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How To End GMOs!

In a passionate and articulate call to action, food safety warrior, Andrew Kimbrell, returns to make the case that passing food labeling laws will spell the end of the GMO industry. Plus, progressive Maryland senate candidate, Jerome Segal battles the Democratic establishment.

Andrew Kimbrell is an internationally recognized public interest attorney, public speaker, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, which has been at the forefront of legal challenges to genetically engineered crops and lawsuits forcing the FDA to adopt new food safety regulations.His legal work has also helped maintain the integrity of organic standards.

“Genetically engineered crops – corn and soy – were never designed to feed the world.  They were designed to feed the bank accounts, the bottom line of commodity sellers, who are selling it for gasoline, selling it for the food for these animal factories and for these processed foods – high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin etc.  They were never designed to feed anybody.  And they do not increase yield. What they do is they make it easier for these massive commodity factories – these hundreds of thousands of acres – to spread their chemicals.” Andrew Kimbrell, Director of the Center for Food Safety

Jerome Segal is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International and Strategic Studies as well as a Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland. In addition, he is President and founder of The Jewish Peace Lobby. He is the author of “Graceful Simplicity: The Philosophy and Politics of an Alternate American Dream”. Dr. Segal is also running in the Democratic Party primary for United States Senate, trying to unseat the incumbent Democratic Senator Ben Cardin. That primary takes place on June 26th.

“The fact that no matter how poor you are in the United States, your kids are assured a free education… K through 12.  That wasn’t a given.  That was something that was fought for decades, and it was achieved. And it was a major social accomplishment.  And it’s a model that we just accept that that’s the way it is in public schools.  And we’ve got to expand it to pre-K and to free colleges… but that model can be used for other sectors.” Jerome Segal, Democratic primary candidate for Senate in the State of Maryland.

8 Comments

  1. Bruce K. says:

    Great show. It really makes me wonder how the US went from being the leader of the world to trying to lead the world off the cliff. I was interested in GMOs for many years and then finally had my suspicions confirmed when I read Stephen Druker’s books “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth” which was a real eye-opener.

    Andrew Kimbrell’s interview was informative in explaining why “golden rice” is all hype, the absurd shenanigans of these companies and the attempts to get ouf of labelling their dangerous products, and most of all what I did not know was that most of the GMO crops are used as commodities for industrial feedstocks and the purpose of the GMO effort was to be able to spray more chemicals on these products to increase yield.

    My understanding is that long-term GMO plants have not increased yield, and have only made requirements for herbicides and pesticides greater, but have put more chemicals in our food. I thought the pesticides were going on the commodity crops, not so much the food crops?

    The best point made in Jerome Segal’s interview in my opinion was how the Democratic Party is not a real party, just just another fake party that service the corporate oligarchy. This explains why Ralh Nader’s attempts to find common ground between the two parties has failed so bad – they already know what their common interest is and do not want and actively resist any outside, or democratic ( small-d ) input.

    Someone needs to do a show about what seems to me has to be the really important first order of business which must be to bring the Democratic party back to being an opposition party to the insanity that has taken over the country, and further begin getting military and keeping that party independent so economic interests cannot take it over. That should have been done way back when everyone was talking, shaking their heads and agreeing about money in politics … as money took over. Now it may be too embedded to get rid of.

  2. David Faubion says:

    Andrew Krimbral ought to be the candidate, rather than Jerome Segal. Nevertheless, their ideas are of equal value. It is too bad that style trumps substance.

  3. David Faubion says:

    Believe it or not, Neil deGrasse Tyson and an Agriculture scientist at UC Davis argue in favor of GMO in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMDhUsxom0U.
    Scientists and academic institutions are stooping to the dirty Scientific Campaign Finance dollars from corporate largesse with their agenda to hoodwink the public into accepting dirtbag products and technologies. However, we can trace this outrage back to the root cause of the disease. The illness lies in the fact that our federal budget is so lopsided in favor of military spending that little finance remains for R&D. Relative to the huge outlays the the federal governments of Germany, Japan and China spend on R&D–the USG allocation is pitiful. Furthermore, when our tax dollars have funded some research that develops technology, the USG sells it for pennies on the dollar (gives it away) to a corporate oligarchy, which then sells it back to we the taxpayers who funded it
    Neil Tyson’s sipping the corporate wine is disappointing as is our military economy.

    • Bruce K. says:

      In my opinion, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a media hack. He masquerades as a scientist, but I’d bet the only information he has gotten about GMO’s has been industry lies and franken-cherry picking. It is a long way from astro-physics to genetic engineering, and when I heard only industry lines coming out of Neil deGrasse Tyson I totally lost all respect for him that i ever had, which was not much to start. He is more interested in playing know-it-all than real science, or that most valuable commodity in science … skepticism and looking first hand at the data.

  4. Dale West says:

    The country has chronically lost its compassion & is moving away from safer food to no food for the most vulnerable. The 2018 Farm Bill is set to throw struggling families off food stamps (SNAP) and their kids off free school lunch programs (NSLP). The Dole-McGovern International Food for Education & Child Nutrition Program (2002) is set to be defunded as well. America is accelerating its social Darwinism embrace and redacting its hard won redemptive keystones. Political & social liberal ideology is vanishing into the ether.

    • Bruce K. says:

      Dale, I have recently been reading and viewing a lot of videos by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. His latest book is “Fast Food Genocide” and his thesis is closer to what I think is sensible than most other doctors. To me it doesn’t help that he hawks products and service on the Internet, but his point is that most of what passes for food these days is not nutritious and he makes that point by citing scientific studies that show how processed food affects our health, our brains and our common genetic legacy. One explanation as to why Americans are so different and unable to think clearly about most issues, especially given the injection of noise and chaos from the political right is that bad nutrition tends to make people stupid and violent. Most Americans hardly get any real nutrition at all any longer … MOST. They live in food deserts, or their supermarkets are stocked only with factory food. The reduction of compassion that you mention fits right in these theories, but I am not sure anyone sees the food system as a way to ameliorate this problem. There is so much to do and our country is moving at top speed still in the wrong direction.

  5. Jane Peters says:

    I really enjoyed hearing Andrew Kimbrell speak today.

  6. Dale West says:

    HR 2382 (2017/2018) was introduced by South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noam to repeal the mandated nutrition standards in the Federal school lunch program. These standards have been in place since 1966 won by the hard efforts of Senator George McGovern who represented SD for many years in Congress and was a US Ambassador to the UN Food Agencies.

    This exemplifies what current Republicans & many Democrats think of public health, food standards, education & children. The schools fed children so they can fully access learning, they fed children highly nutritious food so they can physically & mentally develop into healthy adults, then what is the logic in sabotaging the next generation of citizens? We saw what happened to public school children when Reaganomics privatized the public school cafeterias and allowed private vending machines into the public schools.

    Another plate full of high fat, empty calories and pesticides – please.

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