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Date: 9 Jan 1999 11:02:32 -0600
From: email@example.com (Peter M. Ligotti)
Shop to Avoid, and Stop GE Food: Systematic Plan
Avoiding Dangerous Foods
Specifically What Are The Dangers?
Why Are They Doing This?
True Science And Fraudulent Science
What Can I Do?
Relevant Websites About Genetic Engineering:
Sample Query Note For the Three-Part Series:
How To Order New Copies Of This Three-part Series
Eliminating Frankenfoods: What Can I Do?
Specific Brand Name Products To Boycott:
Avoid All Other Conventional (not Certified-organic) Food:
Avoid All Products Derived From The Above Non-organic Items
Avoid Eating In Non-organic Restaurants
Read Labels Carefully: Be Careful With All Processed Foods
Avoid rBGH Milk & Dairy Products
Eat Only Organic Rennetless Cheese
Avoid Dough Conditioner:
Other Genetically Engineered Additives And Enzymes
Buy And Eat Only Certified Organic Foods:
Meat And Poultry
Favor Dairy Products From Companies That Do Not Use (rbgh) Bovine Growth Hormone
Dr. Frankenfood Wants To Destroy Organic Food
Consider Stocking Up On Safe Foods
Eliminating Frankenfoods: Join The Food Fight !
Take Me To Your Leader
Feel Free To Print Any Information
Defeating Dr. Frankenfood Using The Information Superhighway
Organizations Working To Stop Genetically Engineered Food
What Is The Pure Food Campaign?
Also for newcomers,
Just find 3 leaders and do your part to stop GE food!
SORRY for the length!
I wanted to make sure that as many as possible see the full 3 x 3 Global plan to stop GE. The that list Judy created and posted (thank you!) of how to avoid GE food makes up section 2 of the elaborated plan.
This plan offers a way to do something practical about the problem both for yourself and others. And it just takes a few minutes each week.
Sorry for the length of the plan, but I want to make sure that as many people as possible see the full plan. Especially for newcomers. I have noticed a dramatic resurgence of interest in the plan, so I want as many as possible to see it and have opportunity to act.
It is anti-copyright. Everyone is encouraged to publish, shorten, rewrite, or improve the plan in whatever way the can or wish. Let's just stop GE food!
Global Action Plan: Section 1 of 3
AVOIDING DANGEROUS FOODS
You bite into what you perceive to be a carefully prepared, lovingly seasoned, perfectly cooked potato casserole tonight during your evening meal. You assumed the food to be safe. You had no idea that the chemical and genetic engineering industries had used a radical new technology to artificially mutate the DNA in your potatoes. The genetically altered potatoes were sold unlabeled, as if they were normal, natural potatoes. In this three-part communication, you will learn about genetically engineered food and the fictional Dr. Frankenfood, and about how the chemical and genetic engineering industries have done exactly the same things that Dr. Frankenfood would have done.
You will learn about the immediate dangers of genetically engineered foods, and why national governments and the genetic engineering industry are now releasing untested genetically engineered foods on the world population. This amounts to silent biological warfare. You will also learn how to protect yourself and your family by shopping to avoid these foods, and finally, how we can stop the proliferation of these experimental foods.
Let us imagine that the fictional Dr. Frankenstein had a modern day descendent, the evil Dr. Frankenfood. For those people in various parts of the world who do not know the horror story, Dr. Frankenstein created a monster using electricity and various dead body parts. The evil Dr. Frankenfood, like his famous forefather, might also want to do bizarre technical research. But let us imagine that Dr. Frankenfood has a great personal fondness for the food industry. Let us imagine Dr. Frankenfood's mad experimentations. Being in the food industry, and following in his ancestor's recombinant footsteps, he might want to make strange, bizarre food products combining vastly different species. He might create radical new species in the laboratory that could never exist in nature. If he did so, let us imagine what he would do. He would go deep with electon microscopes and sever nature's potato DNA, for example. He would cut the DNA, the precious, living, twirling genetic nucleotide staircase guiding nature's potato with complete instructions of how to build itself and how to interact in any environment thousands of generations hence. He would cut the genetic code formed through millions of years of reproductive natural evolution, natural selection, and reproductive crossbreeding and hybridization.
With a radical experimental technology utilizing a new instrument known as a gene gun, Dr. Frankenfood would replace natural selection with his own unnatural personal selection. He would create a Frankenfood potato by splicing wax moth insect DNA and the DNA of genetically engineered bacterium onto the severed natural potato DNA. He would also use his gene gun to dice and splice the DNA of fish with tomato, pig with human, bacteria with soy, virus with corn.
What if Dr. Frankenfood was also in charge of the USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture), the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration); and what if he was also in charge of giant multi-national chemical companies such as Monsanto, DuPont, Calgene, and Novartis that have become major players in the new global genetically engineered food business? He would then have access to immense capital resources for his strange experimentations. He would wield nearly limitless power, and he could learn how to manipulate the rest of the government, the laws, and even the courts with his influence. He would give grant money to labs in the USDA and to university labs and technicians all over the world. He would have universities, the USDA and the FDA under his control. They would carry out his recombination experiments with the DNA of different species as he directed, and then he would feed these experimental foods to the population unlabeled and without careful testing. He would stealthfully export his mad experimental products to other countries, and if they refused his products, Dr. Frankenfood would use his money, power, influence, and connections to threaten them with trade war.
Of course Monsanto, DuPont, Calgene, Novartis, the chemical corporations, the USDA, and the FDA cannot really have such evil intentions. They are doing their best to do their jobs. Dr. Frankenfood is a mere dramatization. But the chemical companies, the USDA, the FDA, and all of their hardworking food technicians are doing the exact same things that the evil Dr. Frankenfood would do if he was in charge. The multi-national chemical companies, the USDA and the FDA, although well-meaning, operate based on short-range vision and greed.
As scientific technicians, they appear to have minimal ability to see long-range consequences. The chemical/genetic engineering industry and the USDA recombine the DNA of vastly different species creating new organisms that have never before existed on earth. The genetic engineering industry then lobbies for regulatory loopholes that allow them to rush their experimental foods to market. Due to large PAC money payments (legalized bribes), good-ole-boy networks, corporate welfare, and continuing conflicts of interest between the USDA, FDA and multi-national chemical/genetic engineering companies, the U.S. and many other governments have encouraged and approved these synthetic foods. The genetic engineering industry sells these products untested and unlabeled. And finally, the U.S. government threatens other nations with WTO sanctions and trade war if they label or reject genetically engineered foods.
We as global consumers have the right to know what we are eating. We have the right to decide whether we want to eat these foods. We have the right to decide whether our children should eat these foods.
Wherever you may live in the world, food markets sell these unlabeled and untested Frankenfoods. Beginning back in 1994, the chemical/genetic engineering industry began to sell genetically engineered tomatoes and milk laced with genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Now in 1997, these companies want to quickly earn back their accelerating research costs, and rush approximately 30,000 untested new genetically engineered food products to market.
Genetically altered supplements and foods have already caused debilitating allergies, permanent cripplings, and deaths simply because consumers were unaware. Fifty-one people died and 1500 people were permanently disabled from toxic and deadly bacteria created during the production of genetically engineered tryptophan. Severe allergies resulted from the introduction of mutated genetically engineered soy combining DNA from brazil nuts. One can predict that more deaths and negative side effects will continue to emerge. Without clear labeling, health problems cannot be avoided or properly traced back to their source.
Genetic damages to the environment and ecosystem can never be cleaned up, reversed, or recalled. Once released, once the microorganisms, plants, and living beings in the food chain and ecosystem become polluted with these mutant foods, destruction of health and virulent, irreversible, permanent, and incomprehensible living mutations will spiral wildly into the future. Genetic pollution becomes immediately locked-in and self-sustaining -- hosted in the very DNA of living organisms. This contrasts, for example with the threats of hazardous nuclear waste and the potential destruction of nuclear war, which, although devastating, can be eventually reversed and cleaned up with the passage of time.
Widespread sales of genetically altered foods increase the profitability of the chemical/genetic engineering industry. The chemical industry wants to quickly recoup their billions of dollars in accumulated genetic research and investment costs. Their strategy involves rushing genetically-altered Frankenfoods to market en masse as quickly as possible.
The USDA, FDA, and their wealthy supporters, the genetic engineering companies, claim that they intend to solve problems of world hunger. But careful scrutiny shows their true motives. Primarily, the U.S. government intends to ensure the continuing success and prosperity of their wealthy yet irresponsible supporters, the genetic engineering industry, and secondly the chemical/genetic engineering industry intends to dominate the global food markets with their experimental products. We appreciate that governments want to support major businesses and industries. We also understand that big business wants to make money. However, in pursuing these goals, the USDA, FDA, and chemical (bio-tech) companies have chosen to disregard the long-range effects of these products on human life.
The chemical industries have genetically altered foods for the following specific traits: to increase profits by artificially increasing product shelf life; to increase profits by increasing the compatibility of plants with the chemical industry's own pesticides and herbicides; and to increase profits by creating seeds that cost more but save producers money because the vegetables or plants create their own pesticide internally.
While taking these actions for immediate short-term profits, the chemical industry claims that their work represents the cutting edge of science.
If Dr. Frankenfood was in charge, his diabolical scheme would not be true science, because he would never bother to safety-test his experimental foods before putting them on our family's plates and serving them up to the world community. True science uses the "Scientific Method." The Scientific Method involves alternating between theory and observation, checking theory to see if it matches past observations and can correctly predict new observations. The checking comes in the form of experience, in other words: experimentation. New technology should not be applied directly to human life until it has proven itself beyond doubt through the test of time to be safe, useful, beneficial. True science does not make the human race into experimental animals, into guinea pigs. Again, we look and see that the chemical industry does exactly what Dr. Frankenfood would have done, marketing these foods to the world population untested and unlabeled.
We know Dr. Frankenfood's history as a descendent of Dr. Frankenstein. Let us also look at the past, at the track record of one of the major chemical/genetic engineering companies, Monsanto. A look at the past may give some indication of what we can expect from this company and other chemical companies now and in the future.
Monsanto marketed herbicide 2,4,5-T used as a defoliant in Agent Orange in Vietnam. The version tainted with dioxin killed people. Monsanto also was the sole maker of PCBs, (poly-chlorinated-biphenyls), banned by the U.S. Congress in 1976 because of cancer risk and reproductive harm. Recent studies link it to significant developmental harm in children at minute doses. All humans now carry some level of PCBs in their bodies because the chemical is lipophilic and biomagnifies in the food chain, as does dioxin. This means that it gradually spreads into the physiology of all living beings on earth. Monsanto owns and markets Aspartame, the artificial chemical sweetener marketed as Nutra-Sweet, widely known as a cancer-risk-associated drug yet pushed through the regulatory loopholes as a food additive instead of a drug. In recent years Monsanto, the USDA, and the FDA have worked together to add rBGH, bovine growth hormone -- widely implicated in making cows sick and increasing cancer risk, to consumer's milk. Now Monsanto and other chemical companies want to genetically engineer the global food supply. Can we trust these companies with the food supply?
The chemical companies have now genetically engineered not only potatoes, but also tomatoes, corn, soy, squash, canola, cotton seed oil, and milk. The chemical industry claims that these practices come as a normal, natural extension of time-tested reproductive crossbreeding and hybridization techniques. In reality, this is a new, bizarre experiment on the human race utilizing a radical new technology. Dr. Frankenfood would be well pleased.
Distributors export these mutant foods all over the world. A global crisis now exists because many governments have implicit trust in the U.S. government and its decision to promote these foods. Naive trust of the FDA and the USDA creates complacency in the U.S.A. These chemical companies have made global consumers out to be experimental animals, guinea pigs. Although this is a serious crisis, we can stop the proliferation of these Frankenfoods now.
Dear Friends, Mary, Editor of Time Magazine, Senator Torry, Veggie mailing list, etc., etc., etc. (NOTE: everyone who eats food needs to know about this!!)
I have some critically important information about the food supply that all consumers need to know about.
(Exactly what you say depends on your relationship to the receiver--use your own words and if possible make it personal)
Your name and Your e-mail address
THIS TYPE OF SIMPLE NOTE WILL HELP TO "BREAK THE ICE" AND HELP MAKE THE "3 x 3 Plan" POWERFULLY EFFECTIVE AROUND THE WORLD
This three-part series and its action plan were carefully crafted and designed to inform people all over the world about the travesty of GE food.
Your friends, relatives and associates can receive their own original copies of the complete three-part series and/or any missing sections by sending an e-mail with the subject heading "Avoiding Dangerous Foods" to their leader, who should be listed below and at the very end of each section of the three-part series.
IMPORTANT: Your Leader's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Action Plan: Section 2 of 3
AVOIDING DANGEROUS FOODS
HOW TO SHOP TO AVOID GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS: FOODS TO AVOID OR BOYCOTT:
TOMATOES: Genetically engineered with bacteria-derived kanamycin resistance genes, Antisense backwards DNA, antibiotic marker genes, viruses, and DNA of flounder and North Atlantic shellfish. This and the following genetically engineered foods have antibiotic marker genes used to facilitate the genetic engineering process. They can cause allergies and autoimmune disease.
POTATOES: Genetically engineered with wax moth insect DNA; genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide internally with the DNA of bacillus thuringiensis bacteria.
CORN: Genetically engineered to tolerate high quantities of the chemical pesticide glufosinate, and genetically engineered with a virus and the DNA of the bacteria bacillus thuringiensis.
SOY: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered by Monsanto with bacteria; capable of tolerating heavy doses of Monsanto's Roundup brand chemical pesticide (glyphosate).
YELLOW CROOK NECK SQUASH: Gene-spliced with two experimental viruses and arbitrary marker genes, capable of causing unpredictable and unexpected effects.
CANOLA OIL: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered with California bay turnip and various viruses and bacterium in order to produce high quantities of lauric acid.
PAPAYA: Genetically engineered with bacteria and/or viruses.
RADICCHIO: Genetically engineered with bacteria and/or viruses.
COTTON SEED OIL: Genetically engineered and DNA-altered with Arabidopsis bacterium, and viruses to be able to withstand large applications of the chemical pesticide bromoxynil. Bromoxynil causes birth defects in human beings.
As of the beginning of 1997, these products will have been genetically engineered and on the market as a percentage of the total conventional food supply. Since they are sold unlabeled in the conventional market, there is no way to tell specifically which tomatoes, potatoes, corn, soy, etc. have been actually genetically engineered. If you live in a nation which may receive imports from the U.S. and Canada, you should also avoid these non-organic foods as a safety precaution. Your own nation or another exporting to yours may be doing genetic engineering. Eat only organic food if possible. Even if you buy seeds to grow your own food, buy only organic seeds.
In all, well over 30,000 products!
Global Action Plan: Section 3 of 3
AVOIDING DANGEROUS FOODS
You can help your loved ones, family, friends, and associates by forwarding them this three-part communication. The next step will be to send parts one and two to consumer groups, writers, editors, media people, journalists, teachers, food producers, organic food producers, food retailers, network marketers, restauranteurs, small companies, and large companies. Send this communication to anyone that eats food. Especially be sure to forward parts one and two to the best, brightest, most creative, most successful, and most well-educated people that you know. Forward this information to people that you respect, to people who are knowledgeable and well-connected. Interested and motivated consumers will request that you send any missing section(s). By not sending everything at first, you qualify them and learn about their level of interest. We need to systematically, step-by-step get this three-part communication to the top people in society. They can easily spread this information far and wide through their network of associates and contacts.
If you have cut, copy, and paste ability with your e-mail program, you can create clean copies of this three-part communication. If you are new to e-mail and the Internet, get help from a personal friend or computer whiz who knows about such things. If you need a new clean copy of this three-part communication, you can order one from your Leader, a person taking a consumer leadership role. Your Leader's e-mail address should be at the bottom of each section of this three-part series.
If you, like many other consumers, feel that this situation regarding the food supply deserves immediate attention and immediate action, then take the first step. Proceed to make a list of everyone that you know. First list loved ones, relatives, family, and friends. Then list associates, everyone else that you know on a first name or on a more formal basis. Pull out your personal phone directory, and your Christmas card list and/or other social register. Then use paper and pen and the phone book to jog your memory about people that you know that you may have temporarily forgotten. Be systematic. Examples: Use the white pages. Ask yourself: Who do I know with the last name Adam; Anderson; Atkinson; etc... Also use the yellow pages. Ask yourself: Do I know any accountants? bankers? commodity brokers? etc...Psychologists have discovered that virtually everyone knows at least 1000 people on a first-name basis. You do too! Bring these people to mind. Make a list of everyone that you know, and send as many of them as possible this three-part series by e-mail.
If you live in a small town, or if most people that you know live nearby, you can simply print this three-part series and hand it out. Teach people to teach others to make copies and give them out to all of their loved ones, relatives, and connections. If you want to send someone this three-part series, but you don't have their e-mail address, try calling them briefly and asking them for their e-mail address. If they don't have e-mail, you can arrange to send this information to one of their nearby friends or relatives who may have an e-mail address. You can also print this three-part communication and mail the printed copies. After giving or sending this communication, follow up with a note or phone call. Use the power of your personal influence. Personally encourage all of your loved ones to avoid genetically engineered foods. By following these suggestions, you will easily find your three Leaders and you will build your own consumer action group. (See "Defeating Dr. Frankenfood" below) In any case, try to get this three-part communication out to at least 50 people that you know personally, and into the hands of as many other consumers as possible.
If you have experience with e-mail and the Internet, then you know that a "flame" is an angry e-mail, and "spam" is generally defined as any unwanted commercial e-mail. You can send part one and part two of this three-part series to on-line mailing lists and to other people that you do not know personally, but this takes more care and more attention. For example, if you send the first section or two to people that you do not know, you may occasionally get "flamed" by people who do not appreciate the message. They may feel that you have "spammed" them.
For every person that flames you, there will be two or twenty who will appreciate this information. As more and more people receive this communication, some may complain that they have already seen it. You may consider e-mailing flamers with a polite note explaining that reading the three-part communication is not enough. People need to change their eating habits and to inform their loved ones. You can prevent flames by first sending short and sweet e-mail notes telling consumers that you will be sending some important information about the food supply. Don't wait for a response, simply go ahead and send the first section or two of this communication.
Leaders, people taking a leadership role, will network together and keep each other informed about events as they happen. They will also have supporting documentation and other information that they can hand out or forward to each other. Leaders will always have the best and most current information. They can work either on-line or off-line or both. Many Leaders will be fundamental to our success in stopping Dr. Frankenfood.
New Leaders should use cut-and-paste, creating a new fresh version of the three-part series and then delete or cut their own Leader's e-mail address at the very bottom of all three sections and carefully write or paste in their own e-mail address. They should also proceed to make their own personal list and then continue with the plan as previously outlined. As a Leader, you will receive periodic requests to forward fresh copies of this three-part communication. You can expect to receive, on average, one or two requests to forward every day.
If your Leader has changed his or her e-mail address, and if you therefore cannot find your Leader or your ancestral Leaders, you can still make good of the situation. You can build and create your own group. You can use the information in this three-part communication and those resources and websites listed at the end of this third section. You can find other Leaders who will be happy to work with you. They will probably be subscribed to the mailing lists listed at the end of this third section.
People can use their local copy machine and should teach others to use their local copy machine, etc, etc....If many people tell many consumers about this situation, soon we will have many Leaders and soon consumers everywhere will know about this situation, therefore we will all be able to protect ourselves. Everyone has permission to use this three-part series to write press releases, magazine articles, booklets or books. Request help from your Leaders and your Leader's Leaders. Creative people will be able to build huge consumer information networks on or off-line using this information by utilizing the general duplication strategy, and by utilizing the contacts and information sources at the end of this section three.
This consumer action plan, designed to take advantage of this natural strength of the Internet, has no center that could be knocked out. Therefore, it cannot be stopped. This plan is to systematically create hundreds of thousands of consumer Leaders worldwide. The plan also uses the principle of exponential growth. For example, if three Leaders get three Leaders, who in turn get three Leaders, etc.....3 x 3 x 3 x 3... through 15 levels, equals hundreds of thousands of Leaders who in turn will inform millions of consumers. Since this information will be going out over a period of many months all throughout 1997 and 1998, this would not be any kind of burden on Internet bandwidth -- on communications traffic flow. It will come out at peak to be quite manageable, with many hundreds of e-mails per hour worldwide. Exponential mass marketing in this case becomes highly ethical and necessary. Sometime in 1997 or 1998 this issue of genetically engineered food will become a big story on television as well as in magazines and newspapers in the United States and every part of the world. That will be the sign that we will be on the verge of succeeding in our mission to first label and then ban genetically engineered foods. But we have to continue until we have total disclosure and total labeling of all genetically engineered food products, including complete information about all additives and production agents. Then we must continue towards a worldwide ban and moratorium for 50 years.
To be most effective, this consumer action plan needs speed. Your loved ones, your friends, your family, your relatives may be eating genetically engineered Frankenfoods right now. Do not procrastinate. Once begun, this global consumer movement cannot be stopped. New Leaders will be constantly created. The bio-tech industry, made up of multi-billion dollar companies, will try to save their Frankenfood project. They will lobby the government and create new laws. They will work with the USDA and do multi-million dollar pro-genetic engineering campaigns. They will do everything and anything possible to stay in business, to try to stop us from informing our loved ones and fellow consumers about what they are doing. But rest assured: they are doomed. We will not fail. By joining in, by taking action, by making your personal list, by becoming a Leader, and by forwarding, printing, and handing out this three-part communication, you will be completely in harmony with the original purpose of the Internet. We will quickly create an invincible, unstoppable, global communications network. Together, we will use the Internet to stop Dr. Frankenfood from destroying our health, our families, and our planet.
The Pure Food Campaign (PFC) is a non-profit, public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption in the US and the world. The PFC's primary strategy is to help build a national and international consumer/farmer/labor/progressive retailer boycott of genetically engineered and chemically contaminated foods and crops. The PFC is sponsored by the Washington, D.C. based Foundation on Economic Trends, whose President is the author and technology critic, Jeremy Rifkin.
The Pure Food Campaign serves as a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance to citizen activists and non-governmental organizations concerned about agriculture, food safety, life form patenting, and genetic engineering. The PFC also provides interviews and background material for journalists and news organizations worldwide. The Campaign utilizes a variety of tactics including targetted boycotts, grassroots lobbying, litigation, progressive media and public relations, activist networking, and direct action protests and media events. The PFC National Director is Ronnie Cummins.
Global Action Plan: Section 3 of 3
AVOIDING DANGEROUS FOODS
IMPORTANT: Your Leader's e-mail address:
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