SOS Food at the Sixth
Street Community Center
Community volunteers and community supported agriculture
(CSA) members joined forces in 1998 to form the "food safety
arm" of the Sixth Street Community Center . SOS Food was formed
in response to a proposal by the United States Department of Agriculture
to allow organic farming to use irradiation,
farming, and other unsustainable and dangerous methods of farming.
Outside the Center, 6th St. between B&C
Many groups including SOS Food joined together
and organized successfully and defeated the USDA's proposal. Genetic
engineering, which poses an extremely serious threat to the world's
food supply as well as our health, is the issue on which SOS Food
places the majority of its focus. In general, the organization concentrates
on issues involving conventional agriculture.
Inside the Center
Their current campaigns include a letter writing
campaign to try to alert local restaurants to the threat of genetically
engineered fish and to try to persuade these restaurants to sign
a contract saying that they will not use GE fish in their establishments.
SOS Food is also campaigning for supermarkets to at least label
GE foods, although ideally the supermarkets would ban the selling
of GE foods at their stores.
Howard, the director, with a CSA member
The bar in the Yoga room at the Center