I subscribe to the Organics Association newsletter. I'll pull up their contact information and ask if they know of this. Those who knowingly sell GMO's are fairly motivated to conceal their Frankenscience origins due to consumer suspicion of this technology.
I appreciate that you care about this issue and I think knowing about such issues is a crucial component of citizens taking our power back. We start to take our health back and this puts us back in touch with the wisdom of Nature. The challenging gift that happens at this point is the awareness of just how darn hard it IS to live naturally in this world and to eat safely and healthfully. It is challenging but it brings awareness of a better way and it offers the opportunity for us to be a part of the solution. Because I feel SO strongly about the politics of food, I will not refrain from a slight rant on the subject.
In Canada and the US there have been long standing battles about the labelling of GMO's. The citizens of course want to see on the label if a food is GMO sourced or not. Of course neither the transnational food co's that distribute the produce nor Monsanto want us to know. This is because they know GMO labels will reduce sales, giving advantage to their non GMO competitors. Therefore, they have been fighting hard to retain the right to conceal this information.
Large corporations can easily fight the labeling of their foods as different based on US legislation that treats these foods with no greater safety regulation than any other food.
They also can and do argue NAFTA Chapter eleven to avoid such labeling. They can make the argument that imposing such restrictions on their sales approach could impede profits directly or indirectly. Under chapter eleven, our governments could be prevented from imposing any restriction that could be perceived as reducing their profit, even when environmental health, human health or human rights are at stake.
Actually, unless there is international consensus on a risk (and when is there!?), using the so named, "precautionary principle" is restricted from use by international trade obligations.
A Citizen's Guide to the World Trade Organization explains some of the ludicrous privileges that our worlds most psychopathic "persons", our corporations have. Corporations have the legal rights of persons but few of the responsibilities. They use these rights to manipulate trade practices that are in their best interest but not always in ours.
The abuse of corporate power is partly to blame for the strange changes we've been seeing in our world in recent decades as we get further and further from a safe, natural, healthy world. Corporations are now considered 'persons' under the law.
International WTO rules grant corporations a lot of power. Then, as in in the giant biotech/chemical company, Monsanto's case, we see some ridiculously biased government decisions. The US government made a outlandish decision several years ago to approve the patenting of life. They can patent all seeds and living organisms except for a full human being. I say this was a biased decision as there are some obvious conflicts of interest (some would say incestuous relations) between government and major trade leaders.
Corporation have a constant advantage because they hold tremendous financial and legal power. They cannot be sued yet they can sue our government. They can also threaten to withdraw their operations from our countries and thus pull out millions and sometimes billions in tax revenue for their host governments.
Most of us have no idea how little power (or incentive) our governments have to protect us from corporate choices. Over time, intentionally or unintentionally, they have become interdependent with these companies.
Politicians who have long range vision and understand cause and effect when it comes to consequences from reckless allowance of risks, do try to change policies to more cautious ones but they are often silenced.
In North America, wise, sustainable political perspectives are rare. Europe has tried to ban GMO's and do seem to be more careful to a large degree but international trade sanctions for those who don't cooperate wield a very big potential for loss and so the companies usually get the benefits or tax breaks they want in the end without the restrictions that the government might initially try to impose.
If any of you are interested in knowing more, there are three documentaries that I’ve appreciated for their illustration of the power of multi-nationals. They include: The Corporation, The World According to Monsanto and, Who Killed the Electric Car. Apparently Michael Moore’s new film about capitalism is worth seeing though his insightful films sometimes use some creative license with the staging of examples.
Once you’ve watched The Corporation, the twenty minute online film called The Story of Stuff by Free Range films, is a great follow up! When you think you’ve seen so much negativity and you just can’t bear the dark view of the world, watch Fresh. It’s about local food production and the beautiful multi dimensional empowerment of growing organic food security near home and with people we know.
Another happy film is Fierce Light, where spirit meets action. And, Michael Pollan’s books like, In Defense of Food and his videos that you can watch atVeoh.com, all provide some solutions and a brighter, smarter perspective.
Take good care all and try to find strength in living what you believe. It's inspiring for ourselves and, when done gently, for others when we “ are the change…” (Gandhi) Cheers to the removal of the 'scales from our eyes'!