“Just say no to GMOs!”
hey, there — whatcha eating? Chips? Did you know that over 90% of all corn grown in the USA is genetically modified?
The 1st quarter CAP class’s Action Project, GMOs, taught them this, and many other startling facts about the nation’s Genetically Engineered food. It also taught them to be pay attention to the food they choose to eat. For their action project week students:
- Evaluated the contents of the vending machine.
- Had a GMO free bake sale.
- Did an awareness raising power point presentation for the school.
- And Hosted a GMO-free lunch for the school to raise awareness.
Students were inspired to pick GMO’s as their topic when they learned that Boulder County Commissioners are trying to decide whether to allow genetically modified sugar beets to grow on Open Space Land. The commissioners will make a decision soon and hope also to create an overarching policy for GMOs in Boulder County.
Other awesome highlights from the week: during their vending machine audit, students found that many items being sold probably contained genetically modified ingredients, it’s impossible to say for sure because in the United States companies are not required to label products which contain GMOs, unlike Europe, on Wednesday. students dressed up as creatures negatively affected by GMOs and presented to the school about what they had learned during Community Gathering; Thursday’s GMO free lunch was a hit!
There were some challenges however. “It’s a really complex issue,” said one student. “It was hard to make it [Action Project Week] fun for people and educational.”
Students say, it was also a struggle get started and definitively plan out all the details to make a good Action Project. However, students said, “this class worked really well together,” and over the space of 9 weeks all made some solid friendships and learned a great deal about a pressing local environmental issue.
Great work, CAP class!
"Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world."
"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
-John F. Kennedy
"Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
"When a man throws and empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable for a fine of 50$. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded."
-Pat Brown, Quoted in David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising, 1985
"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew."
"The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves."
"We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope."
"Washing ones hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes