Behind the ‘economics of sustainability’

Posted on August 4, 2015 by Sonoma Valley Sun


Andrew Kimbrell is happy to share the dirty secret of the biotech industry. “After 30, GM foods haven’t done anything for consumers,” said the author and environmental attorney. “No better taste, no more nutrition, zero benefits, and potential risks. No one gets up in the morning saying they want to eat genetically engineered foods.”

Kimbrell, founder and Executive Director of Center for Food Safety, will speak on “The Economics of Sustainability” on Sunday, August 9, 1 p.m. at Murphy’s Irish Pub.

Kimbrell has served as a leading public interest attorney in the fight to protect the environment, using legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, market pressure, and grassroots campaigns to curb the use of harmful food production techniques.

“The FDA has placed the interest of a handful of biotechnology companies ahead of their responsibility to protect public health,” he said. “By failing to 
require testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods, the agency 
has made consumers unknowing guinea pigs.”

The event is produced by the Praxis Peace Institute, whose director, Georgia Kelly, says that, “Kimbrell, drawing the connections between economic beliefs and climate policy, lays out a logical, compelling, and moral approach to the environmental challenges we face today.”

As an attorney, Kimbrell has successfully challenged federal agencies in several historic court cases. He initiated the court challenge that resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court victory forcing, for the first time, EPA regulation of greenhouse gases and their impact on climate change. His many book title include “Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food” and “Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture.”

Tickets are $10, and free to Paxis members. A no-host lunch is part of the 1 p.m. event, at 464 First St. E.

One thought on “Behind the ‘economics of sustainability’

  1. he may be logical, compelling and moral but he’s flat out wrong or lying. The reduction of higher toxicity herbicides and insecticides in gm corn over the last 30 years would be illuminating to any reasonable person. Unless of course they would have converted all that acreage to organic production. Of course, then there wouldn’t be enough corn to make corn chips for our guacamole but who’s actually thinking that through.

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