In the interest of time, I’m passing along here an e-mail I received this morning from Ocean Robbins with an update on the Food Revolution Summit. I’ve been following along at home each night and rather than give my own recap, I’d like to share his! The summit continues with an amazing lineup today! The full calendar is included below. Check out at least some of the lectures – you won’t be sorry!!
Here’s the e-mail that went out to all registrants this morning. If you didn’t get it, you need to sign up to benefit too!
“I want to tell you about the amazing lineup coming up next. But first, what did we find out in day two?
Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, rocked the opening with some alarming information about Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Jeffrey told us that shortly after GM soy was introduced in the UK, food allergies shot up by 50%.
Jeffrey said that GMOs are leading to a massive increase in human exposure both to the Roundup herbicide, and to the bt toxin that has been genetically engineered into every cell of corn and other plants.
Ninety-three percent of Americans want labeling of GMO foods, and Jeffrey reported that 53% of Americans say they wouldn’t eat GMOs if they were labeled.
Response to Jeffrey’s interview quickly lit up the Summit Facebook page, and letters of appreciation (and outrage at what he is exposing) have been pouring in ever since.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the internet’s most popular natural health website, spoke next. He reflected that Monsanto, which makes most of the world’s GMO seeds, has been very effective. They have essentially planted former employees in just about every major US federal agency that is responsible for making GMO decisions on a federal basis. They have corrupted the system, so the only way to fight back is on the state ballot initiative level.
“Even if we all become aware of the dangers of genetically engineered foods, we can’t do anything about it if we don’t know which foods are genetically engineered”, commented Dr. Mercola, so “we need to require labeling. That’s why Monsanto is spending $100 million fighting a California ballot initiative that would require labeling. Because they know this could bring down their whole scheme.”
Our final speaker of the day was Dr. Vandana Shiva, on the line from India. She spoke of the tragic irony that in the land where Gandhi spun freedom through cotton and the spinning wheel, 95% of the cotton is now controlled by Monsanto.
More than 250,000 farmers in India have committed suicide since Monsanto began to take control of the cotton industry.
“Patents on seed mean genocide, and patents on seed mean ecocide,” she told us. “I’m working with 500,000 farmers, mobilizing millions, creating 66 seed banks, training farmers every month, to be fighting for food sovereignty. This isn’t what I wanted for my life, but too much is at stake. Everything’s at stake.”
Yesterday’s speakers were issuing a call to action.
It’s time to label GMO’s, and to expose them for what they are. Long touted as an answer to poverty and hunger, they are turning out to be an attempted consolidation of power and money by big agrichemical companies – with profound and disturbing implications for our soil, our health, and our farmers.
Although disturbing, the message was also empowering. Jeffrey Smith commented that he felt we are reaching a tipping point on this issue. The days of unlabelled GMOs running rampant through our food supply may be numbered.
If you have been among the many thousands who have joined in the first days of broadcasts: what did you think? You can share thoughts or reactions, and see what other people are saying, on theSummit’s Facebook page. Or Tweet us your thoughts, ideas and questions to @johnrobbinsnow and@oceanrobbins using hashtag #foodrevolution.
Some of the responses we received yesterday were heartwarming.
Udit Shah, writing from India, commented: “What you have done deserves infinite amount of gratitude from millions of people around the world… And, you are doing this COMPLETELY FREE. Hardly anyone does such a great job for free. Especially, these days… Salute to all the 23 speakers. May God bless all of you and this world!”
And Now… What’s Coming Next? Get Ready!
Our first speaker today, Morgan Spurlock, ate nothing but McDonald’s meals for 30 days. He filmed the whole experience, and a team of doctors watched what happened. He turned his story into the award-winning feature documentary Super Size Me.
Find out what Morgan learned. It just might change your relationship to fast food… forever.
Next we’ll hear from Rory Freedman, co-author of the 3 million copy global bestseller Skinny Bitch: A no-nonsense, tough love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous. Find out Rory’s keys not only for looking great, but also for reaching new audiences with messages of health and wellness.
If you want to be an ally to people you love, instead of a self-righteous nag, Morgan and Rory have crucial lessons to share.
Finally, we’ll get a special repeat airing of the interview with Jeffrey Smith. We’re offering it again at 10 am Pacific Daylight Time / 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
Starting today, by popular demand, the first broadcast of every interview will be available on the internet afterwards for 24 hours of replays. And if your internet connect is via satellite or dial-up, we recommend using the teleconference option.
It’s going to be another exciting day in the food revolution. And another step towards health and freedom for all of us.
Have a fabulous day!