Act Now: Tell President Obama to Veto the DARK Act

This comes to us from the Weston A. Price Foundation.  We are including it here as a service to our readers who are not members in the Foundation.

ACT NOW: Tell President Obama to veto the DARK Act

As you may have heard, the Senate voted last week to approve the Roberts-Stabenow version of the DARK Act. The next step is that it goes back to the House (since it’s different from the version the House approved last summer) and then on to President Obama.

This bill would be more accurately termed an UNlabeling bill. It has huge loopholes, no enforcement mechanisms, and a two-year delay before anything happens – except that it immediately overrides state laws that are already in place.

This is not a “compromise” on labeling – it is effectively a ban on GMO labeling, in disguise.

We expect the House to vote this week. Given that the earlier version of the DARK Act passed by a large margin, and that the House sponsor has said he’ll support the Senate version, it will almost certainly pass the House.

The bill could be on the President’s desk before the end of this week.

A presidential veto is our last chance to stop the DARK Act. Please take action today!

Note: if you look up S. 764, the bill number, you’ll see that it was originally about defunding Planned Parenthood. But all of the original text has been removed, and replaced by an amendment inserting the DARK Act provisions. This bill has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood anymore. The text, as passed by the Senate, is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/764/text

TAKE ACTION: Contact President Obama

You can contact President Obama in three ways: phone call, email, or signing an online petition on the White House’s website. Remember that phone calls are the most effective, and take just a couple of minutes!

CALL the White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111 (open 9-5 EST)

EMAIL: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

MESSAGE:

I urge President Obama to veto S. 764, the DARK Act, which pre-empts state laws on labeling.

This bill is riddled with loopholes. Worst yet, by allowing companies to use QR codes instead of words on the package, it creates barriers for every person who wants to find out information about what they’re eating – and it discriminates against low income families, minorities, and seniors, all of whom are unlikely to have smartphones and/or the comfort level to use them to scan QR codes.

Less than half of all low income Americans can afford a smartphone. And only 21% of Americans surveyed have scanned QR codes.   But everyone has to eat, and all Americans should know what they’re buying.

President Obama, stand by your campaign promise that people deserve the right to know what’s in their food, and veto this terrible bill.

ONLINE PETITION: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/veto-dark-act-s764

After you enter your name & email address, you will get a confirmation email. You must click on that link, or your signature won’t be added.

We hope you will support the Weston A. Price Foundation in its efforts to restore nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. westonaprice.org

There is also a good article about it here: https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/no-good-reason

No Good Reason

Today, Congress rammed through a bill that is anti-consumer and anti-states’ rights.

And President Obama is expected to sign it very soon.

Please help us flood the White House with calls today (202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414) asking Obama to veto S. 764. If you’re in the D.C. area, please join our rally at the White House, Friday, July 15, at 1 p.m. in Lafayette Park.

It’s also not too late to sign these two petitions asking Obama to veto the DARK Act. Please sign here and here. We will deliver the petitions tomorrow, Friday July 15.

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Our House Rep and Senators in Oregon all voted against it!  Yeah!  Thank you to everyone who called them.

BREAKING: Senate expected to vote tomorrow to ban GMO labeling

This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation.  This was sent out to WAPF members, and I am including it here as a service to our local participants who are not active members of WAPF.

The closer we look at the Roberts-Stabenow bill on GMO labeling, the worse it gets. It’s so bad that even the FDA – which asserts that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to conventional foods — has criticized it!  The bill’s biggest flaws:

  • No on-package label required – the companies can put a QR code, phone number, or website, which provides no real information for someone shopping for food.
  • No federal enforcement penalties. If the companies fail to comply with even this minimal requirement, there’s no mechanism for the federal government to enforce the law.
  • Massive loopholes in definition of genetically engineered and what will have to be labeled.
  • And it pre-empts all state laws that would require on-package labeling.

This is not a “compromise” on labeling – it is effectively a ban on GMO labeling, in disguise.

Vermont’s law went into effect last Friday, July 1. Most food manufacturers came into compliance well in advance. And check it out – there’s still food on the grocery store shelves, the prices haven’t risen, and no companies have gone out of business. While Monsanto and its allies claimed the sky would fall, it simply hasn’t.

There is no excuse for the federal government to step in and override the will of the people and states’ authority to require labeling.

The Senate is expected to vote this week, and the outlook is NOT good. Some corporate agribusinesses who control the Organic Trade Association endorsed the bill, giving many Senators the excuse to say that “the organic industry is fine with this.”

It is vital that your Senators hear from you, their constituents. Tell them in clear terms that you don’t care what companies have endorsed the bill – the voters don’t like it!

Take Action

Call your Senators at 888-897-0174 to tell them what you think of their votes! Calls are the fastest, and most effective way to get your message through to Congress. (This number will give you a quick briefing on the issue, and then connect you to your Senators.)

If you prefer email, you can find contact information for your Senators at  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm 

 

Here’s a sample script for a call:

I live in [STATE], and I urge you to reject the Roberts-Stabenow so-called compromise on GMO labeling. This bill isn’t a compromise where both sides got something – it simply gives Monsanto and Big Ag everything they wanted, at the expense of citizens like me.
QR codes, 1-800 numbers, or a website address is not labeling. None of these provide information in a reasonable manner for consumers. There won’t even be any penalties for failing to comply, and the definition of genetic engineering is so narrow that it is already obsolete.  This isn’t mandatory labeling, it’s a mirage.

Labeling GMO foods clearly, on the package, is already happening – in 60 other countries as well as Vermont. Congress should side with the people, not the corporations.

I urge you to vote NO on the Roberts-Stabenow bill.

A phone call is more effective than an email. If you do send an email, please include a couple of sentences at the beginning with your own personalized message — personal messages have more impact than form emails.

 

We hope you will support the Weston A. Price Foundation in its efforts to restore nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. westonaprice.org

DARK Act Filed in the Senate – Call ASAP!

The DARK Act would prohibit state labeling of GMOs. Please take a moment to call our senators.  Oregon Senators are:

Merkley, Jeff – (D – OR)     Class II
313 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3753
Contact: www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

Wyden, Ron – (D – OR)     Class III
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5244
Contact: www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/

 

This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation. I am passing it on here to those of you who are not already members in WAPF. 

DARK Act filed in the Senate – call now!

 

Senator Roberts (R-KS) just filed Monsanto’s dream bill, also known as the DARK Act, to prohibit state labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.

 

Ask your Senators to oppose this bill and any attempt to prohibit labeling of GMO foods!

Even if you’ve already taken action, it’s really important that your Senators hear from you again now that the bill has been introduced.

Senator Roberts is the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and he’s already scheduled his bill to get a hearing in the committee this Thursday.

 

Time is of the essence. The same bill already passed through the House in July, so we must stop it in the Senate.  Your Senators need to hear from you now: To protect your right to know what is in your food, tell your Senators to oppose the bill, or any “compromises” that don’t result in mandatory, on-package labeling of GMOs.

 

There’s a reason why we call the bill that passed the House last summer the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act).  This bill would prohibit any state from labeling GMOs and make federal labeling voluntary – which, to be clear, it already is, and not a single product is labeled as containing genetically engineered ingredients.

Tell your Senators that voluntary labels don’t work, and they must reject the DARK Act.

Take Action

Call or email both of your U.S. Senators to urge them to oppose Senator Robert’s bill or any bill that blocks mandatory, on-package labeling of GMOs.

 

You can look up who your Senators are and find their contact information:

Here’s a sample script for a call:

 

Hi, my name is ___, and I am a constituent. I urge Senator _____ to vote against Senator Roberts’ bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically engineered foods. 

 

We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make educated decisions about the food we eat. The free market can only work when consumers have the information they need to make informed choices among different products.  The simplest, clearest way to provide information to consumers is with a physical label (not bar codes or other confusing options).

Without mandatory on-package labeling, consumers are effectively being defrauded.

 

I urge Senator ___ to vote against any bill that would block state laws for mandatory physical labels on GMO foods.

 

 

A phone call is more effective than an email. If you do send an email, please replace the opening few lines with your own personalized message – personal messages have more impact than form emails.

 

You can also download a fact sheet on the House version of the bill at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/hr-1599-fact-sheet to send as an attachment to your email, or as a follow up to your call.

This is not a Weston A. Price Foundation email, but we share it as a service to our members.  It comes to us from the Organic Consumers Association:

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OREGON: Volunteer for the Measure 92 Recount!

Dear Lisa,

As of last night (Nov 20, 2014), we’re just 1,484 votes short of closing the gap on Measure 92 to label genetically modified foods in Oregon. Based on reliable estimates, there are enough outstanding votes that, if they go the right way, could push us over the top.

While we wait for the final tally, the YES on 92 campaign staff is busy working to prepare for the recount.

Sign up here to volunteer! Volunteer observers and lawyers are needed to ensure the recount is conducted fairly. All volunteers must be registered Oregon voters. 

Under Oregon state law, if the finally tally remains within 3,000 votes, a recount will automatically take place. The Yes on 92 campaign will do everything in its power to make sure that the recount is conducted carefully, and fairly.

And they will need your help.

Sign up today to be a volunteer recount observer or lawyer! 

– Melinda and Katherine for the OCA team

 

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Sept 15th: GMO Education Tour – Jeffrey Smith in Eugene!

Here is some news you may be interested in!  Jeffery Smith is making a tour around Oregon!

Eugene Event With Jeffrey Smith

When:
Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00pm in Eugene, Oregon

Location:
First Christian Church, 1166 Oak Street, Eugene, OR

More Info:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/364147923741558/

Jeffery Smith is the author of Genetic Roulette and Seeds of Deception, and has spoken several times at Wise Traditions Conferences.

 Events

 

 

Jeffrey Smith Oregon GMO Education Tour
Portland, Eugene, Bend, Medford, and Ashland with GMO Free Oregon
It’s In Your Food!
What you can do to get GMOs labeled in Oregon!
Invite a friend who does not know about GMOs!


Portland Event With Jeffrey Smith

When: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00pm in Portland, Oregon

Location:
First Unitarian Church, 1034 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR

More Info:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/813423682022059/

Eugene Event With Jeffrey Smith

When:
Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00pm in Eugene, Oregon

Location:
First Christian Church, 1166 Oak Street, Eugene, OR

More Info:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/364147923741558/

 

Bend Event With Jeffrey Smith

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00pm in Bend, Oregon

Location:
First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th, Bend, OR

More Info:
www.GMO-CentralOregon.org

 

Ashland Event With Jeffrey Smith – MUST RSVP – LIMITED SEATING

When: Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 – 9:30pm Activist Strategy Session and nonGMO Appetizer and Dessert Potluck

Location:
Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek, Ashland, Oregon 97520

More Info:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gmo-labeling-strategy-session-with-jeffrey-smith-tickets-13039777325

 

These events are an educational benefit for the Oregon Right to Know – Yes on 92 Campaign.

FREE! All Welcome! Suggested donation $5 – $25 to raise funds for Yes on 92 – GMO Labeling. Help us match our goal of raising $2500 to be matched by SoDelicious to raise a total of $5,000! No one turned away for lack of funds.

To volunteer or get involved in these events contact: Ariane

arigmofree@gmail.com

Sponsor the events: www.responsibletechnology.org/yes92

More info on the GMO Labeling Initiative:
www.oregonrighttoknow.org
www.gmofreeoregon.org

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-The small but mighty IRT team!



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March Against Monsanto 2014: In Review

May 24, 2014

My son and I just got back from attending the March Against Monsanto 2014.  This was my second year attending (for 2013 see: March Against Monsanto – In Review).  Despite the fact that the turn-out for the march was smaller this year, the movement is definitely growing!  Just four days ago both Jackson & Josephine Counties passed bans on growing GMO crops in these counties!

There is a Right To Know GMO labeling petition being circulated now for the November election.  For those of you who would like to sign, please come to one of our upcoming events, as I will be bringing petitions and collecting signatures.

For those of you who still don’t understand why we oppose GMOs, take a look at Jeffery Smith’s talkat the Wise Traditions Conference.

K'nex No-GMO Sign

The Sign:

Before leaving home my 8-year-old son decided he had to make a custom sign for the event.  He designed and constructed a K’nex handle and frame that held a foam core sign in the center.  He was putting the finishing touches on it in the van as we drove into town.  I told him it would be the only sign like it!  I am very proud of his dedication and creativity.  He got a lot of complements on his sign while we were marching, which helped make the event enjoyable for him.

The March:

A few marched in the street

It was another lovely Spring day, with nearly perfect weather for marching.  As last year, we gathered at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.  There were a few speakers (which I could have done without), and then we finally got to marching at 1 PM.  Last year we were told to stay on the sidewalk, and when we got to a corner keep going, we had permission to cross against the lights.  This year were told to stay on the sidewalk and stop at the lights.  Some energetic young activists chose to march in the street anyway.

Here are a few of the sign slogans I captured in photos:

  • No GMO
  • Save the Bees Stop Monsanto
  • Might Does Not Make Right!
  • Marching past the EWEB building

  • GMO Free Oregon
  • Save The Bees
  • Envision a Healthy Planet
  • Honk if You Love Bees
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Dead Hives Tell No Lies
  • Who’s Side are You On?
  • Bio Pesticides = Autism
    Organic Food is Medicine
  • The World Doesn’t Need Your GMOs
  • People of Resistance Create Gardens of Resilience
  • GMO OMG
  • Monsanto, Stop Trying to Get In My Plants
  • Label GMOS
  • Genesis 1:11-12  – “And God said, Let the Earth bring Forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is in itself upon the Earth: an it was so.  And the Earth brought Forth grass, and the herb yielding seed after it’s kind: and God saw that it was good.”
  • Monsanto Go Away!
  • Demand Non-GMO
  • A line of marchers as far as I could see!

  • Save Food, Our Right to Know
  • Monsanto No No No
  • Bee Smart, Stop Using Garden Chemicals, Save the Honeybees
  • We the People Say NO
  • Hell No GMO
  • GMOs Have: Never Been Proven Safe, Reduced Crop Yields, Killed Bees/Pollinators, Require More & More Herbicides/Pesticides That Pollute Our Water, Damage Organic Crops
  • Ban Bee Killing Neonicatoids
  • Who Decides How We Live?
  • Local Seeds Matter, Seed Saving is a Human Right and Necessity
  • I (heart) MY (Apple) just the way it is!  Stay Away!
  • Stay Away from My (Apple)
  • (photo) Glyphosate-Resistant Horseweed in Soybean
    (photo) Glyphosate-Resistant Giant Ragweed in Roundup Ready Corn
    The Resilience of Life
    Nature Defeats Monsanto
  • 1 Million $ Can’t Buy JACK’son county

People in cars honked as we marched.  My son counted 37 honks before he gave up on counting (there were at least double that number).

We marched through down town, past 5th Street Public Market and up over Ferry Street Bridge.  This year we stayed on the far side of the river, so we did not cross back the other way on the bridge and get to see the length of the line down both sides (see the awesome sight from last year).  We paused on the bridge for a few minutes and waved our signs.  Then we headed down the bike path into the park.

 

Music, Speakers & Booths at Alton Baker Park

Music & Speakers:

At the end of the march we gathered in Alton Baker Park.  There was a stage with live music and a few booths set up.  We got a picnic lunch out of the car and ate it on the grass (or at least most of it.  A dog on a leash came by and swiped a whole nitrate-free beef hotdog off our tray!).  Coconut Bliss was selling ice cream and giving all proceeds to the Right to Know GMO labeling cause.  The music was had a lovely Latin beat and a few people danced.  Most people visited and enjoyed the music and speakers and checked out the booths before heading home.

One of the speakers was a woman who told us the story of her daughter having brain cancer.  They tested the urine of both herself and her daughter and found that they contained Roundup (Monsanto’s weedkiller), at a rate much higher than average Americans.  Their rates were 15 for the mom and 18 for the daughter.  She said that the average in America is 7, and in Europe it is 1!  The good news is that the daughter is cancer-free 10 years later.  They had the testing done through Moms Across America.

 

"Fishy Soybean" Car

A Few Tips for Planners in 2015:

My advice to event organizers for next year is to save the speakers for after the march.  It feels good to lie in the grass after the march and listen to speakers.  Before the event we were just antsy to get going, and I heard that at least one person had to leave before the march began.  I say get moving before the energy starts to wane and you’ll have more energetic marchers!

My other suggestion is to pick ONE easy chant to use.  There were people up and down the line who were supposed to be leading us in chants, but each one was different and out of sync with the next.  The best one in my opinion was “Hey, hey, ho, ho, GMO, has got to go!”   Simple, easy.  Stick with it.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I am glad I went and glad my son joined me this year.  I hope by the time he grows up we have joined the 64 other countries around the world who have already banned GMOs, and he can spend his energies working on other goals.

May 24: March Against Monsanto 2014

 

I just wanted to let you know about an important event this weekend.

The worldwide March Against Monsanto takes place this Saturday, May 24th.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM

Wayne Morse Free Speech plaza (8th and Oak St)

There are over 350 marches planned to take place at the exact same time around the world, including in every major US city.

Last year I took part in the march here in Eugene.

The most wonderful sight was when we marched across the Ferry Street Bridge.  We marched along the East side of the bridge, looped around underneath, and then when we marched back along the West side of the bridge.  Our line of Marchers covered BOTH sides of the bridge!  Cars honked in support.  It was an awesome sight!

Here is my 27 second video of the line of marchers on Ferry Street Bridge.

For more photos and my impressions of last year’s event, read March Against Monsanto – In Review.

Below are details from the Eugene March Against Monsanto FaceBook page:

For Immediate Release (Continue until May 25th, 2014)

March Above and Beyond Monsanto for Food Freedom Eugene

Eugene, Oregon. 04/08/2014- Come join us in solidarity as we celebrate, educate, and promote a sustainable future.

On Saturday, May 24th, Lane County residents will participate in the Worldwide “March Against Monsanto” for World Food Day. Over 275 cities around the world are scheduled for events on the same day. In Eugene, we will hold a joyful celebration of sustainable agriculture, food freedom and
local food rights.

We will meet and rally at 12pm at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza then march to Alton Baker Park for a  family friendly afternoon of music coalition building, education, and a community picnic in the park starting at 2:30pm. Experts from a variety of fields are scheduled to speak including Ann Kneeland from Support Local Food Rights, Kristie Steele from Oregon Right to Know, former EPA scientist Dr. Ray Seidler, Grandma Aggie and many more. Musical guests include The Raging Grannies, Matura and band, Marv Elliis, Jasun Plaedo Wellman, and Gypsy Moon.

There will also be opportunity to sign the Oregon Right to Know petition to qualify the GMO labeling Initiative for the November 2014 ballot. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of community in action.

For more information or to see how you can get involved, visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/499672286808231/
or contact Aaron Kubat at 541-606-7773

MARCH ROUTE:

8th and oak Free Speech Plaza
Rt on 7th
Left on Pearl (stay on west side of street)
Rt on 5th (stay on south side of street)
Left on High
Rt on forth (pass EWEB)
Proceed over the Ferry St.Bridge on Coburg Rd.
Head northeast on the Ruth Bascom Bike Path
Turn right toward Day Island Rd.
Look for the Stage!!!!

Can park vehicle or bicycle at EWEB building or at Alton Baker Park.

Here’s the Eugene March Against Monsanto on FaceBook:

 

And here’s a cool map showing where all the marches will be this weekend.

I would also like to encourage parents to bring their children.  Not only is it a great opportunity to share your passion for standing up for an important cause, but it is a lot of fun!  It is like being in a parade!  The children don’t need to understand the full ramifications of GMOs to participate.  My son is planning to come with me.  Come march with us!

VOTE NOW: GMOs are ugly!

This comes to us from Occupy Monsanto.  Help raise GMO awareness by voting for the Fishy Sugar Beet car in the ugliest car contest (I think it is kinda beautiful, and would much rather ride in it than some of the others, but voted for it as ugliest):

We all know that GMOs are ugly… But just how ugly are they?

We were just informed by our friends at the Are We Eating Fishy Food? campaign that Fishy Sugar Beet was nominated for CarTalk’s “Ugliest Car” contest.

Let’s hijack the vote and tell the world just how ugly GMOs really are! If we win, we’ll interject a discussion about GMO, GMO labeling, and GMO ethanol into a nationally syndicated radio show about cars.

Voting will only take 15 seconds of your time, so scroll down & vote for #8:
http://www.cartalk.com/content/vote-ugliest

Have a great weekend,

Gene

GCU@Occupy-Monsanto.com
www.Occupy-Monsanto.com
Twitter.com/GMO917
Facebook.com/GeneticCrimesUnit

PS.
The other cars are pretty awesome, but don’t vote for them!

Now is the time to get rid of GMOs

This comes to us from the Institute for Responsible Technology:

 

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Dear Lisa,

As you have just heard, we are at a critical point in the movement against GMOs. In fact, this may be the single most important window of opportunity in the history of the cause. In order to take advantage of this pivotal moment, we need your help.

Nutiva, one of our favorite superfoods companies, was so inspired by our work that they have presented us with a challenge:

If we can raise $20,000 with help from supporters like you, they will match these funds dollar-for-dollar with a $20,000 gift, for a total of $40,000! Every single donation you give will be matched!  

By making a donation between August 28 and September 6, you can double the impact of your support to the Institute for Responsible Technology.

With these funds, we will be able to launch the massive outreach campaign we’ve been planning to finally turn the corner in our movement. We have the power to end the use of GM ingredients in our food. Now is the time! This is not only an investment in our work at the IRT. This is an investment in our health, our environment, and our future!

Donate today before the matching funds run out!

Thank you so much for your support.

Jeffrey M. Smith
Executive Director of The Institute for Responsible Technology

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March Against Monsanto – In Review

The world-wide March Against Monsanto took place on May 25th, 11AM (Pacific).  I (Lisa) took part in this event.  GMOs are not the main issue of the Weston A. Price Foundation (a return to traditional foods is our focus), but as Jeffery Smith says: “Healthy food starts with no GMO.”  For those of you who don’t understand why we oppose GMOs, take a look at Jeffery Smith’s talk at the Wise Traditions Conference.

I saw a number of familiar faces, but not as many as I would have liked to see.  So for those of you who missed it, here are some photos!

We gathered in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene, across from Saturday Market. Parking was horrible.  I wound my way up and then down the Parkade without finding a single space, and there were more people streaming in as I left.  I wanted to tell them it was full.  So I found some on-street parking a few blocks to the West, grabbed my bags (I wanted to do some shopping at the Farmers Market), and walked over.

A full circluar Rainbow around the sun shown overhead!

There was already a crowd gathered when I got there, so I slowly worked my way towards the front, to try to hear what was happening.  There were several speakers (most of whom I couldn’t hear).  Someone pointed up.  Above us shown the sun surrounded by a full circlular rainbow!  Beautitful!

I watched people, read protest signs, and took pictures.  Here are a few of the slogans I captured in photos:

    • Bee Truthful
    • Stop Monsanto
    • Food Freedom Now
    • 30+ Countries have already banned GMOs.  Why haven’t we FDA?
    • The Food Revolution Has Begun
    • OMG GMO WTF are we eating?
    • Quit Playing God with Our FOOD!
    • I Do Not Want Your GMO!  I Do Not Like You Monsanto
    • Right to kNOw GMO!!
    • Give a Damn
    • Get Monsanto Out!
    • No Bees – No Food!  Hungry?
    • Monsanto ends honey, takes our money!
    • Go Organic
    • Farmers Against Monsanto
    • Monsanto Out of US & other countries
    • GMOs = Mutated food that no one should be subjected to, we have the right to stop seeds of corruption
    • Bee Smart! No GMOs
    • Go back to hell Monsanto, leave our planet alone
    • Buzz off Monsanto!

Many signs and costumes showed support of bees

  • Corporate Greed Kill$
  • Get Mon$nto out of our government
  • Corporate Greed Kill$
  • Monsatan – Infertility – Alzheimer’s – Famine – Autism
  • FDA: Bought & Paid For – Shame on you!
  • Monsanto’s Worst Enemy is an Informed Public
  • You have the right to grow it?  We have the right to KNOW IT! – No GMO
  • Either Mankind will STOP MONSANTO or… Monsanto will STOP MANKIND
  • No No GMOS! The MPA has GOT to GO!
  • Lable It or Table It
  • (Child’s scribbles) Think of the Children!
  • The World Doesn’t Need Your GMO!
  • Label GMOs
  • Stop Monsanto Now
  • GMO OMG WTF are we eating?
  • If Corporations were REALLY People, Monsanto would be in Prison!!
  • Demand Non-GMO – GMO’s have never been proven safe – reduced crop yeilds – killed bees/pollinators – require more & more herbicides/pesticides – that pollute our water – damage organic crops – cause tumors & ??? – Protect Your Food Supply & Your Body
  • Power to the People
  • GMO Poison – It’s NOT what’s for dinner
  • Quit Playing GOD with our FOOD!
  • No to SB 633
  • Stop Monsanto Before They Mutate Us All!!
  • Save the Bees – Stop Monsanto
  • Hell No GMOs Stop Monsanto Now
  • Ban GMOs
  • We Want Organic
  • Pesticide Resistance – GMOs Suck

    Our police escort stopped traffic while the Marchers crossed

  • Shame on Obama for signing the Monsanto Protection Act!
  • Love the Earth DON’T Poison It!
  • Real Food Self-Replicates!
  • Bee Smart – Stop Using Garden Sprays
  • Monsanto = BioTerrorism
  • No GMO on My Tray

Police estimated about two thousand marchers!

Then someone said something about the March, and I listened to try to hear what was being said.  He told us to line up on the sidewalk.  He aid that when we were marching to stay on the sidewalk, and when we got to a corner keep going, we had permission to cross against the lights.  So we all worked our way to the sidewalk  and began marching North.  March organizers had volunteers stationed along the way leading chants and keeping the energy up.  There were some volunteers on bikes who rode along side the marchers, back and forth, shouting out chants or leading songs.  I found a group of energetic young women and moved up by them so that I could join in their chant.  We tried a number of different ones along the way.  The one I remember now was: “Hey, hey, ho, ho, GMO, has got to go!”  Or the variation: “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mon-san-to, has got to go!”  It was wonderful being in the middle of all these people who care enough about our food supply to come out and march on a beautiful Saturday spring day.  The amazing thing about being in the march was not being able to see either ends of line!  I would love to see a aerial view of how many blocks we stretched across!

Where are we as a society when a bunch of organic carrots becomes a political statement?

When we came to the first corner our police escort stopped traffic for us to cross.  The street was beginning to look like a parking lot when they finally halted our line and let traffic take a turn.  We marched past 5th Street Public Market, and people stopped to take photos of our line of marchers (I took photos back!).  We went under the overpass and past the EWEB building.  Then we headed across Ferry Street Bridge.  There was a young woman behind me who lead the chant in our area, and held high a bunch of organic carrots as her sign!

Our line covered both sides of Ferry Street Bridge!

I couldn't see the ends of the line!

I estimated that I was somewhere in the front third of the line.  The most wonderful sight was when we marched across the Ferry Street Bridge.  We marched along the East side of the bridge, looped around underneath, and then when we marched back along the West side of the bridge.  Our line of Marchers covered BOTH sides of the bridge!  Cars honked in support.  It was awesome!  (view my 27 second video here)

Then we turned and headed for the Campbell Community Center (our final destination).  We lost a few marchers at this point, as most of us were hot and tired by now.  Many people headed back to their cars.  The rest of us settled onto the grass under the shade of the trees.  There was water provided by McKenzie Mist, and Coconut Bliss handed out ice cream bars (I think they were free, although I wasn’t given one).  There was a tent and music set up.  Musicians played, and power for the amplifiers was provided by three stationary bicycles!

The full Rainbow over Ferry Street Bridge

There were speakers who came along later after the musicians finished.  One of the event organizers said that he spoke to one of our police escort who estimated that there were about two thousand marchers!

Someone from Kid Food Matters (formerly Eugene Coalition for Better School Food) spoke about the sorry state of 4J school lunches.  She expressed the vision of seeing 4J adopt a program of making food from scratch in kitchens at the schools, and she told us of how The Village School has started an organic garden and school lunch program.  They are leading the way among local schools!

Marchers gathered to rest, dance and show off their signs.

Ingrid Edstrom of Infrared Breast Health, spoke about the connection between herbicide and pesticide exposure and breast health.  She said that in her practice, most breasts she scans have questionable results.  The women with the worst breast scans usually eat conventional food or live on christmas-tree farms that use lots of chemicals.  She advises an organic diet free of GMOs as part of the treatment.

The Rainbow followed our entire march!

The rainbow followed us through our entire march.  It gives me chills now, remembering the rainbow.  I took it as a very portentous sign.  Here were around two thousand people gathering to show their suport of nature over factory food.  Gaia, Nature, God, the Universe, whatever you call it, was pleased!  I am sure of it.

The mainstream media ignored marches all across America.  The Register Guard had essentially no coverage of the Eugene event.  Monsanto is scared, they are trying desparate measures to protect themselves from the tidal wave of lawsuits that are coming.  They know people don’t want GMOs.  If they did they would proudly label them.  They resort to bullying and passing backroom laws to protect themselves, not us!

We are reaching the “Tipping Point” when public rejection of GMOs will turn the tide.  You don’t have to take to the streets to make a change.  You can sign the petition to Repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act”, and even more importantly, you can be a food revolutionary in the privacy of your own kitchen!  There is hope for the future and it resides in each individual making the choice to buy non-GMO food.

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