I will be marching—will you join me?
PHOTO: LEANDRO CHAVIRA
The ’60s and ’70s may be over, but the time for bold, passionate activism is here again. It’s time to get mad, make some noise and wake people up
from their genetically modified food comas. Right now, most Americans
don’t even know what a GMO is, let alone if it is in their food. The need for
awareness, education—and activism—on this issue is crit-
ical, and the time is NOW.
What I learned while writing this issue’s cover story
on GMOs was disturbing, but also inspiring. The fact
that our government has not only allowed these unnatu-
ral organisms to infiltrate our agricultural and food sys-
tems without ever requiring long-term or independent
studies—but then also doesn’t even require labeling of
these items so consumers can have a choice if they want
to eat them—is something all American citizens should
be upset about. The fact that the government has completely deregulated
these crops without any regard for protecting organic farmers is sickening.
The inspiring part of writing this story, however, was seeing how the organic community is really coming together over this issue. There is an energy today that is undeniable. The same passion that drove this community
to demand the creation of the National Organic Program is now demanding GMO regulation. NGOs, industry and consumer activist groups are sitting down at the table together. The original organic pioneers are joining
forces with today’s young and passionate thought leaders. One of the most
exciting things to come out of all of this is the Right2Know March, a national grassroots demonstration this October to demand that GMOs are labeled—and everyone who is concerned about the future of our food supply
should be getting involved in some way. This event—which starts at the
United Nations in New York and works its way over 16 days to D.C. for a
rally in front of the White House—has the potential to change the course
of food history. Get a team together and join the march, donate funds or
products, host local fundraisers or events if you can’t make it to the East
Coast, or create a contest to send consumers and a group of their friends to
the march (see page 36 for more ways to get involved).
Get creative, but don’t just let this pass you by. We are all busy—this
march actually happens right in the middle of OP’s production schedule—
but I am not going to let that stop me from being involved. Maybe I will
only do the weekend parts of the march, or help on the front end to get
the word out, like I am doing now. But we must not be complacent. We must return to our activist roots, or find them for the first time, and raise our
voices together. I am ready to rally and raise my voice—are you?
Chief Executive Officer Don Meeker
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