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Another effort to disguise GMOs and bury the evidence

Another effort to disguise GMOs and bury the evidence

Don’t call them “genetically modified” says the FDA.  In a campaign that is very likely driven behind-the-scenes by the marketing arm of biotech industry, the FDA now wants us to use the term “genetically engineered” instead. Why is this so appalling?  Because the American public is just beginning to wrap their minds around the term “GMO”.  That little combination of three letters is gaining widespread comprehension — “brand recognition” you might say.  Recognition that it is the Death Star of…

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How to be an activist based on Good Science

How to be an activist based on Good Science

  Within activism (particularly the GMO debate) it is common to hear one side dissing the other with claims of “bad science.”The truth is, there are “good science” studies on both sides of the GMO argument.  Meanwhile, we activists have some homework to do, so that our statements are founded in “good science” rather than mere opinion. Here’s how to be an activist based on “good science”: 1) Get a little Geeky.  Learn how to recognize “good science”:  learn how to find…

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What do GMOs have to do with Resilience?

What do GMOs have to do with Resilience?

In so many ways, GMOs deplete any resilience in our food supply. GMOs are perhaps the ultimate pinnacle of petroleum-dependent agriculture. These plants are laboratory-engineered specifically to work together with petro-chemicals: herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers. Headed into a world with increasingly less and less fossil resources, deepening the petro-dependence of our food supply is an absolutely disasterous course. For thousands of years, humanity has fed itself “organically” — only your great-grandmother didn’t have a term for it. That was normal agriculture. This chemical-dependent…

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Fear and Action

Fear and Action

Fear.  It’s that chill that creeps up your spine.  That awful, churning hot knot, deep in the pit of your stomach.  The tremble that makes your hands feel powerless.  The freeze-up, that tempts you to inaction.  But you can’t give in to it.  You still need to DO SOMETHING. I’m not a very public person by nature.  But right now life — my activist life, and life on the planet in general — demands that I do some very public…

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