With the recent ballot initiatives for GMO labels, Measure 92 in Oregon and Measure 105 in Colorado, we lost two more opportunities for our country to join the rest of the world and demand GMO labeling on all of our food products. Those two election losses added to the two recent, failed GMO label ballot initiatives in Washington in 2012 and California in 2013. Is there any good news for future GMO labeling?
There is good news. The battle for the agricultural giants is becoming more and more expensive. In Oregon, for example, those big companies – such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Kraft Foods Group, Kellogg, The Hershey Company, Coca-Cola,and Pepsi – poured in 16 million dollars of deceitful advertising to win by only 10,000 votes. So, we have to just keep trying to each and every new election cycle.
There was one area of triumph, which is extremely important. In Maui, Hawaii, the voters passed a moratorium on cultivation of GMO crops. Those major companies, led by Monsanto and Dow Chemical, spent 8 million dollars in Maui and still lost. Why is that so important? Because it stops the cultivation and spread of GMO crops in Maui and gives those small Maui farmers a chance to keep growing their organic crops.
Perhaps you are not aware of the typical domino effect in agriculture. All neighboring crops cross-pollinate. Some of the seeds of one crop manage to be distributed into the flowers / leaves of a neighboring crop. We can attribute it to the birds, bees, and insects that help spread one crops “particles” into the next crop. But here is what Monsanto does. Once their seed is spread into another farmer’s field, it then sues the smaller farmer for infringement of their GMO patent and closes down that smaller farmer’s business.
With those legal actions, the agricultural companies gain a greater and greater percentage of all of the crops in the world. As stated, we have lost 5 million farms and 10 million farmers in this country for a reason. We have actually lost much, much more. We will end up with less variety in our food supply, leading to poorer quality our nutrients. In addition, it has not happened only in America. The agricultural giants have tried the same approach in other countries like India.
That collective loss of diversity of different seeds impacts our overall health. We find ourselves with decreased microbe diversity in our intestines; and the diversity of microbes in our intestines impacts the quality of our immune system. Thus, it impacts the quality of our overall physical, mental, and emotional health. It is a bit ironic. The public thinks our food diversity is growing when it is actually shrinking. The public hopes for better health when they are repeatedly vote for their own decline in health.
You may ask yourself why I have taken so much of an interest in our food supply when my personal focus lies in helping you redesign your lives toward greater happiness. Well, I think you need good physical, mental, and emotional health as a starting point to have sufficient vitality to change the direction of your life and improve the quality of the lives around yourself. I want you to have more joy and more balance. That is my primary goal. But I also want you to have improved health as the starting point.
Here is what I recommend you do between now and the next election cycle. Keep educating yourself. Join Ocean Robbins and his Food Revolution Network. Read more articles on the Internet when they address the problems with GMOs. As for the election battle, you cannot vote tomorrow with any ballot, but you can vote tomorrow with your wallet. Try not purchasing any Coca-Cola products or any Pepsi products. Try not purchasing GMO products. These big companies may not care about your voice, but they care about your dollar.
So, make yourself a deal. To improve your life and head toward more balance, enhanced joy, and greater satisfaction, upgrade your health and immune system while you are preparing for those life changes. There are many times when a single human act seems futile. I do not think this area constitutes one of the situations. We may lose these early ballot elections, but we will win – if we can improve our food, improve our health, and change the direction of our lives.