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Press Conference tomorrow against Genetically Engineered Corn

Here is the press release for tomorrow's action at the Chicago Bored of Trade Plaza. I encourage you all to attend, it will be fun and lively....the weather is perfect for a press conference, protest, street theatre!
Here is the press release for tomorrow's action at the Chicago Bored of Trade Plaza. I encourage you all to attend, it will be fun and lively....the weather is perfect for a press conference, protest, street theatre!

Organic Consumers Association
Continental Days of Action against Genetically Engineered Corn April 10th-17th


April 16th, 2002

FARMERS & CONSUMERS THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS WILL DUMP CORN AND HOLD PROTESTS & PRESS CONFERENCES AGAINST GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN ON APRIL 10-17

PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS CALL ON THE US TO STOP DUMPINGGENE-ALTERED CORN IN MEXICO AND TO REMOVE BIOTECH CORN FROM THE MARKET

CONTINENTAL WIDE PROTESTS ACROSS MEXICO AND BIOTECH OFFICES,AND GRAIN COMMODITIES EXCHANGES AND MEXICAN CONSULATES IN MINNEAPOLIS,WINNIPEG, SAN FRANCISCO, BOSTON, CHICAGO AND OTHER US CITIES

The Chicago Press Conferenceand Rally will take place on April 17th at NOON at the Chicago Board ofTrade, 141 W. Jackson Blvd. At LaSalle - RAIN OR SHINE.

Speakers at the pressconference include:
-Jim Goodman FAMILY FARM DEFENDERS
-Julie Flynn, Adrian Dominican Sister NATIONAL CATHOLIC RURAL LIFE CONFERENCE
-Jim Slama SUSTAIN, CHICAGO
-Christie Phillips ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION
-Maribel Casas MEXICO SOLIDARITY NETWORK,
-Anne G. Patterson,R.D, L.D. ORGANIC FARMERFROM ILLINOIS

Chicago, IL: Consumer and farm groups throughout thecontinent are calling on governments, biotech corporations, food companies, andgrain exporters to halt the dumping of US taxpayer subsidized geneticallyengineered corn in Mexico and other nations of corn biodiversity and toguarantee a fair price to corn producers. Recent studies have found widespreadgenetic contamination of traditional varieties of corn in Mexico. Groups alsodemand that governments and leading food corporations such as Kraft remove allgene-altered corn from the market unless it is proven to be safe for humanhealth and the environment and labeled. Recently several hundred Americans havereported allergic reactions to the FDA after consuming foods likely containinggenetically engineered corn. Two yearsago an illegal and likely allergenic variety of gene-altered corn calledStarLink contaminated the US corn supply and forced a massive recall of 300brand name products.

Protests and press conferences will be held at the USEmbassy in Mexico City, the grain port in Vera Cruz, Mexico, the MexicanConsulate in San Francisco, and dozens of communities in corn growing areas of LatinAmerica, as well as major grain exchanges in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, andChicago-among other locations.

"These unprecedented continental wide protests mark thebeginning of the end of the biotech industry dumping genetically engineeredcorn on consumers and the environment," stated Ronnie Cummins, Director ofthe Organic Consumers Association.

Media Contacts:
-Christie Phillips, Organic Consumers Association (USA)773.784.3698 Christie (at) organicconsumers.org www.organicconsumers.org
-Simon Harris, Organic Consumers Association (USA)510-525-7054 simon (at) organicconsumers.org www.organicconsumers.org
-Ryan Zinn, Global Exchange (Mexico) (011)52-967-67-89738 rzinn (at) laneta.apc.org
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