Eat-In at the FDA

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REAL Cooperative is partnering with Occupy Monsanto to launch an action at the FDA to Demand GMO labeling!

Photos from the Stone Soup Eat-In at the FDA

Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Incident Reports, Photos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |     


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On Monday, April 8, 2013 hundreds of safe food activists from across America descended upon the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for the first ever Eat-In to Label GMOs. Here are some of the photos that were posted on the Facebook Event Page:
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Dana Milbank: The motto for this protest — soup’s on!

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |     


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The motto for this protest — soup’s on!

by Dana Milbank, Washington Post

When authorities got wind of a demonstration planned for Monday outside the Food and Drug Administration’s offices in College Park, they fortified their defenses.

A motorcycle and nine police vans, ominously marked “Homeland Security,” parked in front of the FDA building, and uniformed officers fanned out across the entrance, where they waited.

And waited.

And waited.

They needn’t have. The demonstrators, demanding that the FDA require the labeling of genetically modified foods, hadn’t come with violence in mind, or even civil disobedience. They had come to cook a 50-gallon vat of soup on the sidewalk and then consume the stuff — a first-ever “eat-in” at the FDA, they said.

There were no foul-mouthed anarchists dressed in black — just the sort of well-heeled crowd you’d come across at Whole Foods. “I packed up my kids’ lunches and drove from Boston to Hartford to ride a bus for five hours,” Kristi Marsh told the crowd, using the sound system to recount her trip to Monday’s protest. She wore a chef’s hat hand-lettered with the words “Everyday Mom.”

“I’ve never, ever protested before,” Marsh told me after her speech. “I was nervous. I had these visions of overturned buses and policemen dressed up like storm troopers. But when I saw part of the labor was to commit to no alcohol, no drugs, no violence, then I thought, ‘I want to be present.’ ”

She reached into her handbag. “Want some sunscreen?” she asked.

This is the face of the new protest movement — or at least organizers hope to make it so.

“We wanted a comfortable event,” Tom Llewellyn, the 30-year-old organizer, said of the FDA action, billed as “a day of sunshine and picnic-style protest” against GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. “It’s all about who you’re appealing to. There has to be a face of the movement for every single demographic to connect with.”

Taking a page from the gay-rights playbook, other causes on the left are holding fewer of the disruptive protests of recent decades and opting for persuasion over confrontation. In part, this strategy reflects the failure of recent movements, such as Occupy Wall Street and the anti-globalization demonstrations, to turn protesters’ enthusiasm into enduring public support.

The campaign against GMOs is typical: The movement has dropped its demand that such altered foods be banned, instead embracing the more reasonable goal of labeling such foods accurately. And activists are looking for non-threatening ways to broaden the cause’s appeal.

Llewellyn based Monday’s event on “Stone Soup,” a European folk tale about a traveler who persuades villagers to contribute to a communal meal. He borrowed the idea from peace activists of decades past, but made his a GMO-free soup.

“I’ve come here with this magical soup stone,” he told the crowd of 60, which swelled through the morning as the soup boiled.

The demonstrators, some wearing aprons, chef’s hats or clothing with GMO themes (“Give Peas a Chance”), handed over their organic vegetables and told their stories to the TV crews and reporters who had come to witness the spectacle:

“Hi, I’m Tory and this is my grandmother Nettie. We brought carrots . . . ”

Peter, a 12-year-old from Pennsylvania, announced: “I came here today with just organic mushrooms.” His mom patted him on the back after his turn at the microphone.

Another woman said, “My name is Erin O’Maley. I’m a chiropractor. . . . I brought some zucchini.”

A woman from Atlanta, Jay, was one of several to call for the resignation of Michael Taylor, the deputy FDA commissioner who had worked at Monsanto, a major GMO producer. “I’m a mother of an 8-year-old child and she’s not a science experiment,” the woman said.

Not all of the demonstrators were of the sort that would help the movement broaden its appeal. One man, in fatigues and a T-shirt covered with handwritten slogans, said he had brought “a non-edible mushroom” and complained that “my soup kitchen serves food that sucks.”

But the organizers found their target audience in Marsh of Massachusetts. Marsh, who writes tips on healthful living, said the image of the typical protest, angry and defiant, “scares people away.”

But as the soup simmered Monday, she told her fellow demonstrators that she would convert other mothers — “everyday me’s,” she called them — to the cause. “As long as you are out there doing this kind of stuff, I will be out there,” she said. “And I will be educating the everyday me’s, because that’s the masses that you need your support from.”


Source: Washington Post


This article was syndicated in the Salt Lake City Tribune, The Oregonian, The Herald, The Orland Sentinel, West Hawaii Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shreveport Times, Delmarva Now, The Herald Tribune, AZ Central, and Faribault Daily News.

RT America: Occupy Eat-in

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |     


“Over 100 protesters, activists and food advocates gathered outside of the FDA Center Food Safety and Applied Nutrition today to participate in the first ever Occupy Monsanto Eat-in. On the menu: stone soup and U.S. policies when it comes to labeling genetically Modified foods. The protesters demanded all GMO foods to be labeled and an end to the revolving door between the Washington and the biotech industry. RT Correspondent Meghan Lopez was at the eat-in and took a bite out of the issue.”


Source: RT America

WJLA ABC7: Protesters demonstrate at FDA against GMOs

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Filed under: Press, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |     


Looking for more labels on the food we eat, Monday morning dozens gathered outside the Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety.

Kathy Engle-Dulac says genetically modified foods, or GMO’s, raise the biggest concerns.

If a food product has been genetically engineered, she believes consumers have the right to know.

Like others gathered Monday, she’s asking the FDA to change their policies so when consumers walk into a grocery store they know what they’re buying.

In a statement the Food and Drug Administration said: “Currently, food manufacturers may indicate through voluntary labeling whether foods have or have not been developed through genetic engineering provided such labeling is truthful and not misleading. In general, foods derived from genetically engineered plants must meet the same requirements, including safety requirements as other foods…”

Organic farmer Martin Dagoberto says he’s not sure if they’re as safe. He’s worried if there’s more GMO’s, it could affect his farming process.

“It’s basically jeopardizing the organic integrity of our food supply of our seeds and its making organic farming almost impossible,” Dagoberto says.


Source:WJLA ABC7

The Upcoming Eat-In at the FDA Mentioned in the Press

Posted: April 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |     


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Here are a few mentions in the media about the upcoming “Eat-In”


WPFW – Morning Brew with Askia Muhammed & Yolanda Turner, April 4, 2013 [MP3]


“Ty Bollinger Outside the Box, Busting Medical Myths, Autism 1/50, Adam Eidinger Occupy Monsanto, Stone Soup Protest at GMO-FDA & More!” – Robert Scott Bell Radio Show, March 20, 2013[MP3]


“Despite its defeat, Prop 37 has helped trigger GMO-labeling initiatives in other states and an upcoming protest at the FDA.” – Brady Dennis, Washington Post, March 15, 2013


“Buoyed by what they see as some momentum in the labeling war, consumers, organic farmers and food activists plan to hold an “eat-in” outside the F.D.A.’s offices next month to protest government policies on genetically modified crops and foods.” – Stephanie Strom, New York Times, March 8, 2013

REAL Cooperative is partnering with Occupy Monsanto to launch an action at the FDA to Demand GMO labeling!

Many different versions of the fable “Stone Soup” have been written throughout history. One story is about a hungry soldier who, when passing through an impoverished village, announced that he would make ‘Stone Soup’. The promise of mysterious Stone Soup persuaded the small village to pool its resources and offer up its hidden onions, carrots, and spices to feed everyone in town. By working together, with everyone contributing something, a greater good can be achieved.

Today, America can be a food desert, devoid of healthy options and corporate transparency, but with our resources combined, we can move toward a more informed, healthy, and just food system. Mandatory GMO Labeling, Testing and Regulation is a BIG step along the way to an honest and sustainable food democracy in the USA.

  • Jump on an action-bound bus from your region to the FDA!
  • Pack a picnic, bring an arm full of (vegetarian) ingredients (herbs, spices, veggies, stock) from your region to add to the (Giant) “Stone Soup”.
  • Join a demonstration at the FDA and enjoy a day of sunshine and picnic-style protest.
    Are YOU hungry for some food democracy?

On Monday, April 8th, Americans will head to the FDA, to face down the institution that chooses Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy transparency and public health. Join this historic event to make your voice heard as we begin to take back our food system.

Who: Concerned Citizens, Farmers, Families, Students, Safe Food Activists, Food Justice Organizations

What: Eat-In for GMO Labeling at the FDA, Stone Soup Style.

Where: Outside of the Food And Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20740

When: Monday, April 8, 2013, 8am – 6pm

Why: The FDA is supposed to be the watchdog that protects us. Their purpose is to safeguard the consumer against industry, but instead they often seem to do the absolute reverse. The FDA has failed in its core purpose. FDA policies have lead to: a Lack of Transparency, Revolving Door with Industry, Market Bullying, Widespread Illness, Seed Privatization and Well Documented Risks to our Health: Lets take back our Food System!

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Become a Bus Captain

The Occupy Monsanto team is eager to work with you on scheduling and filling a bus from your region to College Park, MD (Washington, D.C.). We are able to offer limited financial support for buses that register early and our organizers can offer helpful guidance and advertise your bus on this page.

Bus coordinators are responsible for:

  • Helping reserve their bus
  • Working with organizers to recruit riders
  • Assisting with logistics like rider payment and pickup locations

Our national organizers are here to help with all of these steps.

Please click here to Signup as a Bus Captain

As buses to the Eat-In are scheduled, we will list them below along with contact and sign-up information. This page will be frequently updated.

To see if there is a bus publicly announced in your area, please check back here frequently. If you have any other questions about buses, please email StoneSoup@Occupy-Monsanto.com

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Other Transportation Options

Carshare: You can also find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining our group at Ridebuzz.org

By Metro: The Eat-In will be located one block East of the College Park-U of MD Station (Green Line)

By Train: Amtrak railroad service to Washington, DC’s Union Station is served by the Metro’s Red Line. At the Union Station Metro, take a Shady Grove-bound train two stops to Gallery Place-Chinatown Station, exit train, go downstairs, and take the next Greenbelt-bound Green Line train to the College Park-U of MD Station

By Plane: Local airports include Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). Only DCA & BWI have connections to mass transit options. From DCA take a Fort Totten-bound Yellow Line train to Fort Totten Station, transfer to Greenbelt-bound Green Line train, get off at College Park-U of MD Station. From BWI, take the B-30 MetroBus ($6 cash fare) to the Greenbelt Metro Station, then take the next train one stop to College Park-U of MD Station.


Questions? Check our FAQ page

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Where and When is the Eat-In?

Where: Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20740 (Just outside of Washington, D.C.)
When: April 8th, 2013, 8am-6pm

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What are the Demands?

On Monday April 8th, Americans will head to the FDA, to face down the institution that chooses Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy, transparency, and public health.

As Citizens We Demand:
1) Obama uphold his campaign promise to Label GMO Food
2) Former Monsanto employee & current ‘Food Czar’ Michael Taylor to resign immediately
3) The Obama Administration end the Revolving Door between corporations like Monsanto and the FDA
4) Long-term testing of GMO foods on humans before any new approvals
5) Long-term testing of pesticides & herbicides on humans before any new approvals
6) Invalidate seed patents of Monsanto and other agritech companies

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What is “Stone Soup”?

Many different versions of the fable “Stone Soup” have been written throughout history. One story is about a hungry soldier who, when passing through an impoverished village, announced that he would make ‘stone soup’. The promise of mysterious Stone Soup persuaded the small village to pool its resources and offer up its hidden onions, carrots, and spices to feed everyone in town. By working together, with everyone contributing something, a greater good can be achieved. Today, America can be a food desert, devoid of healthy options and corporate transparency, but with our resources combined, we can move toward a more informed, healthy, and just food system. Mandatory GMO Labeling, Testing and Regulation is a BIG step along the way to an honest and sustainable food democracy in the USA.
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What should I bring?

Bring a bowl, spoon, mug, and Organic fruits & vegetables from your community.
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How can I get to Washington, D.C.? Are carpools or buses available?

We are working with local activists to coordinate buses throughout the country. If you are interested in coordinating a bus from your area, please sign up here. For a list of existing buses, please visit our bus page. For any other bus-related questions, please email StoneSoup@occupy-monsanto.com


Carshare: You can also find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining our group at Ridebuzz.orgBy Metro: The Eat-In will be located one block East of the College Park-U of MD Station (Green Line)

By Train: Amtrak railroad service to Washington, DC’s Union Station is served by the Metro’s Red Line. At the Union Station Metro, take a Shady Grove-bound train two stops to Gallery Place-Chinatown Station, exit train, go downstairs, and take the next Greenbelt-bound Green Line train to the College Park-U of MD Station

By Plane: Local airports include Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). Only DCA & BWI have connections to mass transit options. From DCA take a Fort Totten-bound Yellow Line train to Fort Totten Station, transfer to Greenbelt-bound Green Line train, get off at College Park-U of MD Station. From BWI, take the B-30 MetroBus ($6 cash fare) to the Greenbelt Metro Station, then take the next train one stop to College Park-U of MD Station.

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Can I coordinate a bus from my area?

ABSOLUTELY! To be a bus coordinator, please sign up here and an organizer will be in touch with you shortly. Bus coordinators are responsible for reserving their bus, working with organizers to recruit riders, and taking care of logistics like payment and pickup locations.
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Where can I find housing in Washington, D.C.?

You can find personal or group housing in the D.C. area through the Washington Peace Center’s website — please contact the churches, hostels, etc. listed to find out their availability, not the Peace Center.
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How can I volunteer at or before the Eat-In?

Volunteers will be critical to making this day a success. To volunteer for the Eat-In @ the FDA on April 8th, sign up hereand an organizer will be in touch with you shortly. From Bus Captains to Sign Painters, Phone Bankers to Set-up/Clean-up crews, we will not be able to do this without your help.

We really need help spreading the word to everyone about the Eat-In on April 8th! We will soon have fliers, posters and other materials so please look for those soon, either here or in your e-mail. For now, please share the FB Event Page and make a point to talk to 3 or 5 or 10 or 100 friends!

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What if it rains?

Come anyway! As with any event in April, be prepared for any kind of weather. The FDA will continue forming policies that are not in our best interest unless we show up to have our voices heard rain or shine. We will be sure to have plenty of hot drinks for everyone in order to keep our spirits high! But don’t forget to bring your own mug, spoon, and bowl!

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Will there be direct action or civil disobedience?

No, in planning for the April 8th event, we have made the strategic decision that the Eat-In itself is the most powerful way to get our message across to the FDA, Federal Government, Media and General Population. We believe that many different tactics, including Non-Violent Direct Action and Civil Disobedience, are needed to win the campaign for Food Safety, Transparency and Justice in America. But today we’ll be Eat-In.

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How can my organization get involved?

That’s great — thank you! From recruiting to co-sponsoring the rally, the climate needs all the help it can get. Please emailStoneSoup@Occupy-Monsanto.com and an organizer will be in touch shortly.

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How do I get around Washington, D.C.?

The Washington Metro is the best way to get around Washington, DC and out to College Park, Maryland. You’ll want to buy a SmarTrip fare card (either online or in a Metro station once you’re here) and be sure to stand right, walk left when using the escalators (trust us, the locals are really cool but they’re pretty touchy about this one). SmarTrip fare cards are the most convenient way to use the system and though they cost $5, their fares are cheaper and will save you money after your fifth ride. The city also has an extensive bus system and one of the best bikeshares in the country. For more information about how to get to and from the Eat-In from DC please go to “How do I get to DC” section above.

 

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