My guest post for the March Against Monsanto Denver

My guest post for the March Against Monsanto Denver

This was part of my grassroots efforts to share the educational process through using my experiences to help people understand the problems behind Genetically Modified Foods, also known as GMO’s.  The plants have been modified to survive the consumption of poison and are a mixture of plant and bacteria genetics incorporated into the human food stream while there is strong evidence of poisoning, genetic defects and terminal diseases in humans and animals that consume them.

What’s the deal with Monsanto, GMO’s and this #MarchAgainstMonsanto?

#GMO, #Organic, #M25, #MAM #Monsanto and #Poison are just some of the tweets you may be seeing over the next few months as many are predicting that 2013 is the year of protests and marches against corporations that are proven to have track records that are not environmentally responsible.

Many people who read this may ask why.  It’s a valid question.  Is this something new?  No it’s now new.  Here’s the skinny –

Monsanto is a poison manufacturing company that has been making corn and soybean plants that survive to their poisons for over 20 years.  This began as an improvement over the types of poisons being used on farm fields before the EPA banned the use of DDT on Dec, 31 1972.   These plants are now part of our food stream and foods and animals like it are becoming commonplace without labeling and exposing the research that proves eating poison resistant food causes cancer in lab rats.  Generally when lab rats don’t react well to things, it’s bad for humans.  The poisons being used on ‘weeds and insects’ are not cycled so the weeds are becoming resistant to the current versions.  Now Monsanto wants to increase the levels of poison or ‘insecticide’ because the weeds aren’t going away as well anymore.

There has been a stir in the United States of late because we are just catching up to all the crap going on in the United States.  I mean we’ve been at war for the last decade.  Additionally we have been dealing with greedy banks and an automotive industry that collapsed.  Besides being in a recession, health insurance, mental health, gun violence and an exploding murder rate and oceans that are on the verge of death because of plastic pollution and nations that won’t follow the rules…  oh that and our government is being exposed for being in bed with Monsanto… http://twitpic.com/cqmlh9

Why has this become an issue?  Like all things that come to the level of attention on an international level where the EU has banned growth of GMO plants and Golden Rice is being contested around the world , it’s because the growing problem threatens life on earth as a whole.  GMO’s aren’t  just corn and soybeans by Monsanto Corporation, it’s Apples that don’t brown so fast, fish and chickens developed to grow larger than nature created and at a quicker rate.    Let me explain it this way, if they created a way for a 9month old child was the size of a five year old – would you freak out?  This is an example of what they are doing.  Some of this was created for the purpose of  saving the world and developing stronger food crops, like the Golden Rice project.  For major food crops, the problem of pesticides on crops is not anything new.  Monsanto is the major player in this game, and has grown on an international level to have a major level of control over the planets food system.

Like all things that involve science, research costs money.  To invest in creating these things lays an expectation by shareholders that the research becomes profitable.   The research was begun as a way to feed people more efficiently.   Unfortunately, it hasn’t stayed this way.  Monsanto’s efforts have become such a power grab to control the world’s food stream that they have positioned themselves, and former emploee’s in positions of government where regulations impacting the future of our food stream are being pushed through a regulatory process to implement across the board ability to produce without repercussions if something goes wrong. This is a problem because Monsanto has a history of creating things that are proven to cause harm to animals and humans.  This doesn’t account for the new products they are trying to introduce into the farming system.  Honestly, many rural farmers are caught in a bind.  As planting season is upon us or already complete in much of the country, the concerns about the ability to harvest biotech crops is a concern many farmers face.

So, March Against Monsanto has been created.  Why?  Because the people are responsible for the education of one another.  Change happens when people ask questions of one another, when congressional representatives are called into action and accountability to watch over the welfare of the people.  On May, 25 2013 people from around the world will be gathering, in cities large and small.  They will be coming together in peaceful assembly on the steps of state capitals and community centers around the world.  The effort and intention is to bring world wide accountability, a unified voice of the citizens of the world saying enough is enough.  The intentions of making better crops has been surpassed and there is science to prove it.  Just take a few minutes to type “Cancer, GMO, Testing”.  Either you will get sick or you will be glued to your screens for days to come!

What to do about it now?  Register for your local march!!!  This link takes you to the closest march near you.  Scroll the line to the right and you will find the Facebook link, Go Register and show support by telling others!   Go to Facebook, Twitter, your local grocery store.  Post some flyers, be the Grassroots change!   Begin requesting labeling of GMO foods, call your representatives and tell them how you feel.  Come to the March itself!  Be proactive with your shopping, buying from local organic farmers, converse with them about the food you are eating.  Plant a garden in your yard.

This is a video I found on YouTube that is about 13 Minutes long, by TheHealthRanger but it’s extremely important in getting the truth out.

Why current petition trends aren’t working – 2013 example: Firearms background checks

So, I signed a petition online regarding the Keystone XL pipeline the other day because in general, I’m against the expansion of fossil fuel dependancy and growing environmental risks of man made pollution.   Since then I’ve recieved more than 10 different calls to speak up… and it got me thinking, this is turning into a joke.  How can I believe that there is value in 100 different organizations saying their members want something will be effective?  I mean if I say yes to 10 different petitions I’m still only 1 voice, will any of the 10 be more effective than the other?  Is it possible that they are hurting one another because they are not unified?

I just did a quick look on Google, to look at how many different petitions in the United States that  I could currently sign telling my congressional representatives to support Background checks for firearms purchasesI understand that this topic is a touchy one, everybody has an opinion one way or the other.  Regardless of your personal opinion, this blog is about the process of communicating with government in a way that effectively brings change on a unified front.  This, in my opinion, is the most important aspect of my rant today.

Here’s a list of websites I found: http://www.Change.org, http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/, http://www.signon.org, https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/, http://boldprogressives.org/, http://www.ipetitions.com, http://www.thepetitionsite.com, http://www.demandaction.org, http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org, http://www.campaigns.dailykos.com, http://www.democrats.com, http://www.workthreat.com, http://www.forcechange.com, http://www.ryot.org, http://www.educationvotes.nea.org, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org, http://www.newsericks.com, http://www.causes.com/putthegunsdown (I stopped at page 3 because news stories were filtering in). 

And yet the bill didn’t pass.  One might blame the National Rifle Association (NRA) for pushing advertizing that focused on American’s loosing their rights as Americans.  Regardless of your stance, the NRA did exactly what they were supposed to for their members, provide a singular unified voice representing the memberships interest.  There is no ‘hold on government’  that they have greater than any other organization in America.  What separates them they are is organized.  It’s the NRA – not the voice of fifteen or twenty different entities saying something close to what the other is saying, that spoke on a singular front.

What’s important about this?  Background checks for gun purchases have been a hot topic of late, and they are something that – to the obvious dismay of President Obama, did not pass our bureaucratic process to arrive on his desk for signature into law.  One of the biggest complaints from the president is that the majority of American’s supported this kind of change and yet the people’s representatives in each state placed their votes based on a unified last minute effort to these representatives. 

I propose that what the NRA did most effectively, is offer an opportunity for environmentalists to learn from the successes of others.  How many organizations can you name that teach about the environment, that speak about conservation and responsibility, about recycling and pollution?   I bet there are a bunch and I propose that each wants you to consider them an expert on the topic.  I can name over ten  Heck that’s what I want from you, to consider me an expect on the topic of plastics in our environment and how we create solutions.

Now tell me who your authorities on firearms are… and I just got you!  Of course, it’s the NRA, even if you hate guns or have never touched one the primary expert you will think of is singular!  Now maybe you are a firearms owner and maybe you have a local shop or friend to turn to, but for the majority of American’s the NRA is the unified umbrella expert.   The methodology: One petition, one voice, one direction – and it worked.  It’s been working, it continues to work.

What’s the point?  We environmentalists need a unified clearing house, a place where one topic, one  battle at a time we speak with one voice – an that single voice would be so loud, and so strong, that companies and elected officials would be required to take action, to listen, to become educated, and to become part of the change.  My recommendation, use the official government website and share the same petition among like minded groups!

EU establishes formal stance on environmental planning and responsibility

EU establishes formal stance on environmental planning and responsibility

The European Union just published a formal stance acknowledging that it’s economically and environmentally necessary to plan development and sustainable use of resources as the only way to move forward.  The are decreeing a governmental  stance toward promotion and support in Policy making, research and development, and financing.  For one of the planets primary 1st world economies to formally make such a decree by press release is exciting news for our planet.  Hopefully the rest of the worlds bureaucracies will follow such bold measures!

 

How you shop is important, it is already changing the world.

When recycling was beginning to be a requirement on a national level, there was much ado about how it was all going to work.  People all over this country were involved in the idea that what they were doing was important and would be useful for generations to come.  How recycled products would be labeled, what types of material were to be used to be ‘post-consumer’ content and at what percentages.  What is post consumer waste?  What percentage of post consumer product could you use, was it safe?  What would standard be?  Who would enforce this?  Does the Federal Government have a responsibility to do this?  Do they have the right?  A lot of work was put into the entire process.

And yet, according to the EPA, only 7% of the plastic that is created – gets recycled.  For some really good reading the 1990 report to Congress by the EPA titles,”Methods to Manage and Control Plastic Waste“.  In the meantime understand this – as a species we suck at cleaning up after ourselves.  And this my friends is creating a massive problem for our world. These problems are not just land based problems like, “our landfill is full, can we send our garbage to yours?”  While this happens all the time in the Midwest (garbage from cities like Chicago travels out of the city and even into Wisconsin.   Unfortunately, not all states have space where they can send their trash.  So what happened to all the garbage from a city like say, New York when there is no landfill space?  They took it out to sea, an activity that eventually ended in the 90’s.

ARE YOU OUTRAGED?  You should be.  Just in case you didn’t catch the earlier point, let me repeat it for you.  The City and State of New York authorized barges of trash to be sent out to sea.  A practice that is known to exist for over 100 years.  You and I can be sure they aren’t the only ones.  This might not have been a major issue at first, however since the creation of plastic in the 1850’s, we have been throwing it in the ocean.

So now we have organizations like 5 Gyres Institute  who are seeking to understand how the ocean is impacted by this trash and promoting, like this author, to increase recycling methods while reducing the amount of plastics we purchase.  Unfortunately the problem has become a beast of it’s own as we have come to discover that there are more than 5 major garbage patches in our oceans.  The main ones are flowing along our worlds major oceanic currents, known as gyres.  These ocean currents are so strong and regular that the water carries everything that we throw in them.  Greenpeace published a whitepaper sometime in the last 5 years titled,” Plastic Debris in the Worlds Oceans.”

What can I do?

The point of all of this is simple.  You purchase plastic on a daily basis.  There truly is no way around it.  Companies have concluded that you won’t do anything about it in the form of not purchasing their products and that articles like this will provide you with awareness that you will soon forget to act upon as soon as your hunger or schedule gets in the way.   The first thing that each of us can do is to make daily decisions to “Cut The Plastic out of our Lives”.  Demand manufactures use post consumer products, that virgin plastics are labeled effectively, and remember it’s how you spend your money that speaks to companies the most.  Stop purchasing products that are not made with the environment in mind, especially individually wrapped products.   Buy in bulk, and send your kids to school or daycare with smaller plastic storage containers.  Encourage recycling at work, places you shop, and demand it in your home.   Maybe you are seeing this information for the first time,  it’s ok if you weren’t educated about all of this before today.  What matters is what you do from here on out.  To quote G. I. Joe, “Knowing is half the battle.”

Using annalytics to help heal America?

So, I’m reading blog posts, which as an author is something that one should be part of the daily process.  If one contributes only to the initial idea without contributing to the conversation, then there is a diminished value to the point of publicly writing.  Today I read an amazing article on listening by The Journey Institute’s founder Dafna Michaelson.
The point is that every time I read a great post I go off on a tangent of thoughts that often expands to another idea or post.  So, my advice, read other blogs.

Today’s gem:  Not Taking your medication, or taking way to much? The Data Knows… by Derrick Harris
This is an amazing article examining the facts of Prescription Drug use and abuse in the United States.  Using analytic methods like this would allow both private businesses and local governments the ability to heal communities that are broken by a process that is illegally abusing both communities and the aspects of health care both private and public.  The real truth here is that both private and public medical systems are funding these abuses that trickle down the economic pipeline.  Effectively persecuting Dr.’s who abuse the system must include publicly available data without exposing the private personal and medical data.  Examining doctors who prescribe high quantities of narcotics, especially in high risk communities, can expose tragic abuses and help curb the public costs.  In addition to the actual medical expenses paid by governments and private health insurance that would reduce the overall expense of coverage, the welfare of communities and the extended burden of addiction.  This extends to the capacity of social service agencies, churches, the burden of community governments that pay for extended crime rates that are extended by “Pill Farms”.

Additionally, effective use of this data (when it comes to people that don’t take all their medicines effectively), could allow health insurance companies to help communicate to their clients the value of effective medication consumption in regards to success of medication usage as well as a tool for targeting national health concerns like unused medicine disposal in correlation to water quality (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) and diseases developing immunity to medicine due to lack of complete consumption of assigned prescription dosages.  More on bacterial immunity can be found via the CDC.