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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been in the news headlines a lot with discussion about whether or not GMOs should even have a place in our food system. And if they do, do consumers have the right to know?

Recently, a bi-partisan bill dubbed the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, was passed by Congress that requires GMO labeling, but allows for it to be done in a variety of ways including on-package labels, call-in information lines, or a scannable QR code, and opponents say it is not enough.

In the New York Times article “Stop Bashing G.M.O. Foods, More Than 100 Nobel Laureates Say,” GMOs are lauded as being a resource of nutritious food.

This is WhyHunger’s response by Alison Cohen, Senior Director of Programs:

The Laureates calling for an end to GMO-bashing are attempting to reduce the complex and entrenched problem of hunger to one that can be solved by “safe” delivery of nutrients.  Their argument might stand up if scarcity of food was the problem.  It is not. Ask the world’s 500 million farmers cultivating small plots of land and living on less than $2 per day.  They will tell you the root of hunger is poverty that persists due to inequities in systems, institutions and structures which privilege corporations, many of which fund the science behind bio-technology and then profit from it.  
In my work with social movements, smallholder farmers and hungry communities around the world, I've seen what the science of GMOs means to them. A loss of the dignity in providing for your family; the disappearance of biodiversity and seeds that can be saved to feed future generations; land grabs forcing them into cities with few job prospects and hunger.  GMOs mean their survival is now dependent on corporate saviors and their “Golden Rice.”

There is much more to dig into and learn as the usage of GMOs in our food system and the conversations around them continue to shift. Here are a few more articles we want to share to learn about the current issues:

Civil Eats: 5 Things To Know About the “DARK Act”
EcoWatch: Neil Young: Say no to GMOs on “Behalf of All Living Things”
Eater: Every Question You Have About GMOs, Answered
Truthout: What Bill Gates Isn’t Telling You About GMOs

I had the pleasure of sitting down with 2016 WhyHunger Chapin Awards honoree Raul Amorim, a representative for our social movement partner Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST), while he was in town to learn more about the issues and struggles his organization faces. Raul spoke passionately about the continued fight for agrarian reform, or the redistribution of land to the people for food production, and their right to land. In the below Q & A I hope you gain some insight into the issues that concern Raul and why WhyHunger believes that supporting social movements, like the MST, is key...
The "How Hungry Is America" hardship report was recently published by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and highlights the progress made in the fight against hunger and the need that is still there.               “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” That question was part of a survey conducted by Gallup in 2015 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, in which 177,281 households participated. FRAC reports on the answers to that question and reveals two important findings: • The situation is getting better: 2015...
I never met Harry Chapin, but because WhyHunger has been so profoundly shaped by Harry’s vision, values, energy, and music, sometimes it feels like I have. The more I learn about Harry, the more I see him everywhere—in ways both extraordinary and mundane. When the WhyHunger staff gathers to fold and stuff thousands of thank you letters, someone always reminds us that Harry Chapin was the most efficient envelope-stuffer we’ve ever had. Despite his fame, Harry was never too important to lick stamps, give someone a ride, or invite folks to dinner. We hear this echoed over and over by all who met him - everyone...
Each Thursday at Martin Luther King, Jr. elementary school in West Oakland, Monica Parks shows up before her three girls are out of class for the day. She sets up tables and a tent for shade. She displays cabbage, greens, onions, apples, oranges, tomatoes, avocadoes, mangos, cherries, and strawberries. When the students walk out of the cafeteria, they meet their parents on this concrete courtyard beside the flagpole and in front of the school walls’ murals of historic African-American figures. Monica waits there to sell the locally-sourced, pesticide-free produce. “I had one little girl come up to the table and look at...
WhyHunger is proud to join over 1,500 national, state and community-based organizations in signing onto the below statement opposing block granting for school meals. The statement, organized by our friends at FRAC (the Food, Research & Action Center), is an important step in protecting the health, food security and well-being...

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It’s officially summer and that means a lot of different things for people. Unfortunately for the millions of children that rely on schools to get their breakfast and lunch meals, it means the time that they are the hungriest. But, we can all do something about it. Each year, WhyHunger...

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WhyHunger’s Saulo Araujo is heading to St. Louis with the US Food Sovereignty Alliance to join workers, organizers, community members and allies from 50+ organizations across the country in a national action to demand accountability from “Bid Coal” to workers and their polluted and economically devastated communities.  Below is the...

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This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. One in five children in America lives in poverty. Summer is the time when more children are hungry than at any other time of the year because they are not receiving free school meals during the week. That means that their families have to...

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For Father’s Day we profiled a couple of our favorite guys, WhyHunger’s own (and new dad) Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau and SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick, host of “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick” about how being a father has changed the way they view the world and influenced how they fight for change and...

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