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These updates made on January 29, 2012
gardening and seed saving could be one of the most important projects of
Food Not Bombs - Start your Food Not Lawns Community Garden this spring
and create your own local Seed Bank. Even though this can be considered
a crime we must take this chance to save the food supply for our
community. We are providing several links at the bottom where you can
buy non-GMO seeds. Please do all you can to buy and cultivate as many of
these seeds this year and start your own seed bank. Since we first set
up this website we have found it is becoming more difficult to buy safe
seeds and it could be nearly impossible obtain these seeds in the near
PRINT out our flyer
Seven Steps to Starting a Food Not Lawns
and start your own community gardens.
SUPPORT THE GMO LABELING LAW IN
If you live in California please help get this measure
passed. It is a direct challenge to the Federal Governments campaign to
promote a GMO food only future.
SAVING OUR SEEDS
Hugh Grant, Brett Begemann, Consuelo E. Madere and a handful of
Monsanto directors have near total control of the world's food supply.
They share this control with the directors of a few other corporations
like Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Tyson Foods. We didn't elect
them. Most of us have never heard of these people yet we are trusting
them with our future. If allowed to continue
their policies could lead to a global famine and the starvation of
millions. While their control of seeds have already caused the price of food to increase so much if has forced over a billion people go hungry each day
their genetically engineered food may also launch an epidemic of
diseases or lead to the extinction of important crops such as corn, rice
and wheat. The cost of seeds and the chemicals required for cultivation
are driving millions of farmers into bankruptcy. Corn seed prices rose
32 percent and soybean seeds were up 24 percent in 2009. We now believe
that Monsanto has control over as much as 90% of (seed genetics). This
level of control is almost unbelievable," said Neil Harl, agricultural
economist at Iowa State University who has studied the seed industry for
decades. "The upshot of that is that it's tightening Monsanto's control,
and makes it possible for them to increase their prices long term. And
we've seen this happening the last five years, and the end is not in
Monsanto is not only buying a huge percentage of the world's
seeds they are forcing geneticly engineered seeds on the world.
Geneticly engeneered seeds require activator chemicals and other
expensive products forcing the cost of farming out of reach of millions.
Thousands of farmers have gone bankrupt trying to pay for these
products. Many other farmers are being driven off their land by because
of law suits by Monsanto. Farmers caught growing their own seed crops
or discovered growing plants contaminated by Monsanto's produces have
been forced to stop cultivating safe organic food after facing expensive
legal battles. Hundreds of farmers have committed suicide when faced
with loosing their family farms.
Activator genes may activate
more then the genetic information in Monsanto's products but have been
seen to activiate genetic illness in animals and people. Activator genes
from a long grain rice experiment activated lucemia in over 50 children
outside a lab in Texas. Dr. Lorrin Pang and other leading scientists in
the field of Genetic Engeneering are calling on a global ban on
research, development and the cultivation of these products. ( Please listen to
his presentation.) As the price of food increases the nutritional
value and safty of our food is decreasing. So we are getting lower
quality food but we are paying more. In the past five years alone, the
U.S. government has handed out more than $95 billion in agricultural
subsidies to companies like Monsanto. If this were not bad enough
Monsanto's Terminator Genes could wipe out the ability to grow many
staples. We truly face a global crisis of famine and desease.
Obama has appointed a number of Monanto officials and supporters to
important areas of his administration. Best known is the Food Safety
Taylor was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Taylor
was the Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto from 1998 until
2001. He lead the effort to stop the labeling of GMO food. Obama
also appointed Monsanto supporter Tom Vilsack to
Secretary Agriculture. While govenor of Iowa he introduced laws
to back Monsanto. In 2005 he supported and
signed Iowa bill HF 642 making it illegal for local governments to
block the culitivation of GMO crops.
The Obama Administration also formed an new section of the Department
of Agriculture, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and
Beachy the president of Monsanto's non-profit research unit
Danforth Plant Science Center to head the agency.
Obama's director of the federal food aid organization USAID is Rajiv Shah
former head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's agricultural
programs unit working with Monsanto to encourage the dumping of GMO
seeds in Africa and other areas of the world facing hunger.
Obama announced the recess appoint of Islam A. Siddiqui to the position
of Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade
Siddiqui is a pesticide lobbyist and Vice President for Science and
Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, an agribusiness lobbying group
that represents Monsanto. It is easy to see that Obama is very
supportive of Monsanto and corporate control of our food. It seems that
the organic garden at the White House was designed to redirect attention
away from the presidents real policy of promoting industrial
Please find out more on how this is a
threat to our food security from one of the world's leading experts
on the issue, Jean Ziegler
United Nations Commission for Human Rights special rapporteur for
the right to food.
Hunger Is a Weapon of Mass Destruction
A new threat
to the right to cultivate and save crops free of GMO's is
becoming law all over the world. Monsanto and other seed companies
consider the harvesting and cultivation of seeds theft or their
property. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is providing a global
legal structure claims you could be accused of counterfeiting one of
Monsanto's products by planting seeds you have collected from your
own garden. Obama signed the
treaty in October 2011. Legal experts believe that international
treaties have to be voted on by the Senate but for some reason he found
that he would rather just agree to the treaty with out following the
Food Not Bombs can take an important role in this campain to
protect the world from famine. Food Not Bombs can join in the grassroots
effort to defend our right to safe nutritous food. Every Food Not Bombs
chapter can start a local seed bank, teach your community how to grow
it's own food and provide information about this global crisis. Organize
campaigns to ban Monsanto products and all geneticly engineers
organisims from your communities. Please visit these sites to learn more
about this threat to our future and how your Food Not Bombs group can
impliment sucessful solutions.
Plant this years Food Not Lawns community garden and encourage
your Food Not Bombs chaper to start a seed bank this fall! Organize
events and hand out information about this urgent issue.
Seed Sovereignty not Seed Slavery
The Crisis of
Genetically Engineered Food
- Please share this important
interview with your friends. Dr. Pang is State Department of Health,
Maui District health officer and one of the worlds leading experts on
Genetically Engineered Food. This audio presentation should be heard by
everyone. He spoke here as a private citizen.
says to Value Soil, Not Oil Factory farms extending reach of global
hunger crisis, she says.
THE NO GMO SHOPPING
THE CENTER FOR
FOR FOOD SAFETY Website Join this movement to save our seeds.
Seed Sovereignty Navdanya pioneered the movement of seed saving,
which began in response to the crisis of agricultural biodiversity.
Bill Gates seeks to force GMO crops on
Hawaii Cuts off Funding after Failing to Silence Anti-Biotech
Rapid Rise in Seed Prices Draws U.S. Scrutiny
A campaign to unite the peace movement with food
in Seed Prices Draws U.S. Scrutiny on www.organicconsumers
GET YOUR NON-GMO SEEDS AND START YOUR OWN SEED BANK Please visit these sites
and consider buying as many seeds as your Food Not Lawns community
garden can use. They need our support and we need to start our own seed
banks this year before it becomes impossible. As the economy continues
to fail more people are coming to Food Not Bombs to find food and hope.
We can continue to provide this support if we encourage the cultivation
of Food Not Lawns community gardens and do all we can to collect our
seeds. We are starting the Food Not Bombs Free Skool in Taos, New Mexico
to help teach organic gardening and other organizing skills. Please call
us at 1-800-884-1136 if you need help.
Certified Organic Seed
from Park Seed Company
Conference for Food
and Seed Sovereignty 2009
Why Seed Consolidation
P.O. Box 424, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA
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