Hi Mike & all,
I added 3 more points below to those 3 you gave.
Sunday, April 16, 2000, 5:18:54 AM, you wrote regarding the right to
be informed and free choice:
MM> ... the way the free market system used to work.
MM> The attacks we are seeing now are aimed at not even allowing us
MM> the right to choose! With continued vertical intergration in the
MM> food industry, your right to reject, GE or pesticide containing
MM> foods will not exist unless you grow your own.
That is a bit pessimist but there *are* those that would like to see
MM> Who say Big Brother, be he an elected government or corporate
MM> government, knows what is best for me?
There *are* legislated guidelines that set limits related to the
greater public interest (i.e. that distinguish between food & drugs),
but free choice within those limits that won't easily curtailed, in
spite of the US50 millions being spent to the end.
MM> What I am talking about is:
MM> a. responding to pseudo-scientific attacks used in this
MM> nation-wide, multimillion dollar PR attack against organic food
MM> and the Precautionary Principle.
Good. But it will be done on a lot of fronts and in a lot of ways.
MM> b. rebuffing the cynical attempts to use the starving people in
MM> the world as shills in the money game to control the world seed
MM> c. challenging the outright misrepresentation of CDC data to smear
MM> organic foods and then when challanged by the CDC on the
MM> misrepresentation of their data, to essentially say, "That YOUR
Good points. I would add:
d. Providing a multitude of accessible alternative products, the
quality of which speak for themselves. Call them whatever's accurate
and permitted legally (there may be a conflict between one set of law
and another, and some may be unconstitutional - which must be
resolved). This will depend on the product, the buyer and the seller,
e. Fomenting both on-farm research and increased funding for on-farm
research on ecologically compatible alternative production systems,
the results of which are cataloged in a readily available www
f. Continuing to develop alternative marketing channels and methods
that emphasize both social and ecological responsibility in
MM> This is not a fight between equals but it is a fight that can be
MM> won, if you have the will to win!
Both the will and the way(s) are needed - as well as the vision and
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