On June 21, 2010, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced he would introduce three bills to comprehensively regulate all genetically engineered products, including a bill that would require all foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled.
Kucinich on GMOs: “Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?”
“Today the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to genetically modified organisms, we as consumers have to wait until the damage is done and obvious before we can act to protect health and the environment, even if that damage could be irreversible.”
“Haven’t we learned from the catastrophe in the Gulf of the dangers of technological arrogance, of proceeding ahead with technologies without worrying about the consequences? Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?
“Tomorrow I will introduce three bills that will provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all Genetically Engineered (GE) plants, animals, bacteria, and other organisms. To ensure we can maximize benefits and minimize hazards, Congress must provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all GE products. Structured as a common-sense precaution to ensure GE foods do no harm, these bills will ensure that consumers are protected, food safety measures are strengthened, farmers’ rights are better protected and biotech companies are responsible for their products.”
– Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a long-time advocate of family farmers and organic foods, on June 21, 2010, after the Supreme Court voted 7-1 to allow the experimental planting of genetically modified alfalfa seed before an environmental review is completed
This post is written in memory of Craig Winters and Schuyler Houser.
Say No to GMO!
In 2008, I talked with Craig Winters (1951 – 2009). We discussed The Campaign’s goal of wanting to establish Labeling for Genetically Engineered Foods. Winters passed away on 3 July 2009 after a long bout against cancer. He was the founder and principal driving force behind The Campaign that worked with Congressman Kucinich to introduce a Food Labeling Bill.
- Say No to GMO!
Now the work is being carried forward by Jeffrey M. Smith, Institute for Responsible Technology. Smith is the author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette. Learn more about the the fight to stop GMOs in the food suppy at http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/MediaCenter/Videos/index.cfm
Visit the Web site at http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/Home/index.cfm
Schuyler Houser (1943 -2009) was a champion for climate change education. Sky as he was known, was the President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College in 2003 when I graduated. I was privileged to hear him speak on Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for Native Peoples and Homelands (Chapter 12). His talk gave a lasting impression of how serious climate change may be for all of us. I have been paying attention ever since. The book title is Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. You can view a PDF file of the book and Chapter 12 at http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/Library/nationalassessment/00Intro.pdf
Thanks to Winters and Houser we have a road map to follow. We walk into the future with our eyes open and ready to teach others about sustainability.