Is it really any surprise that the Washington labeling battle lost? Or Prop 37 proposal fell to the same fate in pretty much the same fashion. It’s not just the big bad chemical companies that are to blame for this recent demise folks, the dollars you have been spending every day can carry some of the fault as well. Here’s how:
“Members of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, which was forced to create a political committee to comply with state law, have contributed more than $11 million to No on 522, the campaign opposed to the labeling initiative” (shocking, no?). To break it down even further:
Pepsico ($2.4 million)
Coca-Cola ($1.5 million)
Nestle ($1.5 million)
That’s according to a review of state records. These are the same three companies that also made large contributions to defeat the California labeling initiative last year. That was of course after the big processed food companies joined with the biotech firms and helping to raise $46 million for the opposition.
Still there are others:
General Mills ($869,000)
You can add to the list the Campbell’s Soup Company, Kellogg’s Company, Land O’Lakes, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Cargill, Dean Foods and The Hershey Company as well. Yes, every time you spend your hard earned dollars on their products, you contribute to their ability to continue spending large fortunes to make sure labelling doesn’t happen. The thing is, you don’t need labels! I cringed as I watched the amount that either side was spending on labels that people don’t really read right now. And what people do read, they can’t understand. No longer are ingredients simply water, flour, sugar, eggs, etc. If you have to look up ingredients on your smartphone, or online at home to know what you’re eating, it’s not real food and shouldn’t be eaten. The processed food industry is getting richer and richer off making consumers sicker and more overweight. The lies that the government spews out showing reductions in this or that, simply isn’t true. The next time you’re out and about take a good look around you. What do you see? Do you see healthy and energized people, or are most of the adults and children you see in dire need of healthier food and a nutrition intervention? I think you’ll find that things aren’t as healthy and wonderful as what some people try to convince you of. Over 85% of all processed food has at least one or more GE (GMO) ingredients in them! That means that unless verified otherwise, grocery store shelves lined from ceiling to floor with GMOs. Most of the food we eat today isnt real food at all. It concerns me that we are so focused on labels, for food that shouldn’t be consumed in the first place. And by continuing to waste time and money on fighting to label garbage food, we’re continuing to allow the same food to be purchased and generating additional demand. Knowing that just about every single processed food product has one or more GMOs in it, how does it slip the minds of so many that purchasing products that contain GMOs, supports the growth of GE crops!!!
Complaining about such defeats just seems so ridiculous. What should we be doing then? The bottom line is this…real food doesn’t have an extended shelf life. Real food doesn’t have a dozen ingredients in it that you have to look up in order to know what you are eating. We’re so wrapped up in labelling food that needs to be taken off the shelves and replaced with real and whole foods, that we aren’t taking time out to realize that we’re fighting to label the very same foods contributing to the chronic diseases and illnesses, food allergies and weight issues we have today. The answer isnt easy or simple, because it makes us have to take responsibility for our own health and wellness, and for that of our family. The only way we are going to solve this problem is by getting out and getting growing. And with air pollution and the nasty chemicals being sprayed on us, learning how to creatively grow indoors is even better. Until we start growing our own food, going out into our communities and starting community gardens/greenhouses and take the reliance from buying and consuming these fake foods, the cycle will continue and this will be an ongoing battle. I look at the amount of money raised to try and pass the label initiatives and then I look back at how that same money could have been spent on school lunches programs and getting them away from the clutches of Monsanto, or on nutrition programs that are designed to to not only teach people what they should be eating and how to cook without using GMOs or toxic chemicals and additives. Think about it. Labelling continues the GMO cycle. It allows the nutritional oppression that has plagued us for far too long, to remain a burden to our health and wellness, as well as to our pocketbooks as we stay prisoners to the OTC medications and prescription we rely on to get through each day. It just seems like we are wasting so much time and money to label products we need to have gone, when we should be working on the root of the problem.
We here at the Food Revolution support self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and personal responsibility. The time of blaming and crying over spilled milk is over. it’s time to grab those containers if you live in an area that is now in winter mode, educate yourself on aquaponics and hydroponics, relearn how to cook and eat healthier, and get growing. Until we take back the reigns on this stage coach, we will remain conforming GMO supporters. There are so many amazing new grassroots groups and organizations that are popping up all across the world that are willing and able to help you make the change. It’s time to get our bodies back on real and chemical free foods and beverages so that they can begin to detox and function as they should. If you start today, replacing even just one meal a week with a healthy and processed free foods, you are already starting the process. Together we can take back our food supply! Together we can learn how to help and take care of each other! Together we can make a difference. We can do it together!
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Over the past few months there have been so many amazing grassroots groups and organizations popping up all supporting the grow your own food and feed the hungry movement. So many awesome and wonderful people coming together not because they want to have their face and name plastered on a facebook page, in a newspaper, or blog, but because people helping other people out is how it should be. Many of these heroic groups and people come from pasts that have had them in the very shoes of those in need, that is the fire that is lit under their unselfish and forward moving determination. They, much like us, don’t keep track of the hours of sleep lost, the number of dollars spent out of pocket without hesitation, or how many people thanked us. There are no medals of honor, no world peace prize, no monetary awards. The feelings you feel when you see the smiles, feel the hugs, and hear the thank you’s is worth more than anything in this world.
The need for healthy and chemical free food has never been greater, and every dollar of every day that is spent funding the food industry and chemical companies who are in charge of it, is another day of illness and death that shouldn’t exist. We need people to step out of their getting by lives, and want to do what is right because its right. Because one day,, sooner or later, we may very well find ourselves in that same position if we haven’t already been there before. When I look into the faces of those I am blessed to be able to help get healthier and in a better position to get back on their feet, I don’t see someone who is lesser than me, or asks to be where he/she is. I see a man, woman, and more often than innocent children who have had their lives yanked out from underneath them and just need a solid ground to stand on. These are our fellow brothers and sisters, people with just as much value and purpose in this world as you and me. When we stop looking at them as equals to us, we far too easily turn our backs on them, many only feeling the spirit of giving during the holidays.
Friends and blog followers, this is simply not acceptable. I get that there are many who don’t know where to start or what to even do. I get that there are many of us who live in states and countries that have cold winter months. But hunger, homelessness, and poverty don’t go off to a warm weather place until the cold hard months pass, neither should we. Food banks and soup kitchens are simply failing to provide food with sufficient nutrition on a regular basis, and it shouldn’t have to be their burden anyways. WE have the ability to make a difference and create change. It won’t make you rich and famous, or get you a presidential medal. We already see and know that our government and the companies they are so deeply in bed with no longer have our best interest at heart any more…then again it has been that way for quite some time hasn’t it?! It has to change…
When we began our Seed Bomb event, it started out as a one time thing, with a specific designated day. The emails and comments we got reinforced what we had already known but weren’t
sure others felt the same…During the winter months, the ground is frozen, and the hungry and poor are even more in need of proper nutrition and food. Food banks and soup kitchens, with all of their GMO foods, see even more hungry mouths to feed, including teenagers and young children. And yet, with the ground covered in a blanket of snow, the cold winter months deters us from continuing the gardening that must be done if we are to save our fellow human beings and fight for our food supply.
Today, with our creativity and inventions, we can bring outdoor gardening on every level, inside. Growing hundreds of pounds of food or just enough to get through each month. Apartments, condos, rentals, houses, etc..it no longer matters where you live there’s a solution and means to continue growing food. Aquaponics, Hydroponics, window gardening, container gardens..with a little bit of re-education you can grow your own food inside for you and to give to those in need. The key words to take from that, is re-education. By continuing to spend your dollars on the toxic and chemical filled foods we are so used to eating and addicted to, you are in essence continuing the legal poisoning and forced nutritional oppression that has taken so many lives already and forced so many more to suffer through chronic diseases, illnesses, food allergies, and weight problems we are seeing such a rise of today. Convenience and cost become the most important things to us, sacrificing the future health and wellness of our children.
There are a rapidly growing number of grassroots groups popping up all across the world! In order to step out of the vicious circle of pain, sickness, obesity, depression, etc..we have to leave behind everything we have been fed and look back to before we had shelves with lab created food and fake food drive thru’s, to the times when people came together and grew the real food they planted and harvested. With the brain power, creativity, and technology we have today the excuses of the past should stay in the past. The food industry has been allowed for too long to force us into the unhealthy and medicated lives we live today. Organizing community gardens in every village, townships, and city isnt a pipe dream, it has to become a reality. We don’t need grass to decorate our lawns, we need chemical free and nutritious food. Our health issues and hunger don’t take time off during the coming the holiday season..why are we?
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our Food Revolution page, take some time and check it out! Not only are we creating change every day and helping others to eat better, live healthier, and cook healthier, but we are also sponsoring an ongoing seed bomb event that gives people creative ideas on how to continue growing all year-long and share it with those who need it the most. We have the most amazing bunch of supporters and followers and they continue to spread the word and help us to get others motivated every day! We must begin to come together and work together if we are going to take back our food supply and get our lives into a healthier and more wholesome life..We have the power and numbers..Power to the people..It’s Time For A Food Revolution!!
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Greetings fellow Food Revolutionaries, Today is Monday September 9th, 2013..Happy Monday to you and yours! As we watch and watch for the US to make its move against Syria…it is easy to forget about the problems and issues we need to be dealing with right here at home. Part of me thinks that this in fact the whole point…to distract you from seeing the evil and horrific events that are about to take place, and sadly have already begun. Over the last few months several cities have taken action against those who already have so little as it is. Barely able to get by, living wherever they can, trying to just make it through one more day..that is their daily life. And yet because these people aren’t driving around in nice cars, wearing nice clothes, or living the lives we all get to enjoy, it has been decided that these human beings are nothing but deadbeat nuisances, who make our cities look bad…who scare away tourists…who lead to supposed increased crimes..In south Carolina they not only made it illegal to be homeless, but have also gone so far as to forbid them from ever entering the city again!! Sickening! Shame on them! These people are not animals, they are human beings..fellow brothers and sisters.. who at one time not that long ago were assets to their communities and state..to this country. Shipping them off like cattle to FEMA camps!! The same places we sit here every day and say we will NEVER let them take us of too. Where is the outrage? Where are the widespread protests? Where are the people who can see and know how wrong this is and are spreading the messages of justice for them?? We need Angels for the Homeless now!! Stand up, get up, speak out! We say we are tired of rights and freedoms being taken away and that will stop at nothing to protect our families…but these are fellow brothers and sisters and they deserve a chance to be retrained, taught how to be self-reliant and self-sufficient..a chance to become an asset to their cities and state again..The time is now!! Will you answer the call to do what is right?!