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How Do Glyphosate Based Herbicides Contaminate Crops?

For an overview on glyphosate contaminating wine crops watch this 6 minute piece on RT USA with Zen Honeycutt and news anchor Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture March 31, 2016.


To learn more about how Roundup has become ubiquitous in our farming and eco system, and why the claims of safety are false, we are honored to have Ib Pedersen, Danish pig farmer's assessment written for Moms Across America below:

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Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in Wine

100% of Wine Tested Showed Positive Results

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Los Angeles - Today, Moms Across America released  new results revealing that ten major California wines contained the chemical glyphosate, the declared “active” ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and 700 other glyphosate-based herbicides. Glyphosate, deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2015, was found in all three categories of wine. This includes conventional (chemically grown), organic and biodynamic wine. The methodology used for the testing was the same as the beer tests in Germany, where all 14 beers tested positive for glyphosate. The highest conventional wine test result for glyphosate was 28 times higher than the glyphosate levels found in the organic and biodynamic wines.

View the report here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1458848651/3-24-16_GlyphosateContaminationinWineReport_(1).pdf?1458848651

Because Roundup/glyphosate is not permitted on organic or biodynamic vineyards, the results are unexpected and can only be explained by the drift of chemical sprays from neighboring vineyards. This could mean legal ramifications for the contamination and devaluation of another company’s product.

Zen Honeycutt, Director of Moms Across America, states “We have recently learned that the detection of glyphosate is an indicator of the presence of many other co-formulants in glyphosate-based herbicides which, combined, are 1000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. French scientist Gilles-Éric Seralini and his team have also discovered that these co-formulants are also endocrine hormone disruptors, which can lead to breast cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and many other health issues.  There should be zero glyphosate and related chemicals in our wine, food or personal products.”

Consumers may wonder how Roundup/glyphosate is getting into their wine.  Roundup/glyphosate is sprayed every year in conventional vineyards. A 1-2 ft strip is sprayed on either side of the grape vines which are planted in rows, to kill weeds when the vines are dormant in late winter or early spring. According to plant pathologist, Don Huber from Purdue University, the vine stems are inevitably sprayed in this process and the Roundup is likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines from where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes.

All the wines tested were from the Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino County areas. According to the CA Dept of Health, breast cancer rates in the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties is 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average.  700 lawsuits are currently pending against Monsanto for the connection between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Roundup.

Currently the FDA does not require end product testing or labeling for pesticides.  Therefore the public is unable to know the type or amount of any pesticides that are present in the wines.

Moms Across America and other groups call for the protection of organic and biodynamic brands, farm workers and consumers by requesting that all food producers STOP spraying toxic chemicals on their crops.

Contact:

Blair Fitzgibbon  202-503-6141                    

Zen Honeycutt [email protected]

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CA City Sets Organic Precedent over Toxic Chemicals

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GREAT NEWS!


Irvine city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to use organic pesticides and herbicides on all public areas! 
Thank you to Ayn Craciun, Kim Konte, Bob Johnson, Laurie Thompson and Kathleen Hallal -  the Non Toxic Irvine team!
We are so excited for Irvine and for thousands of cities across the country who chose to follow suit!
Read the full article in The Hill- this publication is the most widely read in DC, reaching 24 k politicians.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/270813-california-city-sets-organic-precedent

About half of the toxic herbicides and pesticides sprayed in the US are used in landscaping an public areas.

According to the CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation, 2014 records showed that 250,000 pounds are used in Orange County each year (home to Irvine), 75,000 pounds of which are glyphosate. Decade long studies show that pesticide/herbicide exposure lowers IQ in children. Other new studies show glyphosate causes cancer cell growth, reproductive and other organ damage.

Citizens CAN make a difference in reducing toxic exposure!

You can go to your city council members. This is another approach to make a difference that some people may feel is more doable for them - they may feel more connected to their city officials than Senators. Just a different angle. 

We urge a few citizens of every city to approach their city council and ask to "use organic alternatives instead of toxic chemicals".

We do not suggest asking for a ban at first...only because it is much more confrontational and city council will be more resistant. 

They need to see that they can still manage pests/ weeds without those chemicals. Asking to use a different method is not unreasonable and not illegal.


There are many great alternatives on http://action.greens.org.nz/sprayfree 

Some states now have rules around not being able to restrict pesticide use without State Secretary of Agriculture approval....well this is not restricting but using alternative methods instead, which is perfectly fine. 

What we have seen that works from the Irvine win:

  • Get a small team and educate others...bring in a speaker or just a coffee gathering to talk about it.
  • Meet with city officials individually first to have them on board and get it on agenda.
  • Have doctors present info if possible. 
  • Then present at council for vote with as many citizen testimonials as possible. Parents of children with cancer are especially poweful. 
  • Coordinate media ahead of time.

There is much more info at Non Toxic Irvine.

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So grateful for all their hard and smart work!

We applaud the city council members for serving the people of Irvine, something which our EPA and senators have failed to do. We hope our regulators and elected federal officials will see that all it takes is the political will to start protecting the people of America.

We hope you will be inspired to take one small step at a time to make a big difference for the health, IQ and long term future of your city! 

If you do chose to take this step, start by posting your initial gathering on www.momsacrossamerica.org under EVENTS and get a code for a free box of materials to pass out which contains pesticide/herbicide info!

Download your "Creating Healthy Communities" printable flyer for your city council member here to start!

Have fun creating a healthy community!

Love,

Zen and MAA Team

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Monsanto Shareholder Meeting 2016

meeting1.jpgIt is the morning after the Monsanto Shareholder Meeting on January 29, 2016. Thinking back on what happened, I have to be honest, I was SO NERVOUS. Let's just get that out of the way, right off the bat. I was stepping in for Zen, for crying out loud. I have watched this woman speak and she is so good at what she does, and I knew I had some really big shoes to fill.

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2015 A Year of Great Strides

What an incredible year! Both tragic and triumphant, if you are a supporter of this cause, one thing is for sure -- life is always challenging.

With your support we have reached more people than we can count, raised awareness, inspired action and supported healthy communities across the country and around the world together. Your support and participation is literally altering the future of our planet. THANK YOU!

We are committed to taking bold actions with velocity and this year we continued to do so. The events you initiate, support, attend or promote make a difference!

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Amber, Happel, Kayt, Anne, Heather and Zen on "The Hill" after
meetings with Senator's aides on World Food Day Oct 16th 2015.


During our third year as a growing organization we were delighted with the many amazing people we have been able to collaborate with nationally and internationally:

the Organic Consumer's Association, Label GMOs, CSG, March Against Monsanto, GMOFree USA, SumofUs, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Expo, MADGE Australia, GE Free New Zealand, No GMOs Tawain, No GMOs UK Moms, ChemFreeCom.com, AsYouSow, Weston A. Price Foundation, Truth in Labeling Coalition, Food Democracy Now, Chinese and African Mom leaders, scientists and farmers around the world, Jeffrey Smith, Citizen's For GMO Labeling, Autism One,  Concerned Citizens of Iowa, Occupy the World Food Prize, Shaka Movement, and more. We are grateful to our primary sponsors, NYR Organic, Baker Creek and Dr.Bronner's Magic Soaps and the hundreds of individual supporters for being a part of this crucial cause.

We are most grateful this year for the opportunity to work together with so many wonderful people. Thank you all.

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Group of activists at Heirloom Expo Breakfast

Many groups have requested the presence of Moms Across America at their events this year.  I was honored to speak on behalf of our supporters at 40 locations, nationally and  internationally, reaching thousands, raising awareness and supporting actions for healthy communities. In every location, I looked into the eyes of parents and saw people struggling with their children's health. I also saw immense gratitude for all of your testimonials and actions. People around the world are truly inspired by the number of calls, the events and campaigns you are participating in and the difference you are making. THANK YOU!
I also spoke at events where people oppose what we are doing, and even then, I saw that they listened and we  made a difference for them. I wondered if it is because many of them have family that are sick as well.
 
These locations included Monsanto in Missouri, Dow in Michigan, Dupont in Maryland, Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland, and the Borlaug Dialogue: World Food Prize Conference in Iowa.
The Monsanto shareholder meeting account blog was reported to us by an EU contact to have been translated into 7 languages.
I spoke on behalf of Moms Across America on a speaking tour with Dr. Michelle Perro and Dr. Michael Antoniou in Australia and New Zealand and in Zurich, Switzerland at an EU protest against the GM Potato and corporate control. It is clear that we are a global food economy and GMO chemical farming is affecting us all. 

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Parade marchers in CT and Texas.  

You had Moms Meetups all across the country in May and connected with leaders who inspire us to continue on.
You called, emailed, posted and wrote letters by the thousands to senators and representatives.

Many of you courageously met with your Senator's aides for the first time, really expanding yourself and our impact.
Supporters marched in parades in July for the third year, totaling over 700 events in the first three years of our existence in all 50 states.

Our sponsors enabled us to send out hundreds of thousands of free flyers, door hangers, buttons and decals to over 500 leaders and you passed them out around your communities.

In addition, over 85 supporters took our speaker training and are empowered to speak across the country, expanding our reach!

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Outside of Monsanto building at the OCA, MAM, Occupy and MAA Dark Act Rally.

The results? What you are contributing to:

  • Food manufacturers are moving away from GMOs and toxins! Organic food is the fastest growing sector of the market!
  • More moms report healthier children and happier families! Priceless!
  • The World Health Organization deemed glyphosate a probable carcinogen. Did you know that a member of the WHO was in our meeting with the EPA May 27, 2014 on Rachel Carson's birthday? We presented a binder of studies showing harmful and cancerous effects and your testimonies.
  • The EPA is conducting glyphosate testing in breast milk and has yet to make their decision about revoking the license of glyphosate.
  • The CA EPA stated it's intent to label glyphosate a carcinogen.
  • Monsanto's stock value dropped 30% at one point.
  • Syngenta declared they deliberately decreased the sale of glyphosate this year.
  • Reuters reported that Big Ag is moving AWAY from harsh chemical pesticides and towards more biological solutions.
  • Enlist Duo was was pulled OFF the market (THANK YOU!!!) and further investigation of glyphosate and other toxic chemicals were conducted.
  • Climate Chaos is being connected to GMO farming and the international community is beginning to agree on organic farming benefits.
  • Moms championed and succeeded in having schools, homeowners associations and counties to go glyphosate free.
  • GMO Free zones were passed and Vermont's labeling law was upheld!
  • We helped stop the DARK Act and TPP from being passed this year.
  • More countries now BAN GMOS than grow them.

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Food Justice Rally: Zen, Tami, & Amber.             Maui with Autumn, Rep. Ellie Cochran, Zen &  Beth of Shaka.

Be assured that you supporters- getting tested, calling and speaking up about your children's health issues, are the primary catalyst for many of these countries' concerns and bans. This I have been told many times. Even more than scientific studies, your experience matters.

Your calls, testimonials, actions, and support make a difference! Thank you!

In the coming year, we have some great campaigns, solutions, events and actions you can participate in and support.
We have new health solutions, a grocery store, new campaigns and more supportive training coming soon!
Check our newest event and please participate if you can!
Look out for some exciting announcements in our emails and calls to action. To further support us, please become a member in 2016.

Again, Thank you for your partnership!

With Gratitude,
Zen Honeycutt
Founder and Director Moms Across America

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3 Ways Monsanto Contributes to Climate Chaos and World Hunger

First published on EcoWatch website
December 5, 2015 9:22 am 
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Call to Black and Hispanic Community for Health

Mom Uses Triple Platinum Singing Voice to Raise Awareness About GMOs

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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:

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Monsanto to be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity

 

Monsanto Put on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity at the Hague

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups announced today that they will put Monsanto MON (NYSE), a US-based transnational corporation, on trial for crimes against nature and humanity, and ecocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, next year on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.

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Since the beginning of the twentieth century according to the groups, Monsanto has developed a steady stream of highly toxic products which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people.
Read the rest of the Sustainable Pulse article here: http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/12/03/monsanto-put-on-trial-for-crimes-against-humanity-in-the-hague/#.VmCQrHarSM9

The announcement was made at a press conference held in conjunction with the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, November 30 – December 11, 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.



Moms Across America is thrilled that Monsanto will be held accountable for poisoning our people and the planet.
It is time for GMO toxic chemical farming and pollution to stop.
Buying organic supports your family's health and clarity, the soil's health and ability to absorb carbon, which reduces climate chaos. 
Buying organic also supports more local small farmers and sends a message to our food system that we do not want toxic junk food.

We thank all our supporters for continuing to cause a shift in health and wellness by buying organic food and avoiding GMOs and toxic chemicals. The chemical companies only have the power to control the food supply and our government because we give them our money. When we stop buying it, they can't sell it and will no longer be able to buy our government.
Thank you for being a part of taking America back!

We especially want to thank the people who got glyphosate testing done and the moms who donated their breast milk. We hear from around the world that your commitment and generosity made a huge difference.

THANK YOU!

Zen Honeycutt and MAA Team

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Protecting Your Family from Weed Killer on our Food

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!

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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!

store.jpgWe 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.

Visit www.momsacrossamerica.com/health_solutions_store

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Thank you!

Wishing you Good Health and Happiness!

Zen Honeycutt and MAA Team

 

 

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American's Speak Up Against the DARK ACT and for Mandatory GMO Labeling

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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.

Read Zen's speech outside the EPA here.

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.

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Amber came from WA and Happel came from MD.    Steven Druker of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" 

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Zen, Tami Canal Monroe of MAM and Amber of MAA       Zen receives Food Advocacy Award from Food Justice Team

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 Outside of the White House

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Outside of Monsanto

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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.

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