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OUR FOOD SUPPLY

BEING AWARE ABOUT THE FOOD WE EAT

How aware are you about the food you eat? Health? calories? How is food connected to climate change and immigration? Over the next few weeks, SISTERS ONLINE will post the answers to these questions and share how you might get involved in social justice issues around food.

October is the month that we are asked to become aware of what we eat. It's also a time when indigenous farmers, grassroots food activists, government leaders, and policy experts meet to talk about food and the important need to end hunger.

Food has cultural and spiritual value as well and it shapes who we are. The right to food is a basic human right and yet so many people go hungry every day. We're told it isn't because the world doesn't produce enough food, but it's a distribution problem.

One billion people around the world experience hunger on a daily basis. In the United States, 23 million experience hunger every day and many of them are children.

How can we change this? Please contact your elected officials in Washington, and tell them we MUST change these statistics and it MUST start NOW. Stay tuned to SISTERS ONLINE as more information is made public and additional actions are given.

AMAZON MEMBERS: SAY "NO" TO GMO APPLES

Are you an Amazon member? If so, would you contact Amazon and tell them to remove their GMO apple, made by Intrexon, the genetic engineering company, from unsuspecting consumers. Consumers are unsuspecting because Amazon hides their GMO apples in dried apple snacks. The GMO "Arctic Apple" is completely unnecessary.

This apple was engineered to not turn brown when cut, but you can use lemon on a "real apple" to take care of that problem. No need for GMOs.

The only reason the GMO "Arctic Apple" exists is so Amazon can make a profit. A profit at who's expense? Intrexon apples are poorly tested and they are unlabeled. They will also look fresh when, in actuality, they are not.

If you are an Amazon member, please tell them to take their GMO apple, "Arctic Apple," off the market.

Thanks for getting involved in this human health and environmental issue.

BIOENGINEERED FOOD (GMOs) MUST BE CLEARLY LABELED

The Department of Agriculture has finally proposed a national label for genetically engineered food, however, it falls short of what consumers have been demanding. We must tell the USDA to require clear labels for GMOs.

Currently, the USDA is letting companies hide information on their websites instead of disclosing GMOs on the product label where it should be listed. Even more alarming, is that the USDA is not clear on what oils and sugars NEED to be included. If processed foods are not listed, the labels become worthless.

The USDA is now accepting comments from the public on labels and what should be included. Please get involved in this action. Tell them we want informative labels, not more industry propaganda. We have a right to know what is in our food.

The USDA and Big Ag lobbyists are putting their public comments together. We must do the same by contacting those in power in this regard and expressing our views.

Here is the information you need to contact the USDA:

United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250

Information hotline: 1-202-720-2791

https://www.usda.gov/contact-us