Greetings, and welcome to School Food, GMOs and CAFOs. We want genetically modified food and CAFO meat out of the NYC school food system.
So what is it with GMOs? What are they and why should you care?
What is CAFO meat and what does it mean? How does it affect you and your children?
The best part of the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms and CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) meat is that this is a POSITIVE issue. It is about YOUR power and YOUR control. Food connects everything. What you eat and what you feed your kids directly affects your health and your family’s health and the health of the environment. Because this is a consumer issue, YOU HAVE THE POWER.
This is the most important environmental issue, the most important legal issue and the most important health issue of our time! It is pretty simple to stop buying GMO’s, but it takes dedication. First get acquainted with the process of genetic modification. On this website you can find out why it is so important. Start with the Robyn O’Brien video on the sidebar- it’s only 18 minutes long and a great introduction to this issue of food safety, from a Republican Mom challenging the corporate/government power structure because she concerned about her kid’s health, after they got sick eating the typical corporate diet.
Watch “Today’s Modern Food, It’s Not What You Think” part 2- and see how cattle are being raised. It’s 10 minutes long. This is what they are feeding our children in the NYC Public School system. This is what they are teaching our children. It’s time that it stopped.
If you can stand it- watch “The Video The Meat Industry Doesn’t Want You To See”. It will show you how cows, pigs and chickens are treated when they are not raised organically or humanely. This is the meat that NYC Schoolfood serves our children. This is what we are teaching our kids? Is this the system we want to make? There are alternatives, and anyone who claims that this is the only way to raise livestock is lying.
Food Connects Everything. The Safe & Healthy School Food Coalition/NYC is committed to getting genetically modified foods out of the NYC school food system. We are also committed to getting industrial-agriculture CAFO meat out of the NYC school food system. We realize this is a long-term project. But if enough parents and schoolchildren come to understand the terrible impact of modern agriculture on their own health and the health of the planet, and as a result refuse to participate in such a system of disease, negligence and short-term profit and corporate control, we can change the system. We are asking for a return to sanity- in our treatment of the natural world, our treatment of animals, our care of ourselves and of course, the care of our children.
GMO’s are a complicated subject, and take a little time to understand. CAFO’s however, are a very simple issue. CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or industrial factory-farming of animals. It is a living nightmare, and not just for the animals. Look around the site and see if you don’t agree: foods associated with these two horrors of modern agriculture have no place in our schools, our homes, or our country. Stop buying them. Stop going to restaurants that serve them. Tell the mayor to get them out of our schools!
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