Moms Across America Premieres
People Protecting Food Safety
A Japanese Film with a Huge Impact on the American Food Supply
The Japanese government owns the largest grain distribution center in the world. It is based in Convent, Louisiana, USA.
The distribution center Zen Noh Agriculture purchases hundreds of millions of pounds, over four billion US dollars worth of GMO and non-GMO grains annually, from American farmers and ships them to China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and South East Asia.
In other words, the Japanese government owns an outsized stake in the American midwest agriculture system. This is why American Presidents and corporations put enormous pressure on the Japanese government to accept our GMO grains sprayed with glyphosate. The Japanese government, in response to the US and Monsanto’s demands, drastically deregulated glyphosate. Japan’s allowable levels of glyphosate residues are as much as 95% higher than China’s. As a result, Monsanto’s and US grain products have had not only devastating health effects on the people living in Japan but on America as well.
No other market, not even the American mothers, is as intricately connected to the American agriculture system as the Japanese.
The fact is that if the US government was responsible for safe food production, they would not produce toxic GMO crops and export them to any country. And if the Japanese government was responsible for the safety of their people, they would not allow them into their country. The political pressure from the USA is enormous, though. Will the people triumph in protecting their food supply?Read more
Japanese Parliament Creates Food Safety League
for Oversight of GMOs and Herbicides like Glyphosate
Contact: Debbie Luican
December 23, 2019, Mission Viejo, CA - On December 1st, led by Ryuhei Kawada, member of the Japanese Parliament and Head of the Oversight Committee, a group of Japanese officials inaugurated the Food Safety League (FSL) in the Japanese Diet (parliament). Concerned about food safety and security in Japan, they recognize that ensuring a stable food supply for the Japanese people is a political mission. In 2017, for instance, due to the relaxing of government regulation, pesticide residue allowances on Japanese imports increased by 400X.
A press release from FSL Chairman Mr. Takashi Shinohara, Executive Director Ryuhei Kawada, and the 16 other FSL members stated:
We are being more and more exposed to a quality of food crisis due to technological developments that emphasize economic efficiency rather than safety, such as genetically modified organisms which are contaminated with cancerous pesticides, and gene-edited organisms. In addition, we are also concerned that imported food products and livestock quarantines are being deregulated, and food labeling is under international control. Quarantine and labeling standards need to be strengthened for ensuring the security and trust of Japanese consumers.
We believe that food safety and security is one of the most important missions of our government. Responsible and independent efforts are needed immediately for consumers, producers, suppliers, and especially for all of our children.
We must comprehensively promote and solve these issues by taking legislative actions: food safety regulation, comprehensive labeling, strengthening safety testing, etc. in order to pass high level food safety and security to the next generation.
Zen Honeycutt, Founding Executive Director of California-based nonprofit Moms Across America (and group Mothers Across the World), was invited to speak at the inaugural meeting of the FSL on December 2nd. “It is a historic moment for the world that the Japanese parliament created the exemplary Food Safety League. As the Japanese own the world’s largest grain distribution center, based in the US, they are a major force in world agriculture. Japan is also a major consumer of US export GMO crops including corn and soy, used in their cooking oils and animal feed. As the Japan FSL raises the bar on healthy food supplies for Japanese citizens, they will also be impacting farming practices and food supplies for people around the world. This impact could mean transitioning from agrochemical GMO farming to regenerative organic farming, which means sequestering more carbon, increasing water retention, reducing pollution in waterways, and reducing climate chaos around the world.”
Ryuhei Kawada, Executive Director of FSL, is highly motivated to protect Japanese citizens from harmful imported products. When he was 10 years old he infected with HIV by an imported American blood product that was used to treat hemophilia. The Japanese government concealed the known danger and allowed the Japanese people to use the blood products without any safety regulations. Hemophilia patients were unaware of the dangers and 2000 people were infected with HIV.
Kawada noted that the Japanese government was again, allowing harmful products into their country- this time in the form of pesticides and gene edited foods. He stated, “The Food Safety League is a great opportunity to make Japan a respected country that guarantees food safety and social justice. With the creation of FSL we declare our determination to work with people around the world who have the same aspirations, and fight against the distorted values that make our children’s health a tool for making money.”
Ryuhei Kawada makes a call to action in this video for more Parliament members to join this Food Safety League.
In America, Moms Across America calls for a similar US committee to be formed. To contact your Representative or Senator and ask them to form a Food Safety Committee click here.
To read a full report of the historic actions for food safety in Japan, click here.
Contact in Japan:
Chairman Mr. Takashi Shinohara
Exe.Director Ryuhei Kawada - ryuuhe[email protected]
Member MP: Masako Ohgawara, Makoto Yamazaki, Takahiro Sasaki,Keinin Horikoshi,Wakako Yamamoto, Kaname Tajima, Eri Tokunaga, Mitsunori Okamoto, Takako Nagae,Yukiko Kada, Genki Sudo, Mami Tamura, Hideya Sugio, Mizugo Fukushima, Akiko Kamei, Tomoko Kami.
Moms Across America is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to educate and empower mothers and others with actions and solutions to create healthy communities. Moms Across America’s website is now available in Japanese and Spanish.
Report from Japan speaking tour, March 1-10
By Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America
I expected to go to Japan to speak about Moms Across America’s work and warn mothers of the health risks of GMOs and toxins so they could avoid them. Considering the Asian diet, I was sure their health was far better than ours. I was shocked to discover that Japanese, Korean and Filipino children health issues had far surpassed American children. Over 500-800 moms gathered for my presentations in each of the 5 locations, where I learned why the crowds were so large.
Japanese children have developmental delays 2x higher than the US. Korean children have autism and developmental delays 2-3x higher. According to the Autism Speaks of Philippines, at least 1 million, or 1 out of 33 children in the Philippines had been diagnosed with autism in 2014 (more without healthcare are likely to have symptoms), which is far worse than our current 1 out of 68 children. I was crushed. I was Angry. I was Outraged.