Once upon a time, just one generation ago, all food was organic. When a mother bought corn on the cob or apples for her family she had no doubt that she was buying healthy food. When she picked up a box of cereal she didn't bother to read the label because she trusted that it has passed the food regulations set forth by our FDA and USDA and that anything sold in the grocery stores was perfectly fine to eat. Sometimes she read the label because she was avoiding too much sugar or salt, but besides that, the long looking words she couldn't pronounce she didn't think twice about. They must be fine.
She never even considered that there could be something in the food that was not labeled. She never imagined that the food manufacturers would be allowed to do such a thing. It never occured to her.
Over the past twenty years, it has become apparent that there is something in the food that is not disclosed: genetically modified proteins, put in our food since 1994, which are engineered to withstand toxic chemicals. GMOs have been hidden from us.
Many resist this idea. They don't want to know. It would unAmerican to not trust the system. Plus, it would be inconvenient. Suddenly, if we want to avoid these genetically modified organisms we would have to scrutinize our food, change food brands that have become family traditions, budget and spend more to buy NON GMO Project verified and Organic and be suspected as a left wing hippy conspiracy theorist.
This is the reality that brave Americans are willing to face. It is not a reality that our representatives and committee members of the Energy and Commerce Hearing faced in the hearing for HR 4432 which would make GMO labeling voluntary on a federal level, wipe out state labeling laws, and allow a "100% Natural" label to contain GMOs.
Busloads of people at the Rayburn House Alexis of OCA,Rally organizer
Attendees for the Energy and Commerce Hearing regarding HR 4432 or the DARK Act,
Denying American's Right to Know, came from across the country, lined the halls of the Rayburn house in Washington DC at 7 am. The Organic Consumer's Association, funded the buses to the rally and along with many other grassroots and non profit groups, rallied their supporters for weeks to rearrange their schedules, take two days off work, ride on a bus for hours to days to be at the hearing and rally to stop HR 4432. We came because we care about having integrity on our food labels, knowing what we eat and having our state rights protected. We came because we want GMOs labeled and then elminated from our food supply along with the related toxic chemicals. We came because we have seen an increase in health issues in our loved ones, and we see them get better when they avoid GMOs and eat organic. We came because we love.
Mom and girls from Michigan!
I arrived at 8 am and was told with 90 seats available I was likely to get in. The crowd gathered. I handed out our MAA flyers to people in line and was told I could not because of terrorism like Anthrax. I asked, "You mean I can't hand out pertinent
information to the hearing, as a US citizen on federal property?" "Not if you don't want to be escorted off the property right now. I am sure you don't want that."
He had no idea what I wanted.
It took everything I had not to continue to hand out the flyers.
As I returned to my place in line -- fuming, I noticed a very distinctive difference between the local law students and paid sitters and the activist who traveled from more than 20 states to attend the hearing. There were at least 80 individuals in the front of the line in suits, dresses and crisp striped shirts... bored, blase and talking aimlessly... and hundreds more activist citizens in sweat shirts, hats and black and red bandanas... excited, focused and passionately intense about just getting in the doors of the hearing. They were eager to be a part of our government process.
We were sorely dissapointed. Only 52 got in because the other seats were reserved. Nicole from GreenAmerica got in. A few others on the pro GMO labeling side got in. I was there from California (Thanks to Benny Olvera my sponsor) two hours early and we were positioned 3 people away from the allotted seats but did not get in.
Groups of activists walked to the front of the line and challenged the fairness of being denied entrance.We later learned that many students were paid 40 dollars a head to be there and did not even know why.... they had no idea that they were being used by the corporations just as a shell of a body. Their presence was blocking the inclusion of dedicated Americans who wanted with every fiber of their being to just be in the room.
After the heart break of not getting in to the hearing after a day of travel, as I am sure hundreds felt, my friends and I decided to wait in case some people left the hearing, as we would then be able to take their place. My friend was told if she wanted to get in she had to change her shirt that said "I love my life" because it was a message. Apparently you can't love your life in a federal building hearing. She changed her shirt in case we could get in.
We waited. I watched the first panel, (Watch the hearing here) the pro GMO side speak on live stream for nearly 1 hour and 20 minutes on my cell phone. As I sat on the cold stone floor, my heart sank further with every minute. I was later told I could not sit, that it was "an act of protest" so I stood again and watched the hearing with shooting pain in my feet.
I saw the entire council panel speak favorably of GMOs and deny concern over health safety. I saw our representatives completly sold out on GMOs. I saw the Tennesse Senator (in red) say she "is interested in food looking good because we eat with our eyes... and I am interested in yield." She later left during first panel. I tried to talk to her as she passed by me. She was immediately angered. I asked her to look up the studies on our Momsacrossamerica.com and told her our kids were sick and she walked away faster. I was again so disappointed.
My battery ran too low for me to continue watching. I was distraught that we had come all that way and were missing it. We were told the first panel had left and the second panel had started but no one had left the hearing. It was most likely none would.
It was 12:30.We had been there for 4.5 hours. We reluctantly decided to leave, eat lunch and meet with our fellow activists at the nearby church gathering. There I reconnected with wonderful people from all over the country.
I had an opportunity to address the crowd (see speech here) and request that they take action in their own counties. The response was resoundingly positive. We were not going to give up. I was enlivened and thrilled to meet leaders from all across the country. Their excitement touched my soul and their dedication left me inspired.
Later, after dinner, I watched the second half of the hearing and my expectations of being represented in the hearing were destroyed. The second panel, I was hoping would be on our side, but it wasn't. It was devastatingly dissapointing. Speaker after speaker just defended GMOs and proclaimed their safety. Even the Vermont co sponsor for the GMO labeling bill and the EWG ( Environmental Working Group) representative clearly proclaimed that they did not have concerns about the safety of GMOs.It was infuriating. I did not hear them speak up to protect our health or state rights. It was a travesty of justice. The hundreds of people who traveled thousands of miles to be there were not fairly represented.
The hearing was set up to be one big propaganda discussion of GMOs.
It was an opportunity for the opposition to scold the EWG.
It was a failure of the US government to protect the people. It is my opinion that the committee members out right lied. I am sure every single one of them is aware of at least one, if not all, of the studies showing harm from GMOs. Every single one of them has heard of the soy comparison study documenting the significant difference between GMO soy and non GMO soy. Every single person in that room was aware of GMO material difference and safety concerns regarding increased pesticides. (Click for link to studies) It was an appalling example of how corporationshave flat our bought our government.
But this does not mean it was not worth it for every person who came all that way. Our gathering was powerful for us. It was an important act of commitment, generosity and freedom. It galvanized our strength and deepened our appreciation and connection we have for each other. Together, we will be successful. It is time for us to step it up.
It is time for us to stop waiting for other organization heads to speak for us. It is time to stop hoping and start being THE ONE.
I may be disgusted with the system but I will never give up. I don't regret a second of going to DC and I would do it again, earlier, louder and with more supporters. Our efforts in DC are never a waste. Don't use the mess our government currently is in as an excuse not to clean it up. This is OUR COUNTRY!
How can you BE THE ONE in your town? Ban GMOs? Ban Pesticides? Get your school, church or neighbors to switch to organic? Visit with your representatives and congress members and bring them the studies showing harm from GMOs that apparently they never heard of? What ever you do, do something. Because this is our country, our children and our future.
The chemical companies only have power because they have money. And they get their money, essentially from us.
If we don't buy their toxic food, they can't sell it!
It's up to us.
It is the actions of all of us, one at a time, that make the many of us strong and undauntable. Together we can do this.
Thank you for your dedication!!!
Zen Honeycutt and MAAM Team
Special Thanks to OCA for organizing this wonderful gathering of committed people and to supporter Benny Olvera for sponsoring my trip there.
Six months ago today, June 1, a few days after our meeting with the EPA, I requested per my right as a US citizen, by way of the Freedom of Information Act, to receive copies of all of the documents submitted to the EPA regarding glyphosate. Never in my life did I imagine I would be asking for potentially thousands of pages of scientific studies about a toxic chemical. I loved science when I was in sixth grade, even imagined being one someday. But I did not think I was good at math, all the rote learning without understanding was more condescending than the looks my math teacher gave me, so I dismissed the possibility of being a scientist and headed down a more artistic path as a designer.
I have a creative background, but I could not make up what I am about to share with you.
It is incredible that any scientist or non scientist could look at this information think glyphosate safe.
I received 9 files, ranging from 67-293 pages. Most were the actual studies, two were assessments of other studies. I do not believe I received all of the studies submitted to the EPA, and will be asking for the full set of documents. What I did receive however, in my opinion, is reason enough not to re register glyphosate.
Watch a video version of this blog here and share it with friends.
The first study I open, is a 96 hour study on oysters..and it concludes that although in 4 days there were no oyster deaths, the majority of the oysters were "closed and not feeding". That is equivalent to a human in a coma! Are you kidding me? This is supposed to prove glyphosate is safe for sea life?
And what happened after 4 days? For how long did the oysters stay "closed and not feeding" and what happened to them then?
I am reading this, hollering to my husband about oysters and the dear man is putting up with me. He even admits that he is glad I am the kind of person that cares about this because someone has to.
The next study, a 96 hour study on Mysid shrimp, shows that after 4 days, the "level of no-morbidity was .51 a.e.mg/L ( 1.71 mg/L MON 2139 mg/L". The level of glyphosate in our corn, husk removed is 3.5 ppm. .51 mg/L and 1.71 mg/L is equal to .51 and 1.71 ppm. And it was the level just above this killed the shrimp after 4 days. 100% of the shrimp died at levels of 3.9ppm.
Granted we are not as small as a shrimp, but the amount of glyphosate must be equivalent and significant in comparison. Consider that 80% of GMOs which make up 90% of our food crops and in 85% of our food are sprayed with glyphosate. In addition, many non-organic crops are also sprayed with glyphosate as a drying agent pre-harvest. Furthermore a burn down application of glyphosate is applied before planting, so the amount of glyphosate we potentially consume from the 160 foods withallowable glyphosate levels is from .2 - 400 ppm. This is very significant.
The average life span of a Mysid shrimp is 365 days. 4 days is 1% of it's life. How is this a study which is scientifically sound for weighing the safety of glyphosate? It's not! it's preposperous! This test duration is equivalent to a human who lives to 78 years old being exposed to glyphosate for 284 days...less than a year. The reality is glyphosate has been in our food supply for nearly 20 years....7300 days...already.
White shrimp in comparison to the size of a human fetus (Human fetus is about half the size)
Another 96 hour White shrimp study showed "the no-morbidity after 4 days was 5.2 mg/L ( 17 mg/L of MON 2139)". Higher than that and they died. The levels of glyphosate on dried sugar beet pulp, the main source of sugar in millons of American products, is 25ppm. The average American consumes 156 pounds of sugar per year. How much glyphosate is that? What is it doing to us? A white shrimp is larger than a 6 week old human fetus. What coudl glyphosate be doing to our fetuses? Why has our infertility and miscarriage rate skyrocketed to 30% just like the pigs in Denmark who ate feed sprayed with glyphosate and had their levels of miscarriage jump to 30%?
FISH SHARE 85% of the same DNA as Humans
The 96 hour minnow study showed the level of no-mortality at 2.1 a.e mg to 6.8 mg MON 2139/L. Higher than that and fish died in 4 days.We have 5 ppm allowed on our potatoes and 7 ppm of glyphosate allowed on tea, items that we eat/drink in large quantities.
The 2 month (dosing period) study of canaries showed mortality at 432mg/L and with birds dying within 2 hours of dosing at 3300 ppm. Our animal feed grains are allowed by the EPA to have levels of 400 ppm and are consistently fed this amount, it is not just a one or two time dose during 4 days of their life.
The mouse study was a mere 28 days... not even a month...and although they claimed no changes to them mice...this duration is supposed to be valid as a scientific study for the safety of a toxic chemical sprayed on our food to consume? If there they were longer studies done, they did not send them to me as they are required to by law.
So the next time a GMO scientist tells you they have "hundreds of studies" showing the safety of GMOs and Glyphosate, ask them, how long are those studies for? What were the results? If the animals did not DIE, did they exhibit other symptoms (like not eating) that would lead to their death shortly after the duration of the study?
These studies, even in their small scope and short duration show that glyphosate should not be re registered. It's not sound science to see these as showing safety by any scope of the imagination and in addition this mother, for one, would prefer to be better safe than sorry than to feed my kid a chemical that has most oysters "closed and not feeding" after 4 days. It's hard enough to feed my kids, Thank you very much. I chose organic.
Please tell the EPA what you think they should decide regarding the review of glyphosate NOW. They are reading and assessing these studies now and will make a decision by Christmas. Contact:
Chief, Risk Management and Implementation Branch I
Pesticide Re-evaluation Division
US EPA (Mail Code 7508P)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
P.S. I have been informed that the studies are confidential and I cannot share the actual documents. You can request any kind of information you want through the Freedom of Information Act.
Today's Global News Release from London
A $25 million international study on GMO and pesticide safety was announced today. The ‘Factor GMO’ study will investigate the health effects of a genetically modified (GMO) crop that has been in our food and animal feed supplies for many years. It will answer the question: Is this GMO food and associated pesticide (Glyphosate / Roundup) safe for human health?
- See more at: http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/11/11/25-million-gmo-pesticide-safety-study-launched-london/
New Open Letter from America to UK regarding "Living with GMOs" announced Today
About The Letter from America
The Letter from America is a unique open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and the rest of the EU about the hazards of genetically modified crops.
This is relevant to all of us in the UK and the rest of Europe because our politicians and regulators are currently deciding whether or not to plant GMOs and, under pressure from biotech lobbyists and trade negotiations like the TAFTA/TTIP, whether to relax regulations around the import and sale of GMOs.
Europe has held out against GMOs for a very long time. If it gives in now, efforts in the US to successfully campaign against GMOs, to get GM foods labelled, and to try to get them out of the farming and food system are likely to collapse.
The letter is signed by thousands of notable citizens, health orgs, scientists and doctors.
This thorough letter lays out eight points proposed to China to be the leader in restoring health and safety to our food supply and citizens. It is an amazing compilation of solutions by the world's leading GMO researchers, scientists, veteranariens and farmers.
Sign and Share!
As the International community rises up in unity, so do we locally in America.
Moms and supporters from all across America took their precious time to make a sign and post their "Protest to Poison on Our Food and Near our Schools!" to Stop Enlist! Gina McCarthy from the EPA will recieve a large envelope of American citizens demanding that they protect us. Thank you to everyone who took the time!
Pictures can still be posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/353620821478839/
to be included in a video. Thank you!
If you want to get more involved, please join us on our new Moms Across America Chat every Monday at 12:30 pm. To join us, sign up for our newsletter or volunteer and request an invite from [email protected]
MAA Leaders can also sign up for "Empowered Leadership" Speaker Panel training and recieve the 30 minute power point to enable you to speak to doctors, moms clubs, city council members and more in your town.
Become a MAA leader by hosting an event and joining our MAAM Leaders Facebook page. Contact [email protected] for the training invite link on Nov 18th.
BE A PART of Creating the World You Want!
Be a speaker and be a leader for health and freedom!
Thank you for your support!
Zen and the MAA Team
Dear Oregon and Colorado Voters,
This letter comes to you from a volunteer mom, representing thousands of Moms knowingly, and millions of moms unknowingly, with children who are sick with autism, allergies, auto immune, asthma, obesity, diabetes, Crohn's, IBS and cancer. 1 out of 2 of our children, in fact have some form of chronic illness in America today. (1) You may think this is an alarmist statistic, and you may want to set it aside, but it is the reality of our country, it is the daily struggle of millions. It is what doctors are seeing in their practices and what teachers and school nurses are seeing at schools. We have received thousands of personal experiences of the growing epidemic of childhood illness in the United States from moms.
What does this have to do with you? Especially if your child or grand child or nephews or nieces are not sick? Why should you care? Well, your child's or grand child's or niece's or nephew's future spouses are out there, in our American population, mostly likely eating GMOs, which are unlabeled foreign proteins untested to be safe on humans. In fact, there are thousands of studies now showing harm from GMOs to animals. Moms Across America has over a thousand responses to our survey, most of which share that the mother believe GMOs are causing harm to our children. (2) They see this through trial and error of elimination of GMOs through diet.
We see our children get better from removing GMOs from our children's diets by eating organic. We see allergies, autism, asthma and auto immune issues that represent as rashes, disappear. What we don't see is whether or not their reproductive organs have been harmed from the exposure to GMOs that they have already unknowingly endured. This is of concern to us parents because we know that rats in Russia fed GMOs were sterile by the third generation. (3) We know that pigs in Denmark had a 30% miscarriage, infertility, sterility and loss of young rate when fed grains sprayed with Glyphosate. (4) 80% of GMOs are engineered to withstand Roundup (contains Glyphosate) and are therefore doused with this chemical which does not wash off. We know that the USA also has a 30% failure to conceive rate, the highest in recorded history and 85% of our processed food is GMO.(5) We believe GMOs and related chemicals are drastically impacting the health and future of America.
We want our children to be able to experience the profound love that it is to be able to create their own child someday and have their own healthy family. If you vote no on November 4th to GMO labeling, you may be voting for the demise of the American people and a future we cannot afford. This is not fear mongering, this is the scary reality that we must have the courage to face in order to transform it.
That which we cannot be with, we cannot transform. Let's be with this for a moment.
20 Years from now, it is predicted we will have 1 out of 2 of our children with autism, (6) also linked to Glyphosate, which was introduced into our food with GMOs at the same time that doctors "were flooded with children with autism." 13 years from now we will have no money left in the US health care budget for anything other than diabetes if we continue at the current rate. (7) Cancer is the number one killer of our children in America today. (8) More children die of cancer every year than people died in 9/11. Our miscarriage, stillborn and loss of young rates deducted from the US Census, mean that 2 million babies are lost each year, 379 a day, 3.8 babies a minute. One can only wonder what our miscarriage and birth defect rate will be 20 years from now... could we be with that rate doubling or quadrupling as our autism, diabetes, colitis and Crohn's disease diagnosis have? If things continue to go as they are we will continue to have more of the same.
What will our society be like if we allow this? How will our families, educational system, military and economy function with 50% of our children severely compromised and even more chronically ill or sterile? We do not have to be a scientist to know this is not in our best interest. We know this is not what mothers and father and concerned citizens want. We know that citizens of Oregon and Colorado want health, integrity in our food, labeling and freedom from being controlled by chemical companies just as much as citizens in other states do. We know you want the truth and you want to protect your loved ones.
What we don't know is which foods are GMO when we pick up the package.
What many people still don't know is what a GMO is or to avoid them and that it is in fact engineered to either BE a pesticide, with the toxin inserted into the DNA of the plant with a virus or bacteria, infecting every cell of the plant, or it is engineered to resist herbicides, therefore allowing it to be repeatedly sprayed with chemicals. One of these chemicals, Glyphosate is described by Dr. Don Huber as essentially giving the weeds AIDS, destroying their immune system. This chemical does not wash or cook off. We eat it. Our children eat it and our babies drink it in breast milk. We found Glyphosate levels over 1600 x higher than is allowed in the drinking water in Europe. (9) These levels are far above what has been shown to cause liver, kidney and sex hormone changes in rats and to destroy gut bacteria in chickens. Our gut bacteria is where 70% of our immune system lies. It is no wonder our children are getting sick!
One does not have to wait to "know" through years of scientific testing, which the GMO proponents have refused to do, that GMOs and related pesticides/herbicides are causing serious harm to our children's health. One only has to look at what they are and how these relatively "new" inventions (compared to thousands of successful years of farming without them) work and what is happening to our health in America. We must acknowledge that this science is based on twenty year old assumptions that are now out dated. We must acknowledge that there is a health crisis in America related to our food and a lack of knowledge in the consumers to prevent it. We must take precautionary action and be "Better safe than sorry."
We do not have to wait for more testing. We do not have to wait for a "better" labeling law. We do not have to fear higher costs of groceries (the reality is a penny per day) and we do not have to be confused by the LIES that out of state chemical companies are feeding you from the fruit of their greed...tens of millions of dollars made by selling Americans cheap, toxic food and by selling farmers toxic chemicals to spray on the food crops. They are protecting their profits.
We are asking you to protect your kids, our kids, and America's future by voting YES to label on November 4th.
With labels comes accountability. Why should billions pay the price of their health for the benefit of a few chemical company's profits?
We can do something NOW. You can vote YES on 105 and 92. We can cause truth in labeling and integrity in our food. We can empower parents and people who feed people to have the freedom to choose to buy food labeled with or without GMOs regardless if they can afford organic or not.
We are asking you to have faith in our farmers that they can and will farm as has been done for thousands of years, without toxic chemicals, by caring for the land and freely owning and planting their own seeds.(10)
We ask you to trust the mothers of our community and to vote YES. Have faith in our strength as Americans to turn the tide from greed and profit to the health of the people and prosperous future of America.
Mom of 3 boys who have gotten better from allergies and autism symptoms by removing GMOs and eating organic.
And MAAM Team
*Please see www.momsacrossamerica.com/data page for scientific studies, papers and reports behind this letter.
Six Months Ago we released the information to the EPA that Glyphosate has been found in our breast milk at shockingly high levels.
What have they done about this? What will they do?
This chemcal is a chelator (vitamin and mineral deficiency), an antibiotic (destroys gut bacteria and can weaken immune system) and is an endocrine disruptor (birth defects and miscarriage). It is also recorded by the EPA to cause liver and kidney damage. It has been link to non Hodgkins Lymphoma and to an increase of cancer by reputable doctors and scientists.
See article that describes higher levels of cancer, birth defects and miscarriage around fields sprayed with glyphosate in Cordoba, Argentina.
And the EPA has still not acted to protect our children and citizens.
When I met with the EPA on May 27th, Rachel Carson's birthday (author of historic boook "Silent Spring"),
Neil Andersen shared, "My job is to approve chemicals and to asses the potential risk to human and environmental harm."
No Neil, your job is not first to approve chemicals. It is to PROTECT the environment and the people FIRST. Not provide a service to the chemical companies so that they can make a profit. You work for US.
The problem is, the EPA only hears from chemical companies all day, influencing the EPA to work for them. We need you to take two actions today.
1. Call them today and say,
"It has been SIX MONTHS since you found out there is glyphosate in breast milk,WHAT are YOU doing about this? How are you protecting us?"
We want them to make statement that pregnant or breast feeding mothers should avoid glyphosate and eat organic. AND we want them to revoke the liscense of glyphosate and Recall Roundup Immediately.
Chief, Risk Management and Implementation Branch I
Pesticide Re-evaluation Division
US EPA (Mail Code 7508P)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
We have an URGENT need to take action and stop this chemical. The EPA is on the verge of approving glyphosate for another 15 years and a toxic combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D (Half of Agent Orange) as the "next wave" of stronger chemicals.
For the first time ever, Dr.OZ created a Petition to the President to do exactly what we want, STOP THE TOXINS! STOP Enlist Duo from being approved! With 100K signatures by Oct 22 the rule is that the President has to respond.
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 [email protected] 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 )