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. Monsanto, DowAgro, PepsiCo and even some of the largest member-donors to the Organic Trade Association (Odwalla, Bare Naked, Kashi, Cascadian Farms Organic, Muir Glen, Larabar, Horizon Organic and Silk) have donated $25 million to oppose GMO labeling in California.
To defeat them, the Organic Consumers Fund is trying to raise $1M to make the case for GMO labeling to Californians.
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? There is no gift to small – everything makes a difference! Please donate and share this post or a direct link to the Organic Consumers Fund with everyone you know, then go find the people you missed and tell them, too!
Grab your cape, mamas. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to turn the tide against GMO’s, and we need you.