Dear city counsel members and homeowners of the city of Los Angeles,
Over the last few months, many of us have sat back and watched with utter horror and disgust as several cities face a problem they have to deal with, with blatant disregard for human rights and compassion for people suffering in need. Instead of acknowledging that they are cities with growing homeless problems, and begin to work on a humane solutions that help to get this population of people back to being healthy and assets to their communities, they choose to treat them like criminals or ugly blemishes, fining them, harassing them, jailing them or sending them away to be a problem for someone else. Shame on them!! Many of these men, women, and young adults would much rather be in a home of their own, and in a bed of their own, than sleeping on a park bench or cardboard mat on the street. The cities that have already voted to solve a problem with such lack of compassion and responsibility, have demonstrated for everyone to see, that they are more interested in protecting their tourism flow, property values, and public image than in creating solutions fair to all sides. Since when did one group of people become more important than another? Since when is it ok to not take responsibility for having ample resources and solutions in place to get these people back in homes and working?! Why are those who are fortunate enough to have food, clothing, jobs and roof over their heads suddenly judge and jury that have the right and power to look down on others who do not have the fortune of having the same. These are human beings, people Who are guilty of nothing more than being victims to an economy that shows no prejudice in who it tears apart or destroys, or in a country that supports and finds ways to fund wars, but cannot afford to feed and house their poor. And now we see a news story that very soon, local homeowners and city council members may very well join this circle!? SHAME ON YOU!!
In a country that has proven capable of sticking together and helping each other in their time of need, why are so many cities so lazy and irresponsible, that they would rather sweep the dust under the designer carpet than grab the dustpan and get dirty. We have far more empty homes in this country than we have homeless! If our governments on every level focused less on getting rich and famous, and more on creating jobs and taking care of all of their citizens, what a different and wonderful world this would be! The real problems and criminals in these situations aren’t those who have already lost it all, no my friends it is you who choose to punish and look down upon people who need a simple stone to stand on. Is it that easy to forget what its like to e hungry? To be cold? To feel alone or not good enough? Is it really about benefit being a city known as a bully and only value those with money??
Every living thing on the face of this earth has value, and we have seemingly forgotten that! Shame on anyone who has deemed themselves greater than another just because he has more materialistic goods, and owns a home! What have we become? Worse what have we allowed our cities to become!? Is it that difficult to pull together as a community and work on real solutions, especially with so many people already in the trenches and fighting to save those with so much less?! At one point most of those now on the street, were job working, home owning, family loving taxpayers, but now that things in our country have gotten worse the dream of having a life of their own again seems even further out of reach. Unlike years before, the number of us who are standing up for these fellow human beings, is rapidly growing. While many of you curl up safe and sound in the comfort of your homes, millions shiver beneath the cold wintery night sky. This isn’t a disgrace, this is an outrage. A despicable act against humans that punishes a group of people for being forgotten and cast out by screwed up society. Somehow those in charge of our country, just as those of you in charge of our city’s, have forgotten who you work for and who you are supposed to be caring for and protecting. As men and women get raped, bullied, beaten, murdered and jailed, how have you succeeded in doing those simple things? With the exception of the photo opportunity and during the holiday season, when good will and compassion seem to grow out of thin air, these fellow human beings are forgotten and ignored as we drive and/or walk by. Unacceptable! Ignoring the rights of people in need, denying them proper access to the basic necessities, and ignoring the protests and voices of those of us who care and are willing to stand up and fight for them regardless of what it takes, is no longer an option.
To all of you activists, and our strong and compassion, passionate followers and supporters, the time has come for us this madness stop! This is a call to action for all of you across the globe, to stand up and do what is right. For far too long we have allowed the abuse and suffering of people who are in need to continue and enough is enough. There are other solutions, it is far cheaper to help these people than it is to do what they keep doing. Harassing them, jailing them, denying them access to free food, and continually treating them like animals isn’t the answer. Now is the time to stop signing petitions, stop pushing buttons on our pc’s, and be the voices for those already locked up, those who have already had their lives taken from, who need someone to fight for them now!! Let us use this opportunity to rise up peacefully, present realistic and doable solutions, and remind those who look down on those of us with so little, that we matter!! No more abuse! No more denial of the basic necessities that ALL humans rightly deserve to have! It is time that these cities and communities take their responsibility in this issue, and be held accountable for their decisions and actions. These are our fellow brothers and sisters, once thriving assets and soldiers in this country. Getting them healthy and well, and back on the road having a life of their own, whatever it may be is what needs to be done. Unity, working together, helping each other..especially those struggling and in need. The time is now!! Whether you are in a nearby city, across the country, or in another part of the world..you..we…they are human beings… and it is time we stopped allowing those who are elected into office to forget that they are supposed to represent each of us and not just a chosen few!
To the city council of LA, all human lives are valuable and precious, with many of us facing homelessness and poverty very soon. It is not your job to judge and convict, it is your job to create jobs and solutions, and focus on the people who call your city home. We will be the voice for the voiceless, and we will stand up for their right to live and thrive! Ignoring us is not an option, the time has come for change. It is time come together and write every news station, every newspaper, and the LA city council demanding justice for those who have already lost so much. We are, this is, where the change begins. People helping people..the way it was meant to be…Expect us!!
Seed Bombing is a term used since the 1970’s, which is about the time when the guerrilla gardening movement began. According to research, it was in the 1970’s that a group of garden activists known as the “Green Guerrillas” was founded by NYC artist Liz Christy who threw seed bombs into abandoned lots and wastelands. Christy went on to become the creator and founder of the Bowery Houston Community Garden which is still a heavily active garden today..A garden that has received both local support in addition to local government, to help preserve it as a community growing space. Since then, there have been so many different kinds of seed bomb inventions. These include things like seed balloons, seed condoms, seed-filled christmas ornaments, seed capsules, and even seed paper. The most common technique that most of us guerilla gardeners use today, happens to be the ancient method of using natural materials that were used by Masonobu Fukuoka, who used earth clay and seeds to create his successful balls of seeds. No matter where you live, or what recipe or method you use, one thing is for sure. Seed bomb and seed bombing groups are tripling in popularity and numbers, and as more and more consumers jump on the Seed Bomb wagon, even us here at the Food Revolution truly believe the Biotech Companies and Food industry should be very afraid. With every seed and every chemical-free seed bomb thrown or planted, we are in fact taking back our food supply, one bomb at a time!
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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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Food Companies and Monsanto Spend Millions to Defeat Washington GMO Labeling Initiative. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/19698-revealed-big-processed-food-companies-spend-millions-to-defeat-washington-gmo-labeling-initiative
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…
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?!
We here at the Food Revolution have been quite busy as of lately, working on design plans for upcoming projects, working on new marketing materials, working in our own gardens, and fighting the war that has been waged against us the good people of each and every citizen, across the globe. It seems as of now we’re being poisoned by the air we breathe, food we eat, and water we drink. The rights to have safe and affordable housing, clean and safe water, fresh and non hazardous air to breathe, and healthy and toxin free foods to eat are freedoms that we were allowed to enjoy in past times. For too long, our governmental systems have kept us locked in a tight little box, believing what it feeds us, absorbing their promises and promises, and putting faith into their words and oath’s to protect us and keep us each living the lives we are entitled to live..lives without constant worry over being poisoned, jailed, beaten, bullied, or harmed..lives that are healthy and wholesome.
Over the past few months, many of our countries have seen, felt, and heard things we are not used to…many of us have sat on the edge of our seats, watching and waiting for the corruption, tyranny, lying, and greed to stop..for things to change for the better, for our futures to look brighter than what we face right now, right this minute. Many of you follow the news, whether it is online or offline, so I wont bore you with the news that is the final straw for us here at the Food Revolution. If congress, here in the United States, passes the TPP (which we are certain by the 25th of July it will!), The Trans-Pacific Partnership would give corporations the right to sue national governments if they passed any law, regulation, or court ruling interfering with a corporation’s “expected future profits.” A news article I read today also stated the following: “They could also sue over local or state laws they didn’t like. The TPP would cover 40 percent of the world’s economy. Existing laws and regulations on food safety, environmental protection, drug prices, local contracting, and internet freedom would all be up for challenge. And the decision-makers on such suits would not be local judges and juries; they’d be affiliated with the World Bank, an institution dedicated to corporate interests (Slaughter, 2013). This will mean that states will pass all the laws and amendments they want and may find it means nothing. In essence my friends Democracy as we know it is coming to an end, and if you don’t start taking precautions now and preparing now, you only have yourself to blame. We need to stand together, work together, and fight together to make a difference..POWER TO THE PEOPLE, Its Time for A Food Revolution!!
Slaughter, J. (2013). Secret TPP Deal Would Void Democracy. Retrieved from
Over the last several weeks, we have been busy organizing and fine tuning all of our ideas, projects, and resources (though this will be an ongoing process), to make sure that we can pass it all on to you in a way that will provide you with the most success and help you to do the most good. Many of you have been waiting to find out how you can help, how you can start a food revolution in your community/area, and what you can do to help fight back against the Biomafia companies and food industries that are spending millions if not billions to keep you addicted to their toxic and deadly foods, sick with chronic diseases and illnesses, and worse than that..starving out our fellow brothers and sisters who are forced to remain prisoners of rapidly deteriorating low-income communities. Healthy and nurturing food should not be a luxury..it should not be only for those who can afford to pay the higher cost of organic foods..Healthy and chemical free foods should be a necessity for everyone, and access to those safe and nutrient rich chemical free foods should exist in each and every community, in every community, in every state, and in every country. For the most part, consumers across the globe have been unknowingly ingesting harmful chemicals and toxins because our governments have care more about profit and higher crop yields than human safety..because they refuse to ban cease and desist their continued attack on our health and wellness..we here at the Food Revolution have decided it is time for us to do our part to right the unjust, harmful, and dangerous wrongs that have been done in this world..and while we may not have the savings accounts of millions and billions of dollars in them, what we do have is the social media, skills, knowledge, and the ability to help lead others into doing the same thing..And here, my fellow revolutionaries, is how you can do just that!!! In no specific order:
1.) Build up support and awareness locally by starting your own Food Revolution page for your specific city (or your equivalent!) It is the foundation for people in your area to go to, to find the latest information, news, resources, events, etc. This makes it easier for you to collect the contact information for those who wish to help you in this battle, and stay in touch. Building your army of supporters this way helps you to do more good, spread out jobs and projects, and not carry the burden all on your own! As if helping to feed others, healthy and chemical foods is a burden 🙂 Please make sure that once you create your own page you share your pages link on our page so we can build our united Food Revolution empire
2.) Download our logo (if you need it let us know) and personalize it with your Facebook pages address and any contact information that you want to have on the flyer. This will be a valuable to pass out to people when you are out and about or at organized protests and marches! You can use the logo on websites, blogs, t-shirts, buttons etc..
3.) Research local resources..your local community is the best source of resources for you to use. See if you can get local neighbors, stores, home improvement centers, etc.. to donate tools, time, volunteers, and other supplies that you will need to start and keep your free food gardens growing!
4.) Depending on what city, state, and country you live in, this is where things get tricky. It seems that no matter if your working to do good in your community or not, laws are laws and rules and codes are rules and codes. Check to see what (if any) your local area has in the way of setting up community gardens, converting lawns to free food gardens, etc. By following the rules and making sure that you are not in violation of any of them, is the difference between healthy and chemical free food to share for free with those who need it, and all your hard work being dug up and taken out.
5.) Know your area! In communities/cities that enjoy year round warmth and sunshine, you can pretty much grow just about anything without too much trouble. Areas that have winters and months of cooler temperatures need to make sure that you select vegetables and fruits that can be grown in your soil and temperatures! Plan to plant-based on your season and area.
6.) Get out and talk about what you/we are doing! Talking to people while your out and about and talking about your page, gardens, needs, our mission will get you more volunteers and maybe even more donations!!
7.) Talk to local schools and see if you can’t bring in some of your fresh produce to donate for their school lunches!! Monsanto spends hundreds of thousands of dollars within the united states on providing them money and items for their lunch programs to feed their students. Maybe with some luck we can help them grow or expand a fresh food garden that they can use instead!
8.) Make sure that when you have decided to start your own local revolution, that you let us know so we can add you to our priv ate member group..It is there where we will discuss important projects, project ideas/videos, coordinate special events together, chat, and get help and extra support!!
9.) While our goal is to have our tools and items all donated, there are many times when that is not possible..permits, park rentals for special events, seed/plant purchases, etc may still have to be paid for..this is why I urge you to start an online fundraiser page (i use Fundraz through facebook…yes you will pay a small fee out of each donation) but you will need to set up a paypal account regardless..if there is another fundraiser or donation site you prefer use it! I make jewelry and recycled accessories, and homemade bath and body products to sell on etsy and in a fb store and put the money I earn directly into my paypal account to cover our expenses 🙂 Please remember to shop around and find the cheapest cost to you possible.
10.) Check our page for gardening tips, tricks, and how to’s..
For now this will get you started and get you motivated…time is not on our side, as our governments continue to take take, and what little funding programs do still have coming in, will not be able to carry the load of new individuals and families who are forced into poverty as new weapons and wars continue to be on the priority list. I can’t tell you how many times I have watch in horror, as people fill buses and trucks with cans of gmo infested food to feed the hungry, which contributes to their failing health and deaths..why feed others what you yourself wont eat..And then of course i hear people telling me that the food banks and shelters often wont allow donated fresh produce or organic canned goods because of liability..ugh!! Maybe it’s time for a new free food bank to come into reality?? It is us against a mighty and powerful force, but if we stand together and do not waiver from our mission to get healthy and safe food into the hands of those who need it, we shall begin to take them down and take back the food supply that has been monopolized for too long. Power to the people, it’s time to grow a Revolution and feed the future!! Healthy and safe food should be free for everyone!!
Greetings fellow Revolutionaries. Today I stumbled upon a youtube video that deciphered something I had heard was true, but until today just didn’t have a true scope as to how things really were. Granted the video highlighted the 2011 military budget, something that we have far exceeded in the two years since, but the excessive spending on wars we should not be in..on weapons to murder…while starving the life out of our already struggling and suffering low-income communities is the same. Needless to say, I am sickened and utterly in shock. According to the video, 53% of tax dollars funds the well oiled and fine tuned war and killing machine. For a country with so many rights and freedoms, we have an amazing job of giving to the rich and stealing from the poor. Healthcare, unemployment, education, and vital services to ensure our already struggling low-income communities continue to lose funding and be forced into nothingness, as the rich governments and big businesses along with all of their special interest groups and supporters, continue to get richer…and our hard-earned tax dollars continue to murder innocent men, women, and children in other countries, and pay for wars we simply shouldn’t be in or can afford. Yes my friends, we have truly become a great country haven’t we. I cannot help but wonder what our founding fathers would have to say if they could be brought back to life just for 24 hours..what would they say? How would they feel? Is this how they saw the citizens of this country, how we treat the citizens of so many other countries? I think not. This has to stop!! And the only way it can and will, is with you refusing to take part in the processes that have become a normal part of our every day lives. it is time to stop the corrupt government from brainwashing our children in school….it is time for us to stop buying food to feed our families and friends from the grocery stores that are nothing but poisons in pretty packages….it is time to stop giving money to the corrupt and greedy big businesses and governments that use that money to create new weapons of destruction s while murdering innocent human beings and paying for wars we should simply not be in. While I know it is not easy, change never is, it is imperative that we no longer freely choose to be a pawn in this game of monopolization and control. We are people, human beings, which are entitled to the same basic necessities and rights as the next person, regardless of age, sex, religion, culture, beliefs, social status, political background, etc..this is our life, our families, our homes, our communities, and together we can work together and take back what is ours and take care of one another..together we can and will make a difference, you just have to stop choose to change…Power to the People!!
On the evening before the massive and historic protest against Monsanto, 71 US senators voted against an amendment to the senate version of the 2013 farm bill that would have guaranteed states the right to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws. 71 senators voted against the 90% of consumers who want to exercise their right to know what is in their foods. Included in this 71 senators are 20 liberal Democrats and 43 Republicans (the very same who have fought so hard in the past to defend the rights of states!) Yep, it’s true my friends, these elected officials voted against your state’s constitutional right to protect the health safety and welfare of it’s local businesses and its citizens!!
We here at the Food Revolution feel you have the right to know who stands against health and wellness, and who were elected to represent your best interest and simply are not. We know you deserve the right to know who has no respect for your health and wellness, food safety, or for food sovereignty. In addition to listing the names of these individuals, we thought you’d like to read this:
The Corporate Takeover of Local Decision-Making
Arguing against the Sanders Amendment, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, said that the amendment “ . . . would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers.” Stabenow’s statement shows either her ignorance of, or dismissal of, the existing scientific evidence that GE food has been linked to everything from allergies to kidney failure to cancer.
But Stabenow’s real argument was one of efficiency: “It’s also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improve nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries. . . We see wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people.”
Let’s forget for a moment that Stabenow took in $739,926 in campaign contributions from Big Ag in 2012. Or that Bill Gates is a Monsanto shareholder. Or that there’s plenty of evidence refuting the claim that GMO crops can solve world hunger, improve nutrition or survive drought. The focus on efficiency over health and safety, when we’re talking about our food, should be enough to set off alarm bells. Claiming efficiency, whether it’s a valid claim or not, as a reason to trample states’ rights to make their own decisions regarding food and agriculture, should have us thinking “slippery slope.”
In their book, Slow Democracy, Susan Clark and Woden Teachout write: “ What we have now is the McDonald’s of democracy. It isn’t necessarily a rapid process, any more than our processed foods – with slaughterhouses, processing plants, intercontinental transportation routes, and months in the freezer – are actually quick. But it’s fast in the sense that fast food is fast: It’s a centralized process based on the premise of efficiency, delivering a simple, easy-to-use product, but one that leaves citizens unnourished and unsatisfied. Like industrial agriculture, this ‘fast democracy’ has encroached on our communities in a silent and invisible way. And Americans, with a deep stake in the quality of these decisions, know we are losing out.”
Right, remind me exactly who it is that is losing out, when over 90% of the American just want to know what is in their food so they can make better health and diet choices, and so far that percent of people means nothing to the people elected to represent and fight for those same things. Shameful! We tend to agree with those that say the real losers are those of us who have come to the harsh reality that we have been lied to by the government and food industry for too long. That it is us who are the losers when when 71 Senators ignore such a large percent of their constituents. That is us who are the losers when 71 Senators ignore the science that says, at the least, GE food should be adequately tested and labeled and banned. And it is us who are losing out when these same 71 Senators are willing to walk all over the US Constitution that guarantees states’ their right to protect the health and safety of their citizens! Shame on you! And he rest of the world seems to agree with us!
The Food Revolution was created to educate, empower, encourage, inform, and offer support to those who have come to cruel awakening that we are being poisoned through the foods and beverages we have become so reliant on and addicted too. Tired of being guinea pig, as time after time the BioChem companies are allowed to flood our global food supply with GE crops and gmos with first having to have extensive research and testing being done, or without being held responsible for the environmental, wildlife, or human health and safety that is put at risk without extensive testing and research ever being done. Here my fellow Food Revolutionaries, is that list of names:
The 71 Senators Who Voted Against Your Right to Know
We all are now well aware of the recent discovery of GE wheat growing unintended on a farm in Oregon. There are so many questions that come from this recent finding, and the answers we’re given leave even more. So let’s break it down as best we can. Monsanto stopped its development of genetically modified wheat in 2004. This happened as a result of growing concerns from American farmers who strongly felt that it would endanger exports to countries that ban these type products. With me so far? Great! Numerous countries do not accept imports of genetically modified foods. Since their first days of use, there has been an ongoing battle as to whether GE seeds, which were designed to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits, and improve crop yields to increase the global food supply, could also cause serious health conditions and harm the environment. As we told you in a previous post, part of the problem millions like us have with GE seeds and gmo foods, is the lack of outside research that would provide everyone with these answers. If you remember, just a few days ago, we told you why there hasn’t been such research conducted, and why even peer-reviewed journals are now being forced to provide you with articles that Monsanto allows to be published! (Monsanto is notorious for having its thugs run major damage control when you try to discredit the company, and prove that it has been lying to consumers for far too long!) Because of this monopolization and continuous refusal to allow unbiased and non-Monsanto funded research to prove that their claims has been valid, you have the opposition we have today. But back on track! The United States exports about half of its wheat crop to other countries. Since the announcement of the discovery of this genetically modified wheat in Oregon, Japan which is one of the largest export markets for the U.S. wheat growers, suspended numerous wheat imported shipments. South Korea was quick to follow, and said it would increase its inspections of U.S. wheat imports. The European Union has asked its 27 nations, to also conduct additional testing. As Monsanto stocks began to drop, we were still waiting for answers!! Oregon State University researchers get credit for discovering that the mysterious wheat had the genetic modification that Monsanto used in its field testing. *Gasp* But Monsanto hasn’t done wheat testing in many years!! Where did it come from!?!?!!?Monsanto, as it comes under heavy fire from all sides, swears that when the test fields were cleared in Oregon in 2001, the seed samples were sent to a USDA deep-storage facility in Colorado. Deep storage?? Monsanto’s research director, Claire Cajacob, claims that the company does keep some samples on hand, so that they can be able to test. The rest of the seed, however, is destroyed. Wait the seeds are sent to deep storage, they keep some to run tests on, but the rest are destroyed? Confused yet? We are!!! Cajacob states:”We’ve been very careful of how seed is stored and where it’s stored.” So now we really have some questions, because that makes no sense whatsoever! Are they storing the seeds in their deep-storage or did they destroy all of those seeds?
Here’s where it really gets our attention! Cajacob also claims that the company conducted follow-ups with any entity that possessed the seed with the so-called Roundup Ready gene and confirmed that they shipped it to Colorado or destroyed it.” What?!?!?!? So several entities that remain un-named for whatever reason they will come up with soon and tell us, have possession of the seeds that we were just told were sitting in deep-storage, and if we hear her words correctly, destroyed? At least now we know that at some point these seeds were shipped to Colorado. Doing some research, we learned that testing in Oregon ended in 2001, which is just four years before testing ended nationally. Monsanto representatives claim that the average wheat seed only stays viable for one to two years in a harsh climate like Eastern Oregon’s. Mmhmmm. So altering the DNA of seed doesn’t give it new traits or qualities that weren’t necessarily intended? Pfft!! It happens!! So here we have this mysterious growth of Monsanto wheat. This wheat popped up in a rotational field that was supposed to be fallow in 2013. None of this gives us any answers. Til now. Now we get Monsanto’s reaction and statements. On Wednesday, Monsanto made the claim that the Oregon field where the wheat was found last week, was in fact contaminated with Monsanto’s unapproved GM wheat, but that it was an “isolated” incident, and that it was very likely either the result of an accident or “sabotage.” Oh come on!!! Seriously?!?! We’re supposed to believe that while your stories regarding your GE wheat seed are so full of holes and make no sense, that you actually believe someone at some point went out ino a farmers field, planted those seeds, all as a means to disrupt the trade system between Monsanto and other countries?! Sorry Monsanto, we here at the Food Revolution say BS!!!And it seems that we aren’t the only ones. On Thursday, scientists warned that the biotech giant’s denial was full of many holes. Monsanto claims that it has tested 31,200 seed samples in both Oregon and Washington and found no evidence of contamination, and insists that there is no cause for concern in the world market. BUT….researchers this week argue that Monsanto’s tests are misleading and that the genetically modified gene used, which is not yet approved for use in the U.S., will very likely continue to be found in wheat seeds!! Carol Mallory-Smith, Oregon State Universities weed science professor who tested the initial wheat plants and determined they were the unapproved Monsanto seed said “We don’t know where in the whole chain it is.” Unh hu. She then goes on to add the following: “I don’t know how Monsanto can declare anything. We obviously had these plants in the field. You introduce something into the environment, and genes move around in the environment, whether transgenic or not.” Thank you!! Once these seeds are no longer in the safety of a controlled lab, things just can happen. And it does, and clearly it did! David Andow, a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, said in an interview with Bloomberg that “these claims are misleading,” and “the tests cited by Monsanto this week, which displayed clean wheat in the state of Washington, are shortsighted.” Monsanto fails to be honest yet again and we are to believe that their claim of safety in regards to GE seeds and gmos are safe for human consumption? Not buying it!! Andow also stated in his interview “Sure they tested it, but that doesn’t mean it’s all clean, it just means it’s not so widespread that it could be detected easily.” Now that makes perfect sense! Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, says “This is not the first time Monsanto has been less than forthcoming on the extent of its seed contamination: “In previous cases, such as during the outbreak of herbicide-resistant weeds in recent years, Monsanto has initially played down the risks. The reality is that nobody knows what happened until extensive testing is done.” Shame on you Monsanto!! But wait there’s more!! Bloomberg reported recently that even if Monsanto’s claims about this specific wheat strain were proven true, they (Monsanto) has resumed trials of other and very similar GM wheat seeds. This of course is according to information which was posted in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) database. Monsanto planted 150 acres of GM wheat in Hawaii last year and 300 acres of GM wheat in North Dakota this year. This, my fellow Food Revolutionists, means the risk of genetic pollution from unapproved Monsanto wheat is even greater than most people are aware of! Unacceptable!! And we here at the Food Revolution, refuse to allow such important information to be kept from making it to your eyes and ears.
Monsanto, you and the other biotech companies continue to put the health and wellness of consumers beneath profit and higher profit yields. You are the reason we eat, drink, and breathe ways to educate, empower, and inform people across the globe and get them back on track with eating and growing healthier and cleaner foods. Your lies will soon fall on deaf ears, as an informed public is your worst nightmare.