While thousands of people participated in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the New York City over the weekend, on Saturday a smaller group of activists set out on a 313-mile march to Washington DC, taking on corporate control of the US and (increasingly) international food supply. Beginning in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, the Right2Know March is demanding a "reset" on genetically modified food labeling.
Currently in the US there is no requirement to label ingredients in processed foods as being genetically modified, with developers of them strongly opposing them. This is not the case elsewhere in the world, where product ingredients can be labelled as GM or not. 80% of packaged foods in the US contain genetically modified ingredients.
Right2Know march organizer Katherine DiMatteo, president of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements, said in a press release:
While most Americans agree we have a right to know what is in our food, the federal government has resisted labeling genetically engineered food for over a decade. It's time to demand that the government be responsible to its citizens and enact mandatory labeling of GMOs instead of pretending that GMO crops are the same as traditional crops.
The Right2Know March was founded by: International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), the Non-GMO Project and the Sustainable Living Roadshow, and was quickly aided by Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Rapunzel. Sponsoring the march are: Nature's Path; Organic Valley; Silk; Stonyfield; United Natural Foods Incorporated (UNFI); Nutiva; Kamut International; and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.
Want to take part? Rallies are being held along the march route, everyday between October 4th and 9th, and then on October 13th when the march reaches Maryland. On the 16th a concluding rally at the White House will take place, with marchers expected to arrive at 1pm. More information on these events is available at: Right2Know March: The Route
California Ballot Initiative Would Mandate GM Food Labeling
As the Right2Know March begins, organizers in California are beginning to gather the required signatures (70,000 of them) for a ballot initiative requiring GM foods be labeled as such. More at: International Business Times
More on Genetically Modified Foods
Monsanto Bringing More GM Sweet Corn To Your Supermarket
More Wikileaks Cables: US Pressured the Vatican, Spain to Support GM Crops - 'The Rest of Europe Will Follow'