From the start, I thought it was a bit useless to petition the FDA to label genetically modified food. There has been plenty of documented evidence of the FDA’s charge forward on releasing GMOs to the American public despite safety concern amongst FDA scientists when GMOs were first introduced into the food supply.
Regardless, I drank the Kool Aid that the Just Label It campaign was pouring. Why not? At least, it would be good for awareness.
When JLI submitted over 1 million signatures to the FDA asking them to label GMOs, and the FDA only counted them as 394 official comments, the people got pissed. What did you expect from the FDA? Did anybody really think they would implement immediate GMO labeling?
I first became suspicious of the man behind JLI, Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stoneyfield, when I heard him in a radio interview say, “The national efforts [to label GMOs] ultimately will trump these state ones.” This was in July, 2012 when the California State Labeling Initiative, Prop 37, was really picking up steam.
Regarding Michael Taylor, the FDA food safety czar, who just happened to be the former VP of Monsanto, Hirshberg said, “It’s not really fair to pick on Michael. I happen to know Michael and he’s a very good guy.” It’s not really fair to unknowingly feed billions of people unsafe GMO food either, Gary.
Hirshberg Swapping Yogurt with the Obamas
Less than a month after this interview, Gary Hirshberg held a private fundraiser at his home for the re-election campaign of Barack Obama where Michelle Obama gave a speech.
Of course, Michelle Obama has promoted organic foods and even planted an organic garden on the white house lawn. Hey, Gary. When you saw her did you congratulate for that? By the way, Gary… Did you ask her why her husband put Michael Taylor as the head of FDA? Did you ask her why her husband put Tom Vilsack, winner of the Biotech Governor of Year Award, as the USDA commissioner? Did you ask her why at least nine new genetically modified crops were approved during the last four years? Did you ask why her husband gave a $500,000 grant to the Canadian company developing genetically engineered fish to keep them from going under? Well, did you, Gary?
Or, Gary, did you ask him yourself? You could have asked him last year when he appointed you part of his administration. This just happened to come about the same time the Just Label It campaign was launched.
So, does anybody think that the head of Just Label It, who is campaigning the FDA to label GMOs, may have a conflict of interest also campaigning for the guy responsible for putting biotech whores at the heads of the FDA and USDA?
Can We AGree It Gets Worse?
While researching this information, I came across a group AGree, which Gary Hirshberg is a co-chair of. The underlying tone in the videos on the main page gives off the nasty stench of “co-existence”.
One paper authored by this group titled, “The Challenge of Meeting Future Demand for Food” states:
“We also need better information on how various technologies, agricultural system designs, and policy options fare across multiple policy objectives (i.e., increasing production and reducing environmental impact). In particular, we must expand our understanding of when and in which context to promote one or another approach, such as reduced or no tillage, precision agriculture, the use of transgenic crop cultivars, and/or agroecological approaches.”
And, in “Challenges and Strategies” they, “Encourage diversity and coexistence of farming systems.” When an organic crop is contaminated by a GMO crop it’s not coexistence, it’s food rape.
But, that information is suspect at worse. Follow the money…
The Foundation Partners of AGree is almost a who’s who list of the worldwide GMO pushers.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Has given out numerous grants to develop new GMO crops, GE mosquitoes, and GE parasites, has relentlessly pushed the GMO takeover of Africa, and has invested $27 million in Monsanto.
Rockefeller Foundation – Major funder (along with the Ford Foundation) of CGIAR, a group whose major purpose is to push and promote GMOs worldwide. Authored a bizarre “doomsday” scenario paper promoting how GMOs could save the planet.
Ford Foundation – Helped fund (along with the Gates Foundation) the “study” out of Stanford University claiming there is no difference between organic and conventional food.
Packard Foundation – Funded a salmon farm in which the salmon are fed Dupont’s GMO yeast.
Walton Family Foundation – Heirs of the Walmart fortune, which will sell (or is selling) Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn, unlabeled.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Funded by the Kellogg company who sells products loaded with GMOs and also donated $612,000 to the No on Prop 37 group.
McKnight Foundation – Dedicated $41.5 million to GMO crop research and said the outcry over GMO food was “a creation of the well-fed privileged classes in Europe and North America.”
Stoneyfield and Gary Hirshberg Are Frauds
Why Stoneyfield, as well? Stoneyfield’s probiotic smoothie contains 38 grams of sugar. That’s over half a cup. The probiotics are good bacteria. Sugar feeds the bad bacteria. That’s just something I had to point out.
As for Gary, you could say he’s ignorant or being played like a piece on a chessboard. I don’t think you can build a company the way he has and be that gullible. I won’t speculate on what his motivation may be, but it surely is not for the benefit of you and I.
Of course, his supporters will call this “in fighting”. I, personally, do not represent any group. And, I’m sure the honchos Hirshberg is “in” with are not the same people Jeffrey Smith, Ronnie Cummins, Mike Adams, Robyn O’Brien, Joseph Mercola and Pamm Larry are “in” with.
Label Your Mind
In conclusion, the whole point of this article is for you to take your power back. You have the power, day in and day out, to avoid GMO food. If you want to see a world without GMOs then, at a minimum, live your life without GMOs. Nobody is waiting in the wings to save us. The cavalry isn’t coming. The cavalry is here. If you’re still looking for your hero, check the mirror.