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Drop The Money Bomb On Monsanto!

on May 15 | in Food | by | with 47 Comments

I Used To Watch . . .

Starving children on telethons and think “Oh my goodness, they look like skeletons! I hope someone does something about that.” Now before you think I am completely heartless let me explain. Those specials have been running since I was three or four. Back then I really didn’t have money or know how to help, so I learned to put my trust in other people to take care of it.

Smarter people. More well-connected people. Heck, people who at least knew how to tie their shoes.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I think a lot of us probably had this experience. Big problems seep into our awareness before there is much we can do, so we come to believe that our role in big issues is a passive one. We are like elephants bound by a silken thread.

In countries where elephants are used as working animals, they must be trained when they are very young and not yet too powerful. The first thing a trainer does is fasten a heavy manacle and chain to the baby elephant’s leg, securing the other end of the chain to a metal stake driven deep into the ground. When the elephant tries to walk freely about, it cannot move any farther than the end of the chain. Although the animal may try repeatedly to escape, it is held in check by its unyielding restraint.

After a period of time, the baby elephant stops testing the strength of the chain. It remains within the circle’s limited circumference, completely passive. It has become thoroughly convinced that it cannot escape.

At that point the elephant can be used in the field and easily transferred from one location to another without concern. All it takes to hold the animal, despite its enormous strength, is a light rope and thin wooden stake. Because once the baby elephant has been conditioned in this manner, he remains convinced for the rest of his life that what was once true will always be true.¹

I was this way until Katie was born, but you know what? She wouldn’t stay in my safe, tiny sphere! I didn’t want to change her by teaching her to be afraid of everything, so I decided to work on the world instead. And just like that, the thread snapped.

Do You Have Five Minutes And A Few Bucks To Change The World?

Seriously, once you break the thread it doesn’t take much. Five minutes here, a Facebook share there. You really have no idea how powerful you are. Right now we have one of the best opportunities ever to turn the tide on GMO’s, and you can be part of it. Are you ready? Here’s our play: Little stickers with smudge-proof ink, aka labels.

I’ve been talking about the right to know for years: About how Whole Foods labels GMO products as “all-natural” and why GM DNA may be able to infect us and change the human genome. I’ve been supporting the Non-GMO Project that encourages voluntary labeling. Because labels matter. And Monsanto knows it.

If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.

~Norman Braksick of Asgrow Seed (a Monsanto subsidiary)

Thanks to the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, labeling GM foods in the U.S. is a real possibility. California is the eight-hundred pound gorilla in the U.S. marketplace (aka the 8th largest economy in the world), so winning there could effectively turn the tide on GMO’s. Large food companies most likely will not want to deal with the logistical nightmare of dual labeling, so what goes for them will probably go for the rest of us, yay!

Consumers in Europe and over 40 countries around the world have rejected GMO’s when given the choice, and it can happen here. Some banned them with legislation, but that’s not likely here. Last month Vermont legislators introduced a bill that would require manufacturers to label products made with GMO’s and prevent them from touting them as “natural,” “naturally made,” “naturally grown” or “all natural.”

In response, Monsanto threatened to sue the entire state of Vermont . . . and the legislators backed down.

What makes the California bill so unique is that citizens got it on the ballot, and citizens will vote on it. We don’t need to depend on the courage of legislators for this one. Recent pollings show we have about 82% support for this initiative, but don’t count your chickens yet.

Biotech firms (including Monsanto) have already hired the big guns (tobacco lobbyists) to try to kill this initiative. They have loads of money and will be spending heavily on TV commercials and other propaganda to convince California voters that we don’t need to label GMOs.

We have to convince them we do.

Please, Don’t Believe The Lie . . .

That Monsanto is too big to fight. Back when dairy’s won the right to label their milk “rBST free” Monsanto got clobbered in the marketplace. Their strength is invisibility. Take that away and everything changes.

BUT – we are going to have to put our money where our mouth is:

The Organic Consumers Fund is trying to raise $1M by May 26th to make the case for GMO labeling to Californians. If we are successful Dr. Mercola, Nature’s Path, Lundberg Family Farms, and Eden Foods will donate and additional $1M toward our efforts.

Donating funds to this campaign may be the best money you’ll spend all year to safeguard your health, and the health of your children. So let’s do this, shall we? Please donate and share this post or a direct link to the Money Bomb with everyone you know, then watch the ticker on the page track our progress.

Grab your cape, mamas. There are 2 days left on the clock, and we need you.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke

Photo credit: Lyndsay Stradtner, Life in Motion Photography

 

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47 Responses to Drop The Money Bomb On Monsanto!

  1. Alison Westermann via FB says:

    great post Heather. we need more motivating people out there….

  2. Nicole says:

    I just donated, and am about to share on my facebook. Let’s fight this ladies! :)

  3. Elizabeth Neblett Schneiderman via FB says:

    Just shared and donated…fantastic post…people need to be more aware of what that MONSTER is doing. Thank you for everything you do Heather…

  4. Wyndie Pereira Mileski via FB says:

    You’re quite wrong…it’s VERY well written. Love the elephant analogy…spot on. Thank you!

  5. I donated and will share on facebook and twitter.

  6. Elise says:

    Amen! We live near STL and I’ve seen 3 ppl wearing tshirts with Monsanto on the back- they sponsor sports teams here and it makes my blood BOIL! Let’s do this!

  7. Excellent post! It is time to do something about this issue. At Thriving Family Health, we started a book club and are reading the Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien. For anyone wanting to learn more, this book is a great start. I will be sending my donation today. Thank You!

  8. Robin says:

    Thanks for this! Donated and shared.

  9. Andrea Lovio via FB says:

    Just donated and shared, and I never do that!

  10. Thank you, Wyndie Pereira Mileski <3

  11. You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear that, Andrea Lovio! THANK YOU!

  12. I actually just spoke with my husband yesterday about donating to this. Thank you for helping spread the word.

  13. That’s my girl. And her health is worth fighting for!

  14. Pamela Kennedy Baker via FB says:

    I donated and shared!! You are AwEsOmE :))))

  15. Shared and donated! I feel like this is even more important than voting because here is something we can actually make happen!

  16. Kathleen Johnson says:

    I am passing this on and donating but I have a suggestion. When we share your articles on Facebook, instead of seeing the first paragraph or so of an article as an enticement, we see the first few sentences of your book promotion, and I believe it is possible you may lose a lot of web traffic because of this. I know it is hard because you have every right to promote your book and earn a living to maintain this site, but I know I often count on the preview I see on Facebook to decide whether I actually want to read the article or not.

  17. Kandy says:

    I would love to help out! I watched the movie food, inc. which is very informative about who Monsanto is and so this cause is definitely worth supporting!

  18. Susan Wooley says:

    Your Awesome! Just shared!

  19. Sarah Killingsworth Clark says:

    We seriously need some car stickers with the skull and crossbones! Great post today, it gave me chills!

  20. Anna D says:

    Donated and shared, great post!

  21. Amanda says:

    I donated. This is one cause so worthy of support!

  22. [...] Drop The Money Bomb On Monsanto – Just the mention of Monsanto is enough to drive me up the wall. Heather @ Mommypotamus wrote a post this week about the current movement to raise $1 million in support of the legislation in California to mandate the labeling of GMOs. You can go directly to the donation page here. This would be a HUGE victory for the anti-GMO food world. [...]

  23. Aimee Greenman via FB says:

    Shared!!!!!

  24. Can’t share this whole post on my phone (app only allows 240 characters), but I will when I get home tonight.

  25. Alison Wonderland Sheffield via FB says:

    Donated!

  26. [...] Heather at Mommypotamus and others around the US are coming together to raise over $1 million dollars to make the case for GMO labeling to Californians.  If we’re successful Dr. Mercola, Nature’s Path, Lundberg Family Farms and Eden Foods will donate an additional $1 Million towards the effort.  Please take a moment to read Heather’s blog post for additional information and to donate to the Organic Consumers Fund.  We have until May 26th, 2012 to donate. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintStumbleUponDiggPinterestLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post.   Leave a Comment [...]

  27. Courtney Kafka via FB says:

    Shared!

  28. We’re small family farmers (macadamia nuts) in California, raising a daughter with multiple food allergies and keeping her healthy through diet alone. I signed the petition to get the measure on the ballot and you bet I’ll share this!

  29. Jenna Kleiser via FB says:

    shared! :)

  30. Tammy Buck via FB says:

    shared :)

  31. shared….and for the record I’ve shared many times before. your info is truly life changing and so easy to read.

  32. Sahn Lee via FB says:

    of course I shared this!

  33. I shared and I would love a copy of your book!

  34. P.S. Today is the last day of the campaign, which means there’s still time to make a huge difference for your children’s future! <3

  35. Stephanie Majors Hsiao via FB says:

    shared!

  36. Alexis Dunigan via FB says:

    Shared!

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