Conant says the common narratives are:Â Feeding the World is only possible withÂ Biotech,Â Innovation versus Fear (which also includes the Green Revolution in Africa),Â Separate but Equal (GMOs and conventional seeds can comingle), andÂ The Big Green Narrative, which is aboutÂ commodifying all life forms based on carbon.Â See the partial transcript below.
I attended the first Justice Begins With Seeds Conference to deepen my understanding of sustainable agriculture and genetically modified organisms. This feature highlights some of the activists I spoke with, and their concerns.
I’m still unclear on what the impacts of GMOs are, especially on human health, but I wanted to give voice to the critics, who I think are often overlooked in the general media stories.
Jeffrey Smith with the Institute for Responsible Technology, Andy Kimbrell from the Center for Food Safety andÂ Dave Murphy with Food Democracy Now discuss their efforts to label, legislate, and ban GMOs.
Whether using direct action campaigns, litigation, or lobbying politicians, all three are committed to keeping genetically engineered organisms out of our food system.
I had the opportunity to see Mari Margil, the Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, speak at the recentÂ Justice Begins with Seeds ConferenceÂ in San Francisco. Her perspective on environmental regulation in the United States, and the ‘box of allowable activism’ that communities are forced to work within, is fascinating. Listen to the recording below. For more information about the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, visit their website.
I had the opportunity to interview Pamm Larry at the recent Justice Begins with Seeds Conference in San Francisco. This grandmother has become the ‘original instigator of the genetically engineered labeling act in California,’ and is touring the state in her quest for consumer choice. Listen to the complete interview below. For a list of Larry’s upcoming events, and more information about her campaign, visit the Label GMOs website.
I had the opportunity to interview Jeffrey Smith at the recent Justice Begins with Seeds Conference in San Francisco. Smith has been speaking on GMOs since 1996, and has two books on the subject –Â Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette.Â Listen to the complete interview below. For a list of Smiths’ upcoming events, and more information about the campaign, visit the Institute for Responsible Technology’s website.
Listen to theÂ Jeffrey Smith Interview, and see the transcript below.