Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Join Right to Know CT for a GMO town hall meeting May 23

An important message from our Executive Director, Bill Duesing:  
We can't let Monsanto keep control of our legislative process through threats and disinformation.

90 percent of Americans want to know if GMOs are in their food.  A pré vote tally of CT representatives indicated that 85 percent of them supported the labeling legislation.

Monsanto (and its biotech buddies) don't support labeling.

Look at the results in CT and VT (no labeling) and compare that to what you'd expect in a democracy.

Did you see the latest damnation of industrial food?

KPMG, a major accounting firm says that the food industry produces over $2 worth of environmental and resource damage for each $1 in profits.

Other information indicates that the industrial food system produces at least $1.50 in medical costs for each dollar of profit, just for the big three diet related diseases-obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We've been told that one in three children born in this century will develop diabetes and that currently many teenagers are developing this expensive and dangerous disease.

So just these two categories, which likely miss some things-like the cost of food related cancers and allergies-indicate that for each $1 for food system profits, humans and the environment pay $3.50 in costs.

The profits of the food industry are literally coming from destruction of the health of people and the environment.

It is time to get serious about our food system. Little else is so important.

Our food choices are powerful tools for change. Eating locally, organically and lower on the food chain are ways each of us can make a difference.
You are invited to join us at a Right To Know CT town hall-style meeting. 
Wednesday, May 23
Church of the Redeemer, UCC
185 Cold Spring Street, New Haven, CT 06511
10:20 am – 12:00 noon 

We will discuss a number of key campaigns and initiatives we will be undertaking over the next few months to educate and influence Right to Know CT's three main constituent groups: farmers, consumers and legislators. Leaders spearheading these efforts will briefly present them to the group and welcome members to volunteer to help. We will also discuss strategic partnerships and invite members to take ownership of and manage these relationships on behalf of Right to Know CT. During the communal share, members will have an opportunity to share with the group any program, event, initiative, project, etc. they are involved with and invite others to participate. We will also be organizing groups by geographical areas and encouraging attendees to sign up for Jeffrey Smith's Tipping Point Network. Representative Richard Roy, the original sponsor of the GMO labeling bill will be in attendance. We hope to see you there.

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