(NaturalNews) Occasionally, an outraged citizen turns on the establishment and starts a grass roots national campaign. One such citizen is Connecticut mother Diana Reeves. She quit her promising career with an upscale accounting firm to take care of her young son with cancer, who died before turning five.
With her other two children suffering from health problems, Diana channeled her grief into researching food and its relationship to health, including the effect on health from GMOs.
Her concern and curiosity eventually led her to getting involved with local activist groups NonGMO Hartford and the Connecticut Right to Know group which was pushing for state mandated GMO labeling.
Working with those groups, Diana vigorously campaigned with emails and leaflet handouts to get Connecticut citizens behind that state’s proposed congressional bill HB 5117, which included a provision requiring GMO labeling in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Right to Know campaign had garnered overwhelming public support for the provision to label GMOs, and they were certain the provision would be a slam dunk in the State’s House of Representitives.
But at the eleventh hour, the GMO labeling provision was taken out of the bill.
How Diana dealt with her state legislators’ cave-in
Connecticut legislators went down the same path as Vermont’s state legislation by caving in to “industry pressures” that are supported by pro-biotech industry friendly federal legislators, federal agency members, and high court judges.
Industry pressures included the threat of getting sued by the extremely litigious Monsanto, who have left a trail of ruined farmers and farms from frivolous lawsuits rivaled only by General Sherman’s scorched earth march through the South during the Civil War.
That’s when an outraged Diana took the bull by horns. The lead bull for the stampeding GMO biotech industry is Monsanto, of course, voted by Natural News overwhelmingly in a readers’ 2011 readers’ poll as the most evil corporation (http://www.naturalnews.com/030967_Monsanto_evil.html).
Diana’s story and burgeoning grass roots emailing campaign was featured in a recent Organic Consumers’ Association (OCA) newsletter. It is called GMO Free USA. She intends to gather 5,000 or more who oppose GMOs in the food supply to initiate emails directly at food manufacturers.
“The more people who join this consumer email initiative, the more powerful the campaign will be,” she asserts. So here’s a chance for many of us to contribute to a concerted effort without demonstrating in the streets and risking injury or incarceration while being ignored by the main stream press.
Why every anti-GMO effort is important
It’s amazing how many food consumers are still clueless about GMOs and their ramifications that endanger the future of our food supply in addition to their immediate health.
If you visit Diana’s GMO Free USA facebook page or their Yahoo Group, you’ll see that part of her effort is to educate more in addition to flood food producers and legislators with emails.
Not sure if you should contribute to the cause? Did you know that GMO contamination is rampant and the USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP) cannot guarantee there’s no contamination of certified organic foods? (GMO contamination … farmwars Source below)
The non-profit private group Non-GMO Project is trying to do something about that. (Source below)
Jeffrey Smith, international activist, author of Seeds of Deception and founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology was recently interviewed by Health Ranger Mike Adams – very interesting video here (http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=D170A7C686A2BB810D5D9F3FC8473B7A).
Here’s a reason to be concerned about GMOs’ immediate dangers as well as the disastrous long term consequences mentioned by Mike and Jeffrey in the interview (http://www.naturalnews.com/031742_GMOs_dangers.html#ixzz206O4KWaZ).
Sources for this article include
OCA source on this article http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25635.cfm
Intro to Non-GMO Project http://www.nongmoproject.org/
GMO contamination not part of USDA NOP labeling http://farmwars.info/?p=5426
Institute of Responsible Technology coverage of Monsanto’s Bt corn and cotton http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/1notes
Newsletter of biotech atrocity news http://www.warmwell.com/gm.html
Monsanto’s sordid chemical history http://www.citywatchla.com.