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Anti-GMO Activists Launch Fishy Art Car Campaign

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Fishy Art Cars set to launch anti-GMO campaign on August 5th reports Arin Greenwood at the Huffington Post:

On August fish — sorry, make that August 5th — anti-GMO activists will be launching a nationwide demonstration with a visual punch.
fish tomato car
Part of that punch is a car topped by a fish tomato sculpture, nicknamed Fishy Tomato, a reference to the much-vilified DNA Plant Technology hybrid that mixed a tomato with genetic material from the Arctic flounder. (The hope was that this twist would help the tomatoes be more durable, to stay mush-free longer. What they became is iconic to activists who favor restrictions on the production and sale of genetically modified food.)
Eighteen activists in six art cars, including Fishy Tomato (above), each affixed with a fish-mix sculpture — fish apple, fish soy, fish wheat, and so on — will travel from D.C. to Seattle’s Hempfest, with many stops in between, including one at the Missouri headquarters of Monsanto, a biotech company, for an overnight camping protest.
 Organizer Adam Eidinger told The Huffington Post that the purpose of the demonstration is to show support for an upcoming Washington state referendum on GMO labeling and to have “at least a million” people see the cars.
It’s still not clear what the results will be — as much as some support regulation of tomatoes mixed with Arctic flounder genes, there are those who say such activists are anti-science fearmongers.
Either way, it’s bound to be a colorful journey — and one with a lot of pit stops. Eidinger said that the art cars, while making a strong message, only get about 11 miles to the gallon.

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products early in life - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in her cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

One thought on “Anti-GMO Activists Launch Fishy Art Car Campaign

  1. Pingback: Art is Activism for New Fishy Food Cars | March Against Monsanto ~ Denver

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