The Organic Consumers Association has fought the use of genetic engineering in food production since our founding in 1998.
But, in recent years, experiments in genetic engineering have spread to other areas, specifically medical research and warfare—and this too has serious implications for our health and wellbeing.
As co-founder Ronnie Cummins explained in his discussion with biological warfare epidemiologist Dr. Meryl Nass (watch the video here), as an anti-genetic-engineering campaigner whose work predated Monsanto’s launch of GMOs for agriculture, the first concern about this technology was that recombinant DNA experiments “might accidentally create a dangerous new pathogen.”
Is this what caused the COVID-19 pandemic?
In her conversation with Ronnie, Dr. Nass articulated why she felt this must be investigated. Nass is one of the medical doctors who’s joined a movement of scientists, lawyers and policy experts who agree that:
“the growing controversy over whether the SARs-CoV-2 virus arose out of gain-of-function experiments that escaped from a biodefense/biomedical lab in Wuhan, China, or whether the virus arose ‘naturally’ from animal-to-human transmission, is an important and crucial topic for debate and resolution.”
OCA has been at the forefront of questioning the origins of the virus and exposing the risky gain-of-function research that we believe has led to its emergence. For some time we’ve been a lone voice, but now the need to know is gaining real momentum as others join the call for greater transparency.
At the end of September, the Lancet Covid-19 Commission issued a statement saying it was “extremely important that the research into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 should proceed … in a scientific and objective way that is unhindered by geopolitical agendas and misinformation.”
But then it announcement that EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak—a man who has gone on record saying that the idea that SARS-CoV-2 came from a lab is “preposterous,” “baseless,” “crackpot,” “conspiracy theories” and “pure baloney”—had been chosen to lead the Task Force that will examine the possibility of a laboratory lead.
It’s not good enough.
This week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his colleagues at Children’s Health Defense sent a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives demanding a Congressional investigation into the origins of COVID-19. With 52 citations to scientific articles, the letter explains:
“COVID-19 first broke out in the city of Wuhan, in the shadow of the world’s leading coronavirus research lab, but the communist Chinese government originally labeled a neighboring wet market as the point of origin of the virus. Investigations have shown that the virus started in the province as early as November 17th and that the market was only an early super spreader event. The Huanan market in Wuhan is very far from the Yunnan province caves where similar coronaviruses were found but it is only a few miles from the Wuhan Institute of Virology which was performing coronavirus research on SARS-like viruses.”
If you agree that Congress must solve this mystery, you can take action here.
If you don’t want to wait until Congress acts, you can support U.S. Right to Know’s investigation. A team led by staff scientist Sainath Suryanarayanan is submitting public records requests of public institutions in an effort to discover what is known about the origins of the novel coronavirus. USRTK says it is:
“concerned that data that is crucial to public health policy about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and the hazards of biosafety laboratories and gain-of-function research, may be hidden within biodefense networks of the national security apparatuses of the United States, China and elsewhere.”
We believe there is strength in numbers and that with every group or individual who demands the truth we get closer to finding it.
Alexis Baden-Mayer is OCA’s political director.
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