It remains clear that the awakened public has checkmated the GMO industries. However, at South by Southwest (SXSW), it appears that GMO corporation money talks, as real debate is controlled and censored. Katherine Paul, Associate Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an organization dedicated to protecting organic standards, has officially been censored from SXSW.
The OCA was asked to sit on the “Southbites: Feed Your Mind” debate held in Austin, Texas, but then had their invitation revoked directly by the order of Cathleen Enright, executive Vice President of food and agriculture for the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO). Paul describes a March 3rd phone conversation with Enright – who defended her position by using GMO industry talking points – in which she stated that GMO agriculture is “sustainable” and GMO foods are “safe.” According to her, anyone who says otherwise is making “scary” statements that have no basis in fact, because every shred of scientific evidence linking health or safety concerns to GMOs “has been discredited.”
It is a financially proven fact that GMO food is a corporate liability for any company that chooses to manufacture or add these altered ingredients to their products. Scores of GMO corporations and pro-GMO companies continue to experience large hits to their stock prices and trust as the public heads for the exits. Pro-GMO marketing departments are losing – and losing big. Previously tasked with marketing a product whose success relies on its consumers not knowing where to purchase its product, GMO marketers are being paralyzed into obscurity by the rush of people voting with their dollars. The tactics being witnessed currently are those of sore losers that have lost their monopoly on the market, on the debate, and on information more broadly.
Cheaters Never Win
We have witnessed the people of Vermont win a vote to simply label their food only to be sued and attacked by a conglomerate of GMO corporations. We are now hearing about major scientific and research fraud thanks to the new book of Steven Drucker titled, “Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.” It appears that on all levels the corporate memo has gone out to push GMOs by any means necessary, in what are clearly the death throes of a dying and rejected industry. This is a warning to all individuals, conferences, groups, and companies: The GMO industry no longer has the hearts and minds of the people. Like a vampire in dire need of blood, the industry will parasitically latch on to anything it can find and use up that entity’s integrity and good name to push their own products and agenda. SXSW is the latest example/victim in which the ideals and integrity the conference stands for have been placed in jeopardy.
Food Is Free
The fatal blow to GMO manufacturers will be the decentralization of food. It is being called the open sourcing of food exemplified by the Texas based “Food Is Free Project.” The day individual communities decentralize from big corporate agribusiness is the day any centralized market share or power immediately vanishes like some harmless ghost in the daytime sun. As long as businesses and products receive money from us to stay relevant and secure their market, they are extremely vulnerable to our will. Food are increasingly being labeled non-GMO and people are breaking down the doors to get them. The trend has never been clearer. We don’t need to win voting measures or sit through controlled debates to know GMOs have one foot in the grave.
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