Re-posted from ejfood.blogspot.com
|Sin maíz no hay paíz. Credit: Ecobierzo.|
Moderator’s Note: Yesterday we posted a letter by Dr. David Schubert, an eminent immunologist from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. It was addressed to Mexico’s President Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto and explained the scientific evidence and logic that Mexico should consider in moving to adopt policies resulting in a permanent ban on future planting of GMO corn inside Mexican territory. Mexico is one of the world’s principal Vavilov Centers and its indigenous farmers have over thousands of years developed the enormous diversity of more than 60 land race varieties of corn, or Zea mays. Schubert also argues that the place of
Sin maíz no hay paíz. Credit: Ecobierzo.
corn as the definitive staple of the Mexican diet has unique health implications and no one else has ever eaten the amount of GMO corn that would be the case if the transgenic varieties are approved for future planting.
To follow-up on yesterday’s post, I am sharing a second letter with a link to a Spanish language website of the Union of Scientists Committed to Society (Mexico). The link serves the Mexican civil society movement that is seeking 1 million signatures for a letter to be sent by Mexican and global civil society to President Peña Nieto. It is essential that followers and readers of this blog sign the letter and share the link with friends and colleagues; everyone may of course repost and circulate this information to listservs. Let’s participate in the 1 million signatures against Monsanto in Mexico.
The letter below was prepared by Francisco Toledo, a renowned ethnoecologist, and José Márquez, a respected archaeologist of Oaxaca. Toledo is the founder of PRO-OAX, Patronato, Defensa, y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural del Estado de Oaxaca, A.C. The letter is addressed to President Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto and the authors end with call on people to join in the1 Million against Monsanto in Mexico.
HERE IS DIRECT LINK TO SIGN THE LETTER
Union of Scientists Committed to Society Letter to the President of Mexico on Opposition to GMO Corn
Or use this short URL http://bit.ly/R0X6eD
We who love México
A LETTER TO THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT
30 March 2014
Lic Enrique Peña Nieto
Presidente Constitucional de los
Estados Unidos Mexicanos
We who sign this letter are women and men who love Mexico. We are farmers, workers, students, business people, and researchers. Mexico’s diversity and peoples’ solidarity is reflected in us. On directing this letter to you, we are thinking about the future of our country and of humanity. In the first place, we are concerned for the health of our children.
We are convinced that transgenic corn is bad for Mexico. The transnational corporations that promote these seeds are seeking to make money. For us the health of our bodies and the health of the land do not have a price. We know that transgenic maize will contaminate our native maize varieties cultivated in Mexico. We know this contamination cannot be remedied once it starts. We know that this contamination signifies profit for a few, with a high cost for the majority of Mexicans.
Dr. David Schubert is an eminent researcher with international prestige. His experience permits him to understand the long-term effects of transgenics. He sent you a letter in October of last year to explain why Mexico should not approve the planting of transgenic maize. We ask you to listen to the words of scientists as respected as Dr. Shubert. And on reviewing the reasons provided by science, we ask that you also listen to the voice [sic] of indigenous communities, the voice of the farmers and the voice of the people in the cities who do not want these seeds. We reject transgenics because to contaminate our maize is to injure the heart of Mexico.
Maestro Francisco Toledo
Founder of PRO-OAX
Arq. José Márquez
We have initiated a campaign to collect one million signatures, which we will forward to you later.
Posted 2 hours ago by Devon G. Peña Labels: Bt corn environmental health GMO corn GMOs GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) Mexico native crops Union de Cientificos Comprometidos con la Sociedad Vavilov center
Separate from Dr. Devon Peña’s blog post above, I decided to add some nice graphics from the Beehive Collective and a few videos related to the subject of transgenic “food” crops, followed by links to some articles on direct actions globally against said crops:
- INDIA CHEERS WHILE MONSANTO BURNS
by Paul Kingsnorth
- Indian Farmers Attack Monsanto
- ECO-REVOLUTION: GMO Crops TORCHED in America
- 40 Tons of GMO Crops TORCHED in America, Media Blackout
- And the “Nobel Prize For Food” goes to… MONSANTO?