Rallies for Right to Know about GMOs to be Held in 21 States

Trish-Wright

Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman, Scorned

Virginia Woman Puts GMO Labeling Issue on the Nation’s Radar Screen

by Kimberly Hartke, Weston A. Price Foundation Publicist

Trish Wright is just a regular person, not a professional activist. Trish works for a roofing company in Roanoke, Virginia. One year ago, she saw the Food, Inc. documentary. As she watched the film, Trish became angrier and angrier about what is happening to the American food supply.

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Monsanto Uses Patented GMO Technology to Monopolize Seeds

A vegetarian for 26 years, she realized, “they are messing with my veggies.” Prior to the film, she thought that genetically modified foods were still in the experimental stage. She had no idea how pervasive they have become in our food supply (and, like most people she didn’t realize it is plentiful in livestock feed).

She continued to investigate what was going on with our industrial food system. When she heard about the release of GMO alfalfa into the environment, that was the straw that broke the camels back, in her mind.

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Millions Against Monsanto is the Campaign Started by the Organic Consumers Association

“The problem is people don’t know,” Trish says emphatically. “I decided to organize the Rally for the Right to Know. These 25 rallies, taking place tomorrow, March 26, 2011 in 21 states from Maine to Hawaii (two more rallies came on board just last night) are empowering people to DO SOMETHING to express their outrage over the government NOT LISTENING to the people; nor to their own research that shows this is dangerous!”

The NO GMO message in a nutshell is this. Contrary to industry marketing slogans, GMO seed does not increase yields. GMO technology increases (not decreases) the use of deadly herbicides on crops. GMO seed often is programmed to self destruct and not reproduce, forcing farmers to buy new seed every year. And, finally, there is no truth to the assertion that we need GMOs to feed the world. GMO technology is a polluter, it is more expensive, and GMOs have proven hazardous to human and animal health.

Trish went on to say that it is touching to read the comments of volunteer organizers around the country, many whom have never done anything like this before in their lives.

“The problem is people don’t know”–Trish Wright

I asked Trish if she agreed that the consumers right to know (labels on GMO products) wasn’t the gene manipulation’s industry’s achilles heel. She answered, “I certainly hope so.”

Today, Trish is setting up a display for her roofing company at a home show at the Salem Civic Center. Tomorrow, she will be leading the Rally for the Right to Know at the White House, 6 hours away from her home, in Washington, DC.

It is this kind of commitment, from everyday people, that will get the government’s attention. Trish not only represents one vote to a politician or a bureaucrat, but by moving from individual to grassroots organizer, she now is an influencer of public opinion. She and all the volunteer rally organizers around the country are a force for change; people to be reckoned with.

Even if you can’t join in at a rally tomorrow, you can learn more about the issue. Share what you learn with others. Please sign up for the Millions Against Monsanto campaign, a project of the Organic Consumers Association, at the website below. Fan the Millions Against Monsanto campaign in Facebook, also.

Join Trish and thousands of others around the country at the closest rally to you! Here is link to the Millions Against Monsanto Rally for the Right to Know website.

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Defend Your Right to Know!

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for nutrition education non-profit, Weston A. Price Foundation.

For more information about the dangers of GMO’s visit the Institute for Responsible Technology website.

This post is part of the Fight Back Friday blog carnival, meetup with other food activists on Food Renegade blog.

Comments

  1. Excellent work Trish!!

  2. Localnourishment says:

    I attended the Nashville Rally with my kids. It was a great lesson in the power of the people even against great adversaries.

  3. GMO advocate says:

    An inspiring story… thanks Trish! I also wanted to mention that it’s my understanding that seeds do not self destruct after one season. The technology *has* been developed though (aka Terminator seeds), but after much outrage, it was banned (I believe this happened back in ‘ 98). Monsanto conceded and their way around it was to have farmers agree contractually not to replant seeds. Thus either way, farmers are dependent on Monsanto going forward. Terminator seeds on the other hand are very frightening, and could one day be a reality if “we” don’t maintain vigilance and ensure laws are in place to protect us. If released into the wild, they could do widespread damage by cross contaminating non – GM crops…. on a positive note, I’m so glad awareness is being increased!

  4. This is a great idea. One evil company means more to our rulers than all the rest of us. But if we speak out, and make our voices heard, we can get their attention. We have the absolute right to refuse GMOs, and we cannot refuse them if they are not labeled . We are entitled to know what is in our food!

  5. Way to go, Trish! This crazy GMO agribusiness has got to stop if we want a healthier next-generation.

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