"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison
Cancer is a political problem more than it is a medical problem.
"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."
- New York Times, October 25, 1998
"What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it's doing are as different as night and day." - Dr. Herbert Ley, Former FDA Commissioner
"The FDA serves as the pharmaceutical industry's watchdog, which can be called upon to attack and destroy a potential competitor under the guise of protecting the public." - Dr. James P. Carter
Subject: call to action
Please send this email far and wide. We really need to send a big group.
************A CALL TO ACTION ***************
Buses are being organized from communities throughout California to attend what promises to be the largest public teach-in and public protest against the genetic engineering of our food, bodies and environment by the same chemical companies that brought us DDT, PCBs and Agent Orange. See below for details.
If you would like to attend the teach-in and join a bus or carpool in your community, please call 415-981-6205 x 383 or check out www.biodev.org.
END CORPORATE CONTROL - END PATENTS ON LIFE - END GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, JUNE 22-27, 2001
Come join thousands of activists, scientists, and farmers from around the world for a week of education, strategy and empowerment. Be part of the growing global movement to stop genetic engineering and protest BIO 2001, the largest-ever convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization
From June 24th to 27th in San Diego, CA, leaders of multinational biotech, pharmaceutical corporations, bureaucrats, marketers and industry scientists will meet at the Biotechnology Industry Conference (BIO) to discuss how to expand the biotech industry.
TEACH-IN - JUNE 22-23, 2001
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
BEYOND BIODEVASTATION: THE 5TH GRASSROOTS GATHERING TO CELEBRATE BIODIVERSITY AND QUESTION GENETIC ENGINEERING
Explore the effects of genetic engineering on our health, the environment, farms and society as a whole. Consider the future being planned for us.
Panel and workshop topics include:
· patenting of seeds and other life forms/biopiracy
· globalization and biotechnology
· monopolization and commodification of food, agriculture, and biodiversity
· activism and consumer power
· impacts of genetic engineering on farmers
· human genetic engineering
· biotechnology and the environment
· assaults on food security
...and best of all,. . . THE ALTERNATIVES
Confirmed featured speakers and emcees include:
*Jim Hightower, author, radio commentator and former Texas Secretary of Agriculture
*Dr. Vandana Shiva- scientist and anti-GMO activist from India
*Percy Schmeiser, a farmer from Canada who was sued by Monsanto for having his field contaminated with their seed
*Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, Fox TV reporters fired for doing a story about Monsanto's GE milk hormone
*Marcy Darnovsky, a human genetic engineering specialist
and many other scientists and activists from around the world
DAYS OF ACTION
There will be marches, street theater and protests while the convention is taking place.
Come celebrate the global campaign for a just and sustainable food system and take back our communities and our biodiversity.
You can also check http://www.biodev.org for regular updates!!!
In the Bay Area call (415) 981-6205 x383.
In San DIego call: (858) 831-1978
cosponsors include: The Edmonds Institute, Center for Food Safety, Institute for Social Ecology, Organic Consumers Association, The Ecology Center, GE-Free LA, Street Liberation Art Project, Pesticide Action Network, Greenpeace and many, many others.
Biodevastation 2001 - Registration
Please return completed form to: Biodevastation 2001 (PO Box 3636 San Diego, CA. 92163-3636) or call (619) 237-5496 for more information.
Welcome and Check-in will begin at 2:00 PM, Friday, June 22 at San Diego 1st Unitarian Universalist Church (maps available if needed) The opening session will begin at 3:00 PM on Friday at 1st Unitarian Universalist Church. Panels and workshops will be held throughout the evening. On Saturday June 23, the conference will continue at the Starlight Bowl in San Diego's Balboa Park from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM., with evening gatherings/ workshops at San Diego City College. Conference schedules and more details will be available as more speakers are confirmed on-line at http://www.biodev.org
**Please pre-register by June 7, 2001**
Others at your address who will be attending:
--If you are representing an organization and would like to have space at a table for materials, please call(619) 237-5496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Conference Registration Fees: We have made the conference rates as low as possible so that everyone who is interested will be able to attend. Please help us to finance this event by contributing what you can afford, between $10 and $100.
I Have Enclosed $ ___________ , (make checks payable to:
***Please pay when you submit your registration form.***
***Please note: The organization for this effort is entirely volunteer and non-profit. Your support is most needed, but no person will be turned away for lack of funds***
_____Yes, I am interested in volunteering my time to help make Biodevastation 2001 happen! I would like to volunteer (please check below):
_____Prior to Biodevastation 2001 (outreach, publicity, etc)
_____At Biodevastation 2001 (food - cooking and serving; set-up; clean-up; medical; etc.)
Do you have any special skills, or exciting ideas of ways to help out:
Food and Lodging:
**Please Pre-Register by June 1 to guarantee housing availability**
We will be providing home-stays and will also have space available for people to stay in churches, community centers, and warehouses in San Diego. You will need to bring sleeping bags. If you plan on staying in a hotel, or if you have friends in the San Diego area whom you would like to stay with, we ask that you make those arrangements on your own.
Would you like us to arrange lodging for you? :______________
What date will you be arriving in San Diego ? : ______________
What date will you be departing ?: __________
Your housing preferences:
Any allergies (pets, food, etc):
How many people are in your party (family, friends - if they are registering
separately, please list names so that we can house you together):
Would you prefer a non-smoking housing environment ?:
Any other special needs, concerns or considerations:
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at the conference for a small donation on Friday, June 22 and Saturday June 23. Food provided will be free of genetically-engineered ingredients, and vegan options will be available. Do you have any special dietary needs we should know about:
**Please bring your own mug! We are trying to minimize waste - any reusable dishes you bring will help us in this process.
**Please Pre-Register by June 1 to reserve child care space**
Limited child care will be available during the day on June 24th.
Names and ages of children who will need child care:
Dates childcare will be needed:
Please return completed registration form to:
Beyond Biodevastation 2001
PO Box 3636
San Diego, CA. 92163 - 3636