15th February 2012
Link reblogged from GOGO'Brien with 50 notes
After 12 years of battling to stop Monsanto’s genetically-engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s organic farmland, the biggest retailers of “natural” and “organic” foods in the U.S., including Whole Foods Market (WFM), Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm, have agreed to stop opposing mass commercialization of GE crops, like Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa. In exchange for dropping their opposition, WFM has asking for “compensation” to be paid to organic farmers for “any losses related to the contamination of his crop.” Under current laws, Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not subject to any pre-market safety testing or labeling. WFM is abandoning its fight with biotech companies in part because two thirds of the products they sell are not certified organic anyway, but are really conventional, chemical-intensive and foods that may contain GMOs and that they market as “natural” despite this. Most consumers don’t know the difference between “natural” and “certified organic” products. “Natural” products can come from crops and animals fed nutrients containing GMOs. “Certified Organic” products are GMO-free. WFM and their main distributor, United Natural Foods, maximize profits by selling products labeled “natural” at premium organic prices.
I’m so not stoked for Tallahassee to get a Whole Foods soon
Also, in Tallahassee, Whole Foods used eminent domain to kick a ton of people out of their houses. For those who don’t know, eminent domain is when people are compelled to leave their houses, with compensation. It was created for governments to use for projects for the public good, like railroads or highways (whether highways are actually for the public good is another question). More and more frequently, eminent domain is being used to give corporations an awesome deal, courtesy of the government.
This is a perfect example of the state being used as an apparatus to protect the capitalist class and its profits.
I’m in a screenprinting/activism poster class and my first poster is about monsanto those fuckers. :)