Hands up for GM-free food
MORE than 40 members of the Border Landcare Organic group (BLOG) gathered at Wallangarra on Saturday to hear Dr Maarten Stapper and show their opposition to genetic modification (GM) of our foods.
Saturday was a day of co-ordinated demonstration throughout the globe against Monsanto for its role in spreading GM crops and encouraging the use of poisonous chemicals in agriculture.
Dr Stapper, a renowned former CSIRO scientist and authority on GM, was asked to speak at the Sydney gathering but he had already made a commitment to come to Stanthorpe for three events for two days.
On Friday a room at the Applethorpe DPI was filled with people to hear him speak on biological farming and how to sequester carbon in soils to improve production.
That night at ArtWorks on Davadi there was a presentation involving him and his daughter on the importance of gut flora on our health.
Saturday was another full day, with the focus this time on GM: how it works, how it might be able to help and what problems it brings.
In his presentation, Dr Stapper showed the small short-term advantages to crops of herbicide and pesticide protection were far outweighed by their reduction in nutrition, long term damage to soils and wider environment, and the huge detrimental impact on human health.
He presented one research study after another that demonstrated how dangerous GM modification of plants and animals has proven.
Moreover, the power of Monsanto and similar multi-national companies is such that they are virtually controlling world agricultural production through their seeds and chemicals.
Little wonder so many farmers and consumers around the globe are asking that GM be stopped until it is proven safe in independent, verifiable, longitudinal, scientific research.
As one farmer said: "It is not up to me to prove it is unsafe, it is up to Monsanto to prove it is safe."