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GMO Awareness and Action


GMO Awareness and Action

Genetically Modified Organisms have a potentially disastrous impact food resilience, seed saving, and overall health of our food system. Lets work to prohibit GMOs within Whatcom county and toward labeling laws on food containing GMO ingredients.

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Discussion Forum

"Anti-Ecological and Authoritarian"

Started by David MacLeod Nov 28, 2012. 0 Replies

Here's an interesting comment from blogger Ran Prieur:"California, a liberal state, has soundly defeated labeling of genetically modified…Continue

Initiative Measure No. 522 to Label GMO foods

Started by Stephanie Davis Oct 8, 2012. 0 Replies

Signatures are currently being gathered for Initiative 522. All signatures must be submitted to the state by the end of the year. Petitions can be signed at either of the Food Co-ops or Scratch and…Continue

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Comment by Stephanie Davis on June 10, 2013 at 5:20pm

MOMS ACROSS AMERICA MARCH to label GMO foods July 4th as a follow up to the very successful May 25th march. Do we have any GMO labeling leaders organizing something in Bellingham?

The link is

Comment by Suki Aufhauser on February 8, 2013 at 2:13pm

Well done movie on GMO's...spread the word

Comment by Heather K on November 17, 2012 at 6:39pm

Why a problem with GMO Seeds with Bill Moyers & Vandana Shiva!”

Comment by Heather K on November 17, 2012 at 6:39pm

Community Seed-Swap in Bellingham- Possible date Jan 27 Sunday.  Want to help us plan & organize  an initiative to protect Whatcom & Skagit from global corporation GMO seed experiements?  Get connected!

Comment by Heather K on November 17, 2012 at 6:39pm

People of the islands – San Juan Islands voted NO to have any GMO on their land-

Comment by John Hammell on October 26, 2012 at 2:22pm

Monsanto has patented a genetically engineered seed that will germinate despite the changes in Ph caused by chemtrails which are making the soil too alkaline (via billions of pounds of aluminum oxide). Please view Monsanto's chemtrail patents here:

I am organizing a Chemtrail Awareness Day to be held in Bellingham, and could use some help to do this organizing. Please view the documentary films "What in the World Are They Spraying?" and "Why in the World Are They Spraying?" which you can see  and  Please view this youtube of the Chemtrail Awareness Day held in Mt.Shasta CA, I am in touch with the organizers:

Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on October 24, 2012 at 7:58pm

This is worth watching on Democracy NOW! Additional interviews with Michael Pollan: California’s Prop 37 Fight to Label GMOs Could Galvanize Growing U.S. Food Movement

On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 37, which would make their state the first in the nation to require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The California Department of Public Health would be responsible for labeling everything from baby formula and instant coffee, to granola, canned soups and soy milk. Many major corporations, including Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Pepsi and Coke, are spending millions fighting the measure, which stands to impact labeling practices across the country. We host a debate on Prop 37 with two guests: Stacy Malkan, a longtime advocate for environmental health and spokesperson for the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign, and David Zilberman, professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development. [includes rush transcript]
Filed under food, California, money & politics, Election 2012, Stacy Malkan, David Zilberman

Stacy Malkan, a longtime advocate for environmental health and spokesperson for the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign. She’s author of the book Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

David Zilberman, professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Berkeley. He is also co-director of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development in the school’s College of Natural Resources.

Comment by Stephen Trinkaus on October 22, 2012 at 2:30pm

At Terra Organica we got in 70 copies of the movie Genetic Roulette.  We sell them for $19.99, but if you return the movie to us we'll give you $20 in store credit so you can pretty much watch it for free.  My goal is to get as many people as possible to see the movie - it is quite well done and very informative.  I watched it for the second time over the weekend and can't recommend it enough.  We're working on getting Terra Organica, Trapeze and Seven Loaves Pizzeria all GMO-free.  That's quite a task but worth it I think.  Here's a link to the movie trailer:

Comment by Stephen Trinkaus on October 8, 2012 at 7:56am

Before I opened my business, in the mid-1990's, I explored the option of buying from non-certified organic farmers who claimed to be farming organic (or better) anyway.  What I discovered appalled me - specifically how these farmers were not organic at all, and many used Round-Up and other toxic synthetic chemicals.  Not all of the farmers did this, of course, but it was enough to convince me of the importance of third party certification.  Although I still find the USDA definitions of organic lacking, I still favor organic certification over those who forgo it.  We obviously have a disagreement here, and I doubt either one of us is going to convince the other.  I am not apologizing to you, and if anything I think you owe a lot of people an apology - those who you have put down, called names and otherwise insulted over the years.  You bully people, Walter, plain and simple.  You couldn't even help buy call me a name in your last comment -and it is a long string of names you have called me over the last couple months (and before that, but I'm not sure if you will remember those interactions.)  I may be wasting my time here, but it has bothered me for some time that this community allows you to get away with the way you treat people without calling you on it.  Consider yourself called out, and politely asked to stop.  Thank you and good bye.  

Comment by Stephen Trinkaus on October 7, 2012 at 5:50pm


We can agree that the standards are far from perfect.  I also agree with you to a point that the organic movement has been co-opted by large corporations and that they use the word "organic" as a marketing tool far more than a guiding philosophy.  Check my original comment below when I referred to these corporations following the letter of the organic law and not the spirit of the law, and that these same people and corporations work to water down the law more than they already have.  In my almost 20 years in the field of sustainable agriculture, I have my own stories of unimaginable deceptions within the organic industry.  There is a lot to be outraged about.  Really, I think there is a wide range of things we agree on, especially as far as organic "standards" and the organic "industry".  I even would venture to say that we may agree on more things than disagree.  However, that is not my point here.  Really, I have two points that I will try to explain here.

My first point is that you put down people who do not agree with you or who do not share your strategy.  You have put down me, my store, and the farmers we buy from as sell-outs (and worse) on many occasions.  I think that we are all people trying to do the best we can in an incredibly corrupt and dishonest system.  Trying to live or advocate for more sustainable ways of doing things in a capitalist industrial economy is often making a series of decisions between lesser evils - often there is no choice to follow an ideal path, although many of us strive to nonetheless.  I can see that struggle all around me, and I can see that struggle in  you.  But why do you find the need to put down and otherwise insult others who have the same goals that you do?  Wouldn't it be more productive to see where we overlap and work together?  The beast we fight is so powerful.  Our divisions keep us in check and unable to challenge the beast in any meaningful way.  I would even go so far as to say that the media-industrial complex goes so far as to exploit and magnify our differences so that we cannot effectively organize to challenge the status quo.

My second point is that just because we disagree on how to deal with the glaring imperfections in the organic standards, and the deceptions of the large corporations that have attempted to co-opt the movement, does not mean that we are on different sides.  We are on the same sides, but have different tactics!  Apart from the fact that you name-call and otherwise put down those who disagree with you, I actually respect your position and your tactics.  It might appear to you that people who have chosen to work to whatever extent within the organic standards are your adversaries, but I assure you that they (or we) are not.  We share the same anger, frustration and fears that you do.  Do you see in any way that we are on the same side here?  Do you see in any way that your put-downs of my store, of me, of local organic farmers, of local organic value-added producers, etc are counter-productive and insulting?

It is in now way the ideals you have that I object to.  I like what you have to say, but the way you go about putting your ideas out there is why I have responded so strongly to you.  

Maybe we should sit down and have tea or coffee sometime.  You may be surprised to know that the coffee we serve in Trapeze is not certified organic because I found that wild-harvested, the non-certified organic coffee beans we use are the most sustainable ones we could find and offer the most equitable arrangement for the growers and pickers.  And, if I thought that the products from your farm offered a level of integrity that couldn't be found locally elsewhere, I would not hesitate to buy them either.  Get it?


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