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Are Genetically Modified Foods & 'The Corporate Food Mill' Killing Us?

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In the two decades since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) first appeared, they have spread like a prairie fire, from the U.S. to Canada, South America and the rest of the world. GMOs are now found in virtually all processed and canned goods. They constitute the majority of corn, soy, cotton and canola that is produced. Plus, many newly developed genetically modified organisms - from apples to salmon – are in the pipeline. Biotech industry promoters claim that GMOs are on track to feed an increasingly hungry world.

Skeptics are not so sure, pointing to studies showing genetically modified crops are no more robust than crops grown organically. They argue that genetically engineering produces food that is less nutritious, damaging to the environment, and harmful to our health. They are resolute in their belief that merging one species with another in a way that cannot be duplicated in nature not only fails to produce greater crop yields, but inevitably is unsustainable. The idea that GMOs will “feed the world” is a myth created to enable greedy corporations to hijack our food supply, they claim.

The argument over GMOs has pitted government leaders and biotech behemoths against growing public hunger for long term studies, an end to the fast tracking of GMO products, and the right to know what’s in our food. GMO labeling is now required in 61 countries, but not in Canada and the U.S., where illness rates are climbing and government safety assurances are losing traction. How will this growing impasse finally be resolved?

To answer this question, Ottawa International Connection has assembled a diverse panel to peel back the layers of confusion and misunderstanding. Journalist Mike Snow will explain the revolving door between industry and government in the U.S. that enabled GMOs to gain a foothold there. Shiv Chopra ( ( - see his televised comments at ), who waged a four-decade-long battle over GMOs at Health Canada to protect the world food supply, will discuss the “five pillars of food safety.” Lisa Torres, Doctor of Homeopathy, will outline difficulties that ordinary Canadians may encounter with GMOs and strategies to overcome them. Finally, veteran Ottawa farmer George Wright will explain how farmer’s markets enable farmer’s to grow non GMO crops. The event will be broadcast. Anyone interested in learning more about this timely and compelling subject may contact or (

All are welcome but RSVPs are requested. Also, please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering. A potluck meal will be served, followed by our discussion. If you are joining us for dinner, please bring a healthy non GMO (preferably organic) dish to share - vegan, vegetarian dishes preferred. But don't stay away if you can't bring an organic, vegan, etc. dish: Your attendance is more important! If you are not able to be there physically, remote participation may be possible, so please let us hear from you.

Ottawa International Connection is sponsoring this event to bring together people from different parts of the world to discuss topics of importance in a spirit of warmth and openness. For more information, please visit .

---------More info forthcoming soon. In the meantime, find more at the following links:

1) Exploration of the industrialization and commercialization of our food in N.Am. and base site for the documentary to be viewed
2) free to view until Sept. 22nd, 90 min.
3) Most comprehensive source of information on GMF's
4) Why the wealthiest industrialized nation is the sickest is frequently referenced website among those interested in natural health.