Monsanto GMO activity and the health risks associated with those altered seeds and the pesticides required along with the seed purchases were brought into a more visible place in the news yesterday. The third annual March on Monsanto took place in hundreds of cities around the world.
The event has gotten a little bigger each year. It still hasn't reached a level as seen for the one day gathering in August of 1963 in Washington D.C. But that massive outpouring of participants was achieved through years of smaller actions.
I made my way to Grand Rapids Michigan on this spectacular day washed in bright sun and warm temperatures. I'll take you on a sort of photo journey of this turnout dedicated to calling out dangerous Monsanto GMO production.
Just below you'll see a captivating image of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. In the background is the Devos Place convention center. If you look closely you'll see the set up in place for a wedding ceremony later in the day. This beautiful park is right next to the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum and just across the street from the Van Andel Museum.
On nearly every summer day, Ah-Nab-Awen park invites visitors to walk the clean, picturesque river trails or to cast a line into the river in search of a small mouth bass or two. Fresh fish for dinner in late May makes for a great day.
Or maybe you'd just like to get away for awhile and sit in the grass, enjoying the sun as you soak in the Vitamin D from the rays, all the while feeling the stress melt away.
I thought this was a fitting place for this local event to begin. It will take this kind of participation to turn around the monopoly of the food supply that has resulted from the Monsanto GMO juggernaut. As we walked to the starting point, I saw a man casting his line into the water. I thought about the research that discovered glyphosate in many of the rivers and streams in the Midwest "corn belt."
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup seeps into these waterways when the rain washes it off fields. For those who don't know, Monsanto GMO seeds are sold in conjunction with Roundup.
In his book "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth", Stephen Druker provides a very detailed history of the rise of genetically modified organisms in our food supply. One of the initial selling points of Monsanto GMO products was that they would require less pesticide application. That has been proven to be an inaccurate assessment.
Please check out this link. It provides information about other myths concerning the effectiveness of genetically modified foods.
As weeds have become tougher than Roundup, more and more toxins have been applied to crops that will enter our food supply. Without voices speaking out as they did yesterday, that fisherman enjoying his day in the park may be eating fish contaminated with a substance the World Health Organization has recently labeled as a "probable carcinogen."
"They're just bees." Is it that big of a deal? Yes, it really is that big of a deal. We're learning now that glyphosate is killing off bee populations in areas around Monsanto GMO drilled fields.
If you happen to earn income from the production of natural honey, having your bees killed off is a very big deal. But this eradication of entire bee colonies should remind us of another human health warning sign. In the days before advanced methods of sensing toxic gas presence, miners needed to place canaries in front of the vehicles taking them deep into mines.
The birds keeled over quicker than the humans. So the workers knew when danger was near. It is the same with the bees. They're keeling over quicker than the humans. There is once again clear and present danger.
Members of the Monsanto conspiracy realize the truth is coming out. They've had it all their way for years. But the tide is turning. However the lure of billions of dollars from the sale of Monsanto GMO concoctions will drive these corporations to pour unlimited funds into maintaining protection from a truth seeking marketplace.
I ask you to use the link in the right margin to contact your representative. Urge him or her to stop passage of the "DARK Act." This preposterous piece of Monsanto conspiracy backed legislation would seek to prevent any state from requiring accurate labeling of ingredients found in food.
We can look back into history to see the danger. Years ago, trans fats were "generally considered as safe" by the FDA. But the proof finally came out. Trans fats were killing people. Labeling of trans fat was required. Sales plummeted, but so did deaths initiated by ingestion of that hazardous item.
Now the move is on to take away that most favored title of "generally recognized as safe." We're at the same point now regarding genetically modified organisms and the poisonous partner glyphosate.
If there is nothing to hide, why are they going to such lengths and spending so much money to hide it? Our time to act has arrived. Failure to do so will repeat past mistakes with trans fats, with Agent Orange and with Anniston Alabama and Nitro West Virginia. Monsanto products took a heavy toll on those two cities.
Clean rivers, clear air, leaf filled trees under the backdrop of a spectacular summer day. Yesterday in cities around the world, people walked in support of better health for all of us. Please tell your congress person not to fall for the siren song of the Monsanto conspiracy. Please tell them to defeat the "DARK Act."
Grab a copy of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth." It will make you mad, but that isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it spurs action.