Friday February 8, 2013

As part of its effort to build the campaign to have GMO food labeled as such, Post Oil Solutions will host two forums during this month. They are designed to both support the effort to have a GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont legislature this term, and signed by Governor Shumlin, as well as explore and develop possibilities on the local level in the exercise of our right to know what’s in our food. Until we know without a doubt that GMO crops are safe to eat, we should have a choice about whether we et them. This is a campaign to to make the right to that choice a reality.

The effort will begin with Post Oil hosting a screening of the GMO film, Genetic Roulette, Monday, Feb. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., in Room 2 East, Marlboro Grad Center. Following the film, there will be a discussion about steps that we can take on the local and state level to achieve that goal.

Genetic Roulette points to GMOs as "a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn." Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, writes that "Genetic Roulette unveils a world most of us have never seen. It raises alarming questions about GMOs."

A week later, Post Oil will host a Citizens’ Forum on GMO Labeling, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Room 2 East, Marlboro Grad Center. This will feature speakers from the statewide coalition (VPIRG, NOFA-VT and Rural Vermont) that is working to get our state legislature to pass a GMO labeling bill this session;

Both events are free.

On the basis of the support and interest expressed at the two forums, Post Oil will then begin meeting with people to develop a local campaign from the ideas that surfaced, as well as supporting the statewide effort to realize a GMO labeling law in Vermont. Members of the organization will also be available for conversation and GMO resources at the Post Oil table every Saturday through the end of March, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. at their Winter Farmers’ Market

The purpose of the GMO Labeling Campaign is not to ban GMOs; rather in it is intended to provide a way to inform people of their presence in the food they buy so that they can make a choice for themselves as to whether or not they want to include them in their diet, and that of their children. Studies are increasingly confirming that there are reasons to be concerned. Scientists, for example, recently found that the insecticide in genetically engineered corn is showing up in our bloodstream, and the umbilical cord blood of pregnant women. Toxic herbicides, like dicamba and 2,4-D (one of the ingredients in the Vietnam War era defoliant, Agent Orange) are being increasingly used, and known to cause reproductive problems, birth defects, and increased risk of cancer.

For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, 802.869.2141 or info@postoilsolutions.org