March For The Right2Know GMOs In Food

From October 1 – 16, 2011 a mobilization of citizens and organizations will walk from New York City to the White House in the Right2Know March, demanding government labeling of all foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) crops.

The march will begin at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and will then move along the East Coast, visiting natural food stores where daily events will educate citizens on GMOs and labeling. Events will include speakers, presentations and camping. The finale will be a rally on October 16, World Food Day, at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington D.C. with speakers and music.

What is GM?

GM is not like natural plant breeding. Using lab techniques, it inserts artificial gene units to reprogram the DNA of the plant with entirely new properties—something that would never happen in nature.

“Pesticide companies develop Genetically Engineered food crops by combining DNA from plants, animals, bacteria and viruses, to contain or resist pesticide, which results in more pesticides sold and sprayed,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Scientist of Consumer Union. “Genetically engineered foods can be detrimental to our health, just as they are to the environment and farmers’ livelihoods. American consumers deserve the choice whether they want to eat GMOs, just like their counterparts in Europe and Japan.”

A large and expanding body of research indicates that GM crops:

  • Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts
  • Can harm the ecosystem, wild plant and animals, and biodiversity
  • Increase pesticides and herbicides over the long term
  • Deliver yields that are not better—but often worse—than conventional crops
  • Cause social and economic problems
  • Are laboratory-made and, when released, GMOs cannot be recalled from the environment

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