“Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”
– Eddie Rickenbacker
Until May 25th 2013, I had never addressed a crowd at a rally. I was scared and prepared my speech for days. Speaking at a rally is something I had never seen myself doing. I like to sing songs in front of people, stir up lyrical and melodic beauty, make people laugh (or cry) – with song. I have never considered myself an activist. But I suppose I am becoming an activist if it means that I want to know what’s in and on my food that I then put in my body. At this time in history, we are activists in N. America if we want to know whether our food has GMOs in them.
64 countries in the world either ban GMOs or require them to be labelled. There are countless compelling reasons for this. I realized that if I didn’t do something, how could I rely on others to speak for me, address my concerns? More selfishly, if I didn’t take some kind of action, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night, knowing that our bees are dying, our waters are being poisoned and our soils destroyed by GMO agriculture. Every independent study shows that toxins from GMOS are in our blood and our urine. These are known carcinogens, hormone disruptors These are poisons. They are toxic. They are in our foods because the companies making them did 3 month-long rat studies saying that they were safe for humans. This ‘scientific evidence’ was rubber stamped by the FDA. Europeans and others did similar studies and came to drastically different conclusions. GMO have never been tested on humans. The promise of GMOs reducing pesticide use was quickly deconstructed. I was speaking with two young French biology students yesterday who told me that GMOs were necessary to reduce pesticide use. What they were not being told was that even with plants that have a pesticide spliced in the gene, farmers still dump copious amounts of pesticides. I’m going to send them the data this morning to convince them. The use of pesticides is ever exponentially increasing.
Like the Moms who are marching across America (Moms across America March to Label GMOs) to demand mandatory labelling of GMOs I see Canadian moms following the common sense of our American sisters. We must stand up for our poisoned soils and waters.
Someone posted this 12 min clip of my Speech at the March Against Monsanto
There are a couple errors. For the record, I have an Honours BA in Biology from the University of Chicago. I have an MA in Biopsychology also from The University of Chicago. I began Doctoral Studies in Cellular Biology in Neurobiology at the University of Barcelona but left after a year. I have one co-authored scientific article on Rat Behaviour. All that said, I dont consider myself a “Biologist” not being an academic and not having completed my doctorate in Neurobiology. Also the bug study In the GMOs versus organic fields wasn’t an independently reviewed study.
My favourite part of the speech is at the end when my daughter leaped into my arms, wearing her favourite green GMO shirt with three armholes. She likes to put her leg through the third armhole. The T-shirts, made by Nature’s Path Foods say, “GMO shirts are easy to spot, GMO foods aren’t.”
Demand labelling, demand your right to know what is in your food.
If it’s scary and you feel like you’re becoming an activist, welcome to the club. What can be more important than how we treat others, how were treat our Mother Earth? What we put on our bodies? What we put in our bodies?
You tell me.