- Below is information on two upcoming conferences on Biotechnology and also a notice about the Joint International GMO opposition Day. The 'opposition' day is not so much of an opposition as a plea for safe testing, mandatory labelling, and protecing organic crops (and native species I would add) from being contaminated with GM genes.I personally do not support GMOs. Instead of changing the plants and animals we need to fix the problems that are in the agricultural systems and diets.Stacia Nordin, RDMalawi, Africa(apologies for any double postings to your account!)----- Original Message -----From: AGPRD@...To: HEN-L@...Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 7:33 PMSubject: BioEthics Conference in ChicagoFYI For dietitians who may want to hear the other side of the biotechnology industry issues. Please consider attending the following.BioEthics 2006 is a very important conference being put on in Chicago by a lot of dedicated people who care about you and your food. PLEASE support this conference by attending one or more events. The week's line-up of panel discussions, speakers and other activities can be found at http://www.bioethics2006.org/events.php or in the April issue of Conscious Choice Magazine.
BioETHICS 2006 Conference in Chicago - April 7-11
BioETHICS 2006 Conference will be held in downtown Chicago April 7-12. One of the reason this particular time and place was chosen is that the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO) is also holding their annual conference in Chicago April 9-12.
As a result, the media and the public will be paying close attention to discussions about biotechnology that will be taking place in Chicago during these simultaneous conferences.
The slogan of the BioETHICS 2006 Conference is "The Voice of Reason." The conference intends to bring attention to the media and the public that in spite of all the promises of the biotech industry, there are serious concerns about the lack of safety testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Further, the BioETHICS 2006 Conference will help raise awareness that organic crops are being contaminated by GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from the cross-pollination of biotech crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) knows this contamination is taking place but is ignoring it. The USDA is allowing the biotech industry to benefit at the expense of the organic industry.
As you might expect, BIO has a huge budget for their conference and speakers will include the Mayor of Chicago, the Governor of Illinois, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former President Bill Clinton, and former CIA director James Woolsey.
Not to be outdone, the BioETHICS 2006 conference also has an impressive group of speakers and presenters including Canadian Canola Farmer Percy Schmeiser who was sued by Monsanto, Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey Smith, The Future of Food director Deborah Koons Garcia, Consumers Union scientist Michael Hansen, The Campaign's president Craig Winters, Cancer Prevention Coalition director Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., former Fox News TV Reporter Jane Akre, and Physicians for Social Responsibility's Campaign for Safe Food Program Director Rick North.
Further, the BioETHICS 2006 conference will feature speakers from leading farm organizations including George Naylor, President of National Family Farmed coalition, John Peck, Director, Family Farm Defenders, Jim Braun, Coordinator Illinois Farmer Consumer Coalition, Bryan Sharp, President of Illinois Farmers Union, Chris Peterson, President of Iowa Farmers Union, and Keith Bolin, Illinois Farmer and President of the American Corn Growers Association.
If you would like to know more about the BioETHICS 2006 conference, please visit the web site at: http://www.bioethics2006.org/events.php
In addition, on April 8th, there will be a global protest against GMOs. The event is called the Joint International GMO Opposition Day.
Here in the United States, The Campaign is asking you to participate in two important events:
1) National Call-In Day, Thursday, April 6th
Call your members of Congress asking for...
a) Support of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods
b) Adequate safety testing of genetically engineered foods
c) Congressional hearings into why the USDA is allowing the contamination of organic crops from genetically engineered crops
2) National Write-In Day, Saturday, April 8th
Send letters to your member of Congress...
Ask your House Representatives and two Senators to support the "Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act." Letters are available on The Campaign's web site. We are asking retailers to put up letter-writing stations in their stores on April 8th to draw attention for the need to pass mandatory labeling legislation.
For additional information on these two protest days, go to: http://www.thecampaign.org/reporter.htmAnne G. Patterson, R.D.
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