Hi Everyone. We've said over and over how we had been pulled off on other needs for the non-GMO cause and did less on the site than we wished but now we have what we've been spending night and day searching for!The Committee for the Right to Know, as you probably know from the home page already is putting forward the California 2012 ballot measure to label GMOs and animals reared with them - by law. 100% mandatory and enforced. We know this thread if pulled will unravel the whole sweater
. But its also keeping us alive and funded here- and maybe you should look at her page and see, wherever you live, if it will help your mission to collaborate too. Here's how it went:
We're working on getting our store, restaurant and soon farm patronage expanded, as part of this campaign. We have just added Harmony Jack farms to our family, down in Scio but delivering meat locally, weekly! They are the agro-ecology ranch model you read about in Michael Pollan's in Defense of Food. www.harmonyjackfarms.com
, then to Facebook for pictures! This was the first stop we made as part of the CA 2012 Right to Know team because we heard HJ's CEO speak up for non-factory farms in a testimony to Salem and everyone wanted to stand up and whoop. Instead every one of us turned and quietly said something to our neighbors ... a move I think I'll call the "Salem Ovation."
:) they took our IRT flyers, and our decal for the window. Do you see what's happening here? Its just as we said it would be. Would you like to join GMO-Free Portland? Have we liked your page on Facebook yet? Do you know anyone that might be interested in putting this kind of measure forward in Oregon? Do you have any friends that would also support this California measure?
How much beef is in the beef box? We aren't being paid by the hour- we get commission. As long as Ernie and I have a roof over our heads and gas in the car we are going to work on our mission so this fundraising pays for that now besides being the most important push. The donation page money gets used 4 ways. 1. We get this initiative in CA passed with the majority of the money2. Pamm puts money into the coalition of states working together3. We get commission and put our money into our volunteer project
as always4. We find an Oregonian to champion our own measure and give them all the assets we have from both 2. and 3. that they can use. Pamm isn't just helping by connecting people. As soon as she has enough funds to move Cali forward, part of it is going into making a Ning social network where we will share and make sure no one falls behind that doesn't have to. All together. You've never seen someone able to move forward so fast- but she's just like us. When are the work hours up? I suppose when we feel we can sleep at night knowing nature- our world, country, home, and food, is safe enough for the moment from the work we've done that its okay to take a minute to do something else. It's not just Pamm, or Ernie and I that do that. You out there, in our community are fighting.
FiIts like Mr. Andrew Kimbrell said here. As he says- this is all of us... we love life. We love living things. Its the people who love the things you are messing up that you have to expect the most fight from. http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2011/03/andrew-kimbrell-the-gmo-reality-check/"Another thing that people often ask me is, ‘Why do you fight? Were you born to fight?’ Actually, no. I was a musician and concert pianist, and I taught music for years before I became a lawyer. I’ve always loved Lincoln’s adage that I was born a lover but I was forced to become a fighter. And I think that the best fighters are basically lovers, because when they see that that which they love is being attacked, then they fight. They don’t fight for the purpose of just taking on a corporation or just for the joy of the battle. For those of us who have a true sense of wonder and love for the natural world, and a vision of a new relationship with it, that’s what we love. And when we see the kind of horrific technological manipulation represented by biotechnology; when we see what it does to the bodies of salmon or the bodies of animals, or when we understand that they’ve somehow turned a corn plant into a poison for butterflies and caddisflies and potentially for bees; when we realize that they’ve actually changed the heredity of corn and soy so they can withstand ever more and more chemicals; when we see all that, it’s an assault on something that we love. So we respond, not for the sake of attack, but because things that we value and love are being attacked. Anybody would feel that way with their child or pet or anything they care about.
“So the great thing about the work you
do, and the work a lot of us do, is if we can get people to fall in love with the organic vision and with the farm communities, and fall in love with this new relationship with food, they’ll fight for it. We’re not passive consumers; we’re creators, and that creative process is very exciting. And when we see that attacked, yes, we’ll defend it and we’ll defend it vigorously. But we don’t do it out of a sense of simple aggression; we do it because we’re defending something we love. So beware of the lover, because when you attack that which a person loves, you’re going to have a pretty vigorous fight on your hands. And that is, I think, what all of us do.”Thank you for saying this about us all, Andrew, because you are right. We are fighting for our loved ones- and our loved ones are the living things of this world and their right to be. We also love you, Mr. Andrew Kimbrell, and
your brother and best friend, our local Lynfield alumni Mr. George Kimbrell, who does these fantastic press releases we all read in the newsletters from all our organizations- making sure biotech isn't the only voice heard in the media. Ernie and I feel like its the home stretch where we're pulling ahead as the underdogs who want it so bad we may smoke it! And when we win, it won't just be this hollow lack-of-defeat. We will WIN. The people will all realize how much these things really do mean to each of us and make it part of what it is to be an American. The right to clean food, to choice, and to not let a few companies get control of everything just because somehow they got a siphon hose into our tax holdings. This will be a lesson felt in our hearts and then, a new day will dawn.
Wow. I'm so happy. We're making announcements here and inviting you to really join up now. You've seen the front page by now, we hope people don't think the CA campaign is our personal telethon to raise money for us to live on. It does, and we give all we have to GFP here- but here is the real reason: We have searched for2 years full time as if our lives depend on making a change with you all- because it does. We think this is that chance- the winning basket and its going to take some teamwork.
For anyone that has been passive in this movement and wants a sweet simple shot, you can do it right now with us. Some of us, my hubby Ernie (who is sometimes the poster here so together I guess we're Sammy the logo lizard lol), Bev in Tampa Bay, Pamm the labelgmos.org guru, and April Scott the editorialist... we've been cooking things up left and right. And that is just the out of state people we know personally that we met on Facebook. Pamm and her Californian community- like Stacey Hall here (who got us pulled into this and who we love) they are kicking butt down there! Its not just the measure passing- it is the publicity of the grass-roots interstate effort that is about to get a serious social network power. It is making people understand we're talking about our rights and we have power to get our rights respected and enforced by law. Heck my relatives are getting mad. They used to have to tell us it was too much political talk and we learned to just say to lots of people we have a food allergy to GMOs, we'll bring our own food to dinner or we can eat anything Organic. They didn't want to get sucked into politics. But now they get this is their fight.
Our families aren't the easy target preaching-to-the-choir audience. They are a sample of so many perspectives. When they see what GMOs are because they read the labelgmos.org site saying we have a right to have them labeled, it speaks to them. It is reaching everyone that looks. The time of people not wanting to know ends as soon as you take them to this cause. And now whatever we earn keeps us doing it full time and on the road with our own local mission for our community education, support and local businesses' positive reinforcement to love the non-GMO eater demographic and keep being awesome. If you look at the donate page we have for them, you can sponsor a broke volunteer to have the "the future of food" movie parties and Jeffrey Smith's pamphlets to give out. Sponsor a volunteer and you'll get a name and contact of a volunteer you're mobilizing to do this work- as a team. Its like save the children- but without the photograph. ;) Because we do need sponsors, don't we? We're all willing to do the work- we just can't afford the materials and booths. Our mission here is lucky because we have people that support this- who are organic and natural and ethical. We have Dave's Bread and Food Front and Papa G's and Tigard Farmers Market that actively help us- and the other stores and restaurants that put up our sticker declaring their support for our collective right to non-GMO food. So how awesome is this idea of sponsoring a volunteer? And IRT's educational pamphlets? I'm sure they sell some books that way but he's letting us get materials at cost. Maybe even under. The donate page says what do you have- its not just money. Every single dime she gets for this campaign directly goes to all of us that want GMO-free food choices. So as she said, this Right to Know is the campaign for all who join in. Just like GMO-Free Portland is not our cause but your community. And by the way, its not the government doing this to us actively- its the executive branch, part of Congress and some agencies. For the first, we believe the president is buying into the idea that this is important for our economy and when we show him we have a better solution he'll take it.
Regarding Congress- there are some seriously industry-pocket people but there are also people like our Oregon congress people that are signing petitions and raising issues in session that this has to stop. And judges- well we should all start suing because the more they have a chance to weigh in by getting a case in front of them the more they are getting us legal precedent that supports our rights- and the more overtly out-of-line the USDA and FDA especially are looking. Even Secretary Vilsack should not be considered the enemy necessarily. He has pushed a peaceful solution agenda and he continues to try to maintain both sides. The people need to compel the President to direct his Cabinet member to support the non-GMO option of our food system. But the FDA has just gone crazy and there is no other side. They will be reorganized by the end of the day. We wouldn't have these crazy "animal drug" enviropigs at the gate waiting to be unleashed on us or drug & chemical companies taking over food if the Food and Drug agencies were separate like they should be and the Government Accountability Office took a closer look. In an earlier post I show how the FDA says they don't regulate Monsanto and their employees buy their stock if they want to. FDA will soon be no more- and other people in an agency that does the job of protecting us will be put in. We have the 5th most contaminated food in the world with food-borne illness. Oops.There are lots in Congress, lots of judges and lots and lots of agencies that would like to see FDA and USDA get straightened out forcibly. A lot of that is because of the Center for Food Safety who ARE our lawyers. We've suggested they are the place to put money for the cause- and they still need it very much. We want them to ally with each other- and if the Organic Consumers Association wants to stay out of the unity, let them because every cause needs a radical arm and maybe they need to keep pushing the envelope and turning the screws. It would be too easy to laze about this and they're not letting that happen with their Millions Against Monsanto campaign that is now doing rallies. It is all about to change. This whole dinosaur that keeps us out of the garden is staggering and we're moving in. In 2011. Because the CFS is winning precedents, Jeffrey Smith/IRT is empowering consumers by mobilizing advocates that educate the public and put pressure on businesses, OCA is getting people worked up and making headlines with rallies. Now the CA ballot committee is going to sit on everyone's shoulders and dunk the ball for the game winning point. All these people gave us this chance in the finals- its this moment. We need to use what they made possible and make this change right now with all we have. So the GMO-Free Portland community is asked to send everyone to this page to donate http://labelgmos.org/donate-from-gmo-free-portland
and/or to look at her link on how to get involved in other ways. And by the way, Dr. Huber really is amassing serious data- and yes he will unfortunately be vindicated because we have to worry about pathogens caused by GMO-herbicide regimes. And don't forget to read GMO-Free Tampa Bay on facebook for the latest news. Bev is incredible. This letter is to everyone- but it was brought on by our new friend Amanda because she got on Facebook and told us she is ready to support this mission and the work of everyone in this non-GMO cause nationwide. There are lots of you out there- and we put up our first ad on FB. It runs one day, for $5. Everyone check on Friday all day April 22 and see what the number is because we added 5 people in a week and went to 152 as of today. The ad goes to
15,000 friends of the likers of our page 14 and older for as long as people DON'T click it. It says not to click! Just to find our pages. And Kent, the farmer in Iowa that gives lectures and was featured in P.J. Huffstutter's LA Times article on Dr. Huber's pathogen warning... he's announcing our page to his friends to let them know we'll do some damage if we get some money- here in Oregon and in California... and all of you we find to join us in other initiative states. We're all pulling each other across the line to get this law passed everywhere in 2012. I'm sorry I'm not linking to articles, organizations etc. Its all in prior posts over the last several months.... I'm not promoting so much as telling our peeps where we're going together. Go Portland! I do have one link. Ask yourself how dangerous you'd be if you had a little money to do this. If the answer is very, write us.
There are a million ways now to hook you up in whatever way you think is the right way for you - anywhere in the nation. It's not just through our outreach- or the California committee. We have many many more people and ideas- some of them you'll think up with us on the spot when we connect. We just have to put our minds together and keep banding like we have been in personal connections and teamwork at the next level. And if you're new here, please read the updates in the archives and here below to see what we've done- as well as the old "funblog" in the New! tab. Second, if you are new to the GMO issue and don't know why we don't want to eat it, watch a great movie online for free or better yet, on a big screen. Especially if you liked King Corn or Food, Inc. www.thefutureoffood.com is the best intro imho and the makers are on a mission for our planet and people- a part of our community. We "like" the FoF page with our fb page. 24:30 min into the movie is the 5 minute tool we use to show people why/how GMOs hurt us all by their very nature. The folly of man- that we know better than nature and must change it to be our tool must be replaced with our evolution of character that we are part of nature and it knows what is best because it responds at every level at every moment to make the best of things with what it has. The key to this is genetic diversity. The enemy of that is invasive man-made unstable genes that take over. Nature, thank you for our lives. We are inspired by your beauty and the irrepressible will of life to live. We are part of you, we love you, and we're coming home.
Here it is- http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gmo-mystery-20110402,0,3650400.story
P.J. Huffstutter talked to us yesterday- she was calling everyone back that reported things to her from both sides, us included, on what was going to come out in the LA Times today. She's trying to be fair- and after what she said about what all she had from either side of the pathogen story I said, well- as they say, "You can't please anyone."
Basically, when Don had the chance to name names of people and universities that were obstructing or the victims of obstruction to science he didn't. Nor did he give any hard evidence. Lots of people want it. We don't know what his reasons are. Is it top secret? Is it not ready yet? Is he protecting someone? Is he making sure he doesn't blow the chance to do the investigation because being in the open makes it easier for powerful entities to bury the truth? Probably something like that.
The man is sharp and he is concerned about the big picture. The bad press backlash from this isn't going to do us any harm in the long run- but it is going to cause a battle that is even more fervent than ever. The fact that he didn't "put up or shut up" when the Press gave him a chance (Well, the LA Times gave him a chance- the AP gave a scathing one-sided slam) is going to get a lot of people from all sides of the issue upset with him, including some anti-GMO groups.
We already know what is happening with the Pro-GMOs. And we should let them have their party. Go ahead and gloat and be smug and attack- because in the end, you're going to be exposed for what you are and no press is going to matter. What will matter is what unfolds in history - and we know GMOs are a tragedy that is happening right now. It won't be long now before everyone is on the side of dealing with this threat because its undeniable. And by the time its undeniable, its everyone's tragedy. There's not going to be any kind of victory dance for us when what we have been saying is accepted by everyone. We wish we were wrong. So let all these universities and corporations be righteous and lets hope people come out of the woods to celebrate. Once we learn this lesson about science, education, and business, we'll do something to protect ourselves from this effect in the future. In fact,
1. Lets see some universities begin by making a corporate funding policy that makes it clear that biotech funders in particular don't get a perk of manipulating their research. Scientific American "A Seedy Practice" and Nature Biotechnology "Under Wraps" articles are cause enough to have a prominent and targeted integrity policy.
2. Scientists, unite and put a moratorium on research that has a clause of control- and then report on how you were denied real research ability. What you need to do now is strike. Such as, "Monsanto won't allow any real research to be done. We don't accept this restricted research offer by Monsanto at all, as a community, because the only thing more dangerous than not doing any research is doing slanted research which is all they're willing to allow. Scientists have a right to test products and organisms that are found in nature or consumed by the public." Monsanto won't win by default if scientists say they won't take the deal they are offered to do only favorable research. If there is a strike, that illusion that Monsanto is not blocking real research will shatter.
I know at least one major non-GMO organization journalist was pleased with the article. I saw some criticism from people online that think Ms. Huffstutter was giving Dr. Huber too much credit. The court of public opinion on this does not matter one iota. Right now, we need attention on certain questions, and for key facts to be legitimized beyond doubt which is what is happening.
1. Universities receiving funding are compromised and blocking research
2. Scientists are running scared and being silenced.
3. Crops need to be tested thoroughly for diseases right now.
4. If we ever have a blight that affects our corn or soy, we're in big trouble.
5. It is well-known that USDA is steamrolling GMOs too fast for safety.
6. Secretary Vilsack is no longer the person to ask the tough questions. It is President Obama.