Why Genetically Engineered Foods Should be Labeled: Gary Hirshberg at TEDxManhattan 2013

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Gary Hirshberg is Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, with organic brands in Ireland, and France. Gary serves on several corporate and non-profit boards including Applegate Farms, Honest Tea, Peak Organic Brewing, Late July, The Full Yield, SweetGreen, RAMp Sports, Glenisk, the Danone Communities Fund and the Danone Livelihoods Fund. He is the Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Chelsea’s Table Cafés, a natural and organic fast casual restaurant firm. In 2011, President Obama appointed Gary to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is a Co-Chair of AGree, an agricultural policy initiative formed by the Ford, Gates, Kellogg, Rockefeller, Walton and other leading foundations. He is Chairman and a founding Partner of Just Label It, We Have the Right to Know, the national campaign to label genetically engineered foods, and is co-author of Label It Now — What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Foods. He is the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World.

Gary has received nine honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA.
Previously, he was the Founder of Climate Counts, Director of the Rural Education Center, the small organic farming school from which Stonyfield was spawned and Executive Director of The New Alchemy Institute — a research and education center dedicated to organic farming, aquaculture, and renewable energy. Before that he was a water-pumping windmill specialist and an environmental education director with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He also authored books on wind-power and organic gardening.

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  1. A quote by Ken Roseboro: “The introduction of genetically modified crops
    has corresponded with increasing monopolization of seed by biotechnology
    companies and higher seed costs that have led to tragedies in some
    countries, while pushing out conventional, non-GMO seeds, and reducing
    farmer seed choices. These impacts are being seen in the United States,
    Brazil, India, the Philippines, and South Africa, and even Europe.

  2. Apparently this will be the only guy TED talks allows to talk about GMOs –
    it’s now another BANNED TOPIC with these folks……so
    sad………………They have now banned talks on GMOs, ALTERNATIVE
    HEALTH, FOOD AS MEDICINE/ DIETARY CHANGES to help autustic children, ADHD
    in children, allergies……………etc. TED is sickening,

  3. When you look on a package of frozen peas, does the label state what
    variety, (genetic variation), of peas is in the package? No. So why are you
    expecting anything different to happen now? If you understand genetic
    engineering it is just a change in agricultural procedures that is
    happening, as opposed to parthenocarpy, hybridization, etc., so why has
    this method created so much fear, other than that for some reason organic
    agricutlural methods are feeling fear at the introduction of this new
    method. If you aren’t insisting that your carrots be “nantes”, or your peas
    are “little marvel,” please explain to me why you suddenly need to know
    when it comes to this method of production? What, exactly, do you think the
    difference is?

  4. >world’s leading organic yogurt producer

    No way he would benefit from labeling GMOs to potentially scare consumers

  5. So much derp in one talk. This is pathetic. He spews every single lie from
    the Big Organic marketing machine.

    This person stands to personally profit from demonizing a perfectly safe
    and well understood technology.

  6. Non gmo food producers have something to be proud of so they should put
    big, obvious NON – GMO labels on their products. Lots of folks young and
    old have bad eyesight these days and really need to find the higher
    nutrition NON – GMO very easily. This will no doubt give our freedom of
    choice back to us and boost NON – GMO sales to boot ! PROBLEM SOLVED !!!!!!

  7. Doesn’t really matter if they label them or not, the labeling is just to
    shut us up, as they go about putting crap in our foods! So exhausted…
    So sick down to the soul of all this… Sick of hearing people say “Eat
    Organic”, “Eat Natural Foods”… Look people, God didn’t create anything
    that’s not organic and that’s not natural, they only tell us it’s organic
    to hide what’s not organic, they only tell us something is natural when
    they want to hide what isn’t natural… A lot of people are awake, but even
    being awake, there’s nothing WE can do about it, because we do not control
    what’s on the shelves of the stores we buy food from. America, and all
    around the world, we are being pitting against each other, while at the top
    their stealing the wealth and health of our collective Nations, so they can
    destroy us, depopulate us, make us sick, as they collect money in doing
    so… Media and news is joke, and at this point in my life, the only one I
    trust is Jesus Christ, because this is bigger than all of us! It’s all a
    big show, they are going to do what they want to do! This is not a Jewish
    Agenda, it’s not a Russian Agenda, it’s a Luciferian Agenda, and everyone
    is invited to the part, there’s no racism in this club. There’s only one
    path to Eternal Life, and that’s Jesus Christ, the problem with not
    accepting Christ, is that you are free to accept everything else which
    leads to Eternal Damnation.