In this video interview, anti-GMO crusader Jeffrey Smith talks about how revelations of the scientific health risks directly associated with GMOs in 1998 caused sufficient public disgust and outrage to result in food retailers across Europe dumping GMOs from their product lineup in 1999 for fear of losing their customers. As retailers began to make this move, other retailers had to follow suit or risk being boycotted themselves.
Public disgust with GMOs effectively and efficiently erected a European-wide barrier to the likes of Monsanto.
Jeffrey Smith estimates it only takes five percent of us to influence food retailers – and the good news is we easily have more than this percentage of anti-GMO individuals, as evidenced by the percentage of public who already purchase organic over conventional products. We just need these people to go one step further than just saying "I buy organic wherever possible" to add an extra caveat – "I buy organic wherever possible, but if I must buy conventional, I make sure it’s non GMO." Getting that message across to retailers will start a tidal wave of action to end the sale, and hence the development, of these ‘foods’.
We can do this! Watch the video to find out how.
- Non-GMO Shopping Guide
- Growing list of retailers who are GMO-free (Background on this here.)
- Non-GMO resources for retail stores – suggest these to your local retailer, or buy them yourself and take them to your local store. Ask the owner to allow these to be placed in store.