Press Release 18 October 2022
Consumers Union of Japan
No! GMO Campaign
You are invited to participate in the action TABEKIME Campaign 2022:
We, together with family farmers, small farmers’ groups and citizens’ groups around the world, have been opposing the domination of food by multinational corporations. We will promote the TABEKIME Campaign, an abbreviation for “We decide what we eat ourselves,” which was very popular last year, starting from World Food Day this year.
World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October, as designated by the United Nations.
Eating is the basis of life. Despite this, many people around the world are suffering from hunger, even though a lot of food is produced. The biggest reason for this is the domination of food by multinational corporations and the uneven distribution of food in developed countries. Currently, the multinational corporations that control food are represented by agrochemical companies that develop genetically engineered crops and other products.
The company that has long reigned at the center of this domination has been the U.S. company Monsanto. For this reason, citizens around the world have been marking this day as Anti-Monsanto Day. Monsanto has now been absorbed by Bayer AG of Germany.
The campaign, Millions against Monsanto has now become Billions against Bayer.
New genome-editing technology foods have also been introduced here in Japan by local companies. We are very concerned that such efforts contradict the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Codex Alimentarius rules regarding food safety.
We are launching the TABEKIME Campaign again this year, in order to assert that we decide what we eat, not what is forced upon us by the multinational corporations. The way to participate is simple. We hope you will join us and appeal to the world.
Click here to find out how you can participate in our TABEKIME Campaign:
We are using the following hashtags in solidarity with our colleagues who resist the domination of food by multinational corporations abroad:
Consumers Union of Japan
Consumers Union of Japan (CUJ) is a politically and financially independent non-governmental organization. CUJ is funded by membership fees, sales of its publications and donations. CUJ was founded in April 1969 as Japan’s first nationwide grassroots consumer organization.
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