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 Arthur James on July 23, 2015 at 5:02pm


You are Being dutiful. 

I spoke with a Grocer 

Amish. He says if the

Red Strawberry sits on

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never molds or ferment

that Berry is Not eatable.

The Berry will wither, but

not begin to decompose.

The "food" merchants spray

What chemical that will lodge

in us, and can eventually kill.

You/me - It a serious concern.


Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 5:05pm

moki: thanks for the additional information, too. I used to feel better about just having clear GMO labeling for consumers (which is already in place:  until I learned more about GMO contamination and the aggressive tactics of those corporations that are so ruinous to farmers.

I buy - er, invest - in organic food for my family, it is crucial to us to have that choice. If only clear labeling meant the choice to keep land free from GMO contamination it would be enough, but now I understand how crucial it is to make sure - legally - communities can ban GMO crops, keeping space for non GMO food to grow without contamination.... 

Monsanto is aggressively getting county/town GMO bans overturned -and they are determined to stop our right to *ever* speak up and ban them in the future with this nasty bill.

So - labeling is good for customer awareness, but I now understand, it is Not Enough.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2015 at 5:16pm

It's so easy to feel one's voice to be so tiny and squeaky - I'd rather commune outside or spend my 'free' time writing other things - so thank you, Art and Kosh and Greenie, moki, and all - for hearing my voice - and adding yours to the chorus.

overwhelming to my nervous system, all this. off for now  : )

Purple string beans almondine (they turn green when cooked! first year of growing them)

little fried zucchini discs

Fusilli and red pepper in pear sake and OJ and ginger and cayenne sauce.

Cukes with beet yoghurt tahini (and a nod to Kim Gamble for the tahini recipe...)

Cooking is so much more fun in summer!

(Spring harvest was pretty much a bust, too warm, 'everyone' bolted or wilted or just plain refused to thrive - but the warm season stuff looks happy... so I'm happy. so everyone's happy. ha!)

Comment by nerd cred on July 23, 2015 at 7:20pm

Have I mentioned lately that I love my congressman?

I'm not so sure I can count on my senators. I'll drop them a line. Minnesota is a huge agri-business state and one of the sens, Amy, is a big supporter of ethanol not a good sign. I couldn't find anything about gmos on her site, pro or con.

My favorite dairy recently lost their historic, organic land to transmission wires for the big electric corp by eminent domain and it's hard for them to replace it.

beneficial gut bacteria, probiotics ... the latest health miracle along with coconut oil.
Milks made from other than cows seem overly processed to me. Not that I drink cow milk, either.
At least you're not drinking soy milk speaking of gmos. :-)

I haven't yet read all the materials referenced here, but I hope the gmo fight focuses on cross-species gmos, e.g. roundup immunity. I read, can't find again, about someone gmo-ing tomatoes to combine the marketability that retailers (and probably most consumers) insist on and flavor from real (i.e. often ugly) tomatoes. It's gmo but not harmful.


  • Corn + DNA from soil bacteria that is naturally immune to RoundUp herbicide + e.coli bacteria + soil bacteria that causes tumors in plants (which enables the plant’s cell wall to be breached) = RoundUp Ready Corn (one of several RoundUp Ready crops engineered by Monsanto).

Other examples of GMOs include

  • strawberries and tomatoes injected with fish genes to protect the fruit from freezing,
  • goats injected with spider genes to produce milk with proteins stronger than kevlar for use in industrial products,
  • salmon that are genetically engineered with a growth hormone that allow them to keep growing larger,
  • dairy cows injected with the genetically engineered hormone rBGH (also known as rBST) to increase milk production,
  • and rice injected with human genes to produce pharmaceuticals.

(In all honesty, I thought that "dairy cows" one had been banned.)

Oh, and spring crops and heat - my mother always planted swiss chard because it can take both heat and cold, plant early but not bolting in summer heat. She was feeding a crowd - one of my favorite childhood memories is washing a washtub full of chard for dinner.

And can you share that tahini recipe?I don't have one to swap but I can tell you that eggs scrambled with chunks of roasted beet, potato, and (pastured pig) bacon makes a good breakfast.

Comment by moki ikom on July 23, 2015 at 8:59pm

Anna,  it is most acute that "Monsanto is aggressively getting county/town GMO bans overturned -and they are determined to stop our right to *ever* speak up and ban them in the future with this nasty (DARK) bill" in Ms. Gabbard's 2nd District that the world’s most elite biocide research/field-experiment facilities/genetic engineering labs/clinic corporations (Syngenta/Monsanto/ DOW, BASF, Pioneer/Dupont) infest, poison with their biocides, island landscapes, ecosphere and communities. Those communities’, whole islands’ democratic processes, have been under seige from the beginning of these chemical/gmo corporations establishing a footprint there.  The HI legislature/executive branches and many county council members are for all practical purposes bordello and casino mates of Monsanto-Syngenta, ; the state courts not so clearly so, but federal appeals courts emasculate the state.

Related to your citing of GMO-related practices/products bans, perhaps below links can perhaps can help further reveal just how acute (beyond being just an issue of labeling GMO foods) is the threat of GMO/biocide corporatists on not only the health and welfare of the islands' life and human inhabitants, but, if one believes other countries’ leaderships, harmful/potentially harmful to Humanity, if not indisputable, obvious harm in the short term, then certainly in the long term.  As such, these island communities are becoming increasingly aware that, like German citizenry's living with the nazi genocide industry --its camps, labs, experiments and insecticide/ZyklonB factories-- they too may have subsequent generations who ask, "You knew they were there, why didn't you all do something about?"

Federal Judge Invalidates Kauai’s Anti-GMO Law UPDATE: Officials on the Big Island and in Maui County are analyzing the implications of Monday’s court decision striking down Kauai’s regulations on GMO farming and pesticides. AUGUST 25, 2014

GMO & Pesticide Experiments in Hawaii: Part 2, Kauai's Right to Know


Comment by moki ikom on July 23, 2015 at 9:45pm

How the DARK votes came down in the House:

"Today, 275 House members voted to keep consumers in the dark by voting for legislation that would block meaningful GMO labeling efforts in America. H.R. 1599, otherwise known as the DARK Act, essentially takes the rights away from states and municipalities to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. The largely Republican-backed bill, introduced by Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), nixes mandatory GMO labeling and instead suggests that companies voluntarily label foods containing GMO ingredients. 

The bill passed by a 275-150 vote. 

"Passage of this bill is an attempt by Monsanto and its agribusiness cronies to crush the democratic decision-making of tens of millions of Americans. Corporate influence has won and the voice of the people has been ignored," says Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety.

Comment by Arthur James on July 24, 2015 at 5:20am


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Think ( stink ) ? How hypocritical? Ya no peace.

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Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on July 24, 2015 at 9:22am

Already emailed my senators, though because both are Republicans, it's likely to have the effect of a wet sponge lobbed against a wall.  Any legislation relating to the food we consume that relegates people to groping among the shadows has to be resisted.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 25, 2015 at 9:46am

A regional-to-me article about this bill and overturning GMO bans:

Well, it passed the House but it's not over.....even if it is completely depressing news it passed by so much. The lobbying is Aggressive.

From the Non GMO Project, which is the current and completely viable labeling of Non GMO products that has been in existence for years (which pro-GMO factions want to water down and eventually eradicate with much less stringent label replacement that doesn't exist yet):

Sadly, the DARK Act wasn't/isn't only about labeling, it was revised to include language that stops communities in future from ever being able to pass laws to ban GMOS. The laws that have been passed to ban GMOs are all being attacked and some reversed, already.

If there wasn't genetic drift and crop contamination, just labeling would be fine, give us all a choice, but since GMO crops contaminate - labeling their finished product is a start but it is just not enough to protect any land from GMO contamination.

There is so much suppressed/conflicting information, it is almost impossible to know what being said is accurate and what has been just carried along.

That the corporations are even attempting to get rid of the fully accurate Non-GMO labeling of the Non GMO Project, replacing it with watered down standards is just one of the many many signs why there is zero trust in anything the pro-GMO people say.

If GMOs are completely fine - why do the corporations that make them not cooperate with complete transparency??

Those who do buy organic consistently are not only the wealthier Whole Foods shopper, either (Whole Foods has not really helped the organic cause as now too many assume only those with money buy organic - and it's just not true).

Many to most committed to buying organic consider it an imperative investment in good health and avoiding the doctor's office, skipping other purchases/entertainments/bills on time even?, in order to make it work.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 25, 2015 at 9:47am

Thanks for the comments, guys - will be back to reply.

Great comments - thanks for your input!


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