In a HUGE (sorry, let me be more clear … HUGE!) setback for the organic foods movement, the Obama administration has caved to agribusiness, with a 180-degrees turn-around by approving the unrestricted use of genetically modified alfalfa (to be immune to Monsanto’s Round-Up herbicide).
Being on the road as a citizen diplomat (i.e. An American traveling in a world that, generally speaking, isn’t all that fond of Americans), I’ve had dozens of conversations in which I’ve berated the American public (to my international friends) for turning against Democrats so quickly in the 2010 mid-term elections, and staunchly supported Obama’s administration.
But WHY does Obama have to keep making it harder to defend him??
For a short, detailed and very readable commentary on the GMO debacle, see Tom Philpott’s Grist.org article.
Back in 1999, my ah-ha moment (that led to starting StrausCom) was the realization that the organic / sustainable community needed to combat the vast corporate-funded, industrial-ag lobbying campaigns.
That’s when I started a small-but-effective free resource center for journalists, to help tell our side of the story. We landed major news coverage for sustainable food issues – from TIME magazine’s coverage of GMO contamination of organic cattle feeds; to USA Today’s cover story on Mad Cow; to CBS Evening New’s feature on grass fed beef.
Maybe it’s time to relaunch that initiative … especially in light of Food & Water Watch report (November 2010): Food and Agriculture Biotechnology Industry Spends More Than Half A Billion to Influence Congress (click here for free download of the report).
I, for one, am not willing to watch quietly as decades of work are throttled by corporate greed.
Anyone wanna discuss options?