity of that species. GMO apples will eventually lead to no organic apples.
So how does the effort to stop new GMOs from being introduced begin in an area where the federal government and judicial system is corrupted by Monsanto's minions? Locally, with farmers on the front lines - read here: http://www.naturalnews.com/038718_GMO_labeling_healthy_food.html
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