For the first time ever, on Monday Sept 22, Dr.OZ took a stand and started a petition for America to stand up against toxic chemicals.
40,000 people signed the Dr.OZ Petition to the President in ONE day!
What if we could make it 100K in a week???!!!
We are SERIOUS about stopping this toxic product Enlist Duo from being sprayed on our food crops and near schools!
Enlist Duo contains Glyphosate (an antibiotic, chelator and endocrine disruptor...read: weakened immune system, vitamin and mineral deficiency and birth defects and infertility...yes, really) AND 2,4-D ( half of Agent Orange, you know, the chemical that killed 400K in Vietnam and gave birth defects to 500K more) and they want to SPRAY THIS ON OUR FOOD...and on fields just feet away from our schools!
Dr.Oz said "I am very concerned we are at the beginning of a catastrophe."
WE could avert it.
We could share, text, call and ask every friend we know to SIGN this petition.
I was invited to be on the show and share our message on the stage with Dr. Oz.
It was an eye opening experience. Dr.Oz's courage and committment is in disputable. The Dr.OZ staff are brilliant, committed and impeccable in their attention to detail. I was deeply honored to be a part of the show and be a voice for Moms. It is a groundbreaking episode and moment for America...this is what Dr.OZ did represents for our cause:
A major day time TV figure explains how GMOs=more pesticides.
A prominent doctor takes a stand against toxic chemicals!
A mainstream talk show host inspires mainstream America to GET INVOLVED and sign a petition!!!
What a joy to be a part of this.
My story about my children, whose health issues;allergies and autism symptoms, all improved greatly by going GMO free and organic, is OUR story, the story of Moms all across America who are realizing what has happened to their kids. Although criticized for being anecdotal, I ask the reader...who do you trust more? A mom who's only special interest is the well being of her family? Our a corporate chemical giant or GMO scientist who stands to lose their bonus for their beach home?
What I say, what hundreds, if not thousands of our moms say now, about their children's symptoms of allergies, autism, asthma, auto immune disorders and more, all getting better by going GMO free and organic is REAL. No GMO scientist, skeptical reporter or paid blogger is going to convince any of us that what we see before our very eyes is not real. Isn't that what science is about? Observing the reality?
Why do we share this? We share because Moms care. It is not enough for my children to eat organic. My son's future spouses are out there somewhere, eating the 85% of processed foods which are GMO and sprayed with Glyphosate. We know the third generation of rats that ate GMOs were sterile and that pigs who consumed glyphosate on grains miscarried 30% more and had higher birth defects and smaller litters.
I want my son's future spouses to be able to procreate if they wish someday, and to experience the profound love that it is to have their own child. That love is is what life is all about. It is why Moms do what we do. And we will not stop, we will not give up. The love for our children will never end!
Watch the first three minutes here:
Keep watching after the commercials for the clip where he calls for us to sign the petition.
The petition link:
You can also ask your friends to go to Moms Across America and click on ACTION to find out more!
All together we can make a difference. Please sign and share!
Zen and the MAAM Team
A Report on the Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture Forum 2014
Nirvana Resort, Beijing,China
Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture Forum Speakers and Organizers
China buys 50% of the GMOs in the world. They are also the world’s largest producers of glyphosate, which GMOs are engineered to withstand.
China has been told by chemical companies that “American mothers have been feeding their children GMO food for nearly 20 years with no ill health effects.”
However, both GMOs and glyphosate have recently been linked to numerous, horrendous birth defects and skyrocketing illness.
July 25-26th 30 international experts gathered in Beijing, China, to an audience of 400 Chinese people interested in the future of China’s food safety and sustainable agriculture. I was deeply honored to attend and speak for many reasons.
1. I am not a farmer or scientist. To be included to speak before such an influential country with such esteemed scientists and farmers too numerous to list in one sentence, was incredible. This was made possible not only by the sponsor of the event, but by the supporters of MAA, you Moms and leaders who hosted events, posted, emailed and called on support of our cause, making Moms Across America a coalition that the world has quickly recognized as Unstoppable! THANK YOU!
2. As a half Chinese and half French American mother, I am very proud to be a part of an event coordinate by the country of my mother’s culture and grandfather’s homeland. China's influence in this cause is tremendous.
3. Being able to express the testimonials of the mothers I represent brings me to tears if I think about it.
Moms, as I spoke and shared your testimonials, I assure you, your struggles and triumphs were heard. What you are doing makes a difference not only for your child and family, but for the world.
Our stories need to be heard for the health and survival of the human race. Being able to share them to a captive audience with the power to do something about it, restores my faith in humanity. Thank you for making this possible.
Bob Streit said at the conference in China "There are two groups the chemical companies and Monsanto do not want to wake up, Mothers, and China. And here we are."
We can do this. We must do this, but most importantly the fact that we choose to do this, means that we are a species deserving of this precious earth. The fact that hundreds of courageous humans gathered to share, learn, plan actions and make a difference together, and that thousands, maybe millions more are working together, makes me proud to raise my sons on this planet.
Many times I am not proud. The information I learned and shared had me confused and ashamed of the actions of human beings. It is baffling that:
Chemical companies that make the poison pesticides which are sprayed on GMO food and as a drying agent on non GMO foods (except organic) are claiming that we must have GMOs to “feed the hungry” yet they completely ignore that we make more food than we need and waste 40% of the food we do eat. Summarized from Hans Herren, Switzerland
Nicholas DeFarge of France, Seralini’s Team reported that the only study on Roundup (not just glyphosate) in the world showed that the adjuvents ( other chemicals) in Roundup make glyphosate 1000 x MORE toxic, resulting in 0.1ppb of glyphosate in the water fed to rats causing sex hormone changes and liver damage in rats.
0.1ppb is half of what is allowed in drinking water in EU and 7 thousand times lower than what is allowed in the USA. The frightening thing is we currently cannot detect lower than 0.5ppb in our drinking water.
Dr. Medardo Avila- Vazquez from Argentina shared that birth defects have tripled in just 9 years, from 1997-2008 in GMO/Glyphosate farming communities. Currently 21-23% of women have miscarriages, whereas in non farming areas, such as cities, only 3% have miscarriages. Of the women who have miscarriages 9 out of 11 show a positive link to pesticides. 33% of deaths are due to cancer with increased rates in mothers and children by fields. There has been a 258% increase of stomach and pancreatic cancer since GMOs/Glyphosate has been sprayed on their local farms.
Although there has been a 858% increase of toxic agro chemicals, there has been only a 36% increase in yield. This increase in yield does not include the loss of jobs and sustainability however, from chemical companies buying land from under small family farmers and forcibly evicting them off the land.
And yet it is inspiring that:
Elena Sharoykina, Russia shared that Russia has BANNED GMOs. It is unlawful to even print propaganda about GMOS. Putin has made it clear that Russia “will protect it’s citizens from GMOs.”
Elena on the right and Nadja ( translator) on left from Russia
Henry Rowlands UK, shared the expansive plans the Global GMO Free Coalition has to connect and support organizations around the world. We ARE all working together and we ARE unstoppable!
Gottfried Glockner, from Germany, a cow farmer stood his ground against Syngenta lawyers and maintained his integrity by not selling out to their bribes. He remained imprisoned for 18 months after he reported that his cows were harmed and died from BT Toxin GMO corn. He has since won his freedom and his farm back.
Gottfried was imprisoned for 18 months and continues to fight.
Monika Kruger from Germany shared that charcoal, humeric acid and SUARKRAUT JUICE are being used to heal damaged stomachs of cows who ate glyphosate sprayed GMOs. So treat yourself to raw organic saurkraut with every lunch and dinner! see www.culturedfoodlife.com my favorite website for learning about the importance of cultured foods.
Maewan Ho from the UK explained that the old science assumed that one could alter DNA (like a replacing Lego) and have only linear changes, but now we know that DNA and RNA communicates with cells, protein and genes in the body in a circular, holistic manner. Like living things on the earth, what is happening in our body affects everything around it. This new perspective gives us new understanding of why GMOs and glyphosate have such an impact on various functions of the body and restores our faith in scientists who are working for the best of life on earth.
While we were at the conference, Ib Pedersen's and Monika Kruger's paper on the deformities of piglets whose mother's were fed GMO soy sprayed with Glyphosate, was released.
See the study information here;
Here are two important links of Ib Pedersen discussing his work and his government's reaction.
For anyone ever interested in becoming pregnant, or your children being able to reproduce, this information is essential.
Pedersen on Pig Study: Part 1 of 2
Pedersen on Pig Study- Government reacton: Part 2 of 2
Below are links to video interviews of just some of the extraordinary experts who spoke at the historic event:
Nicholas DeFarge, Seralini’s Team on Roundup/Glyphosate’s Harm
Vandana Shiva on GMOs and Glyphosate and her call to action
Women from around the World!: not shown Stephanie Seneff and Monika Krueger
Bob Streit, Farmer and Crop Specialist on the Impact of Glyphosate on Food Crops
Howard Vlieger, Farmer and Biological Crop Nutrition Advisor on the Motivation Behind GMOs
Art Dunham, Veteranarian on Glyphosate Harm to Animals
MaeWen Ho, PhD. Scientist, UK on the Old Science of GMOs
Peter Saunders, UK on Access to GMO Information
Here is the amazing video from Vandana Shiva from the farmers in India made specifically for this conference:
The other attendees, which also shared astounding information, I just did not get the time to interview between our talks and events, were:
Dr. Don Huber USA, Judy Carman Aistralia, Monika Kruger Germany, Dr. Stephanie Seneff USA, Dr Irna Ermakova Russia, Dr. Michael Antoniou UK, Lomas de Zomara Argentina, Claire Bleakley New Zealand, Brenden Hoare New Zealand, TungjYemr Wu Taiwan, Ana Brocolli Argentina, Roberto Ungas Argentina, Fan Xiaohong China, Jin Wei China, Na Zhongyuan China, Jeffrey Smith USA, Eva Sirinathsigh UK, Zhou Zewei China, all organized by Dr. Gu and Cheni Wan and their amazing team.
See the summary from the conference organizers here:
http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/mailings/233/attachments/original/2014-07-30_Food_Safety_and_Sustable_Agriculture_Forum_2014_Beijing.pdf?1406842129posts and news on the conference here:
For our Spanish speaking friends, from Argentina:
From the Seattle Community Media- includes the links to videos:
From New Zealand:
From Sustainable Pulse and Global GMO Free Coalition:
As I left the conference, I felt a deep sadness to part from what I could only describe as an immediate sense of family. Yet I was filled with inspiration, joy and confidence for the future we are all creating.
I am completely confident that our efforts for health and freedom will prevail, that your efforts to share with your community about GMOs and Glyphosate (and all toxins) is exactly what we need to be doing and is exactly what will have us be successful. Moms are the voice of our communities because a mom’s motivation comes only for what is best for her family.
I ask you not only to continue, but to step it up.
Ask yourself, what else could I do?
What is something NEW that I can do to share about GMOs/Gyphosate and Organic food today?
Join us and host an event on www.momsacrossamerica.com!
Your support supports a world of health and freedom.
With Love and Gratitude,
Zen Honeycutt and the MAAM Team
Wow!!! What incredible creativity this year!!
Not only did you make floats and rent cars or tractors, but those who didn't have parades found ways to get the flyers out anyway! Passing our flyers at campgrounds, 4th of July fairs, and preschools are just some of the ways you all got out there and made an amazing contribution to your communities!!! AWESOME!
You reached millions of people together and passed out hundreds of thousands of flyers that will make a huge difference!
Plus you connected with your community and had an unforgettable time.
Check out just some of the fun and festivities you created all across America!
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Arlington, Texas- Gorgeous Float!!!
Nevada County, CA - Won 3rd place for Parade Group!
Check out their website! http://nclabelgmos.org/nevada-county-labelgmos-supports-sb1381/
Annapolis, MD- Their Banner didn't make it in time, but they marched ANYWAY!
Huntington Beach, CA- Got on ABC TV!
Michigan set up a booth!
Please post your picture to the MAA main FB page or MAAM Leader page!
We appreciate the support of our sponsors SO Much! THANK YOU!!!
If you didn't march this year, you can still spread the word!
Go to www.momsacrossamerica.com/products and get your GMO/Glyphosate
flyers to pass out at summer festivals, fairs, and even campgrounds on vacation!
Who knows what a tremendous difference you will make in people's lives?
Here is a list of all the parades who had RSVPs this year!
Thank you for creating a healthier America together!
|#||Name of Event||State|
|1||Douglas & Juneau, Alaska 4th of July Parade||AK|
|2||Say No to GMOs||AL|
|3||Save the Bee's - Lake Valencia Event||AR|
|4||Clarkdale, Arizona 4th of July Parade||AZ|
|5||Moms Across America March in Prescott AZ, The Dark Side of GMOs Symposium, Not a Marching Event||AZ|
|6||Tempe, AZ March Against Monsanto||AZ|
|7||Benson 4th of July Parade||AZ|
|8||Nevada County LabelGMOs and March Against Monsanto!||CA|
|9||Seaside Moms Across America March||CA|
|10||Mendo 4th of July Parade||CA|
|11||Redlands Parade & City of Corona Fourth of July Parade||CA|
|12||Mt. Shasta Moms Across America March to Label GMOs!||CA|
|13||Moms Across America/Label GMOs Earth Day Tabling||CA|
|14||Santa Cruz, Ca Moms Across America March for Label GMO Awareness||CA|
|15||Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade||CA|
|16||Carmichael Moms Across America March||CA|
|17||SONOMA COUNTY MOMS ACROSS AMERICA MARCH IN SONOMA||CA|
|18||Truckee CA 4TH OF JULY Parade Donner Pass Road||CA|
|19||Irvine (WOODBRIDGE) Ca 4th of July Parade -Moms Across America||CA|
|20||Mendocino 4th of July Parade - Mothers Across America March||CA|
|21||Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade and Celebration||CA|
|22||Santa Barbara 4th of July Parade||CA|
|23||our children deserve to KNOW!! NO to GMO'S.GMO? we're not buying it!||ca|
|24||Rancho Cordova 4th of July Parade||CA|
|25||San Diego EarthFair Balboa Park||CA|
|26||Ventura CA July 4th Pushem Pullem Parade, Santa Paula Labor Day Parade||CA|
|27||Alameda 4th of July Parade||CA|
|28||Citrus Heights Red, White & Blue Parade||CA|
|29||WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA,THOUSAND OAKS - FAMILY GARDEN & PARENTING FAIR,4th of July GMO Flyer Outreach||CA|
|30||Marshall Grange Moms March July 4th Parade||CA|
|31||The Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade||DE|
|32||Monument Colorado Right to Know whats In our Food||CO|
|33||Park Hill 4th of July Parade 2014 - Denver,GMO OMG movie showing and kids craft and sign creation||CO|
|34||GMO Education Event||CO|
|35||Come march with us at the Highlands Ranch July 4th Parade in Town Center||CO|
|36||Washington DC Palisades Neighborhood Fourth of July - Moms Across America||DC|
|37||Temple Terrace FL, Moms Across American March to Label GMO's||FL|
|38||Melbourne Honor America Independence Day Parade||FL|
|39||Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard||FL|
|40||Melbourne Honor America Independence Day Parade||FL|
|41||Jonesboro Masonic Fourth of July Parade||GA|
|42||Georgia Decatur July 4th Pied Piper Parade||GA|
|43||Kailua 4th of July Parade||HI|
|44||West Des Moines Independence Day Parade||IA|
|45||Coeur d'Alene 4th of July Parade||ID|
|46||Boise 4th of July Liberty Day Parade||ID|
|47||Hoffman Estates Independence Day Parade||IL|
|48||Deerfield, IL, Moms Across America March to Raise Awareness of GMOs!||IL|
|49||Champaign County Freedom Celebration Parade||IL|
|50||Arlington Heights 4th of July Parade||IL|
|51||Aurora 4th of July Parade||IL|
|52||Bloomington 4th of July Parade||IN|
|53||July 4th parade||KY|
|54||March against monsanto louisville||KY|
|55||4th of July Parade Hyannis MA Cape Cod Organic Moms club,Braintreeâ||MA|
|56||Sturbridge, MA Families Freedom to Know GMO's||MA|
|57||Duxbury 4th of July Celebration||MA|
|58||Support the labeling of GMO's||MD|
|59||Bath Heritage Parade Moms Across America Exposing GMO.||ME|
|60||MOMS ACROSS AMERICA will l March in Fenton MI educating the community about GMOs.||MI|
|61||moms across america wyandotte mi fourth of july parade||mi|
|62||March in Parade||MI|
|63||Oscoda Michigan- 4th of July Parade||MI|
|64||Moms Across America March July 4th to Label GMO's,Royal Oak Farmers Market||MI|
|65||NoGMO4Michigan & Moms Across America March to Label GMOs! East Grand Rapids, MI 4th of July Parade||MI|
|66||Ofallon, MO-Independence Day Parade SAY NO TO GMO||MO|
|67||Moms (Dads, friends & family) Going GMO FREE in Flathead Montana||MT|
|68||Harrisburg 4th of July Parade||NC|
|69||North Carolina Asheville 1 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801||NC|
|70||Food Revolution Wilmington with Moms Against Monsanto March||NC|
|71||March Against Monsanto Asheville||NC|
|72||Ashland 4th of July Parade||NH|
|73||Paramus 4th of July Celebration Annual Parade||NJ|
|74||116th Riverton 4th of July Children's Parade||NJ|
|75||Save Long Island - An Evening to learn about Healthy Food and Living, Be GMO Free Education Outreach in Huntington Village||NY|
|76||Join us for an Educational Presentation about Your Food Supply and GMOs in NY!!||NY|
|77||Hyde Park Independence Day Parade||NY|
|78||The 56th Stow Fourth of July Parade||OH|
|79||Cincinnati,OH Moms Across America / March Against Monsanto||OH|
|80||Anderson Township Independence Day Parade||OH|
|81||Edmond Liberty Fest July 4th Parade||OK|
|82||Corvallis 4th of July Parade||OR|
|83||Brookings, Oregon Moms Across America Parade Group||OR|
|84||GMO OMG MOVIE,Our Families in the Pear Blossom Parade!, Of the People, By the People!||OR|
|85||Lafayette Hill, PA 10444||PA|
|86||GMO Free Lancaster County with Moms Across America July 3rd Parade, Lititz, PA||PA|
|87||GMO Free PA Schuylkill County with Moms Across America July 4th Parade||PA|
|88||Ancients & Horribles Parade, Chepachet, RI||RI|
|89||Tega Cay July 4th land parade||SC|
|91||Save the Bee's,Moms Across America||TN|
|92||Downtown Round Rock 4th of July Parade||TX|
|93||4th of July MOMS ACROSS AMERICA Parade in Plano, Texas||TX|
|94||Houston Area 4th of July Parades||TX|
|95||McAllen, TX 86th Annual Independance Day Parade, Moms Across America March||TX|
|96||Mom's Against Monsanto||TX|
|97||March Against Monsanto Austin||TX|
|98||Red, White and Blue Children's Parade in San Antonio||TX|
|99||Arlington 4th of July Parade - Moms Across America March||TX|
|100||Amarillo Texas Independance Day Parade||TX|
|101||St. George, Utah 4th of July Parade||UT|
|102||UT South Salt Lake Parade||UT|
|103||Southern Utah Families Want to Raise Awareness and Pride in our Food||UT|
|104||South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park||VA|
|105||Tumwater, WA Independence Parade (Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater)||WA|
|106||Longview, WA MAAM/GMO Free Cowlitz County Go 4th Festival Parade!||WA|
|107||WA MAAM in the Burien Independence Day Parade||WA|
|108||WA MAAM in the Friday Harbor 4th of July Parade||WA|
|109||WA MAAM in the La Conner 4th of July Parade||WA|
|110||WA Blaine Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade||WA|
|111||WA MAAM in Steilacoom's Grand Old 4th of July Parade||WA|
|112||Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration and Parade||WA|
|113||Bainbridge Island 2014 Grand Old Fourth of July Parade, WA||WA|
|114||MAAM in Ocean Park, WA "Funtastic" Family Style 4th of July Parade||WA|
|115||Port Orchard, WA Fathoms O' Fun 46th Annual Grand Parade||WA|
|116||4th of July Parade, Enumclaw, Washington||WA|
|117||GMOs scarier than fiction table space at Crypticon Seattle||WA|
|118||WA MAAM in the "Freedom to Keep Lopez Weird" Parade||WA|
|119||Moms across Wisconsin come join me to promote health and well being||WI|
|120||Port Washington Parade 2014||Wi|
|121||Stevens Point, WI Moms Across America/March Against GMOs and Monsanto||WI|
|122||Summerville South Carolina|
More special THANK YOU's for all you have done to support Moms Across America!
In addition to all the marchers, leaders, and supporters, there were a lot of people
behind the scenes making it all happen! Please join me in thanking them!
1. My Husband!!! Todd you are incredibly patient and generous! I love you!
None of this would have happened without you!
2. My kids! Boys you inspire me every day! Thank you!
3. The CA State Grange, Bob McFarland and staff THANK YOU!
4. Pamm Larry, the orginator of our movement! Thank YOU!
5. Natalie Paffrath, who has been communicating with everyone on the back end of the website. Karla Axeton and Sherry Aldinger for makes tons of phone calls! Thank you so much!!!
6. Laurie Olson, leader of leaders, coordinating everyone! Thank you! ( And Thank your family too!)
7. Zoe Swartz, East Coast Leader for rallying big time! Jessica Denning, CA Leader who tripled her area parades!Thank you!
8. The OCA for your support in spreading the word! We Love you!
9.Anne Temple for Graphics and Lilia Renteria for Website! Thank you!
10. My coach Susan and www.landmarkworldwide.com for being THE source of unstoppable-ness!
11. All our fabulous sponsors, radio shows, and media who spread the word! Especially NYR Organic, UNFI, Baker Creek, Alexia, Applegate, Dr. Bronner,Sustainable Pulse, Food Integrity Now!, and Smart Health Talk!
12.And Finally TEAMWORKX, Eric Fraser and Joe Grape at Color Vision for printing, handling and shipping everything to the leaders! Thank YOU!!!!!
We love you all and are so proud of what Americans and the world can do when we come together!
Let's keep going! Hugs-Zen
Thank you again for all you do!!
Make it a wonderful summer!
Be the weird one who brings organic to the picnic,
bring integrity to the table,
truth to the conversation,
be the LIGHT in this food fight!
P.S. If I missed anyone THANK YOU!!! Please forgive me!
Moms Across America.
P.S. Stayed tuned to our Facebook page for what's next with the EPA and glyphosate!
Moms Across America reads this and is outraged by the lack of precaution the EPA chooses to exercise.
They are NOT protecting our children, but instead choosing to give more importance to the "studies" that show that glyphosate is "safe" by the chemical companies than on independent, world renowned, ( including MIT) scientists, doctors and moms. This is erring on the side of corruption, not protection.
We gave them studies CLEARLY showing the destruction of the gut bacteria of chickens at .10 ppm by glyphosate, endocrine disruption and testimonials from moms that warrant immediate investigation into glyphosate.
We will continue to do whatever it takes to protect our children.
Today we go to the EPA, we will stand out side with our message "Recall Roundup!" and we will offer the EPA and Washington DC Senate staffers an opportunity to find out for free, how much glyphosate is in their body.
If it's so safe, what's the harm in being informed?
We ask for your continued support of our campaigns. Please chip in and donate to cover transportation and materials.
We are a national coalition of Unstoppable Moms!
Thank you to ALL Of our supporters!
Moms Across America Team
Please email BeeAgainstMonsanto@gmail.com with "MAA Organizer" in the subject line and bee sure to include your name and address.
We will begin shipping no later than June 25th, so please email your requests as soon as possible. (You can find pictures of the materials we are offering on our fundraiser-store site here: http://bit.ly/bamswag )
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine sitting down with the EPA in Washington DC with a team of esteemed PH.D scientists, lawyers and moms just as passionate as I am, about a chemical called glyphosate, which is sprayed on GMOs and our food crops.
Dr.Michael Hansen, scientist Consumers Union and Aimee Simpson lawyer Beyond Pesticides (not photographed) joined us at the EPA. Also with Anne Dietrich: President Truth in Labeling Coalition, Sarach Cusack, DC MAA, Alexis Baden-Mayor Lawyer, Organic Consumers Asssoiciation, Zoe Swartz; PA and East Coast Leader MAA, Zen Honeycutt, Founder MAA, Dr. Kristen Pullen scientist Natural Resources Defense Council.
But there we were. Because of your support, your generous donations, your 10,000 + phone calls in 3 days, your posts about and emails to the EPA to recall Roundup, they took us seriously. 9 members of the pesticide Re-Review board listened to 11 of us for 2 hours instead of 1. They listened to your testimonials and the statistics of our health crisis in America. It was intense.
Because I was well prepared with a binder full of studies Nanette put together, and we had gone over every point witth a lawyer and scientist for three hours before the meeting, I was firm, resolved and clear about our demands. I spoke with all the love in my heart for my children and with all the conviction mother's have everywhere as I told them of the 10 reasons why they should Recall Roundup and the 12 points of Proposed Collateral Damage of Glyphosate.
Just to name a few:
Glyphosate is a patented ANTIBIOTIC. It destroys gut bacteria, where 70% of our immune system lies.
We submit that this directly correlates with Crohn's disease (damaged gut)which has increased 79% in the past ten years alone in children admitted to hospitals. Colitis (stomach ulcers) has tripled during this time as well. Allergies, autism, auto immune and asthma now impacts 1 out of 3 of our children.
It is an acknowledged endocrine disruptor, causing birth defects, infertility and sterility.
The USA is currently #1 in the industrialzed world for infant death on day one. We have 50% more infants die on their first day of life than all of the industrialzed world combined.
This directly correlates with pigs who ate GMO/Glyphosate sprayed feed and lost 30% of their young. Those sows with levels of glyphosate 3 X LOWER than our mom's levels in their breast milk, had 5 X HIGHER birth defects, miscarriages and loss of young.
Glyphosate BREAKS DOWN THE BLOOD BRAN BARRIER: allowing toxins into the brain.
Someone dies of Alzheimer's every 67 seconds in America today.
In 20 years from now, 1 out of 2 of our children will have autism if we continue at this rate.
Glyphosate is a CHELATOR: It holds or "makes unavailable" the vital nutrients of any living thing.
Vitamin deficiency is consistent in cancer patients. Cancer is now the number on killer of American children today.
More children die every year of cancer than all the casualties of 9/11.
1 out of 2 males and 1 out of 3 females are expected to get cancer in America. Over 117 million Americans have cancer.
As I shared these statistics, everyone got present to the huge cost to the health of America and how the benefit of the chemical glyphosate was obliterated.
Their eyes displayed dismay, understanding and even searched for more. I saw that we have EPA members on our side. They may not be able to act now, but they want to. They want us to push on and give them the reason to make a bold change. They want their children to be safe as much as you and I.
In other eyes, I saw denial, refusal and resistance. Their resignation weighed heavily in the air. I heard reasons, explanations and infuriating avoidance. I saw fear of change.
Some of the board members refused to see just how urgent this is. They refused to see that we are breastfeeding our babies RIGHT NOW, today and we need for them to be safe. NOW.
Despite our compelling binder of studies and undeniable evidence through testimonials of mothers of risk of harm, they did not agree to our request to recall Roundup, or revoke the license of glyphosate. They did not agree to issue a simple statement advising mothers to eat organic.
They did agree however, to continue working with us, to give us the protocol for the upcoming scientific study of glyphosate in breast milk which was funded as a result of our preliminary testing, supported by Sustainable Pulse. They did agree to ask Monsanto for their breast milk testing that we have word they are conducting. They did agree to include include that study in their review of glyphosate, which happens only once every 15 years.
I hope you understand how profound your support is in turning their decision from one that supports the profits of corporations to one that protects the health of our children. We can make history together.
Please continue to send the EPA your demands to recall roundup at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will save and collect your experiences and forward them.
Please donate at www.momsacrossamerica.com/donate to support further travel to Washington DC.
We can do this. Our next steps are to go to higher ups, to the Senate and to take local actions to get Roundup banned by county and state. And to keep the pressure on the EPA.
Each voice, each call, each purchase of organic food, is a step in the direction of health and freedom for generations.
We thank you, wholeheartedly, for your support.
Breakfast before the meeting with, clockwise starting front left, Anne Dietrich: President Truth in Labeling Coalition, Meghan Davenhall; President Thinking Moms Revolution, Sarach Cusack, DC MAA, Alexis Baden-Mayor Lawyer, Organic Consumers Asssoiciation, Zoe Swartz; P and East Coast Leader MAA, Zen Honeycutt, Founder MAA, Dr. Kristen Pullen scientist Natural Resources Defense Council,Nanette Elaine Reetz, MAA WA Leader and Nancy Louise Visser, US Marine, MAA DC.
Here is media coverage on our story.
We are grateful to Reuter's Carey Gillam, who covered the meeting that very day.
The Organic Consumer Association's support has been wonderful:
Many other media outlets see the importance of the mother's role in our cause as well:
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IT'S UP TO US!!!
When we don't buy it, they can't sell it. When we buy organic we invest in our families and alter the future of America.
Zen Honeycutt and Moms Across America
The Glyphosate Test Results are in and the results, considering that most of the moms and supporters tested are well aware of GMOs and glyphosate and have been avoiding them for several months or years, are alarming.
THANK YOU to all the moms and supporters who generously spent the time and money to send your urine and water samples in. Thank you to Sustainable Pulse for funding the tests for the breast milk samples and to the moms who paid to ship their samples over night.
Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT
"It is certainly disheartening to know that glyphosate is present in breast milk, but lest you think this means you should not nurse your baby, please be aware that soy-based formula probably also contains glyphosate, possibly in even higher concentrations. The US government has conducted very few studies measuring the amount of glyphosate residue in food, but a report issued by the Department of Agriculture in 2011 showed that over 90% of 300 samples of soy contained glyphosate, and nearly 96% contained AMPA, a derivative of glyphosate. Today, 90% of the soy crop in the US is "Roundup Ready," which means you can spray Roundup on it and it won't die. Contrary to what was claimed, this growth in Roundup Ready crops has led to a tremendous increase in the amount of Roundup applied to our core crops over the past decade.
I had been intensely researching possible connections between autism and a variety of different toxic chemicals in the environment for many years before I thought to take a look at glyphosate as a possible contributor to autism. This delay was of course a consequence of the widely disseminated message that glyphosate is nearly nontoxic to humans. However, once I started looking, I was astonished to find that all of the many comorbidities associated with autism could be explained by glyphosate's known mode of action on biological systems. Anthony Samsel and I have teamed up to write two papers detailing our findings on the diverse ways in which glyphosate disrupts human physiology, and linking glyphosate to a number of diseases and conditions that are currently on the rise in the US - a partial list includes autism, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and various gut disorders like Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. We are still researching this topic, and nearly every day we are discovering new ways in which glyphosate can negatively impact health. The problem is that the effects are insidious -- glyphosate erodes your health slowly over time, so that it's hard for people to realize what's happening to them until it's too late."
Once a year in Southern California, the masses of people, 70,000 approximately, converge upon the Anaheim Convention Center to buy and sell natural foods at the NPEW or Natural Products Expo West. I had the opportunity to report on the show as a host of the Weekly Women GMO Free News Show.
You have never seen so many Non GMO Project Verified and USDA Organic seals in one place. You have never seen so many delightful, happy people talking about how their products are GMO free, organic and Gluten free! As a mother of children with multiple allergies, this is a thrilling development. Trying to find all three, GMO free, organic and Gluten free is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack even in a health food store even in one of the most affluent areas of America. Most products are either gluten free or organic, not both. Or they are Non GMO Project verified but not gluten free or organic.
Why is it so hard to find these foods?
Or more importantly why do we even need gluten free, non GMO and organic?
Is it just a trend or marketing ploy?
When I asked the food manufacturers, many of them said “Organic is the future.” I was surprised that they did not elaborate, talk about pesticides, glyphosate or GMOs. Some like “Good Boy Organics” are fully aware and are actively supporting the grassroots movements. They even go a step further and have BioDynamic pasta sauce! Check it out!
But many others, I suspect, do not know why the trifecta: non GMO,organic and gluten free is so crucial to moms.
1 out of 2 American children now has some form of chronic illness such as asthma, allergies, auto immune disorders, autism, diabetes or obesity. If you do the math, based on past diagnosis, 1 out if 2 children will have autism in the next 20 years. This is a crisis. This is urgent. Moms across America are struggling daily with health and behavioral issues and we want solutions.
Many of us now believe we know those solutions, and the winning food trifecta is a key role.
In addition to the over 1300 studies showing GMO harm, found on www.GMOfreeUSA.com, the recent evidence from the *Samsel and Seneff paper shows a very strong correlation between glyphosate, the active chemical ingredient in RoundUp and these skyrocketing children’s health issues, (the most widely used pesticide/herbicide in the world) especially autism. Most GMOs are genetically engineered to withstand Roundup, are sprayed repeatedly during growing and these chemical does not wash off. A new Soybean paper showed GMO soy with drastically higher levels of glyphosate, proving it does not evaporate in the sun either. Soil testing has shown glyphosate to still be active a year after use.
The gut bacteria are the stronghold of 70% of our immune system. If you destroy the gut bacteria, which is likely what is happening when you eat the America diet which is 85% GMO and contaminated with glyphosate, your body’s gut bacteria can no longer produce Tryptophan*.
Without Tryptophan your body cannot produce Seratonin or Melatonin*. Seratonin makes it possible for the body to regulate insulin, so without healthy gut bacteria we are more likely to develop diabetes. We know that diabetes has increased so much in America that in 13 years we will have no money left in the federal budget for anything except diabetes.
Melatonin influences sleep, happiness, satiation when eating, impulse control, bi-polar behavior and even acts of violence. Obesity now impacts 40% of Americans, our kids are three times more likely to be drugged for mental illness than kids in other countries, and on average, there has been a school shooting in America every other day this year. Violence and mental illness is beyond control. Something is impacting the health of America. The USA is the #1 country in the world in expenditures for health and last on the list of the top 17 most developed country in actual health results.
Organic means Non GMO seeds. It also means toxic pesticide free and glyphosate free.
Non organic is not just a more affordable chice, there is a cost: glyphosate is allowed to be sprayed on the soil before planting non organic crops and directly on many staple crops at harvest as a drying agent. They spray it directly on the non organic food crops we eat! We have recetly learned that the EPA has allowable levels of glyphosate on over 160 foods at hundreds of times higher than has been destroy gut bacteria. See the full list here.Sweet potatoes glyphosatelevels are 3ppm, Potatoes, 5ppm, tea 7ppm, corn 13ppm, and our live stock eats grains at 400 ppm. Glyphosate collects in the tissue of meat, making organic meat a very important choice.
People with gluten sensitivity report irritability when they consume gluten/wheat. Huge numbers of children with autism have shown dramatically better behavior when gluten is removed from their diets. Many are also reporting autism symptoms dissapear when they eat completely organic. Moms Across America has over a hundred testimonials, many of them about autism.
Glyphosate is sprayed on wheat as a drying agent. Wheat is one of the number one foods of the American diet, in cereals, sandwich breads, pasta, commonly eaten at every meal. Gluten intolerance and Celiac’s disease now affects 18 million Americans. Reports by Samsel and Seneffs show that is most likely not just the highly refined processing of wheat/gluten, that is impacting health, but the glyphosate. This is why the trifecta of Non GMO,organic and gluten free is so important, and why the companies who choose to make these foods, that are ALL THREE, despite the difficulties, are not a trend or duping me with a marketing ploy. They are the winners.
Here is a big winner in our house: Mary's Gone Cracker's GF, organic and Non GMO Project Verified Double Chocolate Cookies
The additional good news, is that in the process, you avoid other toxic chemicals of which we still do not know the effects. Non organic apples are sprayed with 21 different pesticides, strawberries 184, and coffee has tested positive for hundreds of toxic chemicals, more thanany other crop.
So when I find a food company that is Non GMO, organic gluten free and excuse me if I am chirpy, super excited and highlighting them like they are heros of the universe. Because considering that my children are my universe, they are.
Here is OH Yes! Pizza that is Gluten Free and Organic (and therefore GMO Free).
Here are some great finds at the NPEW:
Next blog will be about the other heros of food, the makers of probiotics, raw organic fermented veges, kombucha and keifer. We CAN heal our guts and heal from multiple allergies. Find our more about cultured foods in our next blog.
Here's too good healthy eating!
Moms Across America
China has a double standard regarding GMOs. While their officials have a sign proudly declaring the oil in their cafeteria GMO free, the school cafeterias for the children of citizens do not.
The sign in the accompanying photo hangs in the corridor of the Ministry of Education building in Beijing. It begins, “Our Canteen Does Not Use Food Containing GM Ingredients.” It further states, “The issue of whether GM food is harmful to human health is currently without consensus within academia. GM food has only appeared [in China] for a short period making it very difficult at present to appropriately assess it's impact on long-term safety. Further research and longer time is required for verification. To eliminate the concerns of diners, and to assure the safety and health of our staff members, our Ministry of Education Office Canteen temporarily will not use food oil containing GM ingredients and GM food materials. Please enjoy your food without any such concern.”
See link to new article by Nancy Swanson here:
The officials must be well aware of the potential GMO health implications. But are they aware of the increased risk to children? Perhaps they don't know how, in the US, which grows many of the GMO crops China imports to process GMO soybean oil, has an EPA allowable level of 40 ppm of glyphosate? Glyphosate is sprayed on GMOs:canola, cotton, corn and soy oil, and as a drying agent on non GMO crops such as rice, wheat, corn, soy, sugar. And .10 one tenth of a part per million has been shown to destroy gut bacteria which is the strong hold of our immune system. Glyphosate has been linked to autism, allergies, auto immune, asthma, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, alzheimers and depression...all health issues which are skyrocketing in America's children? Or do they? Is that why they themselves are avoiding them?
Moms Across America has hundreds of testimonials from Moms whose children are getting better by going GMO/Glyphosate free. We wish the parents of China to know this too. We wish the officials in China would understand the possible jeopardy they put their country in by allowing GMO/glyphosate into their school cafeterias.
Our country serves our children 31 million GMO meals in schools per day. It must be hundreds of millions more in China.
Every food item above most likely contains GMOs and/or glyphosate at levels thousands of time higher than shown to damage animals. Want proof? Ask the FDA to produce tests and results.
And here is a chart of the allowable levels of glyphosate permitted on our food crops:
One school nurse said,
"Our school in Arkansas has 170 out of our 600 children in Special Ed and this does not include the children with autism who are in the regular classrooms. 50% of all our students have either asthma or allergies. They are ALL eating these GMO meals and for many of them they are the only food they get because we are in a low income area, and they are always hungry. The food does not have enough nutritional value and they are being devastated, I believe, because it is GMO and chemicals. Our children are being devastated. This has to stop."
Here is what our Moms are saying.
- "My son has had severe autism. As a single Mom who makes about 40 K, it's tough but we only eat organic because I found out about GMOs about 2 years ago. When we went organic, after about 2 weeks, my father thought I was giving my son a new drug, because he saw such improvements, but I said "Nope, just went organic." This year he entered high school and not one of his teachers could tell he ever used to have severe autism symptoms. He is with the regular classes and he is doing well." - Cindy, MAA
- "I went GMO free and after about a month, my Fibromyaglia symptoms went away." - Belinda
- "I had an auto immune disease for 8 years. I was on different medications for it and actually had surgery for it. It was a living nightmare. I took GMOs almost completely out of my diet 8 months ago and the symptoms are gone! Some of my family think I'm crazy for posting so many food posts about GMOs but I know first hand how devastating the effects are. Doctors said there is no cure for my disease. I found the cure...stop eating GMOs!!!!"- Morgan M.
- "My son had a rash around his mouth now and then but since getting off GMOs he doesn’t have that problem any more. My daughter’s tummy used to puff out after meals and she’d get a belly ache. She doesn’t get those after meals since we went off GMOs. I used to feel like my skin was crawling but I don’t get that anymore since being off GMOs." - Laurie O., WA. , MAA
- “My child eats non GMO and organic now and no longer throws up after eating. I believe that the Moms posting about GMOs on Facebook saved my child’s life.” – Jennifer L.
- My 7 year old son was diagnosed with asthma and needed glasses inside of two weeks. I started learning about asthma and natural ways to control it. Then I found out about GMO. I removed my family from GMO foods/drinks. My 7 year old went from needing a nebulizer 3x’s a day to not at all. His asthma disappeared. He also no longer had the stigmatism that required glasses. The eye Dr. said he must have had ‘some sort of inflammation’ that is now gone for whatever reason. The reason was removing GMO from our diets. He was recommended for retention last year. This year, he is at the top of his class. Karen L. ~Moms Across America
We understand China is rejecting SOME GMO crops see link here: http://rt.com/news/china-rejects-us-corn-087/
but from mother to parent-official, we ask you to reconsider rejecting all GMO crops. We understand, due to supply, it will need to be a slow process, but PLEASE start with your schools. We do not want to see the children of China end up like the children of America.
1 out of 2 children are projected to have Autism in the next 20 years or sooner. This cannot happen. What will our country be like? What would our society, military, job force and economy be like? Who will take care of aging parents or bear children and continue the success of our countries?
For the officials who would like more scientific data here is a study on how glyphosate contributed to the over growth of deadly bacteria by destroying the benficial gut bacteria at lavels far below what is allowed in our food crops.
We urge all countries to stop allowing GMO oils, food, crops and animal feed in their country, but particularly China, as you import so much GM food to feed soo many. You have the largest influence on the GM industry. Please hear the cries of American mother who, since the introduction of GMOs and glyphosate in our food supply 20 years ago, are dealing with gut dysbiosis in their children at extraodinarialy high levels, resulting in autism, auto immune disorders, allergies, IBS, Chrohn's disease, and contributing to asthma, depression, bi polar, acts of violence, obesity, diabetes and possibly the rise in childhood cancers.
No long term studies have been show to prove that GMOs and glyphosate, which are in 85% of our processed food, are not responsible for the USA being LAST on the list of the 17 most developed countries for health.
NO studies have been done to prove that GMOs and Glyphosate are not responsible for the devastating decline of our children's health.
We believe GMOs and Glyphosate are compromising an entire generation of our children, because we see the results everyday.
Millions of mothers, 1 out of 50, struggle everyday with children who cannot control their behavior in public or at home, who act violently towards family members, smear feces on the walls, inappropriate sexual tendencies, uncontrollable tics and movements, cannot control their urination even as teenagers. Children who showed no health issues at all and then all of a sudden did not speak, make eye contact or whose performance in school suddenly plummeted. Our children are being compromised by autism. They are suffering from a myriad of health issues. There is a silent epidemic happening in America. 1 out of 2 of our children now have some form of chronic illness in America. We ask, as mothers, for you, parents, officials in China and in countries around the world, to protect your children of our human race.
Zen Honeycutt and MAAM Team
"My story includes some things that might upset some people, I’m sorry if it does, but it’s the truth. I am sharing some very personal things with you because I am real and the effects of GMOs on my life have been profound. If GMOs were labeled it might have saved my son’s life.
It all started about three years ago in the fall of 2010, around Thanksgiving, when our son was 22 years old. He had moved back in with my husband and I almost three years before. He told me he was having gastrointestinal problems, predominately diarrhea that didn’t seem to be going away. At first I thought it was a possible intestinal virus that would clear up on it’s own. I encouraged him to drink lots of fluids and started asking him about what he had been eating.
After the Christmas holidays had come and gone, Joe wasn’t doing any better. I had cleaned out my refrigerator of anything that had expired. Hubby did some maintenance on our dishwasher and I even temporarily hand washed all the dishes. Nothing seemed to help.
After the beginning of the new year, Joe went into the doctor’s to find out what was causing his malady. Test results for bacterial, viral or parasites were done and everything showed up “normal”. It was anything but.
I hadn’t heard about GMOs, nor did I know much about what was being done to our food. I wish I knew then, what I know now and that is what compels me to share this with you. However, I didn’t learn about GMOs until much later in my story.
On March 4, 2011, it was Joe’s 23rd birthday and it was also the day he took his own life.
I did a tribute to Joe, one week after his memorial service. In Memory of Joe show notes share Joe’s picutre and the credits for the music used in the tribute. It was a special edition of my podcast, Ba Ba Blacksheep. See the link below for podcast.
Did you know that 20% of the people in the US have had their lives touched by suicide?
Recent research suggests a connection between our intestinal flora and our brain, especially with respect to depression.
GMO Tryptophan Seratonin – Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology interviews Stephanie Seneff, PhD
I was feeding my child food filled with toxins and chemicals that I never would have guessed would be allowed in our food. So a part of me will always feel guilty that I didn’t learn more and change Joe’s diet to organic." -Diane
How could she have known? She couldn't! NO ONE thinks to look for ingredients that they do not know about. NO ONE can tell if an ingredient is in a product if it is not labeled. NO ONE can connect a potentially life threatening ingredient to their family member's illness if IT IS NOT LABELED and they DO NOT KNOW that they are feeding it to them! NO ONE!
This is exactly why the opposition DOES NOT WANT GMOs labeled however, they do not want us to be able to link their ingredient to our illnesses. Because then they lose money.
We moms will not let money or denial stop us. We have the gift of gab. We come from love. We will share.
We thank Diane for her courage, authenticity and extraordinary act of generosity in sharing this story and in creating a website to empower others.
To read more about the astounding ways Diane sees that GMOs have impacted her own health, click on the link: