Spotlight, a new column shining light on issues, begins with a look at Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) food labeling.
Hello Friday Harbor.
First, let’s be clear on the unspoken and perhaps the unrealized power and importance of voting for initiatives. There’s no greater exercise of the power of your citizenship than an unfiltered vote for a ballot initiative that represents something you believe strongly in and support.
Here’s why you should vote YES ON I-522.
Think about that, an unfiltered vote. Your full voice, your vote goes directly to its purpose, change, and benefit. Your initiative vote is not filtered by a politician’s whim. Neither is your vote smothered by a bigger wealthier constituent’s purse and marketplace power.
Before Washington voters is a most consequential initiative I-522, an initiative asking for you to envision the long view, begging for your support. This is a Hobbit v. Lord of Darkness, David v. Goliath issue.
I-522 is an initiative heavy with significance for a better, trusted future of assured clean food, not Frankenstein food. It is as significant as the pivotal Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Roe v. Wade, and Medicare eras.
Please watch "SEEDS OF DEATH" on You-tube so you can become an informed voter. GMO food labeling or “The right to know what is in your food like pesticides and non- plant DNA is fundamental to the quality Life which has been taken from us. The Corn, soy, sugar beet foods you thought you could trust to nourish your children, your parents, your pets, anyone you love, like the fertility of the Earth, is 90% controlled by AGRI- BUSINESS and the farmers who choose “higher yield and no weeds” over human and environmental health.
Higher yield is not the end product. Sterilization of the fields is one to name a few. Heavier and more concentrated pesticide load is another. If you eat you are eating poisons that accumulate and are passed on.
Notice the increase in child allergies, learning disabilities, fertility, end of life diseases like Parkinson’s striking more often and earlier now and Alzheimer’s.
Washington has taken the position to be the leader in the U.S. now, so I-522 is so much bigger than labeling. It’s the tip of the iceberg and the most pivotal issue of our time. We are lagging behind the rest of the world who all have passed Food Labeling laws. We are no longer world leaders when we should be. A 30-second sound bite is what they are counting on to win.
Please research this issue. There is so much to be learned.
Corporate Mega-Agri businesses have been making food choices for you and yours for twenty years unfettered. By placing former executives in the U.S. government regulatory agencies and changing regulations not for you, but for them. In places like the USDA and by influencing congressmen to represent their corporate needs by constant influx of campaign money. Congressmen invite back room meetings and deals, talk strategy with their corporate lawyers who actually write legislation and insert their new corporate protection laws into Bills due to pass at the midnight hour. Why have congressmen at all, if not to use them to legitimize their agendas? “Don’t look behind the curtain, Dorothy!”
Take back power over your life and have you YES ON I-522 leave a legacy with your name on it. Take back the quality of your future! Stop greed in its tracks. This is the story of the power of greed to manipulate nature and people for their bottom line, plain and simple.
We’re boxed in you and I and so is everything we love and hold dear. They have come for everything we think is ours. What we have left is our vote and our desire to know. We can break their hold on our lives by understanding the very important issue I-522 before us.
It all happening quietly. But the brave Hobbitses and Davids with the empty pockets but hearts full of love to protect you, are in the town square begging us to heed this warning. Our lives at every turn are now controlled by mega corporations.
Agri-business is even grabbing for our choice to plant gardens with organic seed as they are now trying in Oregon, to make it extremely hard by legislation, laws drafted t crush the Organic Seed producing farmers who grow organic seed so only mega-agri corporations can sell Frankenstein seed and pesticides to gardeners and growers. Oregon is the organic seed capital of the world.
We’re boxed in by corporations who control our air, our water, our food, and our health, our accumulation of wealth and our political process. We are expendable to them and to the elected officials they buy and place in local, state and federal government as heads of important agencies like the USDA. Nothing and no one will impact their bottom line. They fiercely defend their livelihood at your expense and the expense of the environment.
We’re boxed in is just another way of saying we are their prisoner. They are determined to control everything. What’s left to take? Now that they have about everything. There isn’t much left to take.
They may have pushed us down but we don’t have to lay down for them. Not me!
We have escalated deeply into the era of corrupt politics just like any fictitious third world Banana Republic country aided by an advocacy U.S. Supreme Court. Dig deeper and you’ll see the epidemic of the revolving door between politics and corporations. We are merely profit or loss to them and how fiercely and immorally they protect their bottom line. You’re only needed when a vote from you is required for furthering their takeover.
But suddenly they need you right NOW, to believe their lies. We don’t realize they stack the deck against our will to circumvent our right to happiness for their own and for their shareholders. Isn’t our right to happiness a guarantee as a citizen and taxpayer of this country? What we have left is the pure power of our VOTE! With our vote we break the cycle of being a pawn.
This GMO labeling initiative was defeated in California because Mega-Agri-Businesses slickly warned the uninformed public falsely that it would cost every family $500 to have food labeled. Why? Did every corporation that labels their products whine and scare you with cost increases? NO. It’s simply NOT TRUE. And you’d be surprised who was on their side and donated to defeat labeling. Look this up for yourselves.
YOU VOTE YES ON I-522:
Because you vote for freedom. You want foods free of Frankenstein science or genetically modified organisms (Food) GMOs and you want to stop more highly concentrated pesticides from being stored in your body fat.
Remember how scientists and public health doctors explain the evolution of deadly viruses? The same principle applies to genetically modified food. In one example, agri-business scientists take a section of bacteria DNA or a section of fish DNA and insert the strand of DNA into the DNA of corn, soy, or sugar beet seeds. The modified structure, the new monster seed, can perform a dual job. It can be modified food and can withstand an environmental assault from pests. It becomes its own pesticide. A seed that is poisonous.
Corn is genetically modified in order to create its own pesticide. When a bee or another type of bug lands on it, the insect is poisoned and dies. Frankenstein science, a DNA piece here, a piece there, and most likely none of them from the same plant species or even plant family.
Because your vote will speak out against being bought by the slick ad campaigns of the multi-million dollar corporations spending millions of dollars to dupe you into believing labeling will cost you more at the market. Everything is labeled. No other corporation has worried you about your pocketbook regarding labeling.
Because you're proud to be from Washington State where voters have replaced California as leading the country in common sense legislation that benefits the people, not the corporate bottom line.
To vote against big agri-business and those they buy. Don't let giant corporations control your ability to grow your own food using organic seeds or control your life and the lives of your children, your elderly parents and your pets.
Because you are intelligent and are equally embarrassed the U.S. and Canada trail the rest of the world in saying NO to mega-agri corporations and YES to labeling their food. Voting YES on I-522 is a loud and emphatic NO to a complete corporate take over of their freedoms to health now and in the future.
Because you believe it's time to be a voice for the future of farming on clean ground, for the voiceless, the children, the animals - especially the bees. Pesticide-contaminated pollen on corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton, over-spraying and removal of all of the honey to get more profit for the beekeeper are reasons for the decimation of the bee population.
Because you believe in a better future, and you won't settle for a life of increasingly poor quality for you, your family and for generations to come. Tract health changes since the mid 1990s since the introduction of GMO’s their pesticide seeds and pesticides.
Because if agribusiness can't be curbed now, the situation will only worsen, meaning food shortages and ill health for people, animals, beneficial insects, water and the planting ground. A future full of what is chosen for you by bottom line driven, profit-margin at your expense, corporations who work on behalf of the farmers who choose the corporations' agri-business products.
Please educate yourselves on this issue. This column is just a start for you. Please Google "Explain a GMO". Watch the one minute video on tv.greenmedinfo.com or the full movie Genetic Roulette. Watch Seeds of Death on Youtube.