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CALL TO ACTION - STOP GE FORESTS, FOOD, AND FISH!

Currently, Sacramento is the most important destination for anyone
concerned about genetically engineered trees, foods, and fish, the
rights of small farmers, and the environment and biotech companies
controlling and commidifying the world's forests and food supply.
CALL TO ACTION - STOP GE FORESTS, FOOD, AND FISH!


JUNE 20-25, 2003- SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the US State
Department have invited Ministers of Trade, Agriculture, and Health
from 180 nations to a Ministerial Conference and Expo On Agricultural
Science and Technology.

Currently, Sacramento is the most important destination for anyone
concerned about genetically engineered trees, foods, and fish, the
rights of small farmers, and the environment and biotech companies
controlling and commidifying the world's forests and food supply.
Though not a WTO sanctioned ministerial, Sacramento is a vital step
for government and industry to reach agreements prior to the WTO
Cancun Minsterial in September. The conference will take place in
downtown Sacramento from June 23-25, 2003.

Neither the Conference nor the Expo is open to the general public. In
response to these closed discussions of our forests and food supply,
a broad coalition of community organizations from Northern
California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and elsewhere, have come
together to organize an alternative convention in the streets of
Sacramento.

COME TO SACRAMENTO

The Sacramento Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture is organizing a
response to the Conference and Expo. Events in Sacramento will
include a public demonstration and march, media events, street
theater, public education forums and literature, and non-violent
direct actions. The Sacramento Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture
is made up of organic farmers, family farmers,
commercial/recreational fishers, environmentalists, labor, religious,
and environmental/economic/social justice groups.

We encourage everyone who is concerned about the corporate control
and commodification of life to join our network and/or organize
actions leading up to June 23-25. Our intent is to non-violently
confront the government and corporate entities that control our
forests, fish, and food supply with an alternative to their
destructive, self-serving practices. People and ecosystems worldwide
already suffer the health, environmental and economic effects of
industrial forestry, agriculture and fishing. The same unaccountable
global corporations which, in their relentless quest for bigger and
bigger profits, brought us the Roundup Ready and Terminator seeds,
the toxicity of Love Canal, the 30,000+ causalities of Bhopal and the
ecological catastrophe of the Exxon Valdez are now claiming to be on
a quest to rid the world of hunger.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Seize this opportunity to demand safe, sustainable forestry,
agriculture, fishing, the rights of farmers to practice the
time-tested traditional methods of their forebears, and non-toxic,
naturally grown food for every woman, man and child on the planet.
Come to Sacramento this June to join this festival of resistance. If
you want more information or to get involved email:
info (at) sacmobilization.org or call (916)-497-1111 or visit
_www.sacmobilization.org
In the Northeast U.S., contact ASEJ @ 802-863-0571 or email <gaaget (at) gaaget.org.


Brad Hash
G.E. Tree Campaign
ASEJ
Action for Social and Ecological Justice
P.O. Box 57 Burlington,VT 05402 USA
ph: (802) 863-0571
fax: (802) 864-8203
 
 


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