Independent congressional candidate Marianne Williamson will hold what her campaign bills as an issues forum on "Food and Health in the Age of GMOs" tonight in Santa Monica.
Williamson will be joined at the 7:30 p.m. event at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1260 18th St., by former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, his wife, Elizabeth, a food safety activist, and author John Robbins.
Robbins will discuss food safety, the effects of genetically modified organisms on the food supply and the need for sustainable local food systems as a way to improve access to healthy food, according to the Williamson campaign.
The speakers will field questions following the discussion.
"Food and health are very important issues to people in District 33," Williamson said. "The use of GMOs, pesticides and other chemicals are corrupting our food supply. It is making people in our country sick with diseases, cancers as well as creating obesity."
Williamson said if elected she would support legislation requiring the labeling of GMOs "and move to banning them all together." Williamson said she would also support banning "the use of poisonous chemicals and pesticides on our food supply and soil."
"Food and health is critical to the sustainability of our earth," Williamson said. "How can we have a healthy society if the food we eat is corrupted?"
The campaign is holding a forum on the subject because Williamson "wants this campaign to be an opportunity for everyone involved to step up their game politically" and so her supporters "can be more educated about the issues that are central to her campaign," press secretary Ileana Wachtel told City News Service.
The Kuciniches endorsed Williamson on Thursday.
"Marianne is needed in Congress," said Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio representative who lost a primary in 2012. "She will stand for peace, civil liberties and sustainable policies on issues ranging from food to the economy."
--City News Service