well it’s official, Corporations now have more rights than Humans do. ( maybe that’s been official for some time but this new kickinthepants against the campaign to label GMO’s is one toke over the line sweet jesus.
Just when i’d finished marching against them and was feeling a tiny smidge confident about the cresting-wave-collective action that is taking place across the globe, The Monsanto Mafia pulled out a (cancerridden,filthydirty) ace from its genetically modified ass – and is filing suit against the state of Vermont. The GMA ( grocery manufacturers association – which reads like a who’s who of corporate criminality includes Monsanto, Dow, General Mills etc. ) filed suit in U.S. Court in the State of Vermont to pre-empt Vermont’s H.112 ( read it here ) a law requiring mandatory labeling of foods sold@ retail containing genetically modified organisms ( the law also prohibits food companies from labeling GMO foods as “natural” or “all natural.” )
The huge achievement for grassroots social justice that came to fruition on May 8th, with Vermont whilst defying threats of legal action, passed the US’s inaugural law requiring mandatory labeling of GMOS is now under threat by the World’s largest supplier of genetically modified organsims ( and the billion dollar backers- spending and threatening and lobbying endlessly – to keep you in the dark. )
Up until then Monsanto and the GMA had been successful in their attempts to block GMO labeling legislation in 30+ states. Just to put some perspective to it ( for the peeps who need to see hard numbers attached to gauge impact ) The cost to run their anti-right-to-know, anti-life, lobbying and advertising barrage cost around $100 million from 2012 until 2014, ( otherwise known to them as pocket-change ) & according to several sources 12 of that $million went to laundered donations to I-522 ( The Washington State GMO labeling ballot initiative ) All of the filthy money that funds this ridiculous and at once, horrific corruption comes from the giants who compose the GMA. ( and very likely put food on your table daily )
So until now this stronghold’s been enforced as such, this cash-saturated battle against humanity has been waged and won across the country of America, now that Vermont has passed their law with Oregon following in November – the balance is shifting- but it needs to shift more. 60+ countries have banned GMO’s- is North America really so hog-tied and enslaved? Beyond the righttoknow, transparency and ethics issue of labeling, peeps really ought be concerned when a multi-billion dollar corporate lobbying group sues to overturn a state’s hard-won-right to govern for the health and safety of its people.
This is an important time we are now in, that will literally set precedence for the rest of the United States ( and inevitably the rest of the GMO-ridden world ) The GMA is currently also pushing a bill in congress that would pre-empt all states from passing GMO labeling laws; There are 25 other states currently holding bills with similar labeling laws and you can be pretty certain that many of them, especially the ones who are already one-foot-in- and- one foot out the door- with clauses in their bills that are contingent entirely on whether other states also pass the laws- will drop that shit like it’s hot.
Whilst i read that Vermont took extended pre cautions in putting the bill together that would protect them from this inevitable legal action, ensuring that if taken to court the bill would stand- stranger things have happened when there are corporate dollars and shareholders profit-margins involved. So whether this suit will stand and abolish the good that’s been done, or whether this is an intimidation tactic aimed at fucking with the heads of state holding yet-passed bills around the country, into fearsome retraction, all around it would be wise to think if Vermont beats it- that the rest of the country ( and hopefully Canada ) will be on its way to making it mandate to label ( and eventually, prayerfully abolish ) GMO’s. Those at the helm of the GMO death machine really hate the idea of labeling as it forces them to not only take on the massively high
cost of reprinting what’s likely to be nearly all products in a line depending on the brand – expand that across hundreds if not thousands of brands and product lines. To get an idea of what this would cost from a packaging perspective alone, for one single SKU – say like a bag of frozen corn- redesign alone could be in the thousands if they employ an agency for their marketing needs.
Multiply that by the 300 corporations within the GMA and all their architectures and products. Not to mention the reality That they will be required to divulge all their dirty secret poisons now hidden in your food. Pick up any label at the grocery store and there is already cause enough for concern around the chemicals, carcinogens and heavily toxic shit that is already on display for all to see, I can only imagine what the unveiling might look like should it become a mandatory duty of corporations, now duping you with claims of all natural and deliberately doing harm via other ingredients. So while this labeling law is not really a realist’s or idealists answer to the issues facing humanity and its food systems, it is a small step towards awakening, it’s a win for truth and it will effectively put the purchasing power into the hands of an informed consumer.
I published this piece and returned hours later to add an important point I left out – the reality of most of middle class North America.
The economic status of the 99%
Is as such that labeled or not most cannot afford to eat clean- meaning consciously, organically, outside the failed food paradigm.Despite having the most billionaires per capital, the US is a country where poverty levels are ever rising and the luxury of being mindful of what is in the food, becomes secondary to actually having food on the table. Families: in more debt than ever and tethered by so much that even if you flat out told an average american they were feeding their family genetically modified meals they might very well be inclined to say fck it for fear of not making the mortgage otherwise. an orchestrated reality and vicious cycle with no forseeable overnight remedy.
as a counterpoint to the campaign to label – i pose the question would an average blue collared american living paycheque to paycheque be better or worse in the short term, for having the knowledge that their food was genetically modified shit?
would it be just another burden atop already weighted shoulders?
would it cause an onslaught of lawsuits of its own once peeps discover the health impact of GMOS?
would it overwhelm the already flailing healthcare system?
Deliver an influx of revenue to big pharma by way of peeps, who barely now holding by a thread – to meltdown and in turn become part of the Prozac-Ed masses?
or would it be a welcome veritas, opening eyes and challenging us all to do better? to fight harder? to re-direct billions from a poisonous food system and see revolutions and evolutions in how humanity eats?
will people wisen and rise up to reclaim their rights to live well?
Questions I can’t answer, however feel the need to ask. This issue of labeling GMOS is really such a small piece of such a monstrous puzzle with pieces constantly morphing in size…
My vote is always for truth.
For freedom and justice and the right to information that is intrinsically already theirs-in a system based on buying..
But it serves to be said without education around all of what we face, without understanding of the magnitude of the scheme,
Without proactive, conscious choices we are complicit in our ultimate destruction.
While this crazy battle for control over what goes knowingly into your body is all taking place under the bane of the great land of the free- it effects the entire world – your Right-to-Know is a legal principle, your health & wellbeing, the future of your children, grandchildren, the food chain as a whole- all vital to protect. So while a lawsuit which doesn’t receive much mainstream media attention may not seem like something incredibly important to put your energy, intention and support behind- this is so much bigger, it’s about people vs. profits, corporate vs. human, your life. = weighty stakes.
In other words, these battles between multi-billion corporations versus consumer health and rights belong to all of us.
the real solution for a life-sustaining, functional food system – goes beyond the obvious act of corporations implementing a cradle-to-cradle ethos in their product lifecycles… to actually shifting the fundamentals upon which our beliefs are built. To retrace the steps of the ancients, our distant ancestors, people in far off countries with no clue what a GMO is or why it would be in their food- and make a return to living from the land, in harmony with it vs. in a mode of constant violent rape and destruction, learning how to sustainably utilize natural resources and rebuild the ecosystems and environments destroyed over hundreds of years of useless industrialization and excess that some call progress, honouring the earth for what it provides- which at heart, is every single thing we need to thrive.
i will as a prologue offer ideas and resources for this. in the meantime- please use the power you do have, use what you have in your arsenal to ensure a better life for future generations, make the small steps that are large in impact and importantly- learn the practice of forgiveness and compassion, for all people. This is the only true freedom we have in this life.
In all of this, you have the power to shift the balance. Here is how to get empowered:
activism, education, avoidance,
quick ways to add your voice:
blog, reblog, share, tweet, fb, whatever social media suits your fancy- about these issues. Share the infographics and the lists and the reasons why. Speak the fuck up, tell whomever will listen- The more peeps get in the faces of big corporate, the more they will begin to actually see us, recognize the humanity that they are striving to destroy. Use social media as the incredible force that it is to make positive change- its being done all over the world. Every brand has a facebook page, a twitter account, write on their timelines, tweet @them and ask them tough questions, ask them to stop the destruction. It may be like talking to a wall – however every brand has a brand image to protect that is massively valuable to them and with the transparency that social media forces- there is nowhere to hide, they cant choose to just ‘leave you off the labels’ that are their pages. You can effect change.
The Organic Consumers Association rallied 500k to help Oregon pass their GMO labeling initiative, and are currently vying to raise for Vermont as well as intensifying their efforts of grassroots lobbying and marketplace pressure to defeat Big Business in the eyes of public opinion. You can use your dollars in defense here: https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=11046
visit the Sum of Us initiative and petition against this:
educating yourself is vital, wtf is the point if you are not in the know?
it is only with awareness that we can get educated in the art of avoidance.
Nourished Warrior Wellness: a comprehensive intro guide to clean fuel & detoxing your life
series for an evolving and expanse look at the reality of the world we live in, what we are actually up against.
Learn the language of the enemy: know how to spot GMO’s
For years i worked to empower ethical business through promoting the positive purchase, instigating you into harnessing your collective consumer buying power – precisely what i would advocate now, it’s the most powerful weapon in your arsenal.
Boycotting the brands:
of the Parent companies /any brands part of the Monsanto Mafia ) is a feat not always easy, nor without complexity as every day it seems an organic brand is gobbled up by big business- keep that in mind while either printing out these infographics or saving them on your smartphone
for a list of the ‘terrible twenty’ members of the GMA- visit: http://www.theboycottlist.org/
Choosing to buy from small businesses and independent and organic brands. Organic doesn’t always mean organic, nor does it mean GMO free, nor does it mean independently owned, sustainably produced, ethical or without an evil parent puppeteering its supposed healthy strings- However you look at it, Big Business is lurking in your cereal. Weed him out.
most sugar substitutes are chemical cocktails + GMO’s, Monsanto invented the cancer-causing saccaharin back in the day, which has now evolved into so many other names- all as sweetly evil:
lastly, if you need a refresher on the deeds that define Monsanto: