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50 GE-Free Food Activists Visit Shaw's Headquarters
19 Jun 2002
Modified: 20 Jun 2002
olunteers with the Safe Foods Campaign, VT People's Voluntary Labeling Bridgade, Organic Consumers Association, Newton Sustainable Food Committee and Greenpeace converged at Shaw's US headquarters Tuesday to demand an end to Shaw's use of untested GE ingredients.
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olunteers with the Safe Foods Campaign, VT People's Voluntary Labeling Bridgade, Organic Consumers Association, Newton Sustainable Food Committee and Greenpeace converged at Shaw's US headquarters Tuesday to demand an end to Shaw's use of untested GE ingredients.

Volunteers with the Safe Foods Campaign, VT People's Voluntary Labeling Bridgade, Organic Consumers Association, Newton Sustainable Food Committee and Greenpeace converged at Shaw's US headquarters Tuesday to demand an end to Shaw's use of untested GE ingredients. Holding colorful signs and banners, volunteers were greeted by honks of support from passing cars.
Over 1000 postcards were delivered to Shaw's Public Relations head, Bernie Rogen after Boston area activist Margaret Beck asked for a corporate representative to meet with activists. Rogen maintained his canned response regarding Shaw's position on genetically engineered food including the fact that they are not concerned with their double standard policy on genetically engineered food.
Theresa Murphy, a mother of two from Groveland, MA was offended by the comment that she was not considered a real shopper by Shaw's. She noted that having concerns about Shaw's corporate practices should make her a valued customer.
Rogen also stated that customers should direct comments to local store managers, not corporate headquarters. However, many activists in attendance noted that store managers maintain a no-comment position and refer customers to the corporate headquarters' 1-800 number.
"The fact of the matter is that Shaw's does not care what their customers want," noted Christine Caton-McGill of Qunicy, MA. "They're policy on GE foods is to give concerned customers the run-around until they give up in frustration."
Genetically engineered ingredients are now in 70% of processed foods on supermarket shelves. Testing requested by Greenpeace and Clean Water Action in March revealed that 4 out of 5 Shaw's Brand products tested positive for genetically engineered ingredients. In September 2000 Shaw's Brand Taco Shell Dinner was found to contain an illegal variety of genetically engineered corn, known as Starlink. However, surveys of Shaw's stores 6 weeks after a nationwide recall found starlink contaminated products still on the shelves.
"Shaw's is not interested in protecting cusotmer health," remarked Nancy Lopin of the Newton Sustainble Food Committee.
Shaw's current advertising campaign claims "The choice is yours..." at Shaw's.
"...but Shaw's refuses to label the Shaw's Brand products containing genetically engineered ingredients, thus denying their customers the right to choose," observed Adam Appel of the Vermont People's Voluntary Labeling Brigade.
To date activists from across New England have collected and sent in over 16,000 postcards to Shaw's Headquarters calling for non-genetically engineered food. For more information about the campaign visit www.cleanwaterfund.org/safefoods.
See also:
www.cleanwaterfund.org/safefoods
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The Money Problem
20 Jun 2002
It's nice to protest bad things. But Shaws is simply a part of a much larger virus - "our" fraudulant and usurious fractional-reserve banking system.

All corporations (and most people) are controlled by BANKS, particularly the PRIVATE Federal Reserve Bank, which creates debt-money out of nothing (but terrorism).

Wanna get to the source of the problem? Follow the money:

www.ny.frb.org/pihome/orgchart/board

Class A
(elected by member banks to represent member banks)

George W. Hamlin, IV (2002)
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Company

Jill M. Considine (2004)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Depository Trust Company

Sanford I. Weill (2003)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Citigroup Inc.

Class B
(elected by member banks to represent the public)

Ann M. Fudge (2002)
Former Executive Vice President, Kraft Foods, Inc.,
and President, Coffee and Cereal Division

Jerry I. Speyer (2003)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tishman Speyer Properties

Ronay Menschel (2004)
Chairman
Phipps Houses

Class C
(elected by the Board of Governors to represent the public)

Gerald M. Levin (2003) DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
Chief Executive Officer
AOL Time Warner Inc.

Peter G. Peterson (2004) CHAIRMAN
Chairman
The Blackstone Group

Albert J. Simone (2002)
President
Rochester Institute of Technology
See also:
egroups.com/group/jpchance/links/Treasury_000993420879
Who Elected This Guy?
20 Jun 2002
The Group of Thirty?

William J. McDonough was appointed the eighth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on July 19, 1993. In that capacity, he serves as the vice chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the group responsible for formulating the nation's monetary policy. Mr. McDonough also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements and chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Mr. McDonough joined the New York Fed in January 1992 as executive vice president, head of the bank's markets group, and the manager of open market operations for the FOMC.

Mr. McDonough, 68, retired from First Chicago Corp. and its bank, First National Bank of Chicago, in 1989 after a 22-year career there. He was vice chairman of the board and a director of the bank holding company from 1986 until his retirement. Before joining the New York Fed, Mr. McDonough served as an advisor to a variety of domestic and international organizations.

Prior to his career with First Chicago, Mr. McDonough was with the U.S. State Department from 1961 to 1967 and the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1961.

Mr. McDonough earned a master's degree in economics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1962, and a bachelor's degree, also in economics, from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., in 1956.

Mr. McDonough is a member of the board of directors of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Foreign Policy Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for International Economics, and a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, Mr. McDonough is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Group of Thirty.

Mr. McDonough is married and lives in New York City.

www.ny.frb.org/pihome/orgchart/mcdonough.html
See also:
egroups.com/group/jpchance/links/Treasury_000993420879