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GMOs-who decides?

In this issue:

Gonzalez enters runoff for Mayor of San Francisco
Green Party candidate takes a turn in the debates
Green City, Part II: Santa Monica sets the pace for the 21st century
Growing Greens: California Campus Greens meet, discuss how to grow organization, reach voters.
Next Step: Greens in the Assembly
Message to Greens: Presidential candidates run in California?s primary
The recall
Editorial: Sunflower gathers strength from the roots
Editorial: Strategies for Diversity Require Diversity
The dog and pony shows of corporate politics are history!
Opinions vary among Green Gals on the 2004 election dilemma
GMOs-who decides?
Proponents of good health prescribe surgery: insurance-ectomy
Greens plan 2004 Congressional challenge
Californians elect Greens into local offices
Adults represent children when voting on ballot initiatives
David Cobb tells why he seeks the presidential nomination
Letters to the Editor
News Clips
Have we missed something? Do you remember any big demand by consumers for tomatoes having the anti-freeze qualities found in the blood of flounders? Surely we would have noticed if Congress passed a law giving the right to alter and patent all life on this planet to some big corporation.

By Jan Edwards

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is created when scientists take the DNA from one species and splice it into the DNA of another life form. This is completely different from the millennia-old cycle of plant breeding where farmers save seed from plants that exhibit desired traits. Altering genetic material violates the scientific and common sense "Precautionary Principle." Shouldn't we be certain something is safe before we turn it loose on the whole world?

Who is making these decisions? "Frankenfoods" are being pushing down the throats of people everywhere by multinational corporations. Global protests from South America to the European Union pit small farmers and the concerned consumer against these giant corporations and their enforcer mechanisms such as the WTO (World Trade Organization), and other "free trade" agreements.

And more importantly, who should be making these decisions? The United States lags behind the rest of the world in taking action against GMO crops, but even here people are starting to organize. Mendocino County voters have begun the process to place an initiative on the ballot, the first of its kind in the nation, that will create a "Prohibition on the Propagation, Cultivation, Raising and Growing of Genetically Modified Organisms in Mendocino County." (See sidebars.)

As citizens of the United States, we can educate ourselves to assert local control over our food, health, economy and environment. We can take inspiration from the people around the world who are standing together to say no to GMOs.

Jan Edwards, a member of the Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's Rights Campaign of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, lives in Point Arena.


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