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Heartbreak in the Heartland

By Say No To GMOs!

(April 24, 2002 CropChoice guest commentary) In the 26 minute video, "HEARTBREAK IN THE HEARTLAND: The True Cost of Genetically Engineered Crops," farmers on the frontlines share their thoughts on how GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are threatening agriculture, consumer choice, and the environment.

  • non-GMO crops and ecosystems are being invaded by uncontrollable, pervasive GMO pollen drift
  • herbicide resistant plants ("superweeds") are increasingly difficult to eradicate
  • farmers' rights to save and replant seed are under attack
  • legal decisions on patented seeds will determine the future of agriculture and the food supply
  • Monsanto's aggressive tactics are bringing grief to farmers across the heartland
  • political and regulatory decisions are determined by for-profit corporate agendas
  • consumers are being denied the right to know and choose
  • the natural genetic evolution of life on this planet is being irreversibly altered for profit

This video is a re-edited version of 'Genetically Engineered Seeds of Controversy: Biotech Bullies Threaten Farmer and Consumer Rights' which was videotaped last October at the University of Texas at Austin. The shortened length and reorganization crystallize the issues, convey a sense of urgency and encourage viewer participation. It is suitable for a wide variety of audiences and circumstances.

Copies of the video may be ordered on-line at The Campaign video store http://www.thecampaign.org/store.htm.

Please circulate the video far and wide to friends, local community groups, TV stations, farmers, regulatory agencies, lawmakers, etc. Feedback is also most welcome. Thank you!

Say No To GMOs!
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