Who knew that Alexis Badden Mayer of the Organic Consumers Association would be arrested outside the White House when she attempted to deliver a DVD Petition with over 200,000 names asking Michelle Obama to ask her husband to fulfill a campaign promise to label GMO food products.
There is no more basic American right, then petitioning the government - but not if you don't have the money to buy access to officials who have become more responsive to the interest groups that finance their elections then the people who elected them. And so it was with the petition that called for the truthful labeling of foods containing genetically modified organism (GMO). People want to know what they are eating and want food labeling to indicate if the food has been genetically modified.
But in this Instant Film, the story gets sidetracked when a couple of Jewish "missionaries" coincidentally roll up at the White House and ask to see the President, then perform the Jewish Tefillin ritual which consists of strapping a small box containing Torah verses to the head and arm of Adam Eidinger, one of demonstrators. While Adam is strapped he begins whispering about how GMO foods are not Kosher and how the insecticides, genetically engineered into corn, are killing the bees. But all this does not go unnoticed by the uniformed Secret Service, who become increasingly impatient, with a demonstration, now blocking an entrance, that seems to be spiraling out of control. But instead of arresting those blocking the entrance, they arrest the person trying to deliver the petitions, Alexis Baden-Mayer from the Organic Consumers Association.
Organic Consumers Association. http://www.organicconsumers.org/
Multiple Routes of Pesticide Exposure for Honey Bees Living Near Agricultural Fields
New Study Finds Widespread Pesticide Contamination of Beehives
Honeybee Disappearance: The GMO Connection
Study says insecticide used with GM corn highly toxic to bees
Why GM food isn't kosher
Russian scientists discover GMO's cause animals to lose their ability to Reproduce.
Russia halts imports of Monsanto corn over cancer fears
Russia halts imports of GMO corn after cancer study
GMO foods don't improve crop yields
Failure to Yield - Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops