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Vilsack Supports GMO Foods-Agriculture

While the Obama Administration has supported organics with several notable actions during its first 100 days of office, appointing organic advocate Kathleen Merrigan to Undersecretary of Agriculture and planting organic gardens at the White House and USDA headquarters, the Administration has followed in the footsteps of Clinton and Bush, cheerleading for genetically engineered crops at home and abroad.

Upon returning from the G8 summit in Italy, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack pledged to promote Big Biotech abroad as part of President Obama’s foreign policy. Vilsack’s comments came in the wake of President Obama’s announcement that the United States would provide “double support for agricultural development to over $1 billion so that we are giving people the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. … This is not just charity though.

 These are future markets for all countries, and future drivers of growth.  Agricultural development “from the Administration’s perspective seems to mean exporting the US’s toxic industrial agriculture model, with genetically engineered crops at the forefront.

Take Action! Send Secretary Vilsack a letter and urge him to:
* Require mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered food.
* Promote truly sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. and abroad.
* Protect non-GE and organic farmers by passing “polluter pays” legislation for damages caused by genetically engineered organisms.

Secretary Vilsack: Support Organics, Not Genetic Engineering

While the Obama Administration has certainly made several positive inroads during the first 100 days of office, from appointing organic champion Kathleen Merrigan to Undersecretary of Agriculutre and planting organic gardens at both the White House and USDA headquarters, the Administration has chosen to champion genetically engineered crops at home and abroad.

Upon returning from his recent visit to the G8 summit in Italy, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack pledged to promote Big Biotech abroad as part of Presiden Obama’s foreign policy. Vilsack’s comments came on the heals of President Obama’s announcement that United States would “double support for agricultural development to over $1 billion so that we are giving people the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. … This is not just charity though. These are future markets for all countries, and future drivers of growth.” “Agriculture development,” from the Administration’s perspective means exporting the US’ toxic industrial agriculture model, with genetically engineered crops at the center. President Obama’s announcement coincided with the passage in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of S. 384, the Global Food Security Act, which forces genetic engineering upon the world’s 1 billion subsistance farmers.  

It is no suprise that people are taking up growing their own food in their own backyard to counteract this policy of hidden GMO foods in our food supply. Growing your own food is the way to ensure  food safety for you and your family and using a community co-operative in your local farming area will ensure what food you are getting and that you will not receive bacteria and pesticides in your kids food.  See:  Local Garden Growing CBS News Story.

Source: Organics Consumer Association
 
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