Mom Uses Triple Platinum Singing Voice to Raise Awareness About GMOs
Le'Shaun Courtney Williams, former singer with LL Cool J, with adult children Bri'Anna and Isaiah in DC.
Le'Shaun came all the way from Las Vegas, NV to the Food Justice Rally in DC in October 2015. She spoke out on the stage for her state's Senator to say NO to the Dark Act and YES to 511 FOR mandatory GMO labeling.
I am particularly glad she is taking a stand because the statistics for the Black and Hispanic communities are worse than other races. More Black and Hispanic children have both diabetes and obesity than other races. In some Black and Hispanic communities pediatricians report 90% of children with obesity, most with other conditions such as allergies, autism, asthma, auto immune or mental disorders as well. We hope this blog reached the Black and Hispanic communities and alerts everyone, of all races, to the injustices befalling our children.
Here is her story and request to the Black and Hispanic Community:Read more
The announcement was made at a press conference held in conjunction with the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change,, in Paris.
“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment. We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100-200,000 year evolution—global warming and climate disruption. Why is there so much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and not enough carbon organic matter in the soil? Corporate agribusiness, industrial forestry, the garbage and sewage industry and agricultural biotechnology have literally killed the climate-stabilizing, carbon-sink capacity of the Earth's living soil.” - Ronnie Cummins, international director of the OCA (US) and Via Organica (Mexico), and member of the RI Steering Committee.
Yesterday shared a very important, potentially life altering conversation with Dr. Zach Bush from Restore with our supporters.
We hope you will share it with the world.
Dr.Zach Bush clearly describes the impact of toxins on our gut health and what we can do about it!
We are committed to make a difference in what is happening in our country and improve health in our communities.
We are in a health crisis. 1 out of 2 of our children have a chronic illness. 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women are expected to get cancer in America. This not okay with us mothers and we are committed to turn this health crisis around. And we CAN!
Did you know that if your child has multiple allergies, rashes or even just irritability and learning focus challenges, that could indicate they have leaky gut? That means small holes in your child's small intestines are leaking unprocessed food and potentially medications into their blood stream and causing havoc in the immune system.
Did you know that Glyphosate (Roundup) weed killer sprayed on GMOs and non organic food, is allowed on 160 of our foods by the EPA at levels far above that which has shown to destroy gut bacteria? The gut bacteria is the stronghold of our immune system and is where Tryptophan is stored and made. Without Tryptophan our bodies cannot make Serotonin or Melatonin which regulate insulin, (diabetes) mental processing and illness, feeling satiated (obesity), bi polar and even acts of violence.
Glyphosate has been found in the majority of our environment and food: rain, tap water, air, streams and even in our cereal, honey, breast milk and cotton products. It is almost impossible to avoid.
Did you know that glyphosate can break down the blood brain barrier, allowing toxins into the brain such as chemical off gassing from fire retardent on pajamas, sofas and toxins in vaccines?
Did you know that glyphosate destroys the tight junctions of blood vessels, hampering the flow of nutrients to bones and organs, leading to osteoporosis, arthritis and more?
GUT HEALTH is essential to avoid the majority of illness, disorders and cancer!
This earth derived product, Restore, discussed in this eye opening video, has been clinically tested and shown to restore the tight junctions of the git, build resistance of the cell walls to glyphosate and support overall gut and immune system health.
I was skeptical at first but when I learned how it works I knew this could reduce my anxiety, protect my family from exposure to the world's most widely used herbicide (that does not wash or cook off food) and potentially improve their health dramatically.
We are thrilled to offer Restore and Active H2 (reduces inflammation which can lead to disease) on our new webstore!
|We are grateful to the great team at Restore who is supporting Moms Across America by making it possible for the majority of the sales from our store to go directly to our non profit programs and educational outreach. We hope you will find good health and spread awareness around the world so we can all have healthy and prosperous futures for the generations to come.|
Wishing you Good Health and Happiness!
Zen Honeycutt and MAA Team
Moms Across America, March Against Monsanto and Food Justice Team, Organic Consumers Association, Food Democracy Now, Truth in Labeling Coalition, lawyer Steven Druker, Anthony Gucciardi, Dr. Group, activists leaders from at least 12 states and supporters of mandatory GMO labeling descended upon Washington DC on October 16th, 2015 just days before the Ag Committee hearing on Oct 21,2015.
The EPA refused to meet with Zen Honeycutt and Moms Across America.
Zen made calls to action outside of the White House, to call the EPA 703-308-8187 to revoke the license of glyphosate (80% of GMOs are engineered to withstand glyphosate) and to call our Senators 202-224-3121 and demand GMO labeling.
Amber came from WA and Happel came from MD. Steven Druker of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth"
Zen, Tami Canal Monroe of MAM and Amber of MAA Zen receives Food Advocacy Award from Food Justice Team
Outside of the White House
Outside of Monsanto
The Light Brigade light up the night with TRUTH.
Our voices were some of the last heard before the bio tech meeting which was supposed to be an unbiased discussion about labeling and the safety of GMOs.
It turned out to be a biased, Pro GMO discussion filled with lies. It turned out to be an opportunity for our Senators to intimidate and pressure the EPA, FDA and USDA representatives into speeding up the approval process for GMOs and related pesticides! It turned out to be a farce of democracy. Utterly disgusting and outrageous.
Over and over again our Senators ignored and denied the scientific studies showing harm from GMos and glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide which is allowed on 160 of our foods at levels far above which has been shown to cause harm.
Our moms feel betrayed and dismayed. We are speaking up to demand integrity in our government and food supply.
See our email sent out Friday.
Please take part in creating a future of health, justice and freedom by calling your Senator and Senator Pat Roberts and leaving them a message today. Thank you.Read more
The Borlaug Dialogue is an international symposium of GMO chemical company CTO's- Dow, Dupont and Monsanto, food companies like Cargill and Land O' Lakes, big Ag farmers, banks like the Bank of Africa, Chelsea Clinton, Tom Vilsack, Warren Buffet's son, USDA officials and African/Asian dignitaries.
They gave awards and accolades to many women African farmers and then wooed them with the claims of the latest "agriculture technology." Apparently GMO is "activist lingo" now so they barely ever mentioned the word for the two days that I attended.
I did ask a question at a smaller panel with African farmers led by Julie Borlaug (the woman who debated Robyn O'Brien) about bringing organic methods into Africa, especially since the UN Report "Wake Up Before It's Too Late" stated that small organic farms are the only way to feed the world. They denied this report created by 60 international experts as and brushed it off as "opinion". Julie Borlaug said "I was there and that is not true." They asked me to leave when I brought up the harm from glyphosate and blocked me from approaching the African farmers. I got to the official from Uganda anyway, as I refused to leave. Later in the big room in front of 1200, I asked almost the same question and people literally hissed at me. It was so amazing how brainwashed they were, how they blatantly ignore harm.
My take away is this:
- They are anxious. The FOIA on Kevin Folta was mentioned. They said "it's dangerous out there" The focus on women and waning of FOIA's shows me we are making headway.
- They will continue to dismiss us as uneducated, fringe, emotional and uncaring about the starving children until we bring SOLUTIONS for feeding the world to the world in a prominent way. The 9 billion by 2050 was the over riding theme.
- They are going after Africa in a massive way. They are convincing them that "they deserve the best technology and no one else should stop them from having a choice. "We should have the freedom to chose," one farmer said. (meaning NO bans of GMOs...stealing our phrase, "Freedom to chose") They are taking advantage of their lack of resources and education and I truly fear the outcome unless we get a presence there.
- They have many new initiatives: free curriculum "Bringing Bio Tech to Life" for middle school, high school and college programs. They are brainwashing our youth. Everything a college student said to me was parroting their talking points.
- They are promoting fisheries in Africa which I am sure will feed the fish GMO feed.
- I learned why the TPP has so much support. It reduces the tariffs on soy and corn buy 80%. They can sell their cheap, toxic food all over the world much more easily. Cargill CEO actually said, "Resist the urge to go after domestic food security." ie: Let the USA feed you! Pass the TPP!
In the meantime, we must help ourselves.
- Growing crops which completely resist pest sand weeds without GMO foreign proteins or toxic chemicals here: http://www.advancingecoag.com/john-kempf/
- More food on less land; 1 million pounds of food on 3 acres:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng
- and Healthy Soil Regeneration which retains more water and resists drought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yPjoh9YJMk
We are in the midst of one of the most important causes of human history. Regulatory agencies are making decisions this fall to again allow cancerous, toxic chemicals on our food which will affect generations to come. GMO labeling and freedoms are being steadily eliminated on a state, federal and international level. GMOs are being deregulated constantly and more and more foreign proteins and toxic chemicals are being allowed in our food, bodies, children, babies, fetuses and environment than ever in recorded history. Many of us are seeing the impact in our loved ones:
Our babies have chronic rashes and cry persistently.
Our children have food allergies which could take their lives or at the least diminish their ability to enjoy food at school, friend's houses or the county fair as we did as children, leaving them feeling like there is something wrong with them.
Our sisters are getting breast cancer and our brother's have digestive issues like Crohn’s and Colitis at skyrocketing levels, suffering constantly.
Our parents have Alzheimer's and are dying of cancer far too young in numbers too high to even imagine.
Mental illness is causing arguments, affairs, divorce, addictions, accidents, violence, suicides and mass shootings in alarming rates in our spouses, teachers, politicians, policemen, neighbors and friends.
Sickness is devastating family lives and our American society.
At Moms Across America, we are moms who are trying to do something about this. We do the best we can, when we are not chaperoning our kids to school, sports and doctors offices, to raise awareness, create events for families to join into and do social media campaigns to encourage using purchasing power to change the food system and therefore the world. We also speak, make informational videos and interviews and instigated testing in hopes to change regulatory agency policy and instigate a reassessment of the entire chemical farming system.
To some, we are not doing enough. We have grown quickly in the past three years, and expectations are high. People think we have staff and we don’t. We are facing many criticisms and angry comments. Some are from the opposition which pay handsomely for people to insult leaders of our cause, plant seeds of doubt and grow resentment to divide us. They hope you will harbor suspicions about us and do not support us or participate in our campaigns. We ask you to please question not only the issue which they post about but the integrity of the person posting as well. What have they done for our cause?
Would a supporter of our cause be asking this question/challenging this leader or organization...or could they possibly be opposition trying to divide us?
Whether these criticisms are coming from truly concerned activists on our side or paid opposition trying to distract and weaken our movement, we would like to publicly address anything which may cause doubt in the minds of our supporters. After all this movement is about transparency and having integrity in what we do.
Moms Across America is a division of the California Grange Foundation a 501c3 non profit, which has no affiliation with the National Grange.
Below are some questions and our response:Read more
It was with great honor and happiness that I interviewed Dr. John Gray, world renowned best selling author on Tuesday Sept 15th, 2015. When we met at the Autism One conference in the spring, he greeted me warmly, saying that he knew about and appreciated the work of Moms Across America (all of YOU!) and offered his support. I could sense that he is a person who is completely devoted to the well being of human kind and he meant it, so when I read an article about American's getting dementia in their 40's, I was reminded of a Brazilian study showing glyphosate causing neurotoxicity of the brain (brain cell death) and then thought of John Gray's recent book "Staying Focused in a Hyper World" about ADHD, memory loss and brain performance. I asked him for an interview and he was very generous to accept. He is compassionate, extremely intelligent, and a powerful speaker. It was truly a delight to meet and interview John Gray.
See the video here:
We covered GMO, glyphosate at 12:17, Tylenol/acetaminophen at 28:53 and other toxic exposure, and the impact on our bodies and brains. He gives a clear and stunning explanation of how glyphosate destroys the gut bacteria stops the production of glutathione which is a cell protector ( like the anti glyphosate) and impacts neuron cell death. We go over what we can do about autism, Parkinson's and ADHD, recovering brain performance and escaping a lifetime of synthetic chemical medications with dangerous side effects. He touches on cancer, GCMAF and Dr. Bradsteet at 35:06. Many are saying this was our best interview thus far.
There were many topics we did not get to. And there are so many possibilities of renewed health for you and your family. I strongly urge you to buy his book at www.marsvenus.com or watch his free videos on a variety of topics.
His supplements have rave reviews and I personally feel happier, more focused and productive after a week of his Super Minerals.
The fact is we are all being exposed to glyphosate, which is a chelator, meaning it "holds or makes unavailable", the vital nutrients of any living thing it touches. So we could be eating very healthy food, lots of vegetables and fruits, have a filter on our water faucet and still be vitamin and mineral deficient because glyphosate, in our food, water, air and rain, is grabbing onto those vitamins and minerals and making them unavailable to our bodies. This impacts our brain and overall health, relationships, performance and happiness.
So it is important to support our bodies with the vitamins and minerals we need. If you can afford it, give it a try, consider it an investment in your future. Having the right minerals helps us have less anxiety, stop the circular obsessive thinking, distracted behavior, and be happier and more productive. We really wish that for all our supporters. We need to be at the top of our game to be successful and create Health and Freedom in America!
Many thanks and hugs to John Gray and his support staff for all you do to support well being around the world. You are wonderful!
From reporter Carey Gilliam at Reuter's:
The “notice of intent” envisions placing Glyphosate within 30 days to the list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, classification of which falls under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or the Proposition 65. Under the Act any chemicals that threatens human life require a businesses to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning label before exposing individuals to a chemical on the list.
In March the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as being “probably” carcinogenic to humans forcing the agrochemical giant Monsanto to furiously reject the conclusions.
Glyphosate, which was invented by Monsanto back in 1974, is a broad-spectrum herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses known to compete with commercial crops.
To read the rest of her article go here: https://www.rt.com/usa/314544-california-epa-glyphosate-carcinogenic/
To comment on this law change and encourage them to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, please contact the following:
Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015 to be considered. We encourage you to submit comments in electronic form, rather than in paper form. Comments transmitted by e‑mail should be addressed to P65Public.Comments@oehha.ca.gov, and should include “NOIL” and the chemical name in the subject line. Comments submitted in paper form may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the address below.
Mailing Address: Ms. Esther Barajas-Ochoa
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
P.O. Box 4010, MS-19B
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
Fax: (916) 323-2265
Street Address: 1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Comments received during the public comment period will be posted on the OEHHA web site after the close of the comment period.
If you have any questions, please contact Esther Barajas-Ochoa at Esther.Barajasemail@example.com or at (916)445-6900.
At Moms Across America we are thrilled that the CA EPA is considering taking the lead in acknowledging the harm that glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, is causing to our residents. California has the most toxic water in America, besides Hawaii, as stated in a recent water report due to chemical farming. We wish our federal EPA would also have the courage to acknowledge the harm from glyphosate and take action.
We want to take a moment to acknowledge the dedicated people at the CA State Grange who worked with the Environmental Working Group to propose this classification. It is the courage and commitment of citizens like them who can literally change the world, one state, one country at a time. It is not easy, it is not popular and it is not well paid...but the generosity of these people prevails and we THANK YOU so much!
We also want to thank all the supporters who sent in their tap water, urine and breast milk to test for glyphosate and raise awareness. You can still get your water and urine tested for glyphosate (and soon breast milk) at www.momsacrossamerica.com/action. Please get tested if you can. These new tests are deemed valid by the EPA and will make a huge difference for our cause.
We also ask the federal EPA- if you acknowledge that glyphosate is a "reproductive effector" and "causes liver and kidney damage" on your fact sheet and now a "probable carcinogen" as stated by the World Health Organization, why would you allow glyphosate on our food at all?
Why not protect the people and revoke the license and ban glyphosate from sale or use?
Could it be that our government regulatory agencies feel pressured by the chemical companies?
Does the EPA think the few hundred lawyers who work for Monsanto are more important than the millions of mothers, fathers, children and babies who are sick in America today from toxic exposure?
Does the EPA think that the pressure of the chemical companies is more formidable than the grief from a lost loved one?
1 out of 2 males and 1 out of 3 females are EXPECTED to get cancer today in America. This is NOT normal. This is caused by environmental toxins and we MUST Take action to reduce the exposure of our communities to toxic chemicals.
1 out of 2 children in America have a chronic illness such as autism, asthma, auto immune disorders, allergies, diabetes or obesity. Many of these illnesses are accompanied by inflammation which can lead to cancer and many studies point to glyphosate as a major contributing factor. Glyphosate is allowed on 160 of our foods by the EPA at levels FAR above what has been shown to destroy gut bacteria and promote pathogenic gut bacteria, which leads not only to leaky gut and a weakened immune system, but to the gut brain connection signaling the brain to create excitotoxins, which cause neurotoxicity. This is where erratic behavior, memory loss, loss of IQ tics and stammering in autistic children or adults with dementia appear. Dementia is now affecting adults in their 40's and 50's. Toxins are destroying the potential of America.
The fact is that our children and loved ones are the collateral damage for a war on bugs and weeds that was fabricated by the chemical companies for profit. Our farmers have farmed for thousands of years before GMOs, without cancer causing chemicals, and they can and are in many cases, farming even better now. Organic and bio dynamic food is more nutritious, better tasting, has less synthetic chemicals if not none, and has a greater yield. See the Rodale Institute 30 year report for more info. We have faith in our farmers! They are ingenious, they can farm as they have for thousands of years, without toxic chemicals.
So yes, while glyphosate is being permitted on our food, which is completely unacceptable, LABEL IT DANGEROUS. Within two weeks labels can be printed and applied. But within 2 months, recalls should be enacted and these products should be removed from the shelves. The spraying of glyphosate as a desiccant and on our food crops should be stopped immediately. The fact is that the longer we allow glyphosate and toxic chemicals to be sprayed on our food, the more we destroy the microbes and nutrients in the soil, promote drought and loss of top soil, reduce the nutritional content in our food, weaken the immune system and impact the health of Americans and diminish the prosperity of our country.
Our farmers have already found alternatives. Look up http://growbetterfood.com/john-kempf/.
We, as families and as a country, cannot afford glyphosate. We cannot afford chemical farming.
Our families are priceless. Our country is priceless.
Let's treat it with honor and respect and stop chemical farming altogether.
The EPA: Do not sell the health and future of America to the most intimidating chemical company.
Be strong, stand your ground, do your job, protect the American people.
August 22, 2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Organized by Public Eye on Science
In attendance: Multi Watch of Basel, GenTechFrei, STOPOGM.ch, biorespect, uniterre, SAG, Integrale Politik, Garten fur alle, Permakultur Schweiz, Aktive schweiz, Longomai, Moms Across America.
Speakers: Zen Honeycutt, Monika Krueger, Arnaud Apoteker, Walter Haefeker, Josef Hopplicher, Eva Gelinsky, Ruth Tippe, Ulrike Minkner, Olivia Jost and Ueli Gahler, Udo Schilling, Gottfried Glockner, Anner Marie Volling.
It was a sunny Saturday in Switzerland. We started out in a story book picturesque farm valley east of Zurich with a van full of speakers and activists. We drove for nearly an hour to the outskirts of Zurich to start the rally at a typical tree lined square. The demonstration had been denied access to the center of Zurich and a gathering in the research facility. It didn't stop them however. Our host Urs Hannes, a down to earth cattle farmer, was an infamous activist and farmer in his region. A few years ago he realized that his fellow farmer calves were dying shortly after vaccinations. He refused to vaccinate his calves and it resulted in a standoff between he and the government that rallied farmers from far and wide. For the first time ever differences between different types of farmers were set aside, mountain farmers and valley farmers, conventional and ecological, poor and wealthy, cattle, goat and sheep farmers, all came together to fight against mandatory vaccinations of their animals. Urs and the farmers won the ability to opt out. Lo and behold, their animals did not die of the disease that the government proclaimed would wipe out their livestock. Urs was unstoppable in his stand for his animals and I am pretty sure that is why he related to my speech when he saw me speak in Denver Colorado at the Seeds of Doubt Conference.
When a Moms across America supporter, Nadia Negro heard Urs asking questions of me at the Denver conference, she recognized his accent and said to him in Swiss German, "We need to talk." She was moving back to her homeland, Switzerland and she said " I want to keep going, we have to do something." She too, was unstoppable. So the two of them got together in Switzerland and organized and event for myself and several international speakers to address their citizens at a demonstration against corporate control and the test planting of GMO potatoes in their region.
Watch the 20 minute recap of the march here or read the account below.
This may sound like just another rally but it really was extraordinary on so many levels.
First, Switzerland does not cultivate GMO crops, it does not import or feed their livestock GMOs and they do not allow them in their food, made locally or imported. GMOs are not a part of their daily life. To ask anyone to protest against something which is not impacting them, and to have nearly 1000 people show up, is true dedication and I must say, sheer brilliance on everyone's part.
Second, the test plot was merely an few hundred feet of a fenced in field of potatoes, something that most people wouldn't even blink at. It will not be on the news, it was not planted near a school or church. It looks harmless. To have so many people march from the outskirts of town through Zurich and back out through a small village to this potato field for an entire day, is just a feat of dedication, that I hate to say, most Americans would not even imagine.
Third, the moratorium preventing GMOs from being grown for industry in the EU will expire in 2017. That's nearly two years from now. Not next week. Nearly two years. Most people don't plan a month out, never mind plan a protest for something which will not truly impact them for another 2 years. The organizers, Urs and Nadia and their families and friends are truly dedicated people and get that political pressure must remain strong now and the public must be the ones to speak up.
Everyone who showed up and marched in the bright sun, passed out flyers, chanted, sang and danced down the roads of Zurich and small villages for hours, are truly extraordinary people. I was smiling from ear to ear all day when I wasn't nearly half asleep from jet lag. I talked to everyone I could and just immediately loved them. I love them all.
I love America too and yet being in Switzerland and seeing the dedication of the activists has me wondering...as it did one of the spectators who asked me, "Why aren't Americans doing more about this? Why are they letting them plant GMOs everywhere? Why don't they do something?"
I racked my brain.
I was reminded of the article I saw posted on Facebook a few days ago where a person suggested that the fluoride in our water could be connected to complacency. It was put into the water of prison camps, the article stated, and made the prisoners docile, complacent and more easy to manage. Such a conspiracy theory sounds ludicrous, but one must wonder...why is fluoride in our water if it if Harvard University studies have found it to be a neuro toxin? Could it be making us more complacent? Why aren't Americans more active and stopping GMOs and pesticide from polluting our country and harming our children? Why doesn't the American public care?
I told the man that unfortunately I did not find out about GMOs until 4 years ago, I fed my children GMOs for 9 years. I ate them for 17. The mainstream media does not tell us about them. The only reason I realized GMOs were harmful is because I had children who were sick and so I researched. Most Americans don't know and the ones that are not sick don't care. They don't have reason to. The ones who do know now however, are doing something. We just are not activists in the same way Europeans are. It's not a part of our culture the way it is here, I said. But it all sounded like excuses and not a real answer. The fact is, I don't know. Do you? Why don't you protest what is happening if you don't? If you do what reasons do you hear from friends that won't join you? What do you think we can do to impact this?
I grapple with this still. I know thousands of activists and supporters now who do care and do go to extraordinary efforts to raise awareness. I am enlivened and enamored with them. The switch has turned ON for them and there is no turning it off. I wonder every day how we can turn more people to ON. How can we raise awareness with million so they realize what is happening and are compelled to do anything and everything they can? My only answer for now is empowerment and love.
This banner design is 15 years old. Switzerland has been keeping GMOs out for 15 years.
So on that sunny Saturday, as I stood on the top level of the gutted double decker bus which was festooned with banners and outfitted with speakers and a rumbling generator, I started with empowerment and love.
After the speech I was approached by many wonderfully kind and dear people. They looked me in the eyes and thanked me in such a heart felt way I had tears in my eyes. I realize in these moments how much I love people. This is a challenging thing to do sometimes. I am wracked with feeling of betrayal, fear, anger, resentment and doubt as much as anyone else, even more sometimes, I think because I am sent so many scientific studies and testimonials from people who have been harmed, but the people I meet doing this work inspire me forevermore. Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Dupont, Bayer, and BASF have nothing, zero, zilch, nyente, nothing on the love and dedication of the compassionate people in the world. All the money in the world cannot stop humans from protecting their loved ones.
Monika Krueger, German scientist and I take a break from the seriousness for a chuckle.
Monika Kruger then spoke in German about her finding of glyphosate in livestocks' urine, muscle and the impact on their gut health. A lovely man, Hopplicher, that I could only describe as Winnie the Pooh in the form of a Bee Keeper man, translated for me. She spoke of the microbiome in the gut and how we can actually restore it with humic acid, saurkraut juice and zeolyte. I was so thrilled to see her again after our first meeting in China a year ago. Urs told me that when he asked her to attend, if she could be there, she said, " Well it's not a matter if I could, I NEED to be there." That is what I mean by compelled. Dedication. Love.
The speakers from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and USA.
We rallied up and began marching to the next point on the other side of town. When the banners came up and the music came on, a lively, insanely cool track of German and French music blared for all to hear. You just had to bounce your head and wiggle. I was totally impressed with the MC, a young man in his twenties, who created a perfect balance of chants with raucous music. He and two other young men darted on and off the double decker bus where I sat, as they changed the music and directed chants. I still have the chants in my head event though I don't understand the language. All I know is they all said no to GMOs and corporate control. Many mentioned Syngenta, which is the world's largest producer of pesticides and is based in Basel Switzerland. It may be the new home of Monsanto as well, ( NOOOO! SWITZERLAND PLEASE KEEP MONSANTO OUT!) if they are successful in finding themselves a company to buy and become a tax break shelter. I may be coming back to Switzerland quite a bit.
After nearly an hour of parading through town, during which I was taking pictures and short videos constantly because everyone was just so cool, we stopped at a square with a shaded park. Bodies fell into shaded sections and people chatted and conspired together. I loved seeing so many connect. Several speakers spoke of seeds, bees, and the harm of GMOs. Esteemed speakers from France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland all spoke passionately and garnered loud cheers and applause even though most of us would rather be napping. The fire in the belly of an activist can keep us awake for hours beyond when our body says enough.
After the speeches, we rallied again. This time we walked to the out skirts of Zurich, to a farming village, through fields, past cows and ducks to stop in a large field adjacent from the GMO potato test plot. The tractors moved into a circular pattern and the tents serving vegan food were already set up and waiting for us. Urs and Nadia’s planning was typical of Switzerland’s reputation, like fine clockwork.
The activist set some banners up to face the test plot field, so the security guards could see we were there. Several tried to walk toward the fields and police came closer, speaking into their walkie talkie’s. The activist had envisioned shooting conventional potatoes into the field with sling shots, to contaminate the crop as undoubtedly their GMO crops will do to the neighboring crops, but the season for seeding and sprouting had passed. It would have needed to be a catapult as well, as the test plot was at least a quarter of a mile away. No, we behaved, ate, listened to more speeches, talked and schemed amoungst ourselves. A lovely man translated several of the speeches for me and I was impressed by the range of experts Urs and Nadia had lined up.
When it was my time to close out the afternoon with one more speech about "How We Will Win", I had my doubts the crowd wanted to hear it, as they had listened to speeches for a few hours already. It had been a long day. But I launched into it and gave it all I had anyway. In the end though, just two paragraphs away from the end, the generator died. The mic went dead and the people a few hundred feet away in the huge field could not hear a word. I ended on the words, "We have faith in our farmers." And I decided that was a good way to end. For those who wish to read the whole speech, here it is. I wish everyone to be empowered to transform the world and create health and freedom, in this commitment I will not be stopped and I will continue to share.
Thank you to the organizers of the International Demonstration in Zurich!
The film crew of "Scientist Under Attack" filmed the demonstration. Look for their new movie about GMOs coming out in the Spring and watch their other two movies in the meantime.
P.S. Note that I could eat whatever I wanted in Switzerland. The bread and cheese did not make me feel bloated, tired, cranky or give me digestive issues like the bread and cheese in the USA.
My boys could also eat the bread. They did not rash out, get irritable or wet the bed like some usually do when they eat wheat in the USA. This shows the sad state of our food in America. I attribute this primarily to the fact that glyphosate (Roundup) is sprayed on wheat and grains as a drying agent in the USA but not in most of Europe.
Bronson held the bread to his cheek and said, "This bread is like magic."