Carla Shutak | The Anti-Media
An African proverb says, ‘If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito’. Millions of ‘mosquitoes’ will be marching this weekend on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. In the United States, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. The third annual March Against Monsanto is coming to a venue near you this Saturday, May 24th. See if you can find it covered by any major network news. Image credit: wikipedia.org
A growing movement is shifting the way people view food. Tony the Tiger isn’t so great anymore, and parents everywhere are resisting the deceptive advertising designed to manipulate their children. Awareness of increasing illness and speculation on causation has created deep concern for the degradation of our food supply. It cannot be dismissed as a hippie left-wing conspiracy theory any longer. It is a fact controversial chemicals are in over 80% of the foods sold in every grocery store.
Monsanto, founded in 1901, is heavily influencing this deception. Hidden in their toxic history among numerous banned and questionable creations, is the defoliant utilized during the Vietnam ‘Conflict’ called Agent Orange. According to www.cancer.org, returning veterans in the 1970s reported skin rashes, cancer, psychological symptoms, birth defects in their children, and other health problems. A major chemical component of Agent Orange is now embedded into many of America’s corn crops. It’s even patented. It’s the latest in a long line of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Corn is included in some manner in almost every processed food product on your grocery store shelf. Look at the ingredient list.
I have to question the amount of money spent to keep the general population in the dark about what they eat. Millions upon millions of dollars have been spent since 1980 to create GMOs and sell them to an unsuspecting public. Even more money is being spent to design deception around their safety. Remember all those doctors who smoked Camels more than any other cigarette? I am under no illusion that science is exact, however, I am also under no illusion that ‘science’ can be purchased for a limited time at the right price. When this much money is going to support a cause that is questionable at best and deadly at worst, what does that indicate to a thinking person?
This week two counties in Oregon voted to ban the growth of GMO crops. Almost $2M was spent in opposition to a very small and localized vote. Last year the Washington state Initiative 522, which would have required labels for GMO products, set records when the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), with Monsanto leading the way, spent over $46M in propaganda aimed at the defeat of this measure. In contrast, only $6M was spent to promote it, yet it was defeated by less than 2%. The year before, another GMO labeling effort in California was narrowly defeated, again with over $40M spent in that effort.
Early this month the Governor of Vermont signed a bill scheduled to take effect in 2016 which will require labeling of GMOs in most food products. This bill was not voted on by the public, but passed through the legislative system. It is sure to be challenged in many ways before it takes effect. One measure designed to combat this and other state efforts would be a federal law prohibiting states from making their own GMO labeling laws. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas introduced bill H.R. 4432, which if passed would make any state ruling on GMO labeling inconsequential.
I have made my choice to use my mosquito power by purchasing organic and avoiding GMO ingredients to the best of my abilities. I make a statement every time I scavenge at the grocery stores in Kansas, where I am in a minority of people aware of this issue. I encourage everyone to consider the possibility of the correlation between profit for chemical food producers and the increase in illness over the past 30 years. I’ve seen skin rashes, allergy symptoms, and breathing issues in my children clear with no other assistance than chemical elimination from their diet and skin products when nothing else was working. Plus, their behavior changed for the better. I don’t need a scientific study to prove correlation.
If you would like to attend a March Against Monsanto event near you, here are the locations: Events list
People everywhere are waking up and taking control of what they eat. They are informing others and making a difference. Here are some, but not all, notable forces creating change:
March Against Monsanto http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/ Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM), was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters.
The Organic Consumers Association http://www.organicconsumers.org/ deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.
The Non-GMO Project http://www.nongmoproject.org/ a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products.
Robyn O’Brien http://www.robynobrien.com/ founder of the AllergyKids Foundation and author of “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It”.
The Food Babe, aka Vani Hari http://foodbabe.com/ has been successful pitting herself against corporate foods like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Subway. Her investigations about what is really in our food supply are detailed, documented, and horrifying.
The Environmental Working Group http://www.ewg.org/ is an environmental health research and advocacy organization who conducts research to protect human health and the environment from chemicals and toxins in common products.
Food isn’t the only major issue facing the world’s population. Maybe there is a different issue more important to you. Be a mosquito. Make a difference. Together we can make this world a better place for humans before it’s too late. We all have a choice every day to either do something or nothing. We do have the power.
This article was used with permission from Carla Shutak. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Carla Shutak is a constant artist seeking positive change in the world. She will soon be found in the Pacific Northwest. She also blogs occasionally at The Huffington Post.