FILM & SPEAKER EVENT: GMO-free Double Feature ~ Seeds of Freedom & Genetic Roulette


Apr 12 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Two films and speakers about genetically engineered seeds; the history & future of farming; and why leading scientists think GMOs threaten human health and sustainabile food production systems. 

Join us for an evening of refreshement, illuminating information, and thought-provoking discussion when regional farms, non-GMO food experts, and sustainability advocates who are working to enable change.   

  • Empowering Consumers to Choose Non-GMO: Because GMO labeling initiatives continue to falter, consumers need a holistic framework, along with some simple tools, for determining which products are GMOs and which aren't. Analiese Paik, founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide and a board member of Slow Food Metro North, will empower guests to identify and avoid GMOs. Includes Q&A.
  • Legislative Update: What are the prospects for a GMO labeling bill in CT? 50 other countries have federal labeling laws; why not the US? Guest Speaker: CT Representative Fred Camillo will coment and take Q&A.

The GMO-free and GMO-labeling movements are active and determined to re-gain control of the global food system and these two films explain the significant issues at hand. 'Seeds of Freedom' charts the story of seed from diversity-rich farming systems to its transformation into a monopolized commodity. 'Genetic Roulette' exposes never-seen-before-evidence that points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to disease in people, pets, livestock, and lab animals eating genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Wine & Cheese Reception and Exhibits start at 6:00 PM ~ 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT

Most suitable for adults but interested youth are welcome. $15/adult & $5/under 21. Please help us plan for the event. Space limited & RSVP is required. RSVP to: greenwichcenter@audubon.org or leave a voicemail for Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239.

Presented in partnership with Slow Food Metro North & the Fairfield Green Food Guide. 
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FILM DETAILS & GMO INFO ....

'Seeds of Freedom', narrated by Jeremy Irons and produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International, and GRAIN, details how seeds, which have been the heart of traditional farming and natural biodiversity since the beginning of agriculture, are being transformed into an expensive, patented commodity used to monopolize the global food system. 

  • Historically, farmers have stored, traded and shared choice seed from one season to the next. With the introduction of patented genetically engineered seeds, this practice is no longer permitted. Doing so exposes the farmer to costly fines and lawsuits for patent infringement
  • GE crops have not lived up to the hype. Numerous studies have concluded they do not provide greater yields. On the contrary, they oftentimes produce lower yields than their non-GE counterparts. They also have not reduced herbicide use. Instead, use of broad-spectrum herbicides is estimated to triple as herbicide-resistant crops continue to be planted around the globe.
  • The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It's been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It's time to change the story. ~ Seeds of Freedom

'Genetic Roulette', inspired and created by Jeffrey M. Smith & The Institute for Responsible Technology, exposes never-seen-before-evidence that points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to disease in people, pets, livestock, and lab animals eating genetically modified soybeans and corn.  

  • Based on his second book, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, is the authoritative work on GMO health dangers. It includes 65 health dangers, linking GMOs in our food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, and damage to virtually every internal organ studied in lab animals.
  • His research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk, and the environment in peril.
  • The book and film expertly summarize why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why GM foods must urgently become our nation's top food safety priority.
  • His first book Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating masterfully combines the art of storytelling and investigative reporting. Former UK environment minister says the revelations in Genetic Roulette may "change the global course of events this century."

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Note: the term GMO generally refers to genetically engineered organisms or genetically engineered foods. For detailed information about GMO technology, issues, and initiatives, visit: www.responsibletechnology.org

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Top 10 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Foods:

10. Almost all non-organic processed food and animal products in the U.S.today contain ingredients that come from genetically engineered crops or from animals given genetically engineered feed, vaccines or growth hormones. (Source: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com)

9. Genetically engineered foods have not been tested to determine whether they are safe for human consumption. (Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronnie-cummins/monsantos-permit-to-poiso_b_649568.html)

8. Genetically engineered foods ARE different from conventional and organic foods. (Source: http://www.nongmoproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/GM-Crops-just-the-science.pdf)

7. A single serving of genetically engineered soy can result in horizontal gene transfer, where the bacteria in the human gut adopts the soy's altered DNA. (Source: http://www.gmfreeireland.org/resources/documents/science/SA/GM%20research%20a%20gut%20feeling.pdf)

6. Animals fed genetically engineered feed ARE different from animals fed conventional and organic feed. (Source: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19992.cfm)

5. The third generation of hamsters fed genetically engineered soy suffered slower growth, a high mortality rate, and a bizarre birth defect: fur growing in their mouths. Many also lost the ability to have pups. (Source: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/article-gmo-soy-linked-to-sterility)

4. Milk and dairy products from cows injected with genetically engineered growth hormones ARE different from conventional and organic milk and dairy products. (Source: http://www.rodale.com/hormones-milk)

3. Biotech's scatter-shot technique of spraying plant cells with a buckshot of foreign genes that hit chromosomes in random spots triggers the expression of new allergens and changes the character of plant proteins. (Source: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5296.cfm)

2. Scientists reviewing data from Monsanto's own studies "have proven that genetically engineered foods are neither sufficiently healthy or proper to be commercialized." (Source: http://www.truth-out.org/1215091)

1. The Convention on Biodiversity recognizes that genetic engineering is a threat to the amount and variety of life on the planet.  (Source: http://www.biosafety-info.net/article.php?aid=676)

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[img:79706|align:left|caption: ]Also ... GMOs - Children face the greatest risk from the potential dangers of GM foods:

  • Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most
  • Children are more susceptible to allergies
  • Children are more susceptible to problems with milk
  • Children are more susceptible to nutritional problems
  • Children are in danger from antibiotic resistant diseases

Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most: Children's bodies develop at a fast pace and are more likely to be influenced and show the effects of genetically modified (GM) foods. That is why independent scientists used young adolescent rats in their GM feeding studies. The rats showed significant health damage after only 10 days, including damaged immune systems and digestive function, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy of the liver, and potentially pre-cancerous cell growth in the intestines.

Children are more susceptible to allergies: Children are three to four times more prone to allergies than adults. Infants below two years old are at greatest risk-they have the highest incidence of reactions, especially to new allergens encountered in the diet. Even tiny amounts of allergens can sometimes cause reactions in children. Breast fed infants can be exposed via the mother's diet, and fetuses may possibly be exposed in the womb. Michael Meacher, the former minister of the environment for theUK, said, "Any baby food containing GM products could lead to a dramatic rise in allergies." GM corn is particularly problematic for children, as they generally eat a higher percentage of corn in their diet. Further, allergic children often rely on corn protein. Mothers using cornstarch as a talc substitute on their children's skin might also inadvertently expose them via inhalation.

Children are more susceptible to problems with milk: Milk and dairy products from cows treated with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH) contain an increased amount of the hormone IGF-1, which is one of the highest risk factors associated with breast and prostate cancer. The Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association called for more studies to determine if ingesting "higher than normal concentrations of (IGF-1) is safe for children, adolescents, and adults." Sam Epstein, M.D., Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and author of eight books, wrote, "rbGH and its digested products could be absorbed from milk into blood, particularly in infants, and produce hormonal and allergic effects." He described how "cell-stimulating growth factors... could induce premature growth and breast stimulation in infants, and possibly promote breast cancer in adults." Dr. Epstein pointed out that the hormones in cows could promote the production of "steroids and adrenaline-type stressor chemicals... likely to contaminate milk and may be harmful, particularly to infants and young children."

Children are more susceptible to nutritional problems: A 2002 report by theUK's Royal Society, said that genetic modification "could lead to unpredicted harmful changes in the nutritional state of foods." They therefore recommended that potential health effects of GM foods be rigorously researched before being fed to pregnant or breast-feeding women, elderly people, those suffering from chronic disease, and babies. Likewise, according to former minister Meacher, unexpected changes in estrogen levels in GM soy used in infant formula "might affect sexual development in children," and that "even small nutritional changes could cause bowel obstruction."

Children are in danger from antibiotic resistant diseases: Children prone to ear and other infections are at risk of facing antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, due to the use of antibiotic resistant genes in GM food. The British Medical Association cited this as one reason why they called for a moratorium of GM foods.

SOURCE: For a more in-depth look at 65 health risks of GM foods, excerpted from Jeffrey Smith's comprehensive new book Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.

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