Holding Monsanto to Ethical Guidelines on Genetically Modified Food? And the Power of Peacemaking

03/19/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about genetically modified food and an effort to pressure one of the largest makers of genetically modified food to act ethically. Later we’ll talk with an Atlanta minister who is coming to USF St. Petersburg tomorrow to conduct a dialogue on the efficacy of non-violence…..

Our first guest is Nate Walker who is a Unitarian minister in Philadelphia….

Since November 2009, Walker has been engaged in trying to get a giant multi-national corporation to act ethically. Walker has engaged the Monsanto Corporation in a public dialogue with (the $44 billion multinational public corporation) that has been one of the chief purveyors of genetically modified seeds.

At Monsanto’s invitation, he flew to the company’s St. Louis headquarters, toured its facilities, and met with executives and scientists. He attended Monsanto’s annual meeting and has brainstormed about ethical food production with religious leaders from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.

Walker’s goal is to inspire Monsanto to adopt a sort of Hippocratic Oath, akin to a doctor’s pledge to “do no harm.”

FMI Nate Walker

Our next guest is Dr. Lawrence Carter, Dean of the Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He’s be speaking tomorrow on the USF St. Petersburg campus on the topic of non-violence.

Tomorrow at USF St. Petersburg a traveling exhibit on peace and non-violence will open at Harbor Hall. The exhibit runs March 20-29 and is the centerpiece of USF St. Pete’s first International Week, which will include events for students, faculty and staff as well as the general public. The exhibit features photos, quotations and information about Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, a world renowned Buddhist leader from Japan. The exhibit was created by Morehouse College under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King International Chapel.

Recently I spoke with him about the role of non-violence today.


Dr. Carter will host a dialogue on “The Efficacy of Non-Violence in the 21st Century” at 2 p.m. in the gallery that same day (March 20). The exhibit and the talk are free and open to the public.

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