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August 14th, 2013
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2013-08-14 Hour 3 Andrea Garcia
Teaching about GMO's to 8th Graders
GMO A Go Go!:
I taught at Kyrene middle school in Tempe to about 20 kids (8th graders) all about 13. Amelia Morris, a little girl we took to the March against Monsanto rally in Tempe, asked her teacher if I could speak. Hat tip to Amelia for being an activist!I showed them a cartoon called GMO A Go Go which, although a bit deep, was great. One question was an African American kid who asked why some people were Black and others white and if we cared about Black people starving in Africa (after he saw Rachel Parent's interview and the question of starving children in Africa came up). Wouldn't we want GMO's to feed more people? I said if GMO's were so great and we have so much food here in the USA, why do we have more cancer and women here have higher infertility rates and have more cancer and disease? One kid mentioned he was from Brazil and the question of coffee farmers came up. Of course, one kid asked if his coffee was "Colombian GMO" .
One girl told me about her brother and diabetes who went into a coma and how they are trying a better diet for their family to change his disease.
This kid, though, was the shining star! I asked her "HOW do you know whats in your food? Is it labeled?" and another kid says "The government would tell us if it was unsafe" I said "Well, government tells us cigarettes are bad and they are, right? But during WW2 and Vietnam, they gave soldiers cartons of cigarettes when everybody, including the government, thought they were safe, too". So with a stone cold face, the girl retorts with a question to me. "But wait, are you saying the Government doesn't care about us or our food?" And that's when I realized a long journey of activism had come to fruition. Dissent in the 8th grade mind.
We also discussed 3 things they can do to change society and their future. One was to be responsible for your own life and body and choices. Educate your friends on better choices and when you're able, grow your own food or help pull weeds and stop using Round Up. (They came up with some of these through questions they asked). Another funny kid asked if Ligers (A lion and tiger bred together) were the same as a GMO's. I replied, "not unless they are making a billion dollars on them". I also explained as good scientists, they must always have thorough research and if labs are owned by Biotech companies, then how can the research be legitimate? They love the term "Seems Legit", so we used it a few times.
Andrea Garcia at the Arizona Breakfast Club - April 6, 2013 (on Agenda 21):
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