We must be true to our cause and we must continue to believe, against all odds, that we can turn this around – because if we don’t do it, no one will. So it’s up to us. That means you and me.
By Janis Levy (Guest Blogger)
This morning, I woke up thinking about this article, “GMOs and Pesticides: Ruining the Global Food Supply,” by Barbara H. Peterson, Farm Wars; May 2, 2016. I’m very concerned. My hope is with more and more farmers growing food crops organically using regenerative agricultural methods. And people with a little land (that includes people replacing their lawns) who are also doing this.
GMO agriculture is not only a huge threat to our food supply and seeds, but also to the future existence of most life on our planet.
As I write this, I think about farmers who are losing their land and the right to grow with their own seeds1. I think about how hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers took their own lives2. And how many more have lost their livelihoods. And I think about the future3.
GMOs don’t only affect our health.4 Industrial agriculture (monoculture) lacks biodiversity5, destroys habitats, puts pollinators and many other species at risk6, and severely damages the soil7. The soil stores carbon taken up from the atmosphere via photosynthesis. When the living macro- and micro-organisms in the soil are destroyed, as they are by the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers that are used to cultivate industrial food crops, the carbon is released into the atmosphere, instead of being stored8.
The average global temperature is increasing exponentially at an alarming rate. Even NOAA scientists have confirmed this. Industrial agriculture significantly contributes to climate change9, and if we (the people of Earth) don’t stop this, this planet will be uninhabitable for most species in 50 to 100 years. Or sooner. We must act NOW in unison or all is lost10.
So what can we do? First we must acknowledge that our future and the very lives of our children and grandchildren are at stake11, tied to Earth’s ability to nourish life. And that we can no longer afford to wait or take incremental steps. The time is NOW! We MUST vote with our dollars (our forks) and starve the agrichemical companies of profits. They are taking away our food freedom and destroying life! And we must continue to EDUCATE uninformed people about the importance of only buying (and growing) Organic. We must be ambassadors (advocates) of Organic. Like never before!
The government is not going to help12. It’s working against us and we’re running out of time. It looks hopeless. But remember this! Things always look the most hopeless when we’re on the brink of a breakthrough. And as Howard Zinn (author and activist and the “People’s Historian”) said: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” That is where our hope lives. Although choosing to buy only Organic is no small act, we can no longer afford not to. Too much is at stake.
We don’t have those millions of people buying only organic foods yet. That’s why it’s imperative to keep educating. And to speak out with our dollars. We must set the example. We cannot afford to buy (and support) food from crops that are genetically engineered and grown with toxic chemicals. Because time is running out.
I don’t think many people, including even many food activists, get it. I feel some despair and anger – frustration! I also feel compassion. Because they just don’t get it! If they really did, really understood what we’re up against and what lies before us if we don’t act in unison, they would never buy any non-organic food again! That includes restaurants. If you are one of those people, please be aware that no matter how many articles and memes you share (and please keep doing that), if you’re buying GMO and conventional foods, that’s the agriculture you’re supporting.
We stand on the edge of a knife … Stray but a little … and the movement is lost. (Thus, we paralyze the organic food movement.) We must be true to our cause. And we must continue to believe, against all odds, that we can turn this around and be willing to make the sacrifices (such as resetting our priorities when it comes to buying food) to do that. Because if we don’t do it, no one will.
So it’s up to us. That means you and me. We mustn’t put aside our responsibility, thinking that our neighbors, friends or leaders in this movement will do this for us. We are at a unique time in history and we have an opportunity to stop genetically engineered and conventional agriculture, in other words, industrialized agriculture, from destroying the future of life on our planet. We have an opportunity to have a beneficial impact on many lives now and also future generations. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” So not matter how bleak the road ahead looks and no matter what happens, we must continue to fight with more passion, integrity, wisdom and love for the life on our planet than ever before. Let’s get to work!
Please don’t forget to read this article which inspired me to write. Thank you.
“GMOs and Pesticides: Ruining the Global Food Supply,” by Barbara H. Peterson, Farm Wars; May 2, 2016
 “Out of Hand – Farmers Face the Consequences of a Consolidated Seed Industry,” by Kristina Hubbard, FARMER to FARMER Campaign on Genetic Engineering; December 2009 (60 pages)
“Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers,” by Debbie Barker & Bill Freese et al, Center for Food Safety & Save our Seeds; February 2013 (52 pages)
 Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, “Farmer Suicides and Bt Cotton Nightmare Unfolding in India,” Institute of Science in Society; January 6, 2010
“10 Years of Bt Cotton: False Hype and Failed Promises Cotton farmers’ crisis continues with crop failure and suicides,” by Coalition for a GM Free India; 2012 (8 pages)
Dr. Vandana Shiva, “Vandana Shiva: Make Monsanto Pay,” by EcoWatch; February 26, 2016
 “The 12 Year Old Girl who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes,” – YouTube (6:33), uploaded by TheAbadrew on January 28, 2012
 “Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America,” by Nancy L. Swanson, Andre Leu, Jon Abrahamson and Bradley Wallet, Journal of Organic Systems, Vol. 9, No. 2; 2014 (32 pages)
 “Why Genetically Modified Crops Pose a Threat to Peasants, Food Sovereignty, Health, and Biodiversity on the Planet,” by the ETC Group; August 2014 (25 pages)
“From Uniformity to Diversity – A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems,” by IPES-Food; June 2016 (96 pages)
“Preserving the Web of Life,” by Patrick Mulvany, Practical Action, ITDG; 2004 (8 pages)
 “Pollinators & Pesticides – Pollinator Health, Research, and Future Efforts for Pollinator Protection,” by Larissa Walker, Center for Food Safety; September 2013 (20 pages)
 “Center for Food Safety Comments to the EPA – Glyphosate Docket Opened for Review and Comment,” by William Freese; September 21, 2009 (48 pages) [Docket Number: EPA–HQ–OPP–2009–0361]
“Living Soils – A Call to Action,” by Donna Udall & Dr. Francis Rayns, Soil Association; 2015 (28 pages)
“Dr. Robert Kremer: GMOs, Glyphosate and Soil Biology,” by Carol Grieve’, Food Integrity Now; April 15, 2015
 “Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems,” by Diana Donlon, Center for Food Safety; 2015 (8 pages)
“Soil Carbon and Organic Farming – A Review of the Evidence of Agriculture’s Potential to Combat Climate Change,” by Gundula Azeez, Soil Association; 2009 (16 pages)
 “Food & Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward,” by Dianna Donlon, Center for Food Safety; March, 2014 (28 pages)
“The Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights, and the Economy,” by Debbie Barker (Center for Food Safety), Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation; September 2011 (110 pages)
“Food Security and Climate Change: The answer is biodiversity,” by Janet Cotter and Reyes Tirado, Greenpeace Research Laboratories; June, 2008 (8 pages)
 “Biodiversity or GMOs: Will the Future of Nutrition Be in Women’s Hands or Under Corporate Control?” by Vandana Shiva & Dr. Mira Shiva, Institute for Science in Society, March 11, 2015
“Manifesto on the Future of Food,” by Claudio Martini, & Vandana Shiva, International Commission of Food and Agriculture; October, 2006 (23 pages)
 “Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability – A strategic input to the Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (SD21) project,” by Daniele Giovannucci, et al; the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; 2012 (94 pages)
“Which Future of Food and Farming,” by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Navdanya’s Diary; October 16, 201
 “Genetically Modified Failures of the US Government,” by Jeff Kirkpatrick, Ban GMOs Now; June 8, 2016
सत्यमेव जयते – Satyameva Jayate
(Truth Ultimately Triumphs)
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