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GMO-Right to Know . . . and “Soap-Foaming Firetruck”!

October 12, 2011

This is what democracy looks like?

A foam-shooting fire truck will buttress the arguments of pure food advocates Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Maryland Institute College of Art, according to a press release from the organizers of a 313-mile “march” and rally calling for the labeling of genetically-modified foods.

“It was great to talk to you today. The Right2Know March for GMO food labeling will have two Baltimore events (soap foaming fire truck to be at both of them). The first event is tomorrow [Today, actually] at MOM’s Organic Market, 20 W. Ridgely Road, Timonium, MD from 1-4pm,” according to an emailed note from Ariel Vegosen, who called the paper yesterday to remind us of this event. “The second event is on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD. We will also stop along the way on Oct. 13 at 10am at OK Natural Foods, 11 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD. I look forward to City Paper coverage. Below is more information.”

When Vegosen called, and in her press release itself, the presence of this fire truck, owned and operated by the folks who bring us Dr. Bronner’s minty (now “magic”) Castile soap (you know, that All-One! stuff in your camping pack they say you can both brush your teeth and wash your nether regions with) was rather obscure. I suggested that soap-foaming fire truck should visit with all speed any Occupy . . . movement locations available, and Vegosen readily promised it would. The reason for this truck’s existence and its connection to the issue at hand is somewhat uncertain, however. The Bronner family/company web site explains that certain of Dr. Bronner’s progeny invented anti-fire foams and then, for some reason, did this “Ark” thing, which . . . well, you figure it out.

Anyway, foam fight!

Also, the idea that organisms that have been genetically engineered or modified ought to be labeled all the way through to their final food products has some strong backing from a pretty sizable segment of the back-to-nature folks. The forces arrayed against it are just who you’d suppose.

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