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G.M.No!! Genetically Modified Democracy


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This week’s program is part of What the Fork, a collaboration between Making Contact, Center for Media and Democracy/The Progressive Magazine, ALEC-Exposed and Food Democracy Now. 

Click here to go to the full project site.


More than 60 countries either ban or require labeling on GMO foods; the US is not one of them. As GMO regulation moves to a local level, frustrated consumers and farmers are pushing for state or county regulations, but the seed and pesticide companies are fighting back.

Today, we bring you a special episode investigating corporate control of our dinner plates and our democracy.

What The Fork is funded by the generous support of The Voqal Fund and listeners like you.


  • Rebecca Wilce, Progressive and ALEC Exposed reporter
  • Marcia Ishii-Eieman, Pesticide Action Network senior scientist
  • Don Tipping, Seven Seeds Farm owner
  • Chris Hardy, Rogue valley farmer, Oregon
  • Elise Higley, Our Family Farms Coalition leader
  • Magdeleno Rose-Avila, Yes on 15-119 volunteer, Oregon
  • Barry Bushue, American Farm Bureau vice president
  • Klayton Kubo, Kauai citizen
  • Gary Hooser, Kauai County Council member
  • Dr. Judy Shabert, Harvard Physician
  • Chris Broussard, Whinney Hee, James Masey, concerned Kauai residents
  • Dean Okimoro, Farm Bureau Association president
  • David Louie, Hawaii Attorney General
  • Harry Stalford & Willow Coberly, Stalford Seed Farms farmers

Growing list of articles and videos for more info:

Pesticide and GMO Companies Spend Big In Hawai’i

Oregon’s Jackson County Votes Today on Whether to Ban Transgenic Crops

Host/Producer: Andrew Stelzer

Producers: Laura Flynn, George Lavender, Jasmin Lopez

Contributing Producers: Barbara Bernstein, Elaine Velazquez, James Trimarco

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Digital Content and Community Engagement  Manager: Kwan Booth

Intern: Luna Gallegos and Community Storytelling Fellow: Lateef McLeod

What The Fork!?! Corporations and Democracy,” is a collaborative media effort investigating corporate control of our dinner plates and our democracy. The articles and radio segments are the combined work of Making ContactThe Progressive, the Center for Media and Democracy (publisher of, and Food Democracy Now, along with reporting from Earth Island JournalGrist, and Cascadia Times. Reporting has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Voqal Fund. Read stories and more at, and follow #wtfcorps and #BigAg on Twitter and Facebook.


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