This December, members of the REAL Cooperative and Sustainable Living Roadshow, in partnership with Mintwood Media Collective, GMO Inside, Organic Consumers Association and Institute for Responsible Technology are embarking on a journey from California to Washington DC to promote education and to build awareness around genetically modified foods and the importance of mandatory GMO labeling and regulation in the United States.
And they’ll be traveling in ‘Fishycorn’ the giant cornfish car…
Supported by organic food and natural product companies; RW Garcia, Dr. Bronners, Nutiva, HimalaSalt and Organic Valley; members of Sustainable Living Roadshow and REAL Cooperative will accompany the fishy car to local food cooperatives, farms and public gathering spaces in every state along the route to host playful actions and “teach-ins” about GMOs.
The trip will be taking a southern route, leaving the Bay Area on Dec 8 and heading through Bakersfield CA, Flagstaff AZ, Albuquerque NM, Amarillo TX, Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK, Springfield and St. Louis MO, Evansville IN, Louisville KY, Columbus OH, State College PA and on to Washington DC. Fishycorn will make an appearance at the City Museum in St. Louis, home of the bio-industrial giant, Monsanto, finishing the 10 day journey in Washington DC on December 18.
So, what and where are Genetically Modified foods? Genetically engineered foods are plants or animals that have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria. This type of genetic modification occurs in a laboratory and cannot be found in nature. A high percentage of corn, soy, cotton (cottonseed oil) and sugar beets used in processed foods sold in the U.S. are genetically engineered, but we don’t know exactly which foods contain these without labeling. It makes you wonder, are you eating Fishy Corn?
This trip is following on the heels of the recent battle for Prop 37, a ballot initiative that would have required labeling of GMOs in the state of California that was narrowly defeated despite nearly 6 million votes in favor of the prop.
GMO Inside will be using this cross-country tour as part of its launch of their National GMO Education Campaign; providing Americans with actions they can take in their homes, grocery stores, and communities to call attention to genetically engineered foods. GMO Inside will provide tools and resources for Americans to find the GMOs in a wide-range of products and brands on grocery shelves, and give people organic and non-GMO alternatives. It will also create communities of people who are concerned about GMOs and who will support each others’ efforts to label GMOs and avoid the products containing them.
The idea for the labeling of GMOs may be new in the United States, but it isn’t new for the rest of the world. Over 50 countries around the world already require mandatory GMO labeling including all of Europe, Japan, India and China. With an astoundingly few long-term health studies and little to no FDA regulation, it seems that labeling may be the least Americans, and the fishy corn car crew should be asking for.
Fishycorn Tour events will be fun and educational for participants across the nation. For those who want to follow along online, Fishycorn’s adventure will be documented via daily blogs at realcooperative.org and regular picture and video posts via facebook (facebook.com/ fishycorncarGMO) and twitter (@fishycorn). Interested onlookers are encouraged to participate in online contests including “where in the world is fishy corn car” and more, for fun prizes and surprising GMO facts!