Recap: Food Voices Salon – GMOs Exposed

Hollywood Food Guild held its inaugural Food Voices Salon Event, GMOs Exposed on Tuesday evening, November 10, 2015 at Wanderlust Hollywood. Then evening included speakers from different worlds of the Food Movement. Center for Food Safety Founder, Hollywood Food Guild Co-Founder and our resident GMO expert, Andrew Kimbrell started off the evening with a quick run-down of GMOs (see below). Then we opened up to our panel with 5th generation farmer Phil McGrath, Chef Jeremy Fox, Andy Shrader a Director of Environmental Affairs at LA City Council and the moderator activist Nisha Vida.

Phil McGrath and Jeremy Fox beautifully described the joys of eating organic, local foods in season in southern California with an emphasis on biodiverse crops. Andy Shrader and Nisha provided a systems-based point of view of the food system and emphasized our individual power in the food movement not only in promoting good policies and politicians but also voting 3 times a day with our meal choices.

We wrapped up the evening with a lively Q&A session with our guests and Andy Shrader ended the night with Gandhi’s famous quote, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Video: Andy Kimbrell On the Risks of Genetical Engineering

Andrew Kimbrell’s 5-4-3-2-1 on GMOs:

5. There are 5 major chemical companies who are the top producers of GMOs.
4. They produce 4 widely sold GMO seeds: corn, soy, canola, cotton.
3. Three states have passed legislation for GMO labeling: Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont.
2. Two soil bacteria are widely used in genetic modificaciton so that GMO plants can survive toxic synthetic pesticide spraying that wipe out surrounding plants and harm soil life: BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) and AT (agrobacterium tumefaciens).
1. The top chemical companies are investing in non-GMO seed banks and together, own over 50% of the worlds seed supply. That makes them collectively the number 1 owners of the world seed supply.



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