Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dr. Mercola on GMO study

Next up? Media.

Beth finished the fliers today - so our official coming out will begin on Friday once we begin distributing them.

The next big push is to find speakers for the rally and get the media as involved as possible. Do you have ideas for a speaker? Do you have a connection to Greenville News, Greenville Tribune - Times, or any other city paper - TR Tribune, The Greer Citizen, The Pickens Sentinel, Simpsonville Patch, The Easley Progress. We also need sources at the local TV stations - got any connections at  WYFF4, FOX Carolina, WSPA - 7 On Your Side, WLOS News13?  Radio? Podcasters?

If you have any connections that could help us, please leave a comment on our fb page -!/MarchAgainstMonsantoGreenvilleSC


Monday, April 15, 2013

GMO Free MAM Shirts.

Shirts can be ordered in groups (for a reduced rate) or individually. However you would like to order, the order needs to be in by May 1st.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The World According to Monsanto

Do we have a right to know?

Our GMO Journey: Who Said it Would be Easy? What is the Big Deal When You've Done Something Easy?

The whole reason
My name is Jess, and I am for labeling GMOs (I'd kinda like to see them all banned and/or burned, but, alas, baby steps). I am married to an awesome guy, Aaron  – another big supporter of this cause, and he’ll be helping out as a co-host. I am also a high school English teacher at a large virtual school here in SC. There are three little girls that are truly the reason why my husband and I find ourselves in this position today. This journey started for us when our first child began to eat solid foods. After buying the first jar of baby food, I stared at it, watched the “food” pour from the jar like some sci-fi experiment, and decided that I was not feeding that to my baby. At the time, baby superstores didn’t carry the “stuff” needed to make baby food at home, so I searched websites for supplies and instructions. It wasn’t a trend I was trying to follow; I did it as a gut reaction. However I still gave her formula because I had no idea about GMOs or the affect processed foods had on our bodies. I knew fast food was bad, but formula? Surely that was safe. Goodness, had I only known.

 Fast forward five years, and I found myself in a similar situation. Jamie Oliver has always been an inspiration for me – how brave to take on the school food system - and after watching his show and following his journey, I had pain about sending my, again, first child to school to eat school lunch and drink sugar infused milk. So I started researching, but this time on Pinterest for school lunch ideas that went beyond the pb&j. I found Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food  and Vani Hari, the Food Babe and had my reality blown to pieces. I became insatiable – I had to know more and more. It became about so much more than what I would send her for lunch. I felt like it was becoming about life or death for my family and everyone I knew (and didn’t know). The connections from processed foods and GMOs to the assault on our health and environment became ever clearer as I read and watched and learned.

 I sat up in bed one night, looked at my husband and said, “We have to try. We have to cut out all the crap. Because we are killing them [our children].” He simply said, “Okay,” and we jumped into a hole from which there is no return. Since that simple conversation, everything has changed for us. We’ve become “those people” to many of our friends and family members - those wacko birds that drink that green stuff and never let their children eat candy (which, by the way is not true ). But that is okay, because along the way, we have made a big impact on some of them.

 We are still learning and changing as we find more information and others who know more than we do. As a teacher, my life philosophy is to never stop being a student - never stop learning and growing. Never stop asking questions. On a wall in my office is a motto that I’ve tried to impress upon my students and children, and it is something I try to remember every day: “Who said it would be Easy? What is the BIG deal when you’ve done something Easy?”
We know this will not be easy. But it has to be done anyway.

 I look forward to working with all of you over the coming months (and beyond depending on where this adventure takes us).

What is your GMO story?

First Official Meeting

April 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery

    We had our first official meeting tonight - over a dozen upstaters met at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. We nailed down the route and time and discussed what we needed to accomplish. Topics included:  media, local farmers and farmers markets, location, community relations, permits, marketing, and shirts. There is much work to be done, but with everyone pitching in, we will pull it off - no doubt. Huge THANKS to the folks at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery for your support and for the space. :)

First Meeting Attendees:

David, Missy, Alex, Gary, David
Jess, Sarah, Kalindi, Lucy
Sarah Sue, Tammy

Location and Route:

May 25, 2013 1:00 - 3:00; March 1:15 – 2:00 / Rally 2:15 – 3:00
Route and Time line: Meet at McPherson Park @ 1:00.  1:15 – March up  Main st.; turn right onto W Broad st; turn right onto River St.; turn left onto W. McBee Ave; turn right on S. Academy St; turn right onto College St.; turn left onto N. Main St and back to McPherson Park. Two miles total.  Rain or Shine (Monsanto never stops - neither can we!)

Link to Google Map:

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Why Do We March?

On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.

  Why do we march?

 ■Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
■In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
■Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
■For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
■Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.

 What are solutions we advocate?

 ■Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
■Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
■Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
■Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
■Holding Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
■Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
■Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.

Join us!