Join Project Butterfly, Evolver Los Angeles & Organic Authority
as we welcome leading experts on genetically modified foods for a
candid panel discussion on the issue and how we can help California
become the first state to make the labeling of all food containing GMOs a
According to the California Department of Health and
Agriculture, nearly 80 percent of all processed foods sold in the U.S.
contain genetically modified ingredients. Ninety-three percent of all soy and cotton, 90 percent of
canola and 86 percent of corn grown in the U.S. are genetically
The rise in food allergies, asthma, birth defects and
many other serious human health issues associated with GMOs has the
public demanding transparency on par with regulations throughout the
rest of the developed world.
In 2011, the USDA approved the
deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa, sugar beets, HoneySweet
plums, Kentucky bluegrass, and the first-ever GMO animal intended for
human consumption: Aqua Bounty's AquAdvantage salmon.
become more prevalent in our food system, farmers are experiencing
unprecedented issues including pesticide resistant 'superweeds' and
insects, and soil quality issues. Scientists have discovered new
pathogens found in livestock fed GMOs and declining butterfly
populations have been linked to the glyphosate pesticide commonly known
as Monsanto's Roundup, which has also been found in ground water, rain
water and air samples.
The Panel Features:
CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. Fresh off a 2 week 313-mile march
from New York City to Washington DC, David will share stories from the
Right2Know March and why we need to label GMOs now.
Pamm Larry: a grandmother from Chico, CA. On January 20 of this year, she had
the idea that it was time for the people of California to vote on a
ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods and to remind
people of the power we hold when we unite for change. She learned about
the initiative process, developed a strategy and "came out" on March 10.
Since that day, starting as one, she has been traveling around the
state, meeting with folks and sparking local groups to educate their
communities about GMOs and their chance to get them labeled. She is
excited to now be part of an ever growing coalition that will get GMO
Labeling on the ballot, then voted in YES in 2012.
Seifert: a filmmaker and activist who is traveling the country with his award winning film DIVE! Living Off America's Waste, and speaking about the
interrelated issues of food waste, hunger, and the environment. Jeremy
is passionate, charismatic, and exceedingly heartfelt. He has begun work
on his next film project looking at genetically modified foods in the
U.S. and around the world. When Jeremy isnt working on a film project
or speaking to the public, he spends his time gardening and raising
urban chickens with his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Finn (5),
Tennessee (2), and Pearl (6 mo.).
Ettinger: spent more than a decade working closely with some of the
largest manufacturers in the natural products industry. She is now the
news writer for Organic Authority, the leading online resource for
organic food and lifestyle information. Her focus includes genetically
modified foods, the vegan diet, natural plant and herb medicines,
sustainability and world culture. Jill was published in the anthologies
"Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age" and "What Do You Believe?"
She is co-director of Evolver Los Angeles, hosting an array of events to
help foster creative community and urban transformation.
Moderated by: Laura Klein, Publisher, OrganicAuthority.com - Laura
Klein co-founder of OrganicAuthority.com upgrades the fading grungy
image of what it means to go green. A trained chef with roots in the
organic food movement, Laura is a living embodiment of the green
lifestyle. She brings intelligence, intoxicating energy and
girl-next-door approachability to the subject of living green.
Project Butterfly Loft
821 Traction Avenue
Nov 15th, 8:00 pm (doors 7:30)
$20 (proceeds going to Cal Ballot initiative)