(Speech by Farid A. Khavari at the March against Monsanto, Miami, May 24, 2014)
I have good news. There is a lot we can do to fight GMO right here in Florida. In fact, we have a huge opportunity to solve this problem in Florida, and to beat Monsanto and the GMO gangsters at their own game.
Folks, I am an economist. I see solving our biggest problems as opportunities to create jobs. The GMO food problem in America is an opportunity to create 200,000 good permanent jobs throughout Florida, at no cost to taxpayers.
Here is how this works for GMO.
People all over America are hungry for non-GMO foods, but there aren't many options at the supermarket.
In Florida we have vast areas of land that haven't been contaminated by GMO crops. We have a year-round growing season.
We can even make organic fertilizer from the algae that we can use to clean the runoff water flowing into our Everglades and rivers and estuaries. You can learn about that on our website.
Florida can lead the nation, and feed the nation--with non-GMO, organic foods, livestock and poultry grown by Floridians earning a living wage. We can process this food in Florida and sell it all over America, and even export to other countries.
People will pay a little more for certified non-GMO foods, and that will allow people to earn good wages for doing this important work.
We can get this ball rolling in Florida without spending taxpayer money. What we need is a governor to provide leadership, not just try to give away our tax dollars. We need a governor who will publicize and promote non-GMO foods from Florida, and organize demand across America for "Florida Non-GMO".
By the way, did I mention that I'm running for governor?
Now, of course we need GMO labeling in Florida. But the gangsters will fight it every step of the way. If GMO is so good for us, why do they pay so much to hide it?
Monsanto alone spent over $8 million to defeat GMO labeling in California. But now Vermont and Maine stood up against big money and passed GMO-labeling laws. We can do the same in Florida.
However long it takes to get GMO labeling, we can have NON-GMO labeling right now. We just need the NON-GMO products to label! Even the GMO gangsters can't fight NON-GMO labeling. When more NON-GMO foods are available, demand for GMO products will decline.
As for GMO labeling, can put pressure on our state legislature and hope that something will happen in 2015, but we all know that Monsanto and friends can just spread around a few dollars and buy the right lapdogs to block it. So we need to use Direct Democracy. I will support and personally promote any ballot initiative on GMO labeling, so the people can do the job if the legislature won't.