Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Cross-country drive aims to show there’s something ‘fishy’ about GMOs | The Salt Lake Tribune:
By Matthew Piper
| The Salt Lake TribuneFirst Published Aug 13 2013 04:18 pm • Updated 4 hours ago
"Nineteen activists who oppose genetically engineered (GMO) foods brought their Fishy Food fleet to Library Square on Tuesday morning, drawing a handful of local activists and curious looks from passersby. The group, formerly known as Occupy Monsanto, is on a 3,300-mile cross-country tour from Washington, D.C., to Seattle to deliver the cars at Seattle Hempfest and support Washington state’s Initiative 522 to mandate labeling of GMOs."
Apparently, there’s no real trick to driving with a 4-foot-tall apple-fish on your roof. Just be wary of drive-by photographers.
Activist Nikolas Schiller drives Goldie, a Ford coupe that carries piggyback a cartoon sculpture made from welded steel, chicken wire, paper, fiberglass and glaze. The extra weight restricts gas mileage, but Schiller says Goldie’s got a bigger problem than her road readiness. Goldie is "fishy," like the genetically manipulated "Arctic Apple" that never browns and is currently awaiting USDA approval.
Many in the group were anxious to meet Farmington resident Tami Canal, 31, who organized the international March Against Monsanto in May. Canal credits her daughters Jenna, 7, and Charlotte, 20, for inspiring her to take a stand against GMOs, and said she’d join Occupy Monsanto on the cross-country tour if she didn’t have to take care of her kids.
"I think these people are warriors," Canal says. "I think it’s incredible what they’re doing. They’re sacrificing comfort and being away from their own families to spread this awareness."
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