Yes, I’d rather be barbequing. Sure, I’d rather be filling up a tub full of beer and firing up the iTunes with an amazing playlist I crafted to win over both myself and guests. But wait, I can do that AFTER I protest the takeover over of the American food system. It is a loooong weekend after all.
A year ago this week was the first March Against Monsanto was held around the world by over 2 million people, and this Saturday May 24th 2014 we will do it again, bigger, stronger, and with even more resolve. We RALLY and March for Food Justice!
Why do we March? In protest of the world’s biggest chemical companies creating Genetically Modified Organisms, and using them to alter/become our food, untested. We are not anti-science; we are anti ‘being the science experiment’, which is happening now.
Over 60 countries limit, label, or outright BAN GMOs! They’ve chosen to WAIT until the proper research has been done. Here? Our Government has supported Monsanto in the great race for PROFIT!
I wasn’t born with a dormant ‘Green Gene’ that suddenly fired up inside me, making me become ‘The Green Dad’. When my kids health was compromised, myself and ‘The Green Mom’ got busy (not that way!) trying to find out the ‘why’ of it all.
Why did this happen? Why does this happen? Where did it come from? And we were off down the rabbit hole.
The first thing we learned was that no one doctor, no one teacher, no one therapist, no one website, had all the answers we needed. It was our job to take all of the information given by all these resources, and then figure out what was REAL, and what worked best for us.
Our own scientific lab was created. We hit. We missed. We took notes. We tried. We failed. We started over. We tried harder. We laughed. We cried.
We didn’t go all organic overnight. We slowly removed the things that seemed to cause noticeable problems with our kids. We removed the red dye (in everything!), then we removed high fructose corn syrup (watch this and you will too). Then we started going more organic because time is money, and we were spending an awful lot of time reading labels! Buying certified organic means you don’t have to read all those pesky labels.
The better they ate, they better they seemed to do. So the cycle started; more organic, feel better, more organic, feel better, repeat.
Flash forward to today, and our 10 old son no longer tests on the autism spectrum. How about that? That’s a pretty bold statement, and I still get a bit teary writing it. AND, our 11 year old daughter got rid of her asthma. How’s them (Non-GMO) apples? No drugs needed.
When the ‘smarties’ say there’s no proof that GMO foods cause health problems, well, the removal of GMO foods in my home just about ‘cured’ my kids. That’s a fact jack. I don’t live in a laboratory, I live in the real world, and out here in the real world these foods, introduced in the mid-90s, are hurting us and our kids.
There may have been other reasons for your son getting better a smartie might retort. Yes of course, we haven’t ruled out that the Autism Gnome may have visited one night and waved his magic wand.
Every parent is a scientist, trying, testing, studying, charting, using placebo’s…. all of it, to make things work. Oh, that’s not your science, well again, in the real world I’ll choose my science every time. My science isn’t funded by big agriculture or big chemical or big pharmaceuticals. My science is based on making my kids healthier.
Of course there are plenty of scientists doing great work all over the world, I understand that, but let’s not forget parents are smart too, and nobody knows their kids better than them. Science can be great, but just cause it’s science doesn’t make it so.
There were plenty of smart people around when we agreed the world was flat. Plenty of smart people around who had slaves. Plenty of smart people around who decided women shouldn’t vote. Plenty of smart people around who told us ‘weapons of mass destruction’ were in Iraq, which started a war that killed our economy. And no, there were no WMD. Sometimes smart people aren’t so smart. And GMOs ain’t smart.
So that’s why I will March Against Monsanto in Boston this Saturday, and urge you to join me. I made a speech about it last year, and this year we’ve created a huge food RALLY, to be held at Copley Square in Boston, just yards away from the Boston Marathon finish line. Feel Boston Strong? Then come out and support us! Like freedom? Then come on out!
Still not sure? Don’t know much about it? Are afraid? Wanna just snarf hot dogs and watch hockey? Have never been to a protest? Well fear not, the March Against Monsanto was my first, and now I’m HOSTING the thing!
Our old President __________ (fill in the blank), and our new President __________ (fill in the blank), will only continue to support big corporations, big banks, and the same old system. Feel helpless? Feel like your voice isn’t heard? Then please come out and be heard. You’ll meet some awesome people too I swear!
It’s up to you and me (yup, nobody else), to get out there and say ‘No!’. That’s what we’re doing this Saturday in Boston and around the world.
After the March we’ll join the BBQ’s and graduation parties and beach shenanigans this long weekend, all of which will include plenty of FOOD. There’s time for both, and in reality, we need to shake things up with the first thing before they completely control the second.
Find a March Against Monsanto near you here.
Learn more about Boston MAM here.
I’m bringing my kids, I hope to see you there (rain or shine), in person, or via the internet.
Mike Gioscia is a filmmaker, writer, blogger, DJ, chicken wrangler, and drummer. After the demise of WFNX in Boston he started a Green business; read more Mike at thegreendad.com.