Saturday, May 25 –Global March Against Monsanto Join the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees as tens of thousands of anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) activists take to the streets around the world to protest deceitful actions of the biotech industry, including Monsanto and ArborGen.
Location: Pack Square Park
Time: 2 pm
As a follow-up to the genetically engineered crops that we learned about in Food Inc. and Carol Koury spoke about on October 17, there is now a new threat – Genetically Engineered Trees. The USDA is considering allowing Arborgen to plant millions of acres of plantations across the southern U.S. These plantations, reaching from Texas to South Carolina, where the company is based, could destroy forest diversity, kill wildlife, exacerbate droughts, feed fire storms, and spread quickly with the help of cold-resistant gene modification.
“Genetically engineered trees, with the potential to transfer pollen for hundreds of miles carrying genes for traits including insect resistance, herbicide resistance, sterility and reduced lignin, thus have the potential to wreak ecological havoc throughout the world’s native forests.”
Dr. David Suzuki, The Suzuki Foundation
Thank you to Creation Care member, Char Frellick for passing on this information! If you have articles and information to share, please call or email Penny Gibbs in the church office.
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Scientists hot on the trail of the cause behind the massive global bee die-off have unearthed a slew of evidence on the devastation across the food chain caused by the most widely-used pesticide on Earth, neonicotinoids. Once they enter the water supply, neonicotinoids wipe out dragonflies, snails and other waterborne life. The few hardy species that survive are left so toxic that they’re killing birds — and Lowe’s and Home Depot are putting this toxic product right in our back yards.
The European Food Safety Authority just imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids. It’s a bold step taken to avert a new Silent Spring. With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter, beekeepers are saying that we are “on the brink” of not being able to pollinate all our crops.
Lowe’s and Home Depot still stock their shelves with neonicotinoid pesticides, spreading the ecosystem-destroying toxin to homes and gardens across the United States. As consumers, we need to demand that these retailers pull the devastating pesticides from the shelves.
Bayer and other pesticide manufacturers are shoveling cash at lobbyists in order to continue selling their poisonous products. But we’re not here to protect corporate profits, we’re here to protect our ecosystem to ensure our future. The first thing we need to do is take this devastating toxin out of our own neighborhoods.
One of the reasons these pesticides are so toxic is that they don’t simply coat the surface — neonicotinoids are absorbed into the plant itself. Scientists believe honeybees that stop by later to pollinate the crops accrue a lethal dose in their systems as they wander from flower to flower. Research suggests that the neurotoxin scrambles their system of navigation and other critical parts of the bee’s brains. Even when it doesn’t kill the bees outright, neonicotinoids alter immune system function in bees, making them more vulnerable to parasitic infections that are spreading through bee populations like wildfire.
Major retailers don’t care what type of pesticides they sell, only what type of pesticides their customers will buy. If we send Lowe’s and Home Depot, the nation’s two largest home-and-garden superstores, a loud, clear message, we can get these toxic products off their shelves and out of our back yards — and get smaller retailers around the country to follow suit.
Thank you for being one of us,
Claiborne and the team at SumOfUs.org
While the WALK originated as a statement from elders, many of the organizers are younger, and the WALK will be inter-generational. The wisdom to protect the future of our air, land, water and climate knows no age discrimination. We hope that with your participation and financial help we can engage the energies of a multitude of like-minded citizens across the United States and Canada.
2013 Walk for Our Grandchildren 372 Sharon Rd Fairview, NC, 28730