The Ultimate Reluctant Activist Speaking Up Again - with informational updates

Did you know both (pro-GMO) Obama, Bush II, and Clinton White Houses kept organic-only kitchens for themselves?

That Monsanto executives — makers of GMO products — have refused, personally, to eat genetically modified foods?

(update: I have now seen articles that both debunk and defend the story that Monsanto’s execs refuse GMO foods.

It is true about the organic kitchens in the Obama, Bush II, and Clinton White Houses.)

(Well Being Journal, Vol. 24, # 4, page 31: ‘Politicians Go Organic’)

This week — maybe today — Congress is expected to vote on the D.A.R.K. (Deny Americans Right to Know) Act, bill HR 1599 -  (and HR 4432 - another pro-GMO labeling bill with hearing today) - which began as a labeling of GMOs bill, but was recently altered to state that communities will not be able to ever stand up and vote to ban genetically modified crops/seed in their region by local law.

That’s right: the power for citizens to stand up against GMO crops being grown in their community will forever be stopped with passage of this dangerous bill.

If there ever was a reason to realize your voice ringing out is necessary and imperative, this is it.

This bill is a really big power grab by corporate interests.

After all, isn’t our country supposed to be We the People — not We the Corporations?

By the People

For the People

Of the People.

If any of this is important to you — please — quickly — contact your congressperson and ask them to vote against bill HR 1599—and HR 4432 - the pressure for our representatives to cave to big agribusiness is huge.

Big business — that currently is pushing to permanently silence the power of citizens’ voices speaking out against genetically modified foods.


When I posted this piece last night on Medium, I received a one sentence response from fellow Medium writer, Timothy Boucher:

"Is this real life? It all seems too much for me sometimes."

I agree entirely.

This was my response this morning:

I am the ultimate reluctant activist — and in general, am not comfortable speaking out.

But I have to speak up when it comes to this.

We will only have GMO foods if these corporations aren’t stopped by all of our protest.

United voices really do have power.

The protest can be simply an email — this was mine (anyone feel free to copy relevant parts and send to your rep):

PLEASE listen to those of us horrified by the ever-increasing power of corporations pushing GMO crops — especially in areas where We, the People, do not want them and we have stood up and passed laws stating so.

STOP passage of the DARK Act, HR 1559 — stop the passage of a law where all citizens lose that power to speak up and demand mutated seeds be banned in our communities.

I also protest against HR 4432, which also offers protection to GMO industry and undermines accurate labeling of GMO foods.

This bill giving corporations such power over both individuals and governments is a terrible, terrible precedent. Please — do not allow this to happen!

Do you know both the Bush and Obama White Houses banned GMO foods for themselves, insisting on an organic kitchen for themselves?

Do you know that Monsanto executives refuse to eat GMO foods themselves, as well?
(Well Being Journal, Vol. 24, #4)

This citizen stands up with so many others, asking to be heard, asking for The People to be in charge, not corporations.

We The People.
“…of the People, by the People, for the People…”

Thank you for listening,

UPDATE:  The DARK Act passed in *the House,* 275-150

What to do now?

Bernie Sanders on GMO labeling, in 2013.

koshersalaami's GMO discussion thread

More discussion and interesting comments

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Comment by Carole Dixon on July 23, 2015 at 8:20am
Monsanto is going to be the largest world power... A corporation based on poison. And food. These things don't go together. Goddess help us.
Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 8:31am

Mornin' Carole - I do think our voices have power.

If you google 'people standing up to GMOs' there are endless entries of citizens doing just that. If we all speak out in protest, our voices will/might be heard, but we just give green light to big business if we protest nothing. 

Living here among so many activists has given me a sense of how imperative it is to protest - and how powerful united voices speaking out to our Congresspeople can be.

That they/corporations never stop pushing back, looking for another way to steamroll over us in one way or another - is exhausting.

Pisses me off.

....all I really want to do is just putter in my garden....

but cannot face a world where there is *only* mutated food seed available - and that is their goal. YIKE!

Comment by JMac1949 Memories on July 23, 2015 at 8:45am

R&L... there's Monsanto and American Agribusiness and then there's Europe and the rest of the world.  India went with Monsanto and purchased seed now they're having a hard second look at what they've done.  China and Southeast Asia have been practicing renewable agriculture for 5000 years and the idea of buying seed is completely alien to them.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 23, 2015 at 8:46am


Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 8:54am

jmac - included in the TPP which just got approved to fast track - another thing to write your congress about - is wording that allows corporations to have power over individual governments, too.

The U.S. is not enough for Monsanto, they want ultimate control over the world's food supply - and once crops are contaminated by GMO pollen, then those crops are effectively GMO now, and under control of GMO industry.

There will eventually only be GMO seed in the world - and nothing else, I fear - if they are not stopped.

The power grab is huge.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 8:55am

It really is, Jon ~

Comment by Arthur James on July 23, 2015 at 9:30am


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Comment by koshersalaami on July 23, 2015 at 11:54am
We're getting close to genetically modified raw goat's milk
Comment by koshersalaami on July 23, 2015 at 12:33pm
I went to the link and emailed my Senators
Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 2:01pm

Art - yes. I agree entirely. and yes, I have been on my soap box lately - cannot even bear the thought of some corporation messing with plant life that sustains us humans here on Earth.

...and you are on the cutting edge of pro-biotic beneficial gut bacteria! My niece, a 'wellness coach,' cures all ills with beneficial gut bacteria. 

Much appreciated, Kosh - and you know, if only we'd all sip our goat's milk....

(ick! sorry Art  : ) but I have been drinking both hemp and quinoa milk lately.... also ick! personally but am getting used to it. my gut bacteria is benefitting from the practice...... TMI ! TMI !)


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