Long, long ago David, armed with a slingshot, took down a giant. Today, without a slingshot, we are poised to take down another giant - Monsanto.
Getting into this may take a bit of time. But, by the time I'm done hopefully those that have read this will be so ticked off that you may even be driven to take action.
I can only relate to the GMO horrors that plague Hawaii. Despite Hawaii being only one venue, I am sure that what you are about to read is the norm everywhere.
Our current session of the Hawaii legislature has not given us much good news regarding stronger regulation of GMOs or the banning of Roundup use on food crops despite valiant attempts.
In March, our House Health Committee deferred a resolution that would have asked our state Health Department to study the feasibility of labeling foods containing GMOs as such. What was interesting that the petition to do so generated over 1,100 signatures in one week but it only took two people to kill it in less than one day. Both were members of the House Health Committee: Rep Ryan Yamane, the chair and Rep Dee Morikawa, the Vice-Chair.
In February, our Senate Ag Committee Chair - Clarence Nishihara - , on the advice of the state's Ag Dep't Chairman - Russell Kokobun - killed the Senate labeling bill.
So, after doing some intense research, the following was discovered about some of our people elected officials. Monsanto paid our Governor, Neil Abercrombie, $1,000. Our former Mayor, Mufi Hanneman, that has aspirations of running for the U.S. Senate, was paid $1,000 by Monsanto, as was Calvin Say, the Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives. Oh yeah, Nishihara, it turns out, converted to "hookerism" for $750.
But it did not stop there. Yamane took a total of $1,300 from Monsanto, Pfizer and AstraZeneca; Rep Bob Herkes who heads, can you believe this, the Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee, took $1,550 from Monsanto and Pfizer; Senator Josh Green, a self-proclaimed environmentalist, took $500 from Monsanto; Rep Jerry Chang, on the Environmental Protection Committee took $1,000 for Monsanto; Rep Cliff Tsuji, on the Ag Committee, took a total of $21,000 from Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont.
Now for some good news: A lawsuit was recently filed by Earth Open Source against Monsanto alleging and documenting the fact that Monsanto's Roundup causes birth defects and Monsanto has known about this all along and covered it up since the 1980s. The regulators are complicit as well, knowing about this since the 1990s. To view the complete report go to: http:www.scribd.com/doc/57277946/RoundupandBirthD....
The report was authored by: Michael Antoniou, Head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group, Dep't of medical and Molecular Genetics, King's College, London School of medicine, UK. Mohamed Ezz El-Din Mostafa Habib, Professor and former Director, Institute of Biology, UNICAMP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
C. Vyvyan Howard, Professor of Bioimaging and leader of the Nano Systems Research Group at the Univ. of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Richard Jennings, an affiliated scholar in the Dep't of History and Philosophy of Science at the Univ. of Cambridge, UK.
Carlo Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle Univ., UK.
Rubens Onofre Nodari, Former manager of plant genetic resources, Ministry of Environment, Brazil and Professor, Federal Univ. of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Claire Robinson, Researcher, writer and editor with Earth Open Source.
John Fagan, Co-Founder of Earth Open Source and PhD in biochemistry and molecular cell biology, Cornell Univ.
The report reveals that industries own studies, including one commissioned by Monsanto, proved that Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate causes birth defects. It also shows that the German government has known about this since the 1990s and the European Commission has known about this since 2002.
Unfortunately, this information was withheld from the public and as recently as last year, the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, BVL, told the Commission there was "no evidence of teratogenicity (ability to cause birth defects) for glyphosate".
Now, Pandora's box opens wide. Various agencies, state governments, environmentalists, etc. are on the verge of going berserk. State governments can demand, institute and accomplish mandatory testing of ground and water for glyphosate contamination and prohibit the use of Roundup on all food crops grown commercially for human consumption. This may become bigger that the heptachlor issue
Recently, I contacted the Hawaii Dep't of Agriculture and spoke with Tom Matsuda, the person under the Head hooker, Russell Kokobun ($20,000 from Monsanto), and told him about what was happening. His comment was that there was nothing he could or would do. Upon checking Hawaii's pesticide law it is a given that in light of contamination a thorough, detailed investigation must take place.
I have been in contact with one of our Monsanto s**t list Senators and a popular TV reporter and we are devising pertinent questions that will have to be addressed. Will all those politicians that took money from the chemical and pharmaceutical companies give it back to save face when all hell breaks loose? Is it possible that the politicians received other perks as well like travel or personal donations from workers in the GMO industry that was given to them by those workers so Monsanto could avoid excess campaign violations? What assurances have ever been given to the Dep't of Health that Roundup was safe? Are the public officials liable for misrepresenting the public by not thoroughly investigating the many years of research that already existed on Roundup? And now, shouldn't Roundup be banned in the same way that DDT has been banned and quickly?
What happened in Hawaii is not unique. It is happening wherever you may live. You just have to get angry enough to want to make a difference. In the meantime, what can you do? Easy - boycott!
To boycott anything you have to be aware of its presence. To be aware of its presence you must, I repeat, MUST read labels. If a label says it contains soy, corn or cotton, and I'll get to canola in a moment, and nowhere on that label are the words, "Non GMO" or "Organic", you have to pass it up. This will accomplish 2 things: It will cause the storeowner not to sell certain products. Because of this he will not purchase them anymore. This will then have a ripple effect back to the manufacturer or farmer that will be forced to comply with only using non GMO sources. This in turn will get all the way back to Monsanto.
Regarding canola, be it organic or non-organic, don't go near it with a ten-foot pole. Recently, this website published an article about canola oil being a chief ingredient in pesticides.
Let's face facts: this ain't gonna be easy. We've all become accustomed to buying and eating certain foods. But, we are in a war. In order to win the war we must make sacrifices. Just about all processed foods contain GMOs. All flesh foods contain GMOs through the feed that the animals eat. What's even worse than that is that road kill as well as the dead, dying diseased and decaying animals that are unfit for human consumption are ground up and added to the feed. And whatever is left on the slaughterhouse floor is used in pet food. Hell, to be range fed all they have to do is open the door to the slaughterhouse for an hour to let sunlight in. And now it's documented that the FDA says it's OK to put arsenic in chicken feed because the amount used is below human danger levels? Using that logic I suppose a person could say that if they lived with someone they hated and everyday they put the FDA allowed quantity of arsenic in the person's food and that person died they would be found not guilty because they used the FDA "allowable" amount used in chicken feed.
Do you see how the large corporations have thoroughly contaminated the food supply just to make money? We all now about how bad high-fructose-corn-syrup is. So, did industry stop using it? No. They simply changed the words to corn sugar and paid for TV ads telling us that sugar is sugar, be it corn or whatever.
The only people that an article like this would not affect are the idiots that continue to eat in the 100% GMO, fast food places. Look at your local newspaper restaurant ads on Fridays. The people that salivate over those won't give a crap about this either.
The only person you have to worry about is you and the ones you care about. But it has to start with you. You have to be the example that others will want to follow.
About the author: I have been doing a weekly radio show in Honolulu since 1981 called "Health Talk". In 2007 I was "forced" to get a Masters degree in Nutrition because of all the doctors that would call in asking for my credentials. They do not call in anymore. Going to www.healthtalkhawaii.com enables you, among other things, to listen to the shows. I am an activist. In addition to espousing an organic vegan diet for optimum health, I am strongly opposed to GMOs, vaccines, processed foods, MSG, aspartame, fluoridation and everything else that the pimps (Big Pharma, Monsanto and the large food companies) and the hookers (the doctors, the government agencies, the public health officials, and the mainstream media) thrust upon us, the tricks. After being vaccinated with the DTP vaccine as a child I developed asthma. After taking the organic sulfur crystals (they are harvested from the pine trees in Louisiana) in November of 2008 for 10 days my asthma reversed and has not come back over 4 years later, 18 cases, so far, of autism have been reversed, as has cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, joint pain, astigmatism, gum disease, increased sexual activity, heavy metal and radiation elimination, parasite elimination, free radicals elimination, faster athletic recovery time, increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, resistance to getting the flu, reduction of wrinkles, allergy reduction, reduced PMS and monthly period pain, nausea, migraines and so much more. And it's only possible because of the oxygen it releases that floods the cells of the body. The sulfur, as proven by the University of Southampton in England, enables the body to produce vitamin B12 and the essential amino acids. You can find out more about this incredible nutrient also on my website - www.healthtalkhawaii.com -. My book, "a Sane Diet For An Insane World", has been published. It can be viewed at www.asanediet.com.