In honor of Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico, our Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos team in Mexico published an open letter to the Pope, asking the religious leader to continue to speak out about the failures of industrial agriculture.
The letter, signed by environmental, farming, natural health, religious and indigenous groups, said in part:
We share your conviction that everything in the world is connected, and that to seek ‘only a technical remedy to each environmental problem which comes up is to separate what is in reality interconnected and to mask the true and deepest problems of the global system.
There is a solution to food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss. We must opt for regenerative organic agriculture. The urgency of this problem demands that we join forces and work together to achieve change. We thank you for your courage and your commitment to the world’s poorest, and we accept your challenge to approach these complex crises by seeking solutions that not only protect nature, but also combat poverty and restore dignity to the excluded.
Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos has been working in Mexico and Latin America for more than a decade. Through our Millones Contra Monsanto Campaign, and through our work with allies in other organizations, including Semillas de Vida, GreenPeace Mexico, Consumers International and the organic community in Latin America, we have mobilized hundreds of thousands of consumers, farmers and activists to block the use of GMO corn in Mexico and stand-up against the profiteering and toxic trade promoted by the likes of Monsanto, Maseca, Coca-Cola and Walmart.