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Food. It is a necessity and usually a joyful part of life. We create entire communities and cultures around the stuff. Food is there for every major event in our lives whether joyous or sorrowful. Food can heal. But food can also be the pink elephant in the room. The thing we don’t talk about when we eat differently than others. The thing that excludes us and our kids from their tribe. The thing we are uncomfortable talking about when our kids have a food allergy and their exposure could put them in the hospital or worse. Then, food can be isolating and separating and scary.

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Children’s Health Champion: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Moms Across America has many advisors who support our educational outreach to mainstream American families. One of them is the esteemed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., founder of nonprofit WaterKeepers, an environmental lawyer who is on the legal team suing Monsanto, Chairman of the Board and Chief legal counsel of Children’s Health Defense, and father of seven. He is also the author of eight books, his most recent being American Values, Lessons I Learned from My Family. It is this book and his current work at Children’s Health Defense that Moms Across America most wants the public to know about. We are at a turning point in history... and without the values, as so lovingly shared in his recent book, and the truth, as it is exposed through the work of Children’s Health Defense, our future looks unimaginably bleak.

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Take action to prevent increased pollution level allowances by our EPA!

From our friend at Beyond Pesticides:

Congress Should Demand an Investigation into EPA’s Dismissal of Science continuing its marathon of deregulation to benefit the chemical industry, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to increase the amount of the weed killer atrazine allowed in U.S. waterways by 50% during the chemical's registration review—a stark reversal of previous proposals to significantly reduce atrazine levels in the environment.

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The Impact of Glyphosate on Waterways, Marine Life, and Agriculture

 

Introduction by Moms Across America

 

Moms Across America received funding to test water samples in Florida and make an educational video with Frank Dean and Dr. Don Huber about the impact of glyphosate, specifically in Florida, on waterways crops, and health. Citrus farming use is the major focus, but glyphosate herbicides are also used directly in the water, on streets, sidewalks, gardens, parks, and on food crops such as sugar in Florida. Frank generously offered to also write this report on glyphosate and the impact on waterways and agriculture and we hope you will share it with your local farmers, city managers, Parks & Rec Departments, and landscapers.

We hope you will watch this video: The Impact and Benefit of Eliminating Glyphosate Use in Waterways and Agriculture which features citrus experts and plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber and chemist and biologist Frank Dean.


Florida has been especially impacted by glyphosate use. According the Environmental Working Group over 3.5 million pounds of glyphosate was used in South Florida between 2000-2012. Glyphosate herbicides, such as Roundup, Rodeo and Aquamaster, have been deemed carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. They have also been proven to cause liver disease, reproductive damage, neurotoxicity, heart and lung damage to fish and animals. Our children are also especially vulnerable to toxins and glyphosate, because it breaks down the blood brain barrier, increases the harmful impact of those toxins. In South Florida, according to a Fox News Report in 2016, children have a 36% higher risk of getting cancer than in the rest of the state. 
Howard Vlieger, farming consultant and self proclaimed "Student of the Soil," has stated, "This video is excellent, excellent, excellent. It is very well edited and is filled with very important information."
We hope you will share this article and video with your peers, members of your organization or group, and policy makers in your town. This video makes for a great educational session and discussion with advocates in environmental, water, farming, or health groups. Together, we can have Florida and the world be safer now and support our future generations to thrive.
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Gratitude

As we enter into the holiday season, all of us at Moms Across America would like to express our gratitude for you, our community, and all you do to make this world a better place. Thank you!

Zen and the MAA Team


“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

― John F. Kennedy


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Dark Waters Shines a Light on Chemical Warfare

Nov 26, 2019 - I attended the opening night of Dark Waters in Irvine, CA. with much anticipation.

It is a movie based on a true story about a corporate lawyer, played by Mark Ruffalo, who turns on DuPont and exposes their years of corruption. In my work with Moms Across America I have had direct personal experience with this corruption.

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How Organic Food Prevented a School Shooting

One day, not long after yet another school shooting, a supporter called me and told me she needed to tell me a story. One of her best friends wanted me to know what she was about to tell me but she wanted to remain anonymous. She said, “You will understand why.” I listened.

She said that her friend was a single mom with four kids, living in a low-income Hispanic community in Santa Ana, CA. When her son was about nine years old, she he knew he had mental health issues and asked his school’s teachers to help her but they did not do anything about it. One day, the school Principal called her and said, “You need to come pick up your son from school. He just threatened to blow up the school with a bomb and kill everyone in it.” She responded that she knew he had mental health issues, and she had been asking them for help...would they help her now? The Principal finally agreed and they arranged a meeting with a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrist spoke with her son at length and at the end of the session he said, “Here you go, here is a prescription for a medication for your son.”

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Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Tree: A Risk Not Worth Taking

“A Massive & Irreversible Experiment” with Unknown Risks to Forests and People 

Written by Theresa Church and Ruddy Turnstone

chestnut.pngWhile the season of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is upon us, the public comment period for the genetically engineered American chestnut (GE AC) is imminent. The request to commercialize the GE AC is being called a “massive and irreversible experiment with our forests” that, if approved, would allow the unprecedented release of a fertile GMO plant into the wild.

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What You Give to Your Mom, You Get Back 1000-Fold

It does not take much to fuel a mom to keep going. A quick hug before bed, a moment to breathe in her seven year old’s hair that still smells like a young puppy... that love, that connection...recharges her for hours to get the lunches packed, pay the bills, sort out the laundry, and twenty other things before bed.

The same goes for Moms Across America. What we have accomplished, with a small but mighty team and tiny budget (compared to many nonprofits in our cause) is a testament to the determination of mothers. We can run on fumes and still keep going. It is not the most effective way to work, however.

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What Do Clothes Have to Do with Agriculture?

Things to Consider as You Do Your Holiday Gift Shopping

The following excerpt is from Rebecca Burgess’ new book Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy (Chelsea Green Publishing, November 2019) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.

The simple answer to this question is: a lot. On average, over 80 percent of the cotton grown in the United States annually is genetically modified to withstand the use of a range of herbicides and pesticides, and less than 1 percent is certified organic. And while two-thirds of Americans support GMO labeling for their food, few understand the role GMOs play in their clothing. In fact, we have yet to broach any large-scale public discussion of how GMO agriculture as a whole is impacting the health and diversity of our landscapes, rural economies, and personal health. Due to the omission of these larger conversations we’ve largely left the genetic engineering of fibers out of the land-use ethics debate altogether, and as a result there is little to no transparency offered on garment hangtags enabling us to determine if our clothing is genetically modified or not. Unless we are searching out and purchasing Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified garments. As a result of the large gap between our knowledge of how clothing is made and where the ingredients are sourced from, when we make decisions as a consumer on what to buy, we are largely making them blindly.

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