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.

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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 Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 2:50pm

Since I was negatively asked what GMO and eating organic have to do with each other over on the Medium piece, I responded this way (they don't have normal comment threads over there and everyone's so young.... I feel like Grannie, "Younguns! You've got to notice what power grab's going on right under our noses!"):

The reason organic food is highly relevant to the issue of GMOs is that GMO crops contaminate by pollen any field nearby, sometimes even miles away, thereby eradicating the organic certification of those crops.

Organic certification takes years and diligent practice to achieve. Upon contamination, the organic farmer has not only lost all his clients who buy the organic crops, they also lose the land that is no longer viable to produce organic crops, ie: their livelihood.

The organic business has burgeoned in the last twenty years and more, it is a direct threat to the GMO industry. Organic crops and GMO crops are diametrically opposed practices/businesses — where there is GMO fields, it is impossible to have organic fields.

There must be kept room, legally, for regions where no GMO crops are allowed or there will be nothing but GMO fields, eventually — and by law, sooner than that, if bill HR 1599 has its way.

This is and was the point of my posts— not any of the side points you have contributed — by the way:

Congress is hearing/voting on bills — HR 1599 and HR 4432 — that are corporate power grabs and have huge impact on the freedom of People of this country to speak up against genetically modified crops and food.

Did you know GMO pollen also contaminates plain ol’ chemical-sprayed non-GMO fields, too?

Regardless of what was grown in the field before GMO contamination, now the crop (previously organic or just non-GMO) is considered genetically mutated/modified once contaminated — and then is under control of the GMO industry, where all kinds of legalities threaten.

Here is a host of articles on GMO contamination, genetic drift, and GMO lawsuits for those interested.

As far as those who ‘just’ eat organic foods, GMO pollen contamination is a very big concern as it is far easier to ruin organic land than it is restore it, and there will be no choice to avoid GMO foods and seed if those who are concerned do not speak up.

Unchecked, eventually, all crops will be subject to genetic drift and considered to be GMO, altering our food supply forever.

Please contact your Congressional reps if the matter of GMOs — and our freedom to speak out being threatened — concerns you.

Comment by greenheron on July 23, 2015 at 3:05pm

Thanks for the heads up. I sent my emails, but my senators are Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, so neither probably needs encouragement to vote against the bills. Why can't every state be like Massachusetts?!

This is so galling. If GMO food is so safe, why not let us choose? Because they know NO ONE will willingly choose GMO.

Keep fighting the good fight Sistah :)

 

Comment by koshersalaami on July 23, 2015 at 3:42pm
My Senators are Republican. In addition to the emails, I left voice messages at both their offices in Washington.

There's another aspect of this you haven't covered in terms of farmers that is even crazier:

If engineered seeds blow onto a farmer's land, that farmer still owes the company for them if those crops grow. So they not only get contamination, they have to pay for the privilege.
Comment by Ron Powell on July 23, 2015 at 4:03pm
If this continues unchecked, Soylent Green will be the top menu item for the majority of the world's population...
Comment by moki ikom on July 23, 2015 at 4:21pm

Published on Jul 23, 2015

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) calls for common-sense labeling of GMO foods and urges colleagues to vote against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would roll back years of progress in ensuring that food with genetically engineered ingredients is properly labeled. 

https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard/posts/877512659001916

Comment by Ron Powell on July 23, 2015 at 4:21pm
Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 4:36pm

I maybe shouldn't have written 'negatively asked'..... but I felt aggressed upon a little....

and more importantly, is the use of 'aggressed upon' being used correctly here?

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Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 4:44pm

Hi greenie! I just love to see your avatar fly in now and then  : ) I felt batter after reading your comment - so easy to get agitated!

Thanks for the addition, Kosh, it's almost overwhelming to include all the different aspects that negatively impact those who find themselves entangled in the nightmare of far-reaching GMO laws, trying to grow non-GMO crops,  and corporate aggression.

In a way, if detached, it's a brilliant (evil-to-me) arc on the part of these GMO seed makers - their crops naturally wipe out everything else that threatens their industry! - and then the convoluted laws so heavily favor the corporations' aggressive tactics, we are all screwed! it starts to feel...

land has been taken, fer gawd's sakes.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 4:54pm

Ron:  EEEEEK!    : )

Art: supporters of the bill do call it the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act rather than the DARK (Deny Americans Right to Know) Act.

BUT

There is already in place a very clear and worthy non-GMO labeling system:  

The Non-GMO Project. http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Too clear, apparently, with too strong distinctions for the DARK Act supporters who would rather things not be so transparent.

Mother Earth News this month also has an interesting article on government GMO deception.

United our voices are strong.

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