One never knows what’s just around the corner when it comes to this fantastic journey called “life”. If you told me five years ago I would be interviewed by a famous news person from China, I would have laughed at you.
Today I was one of three women interviewed by celebrity CCTV anchor, Cui Yongyuan. Mr. Cui is considered to be the “Larry King” of China and has millions of viewers tune in to his shows. He is from Beijing and came to the United States to find out what regular Americans think about genetically modified foods (GMOs). From what I understand American pharmaceutical and pesticide companies have been weaving quite a web of deceit to Beijing officials. They are working on getting their foot in the door with their GMO products and are not in favor of telling their public about it, via labeling laws. China currently does label GMO ingredients and has recently refused the import of GMO corn grown in the United States — but that doesn’t mean these corporations are working to change their minds.
The pharmaceutical companies are claiming that Americans have been eating genetically modified foods for at least twenty years and have no health problems as a result. So, Mr. Cui decided to come to the U.S. to see for himself.
We were chosen because of our activism and efforts to raise awareness about the effects of GMOs on our health. If you spend any amount of time with me, the subject of GMOs always comes up — by me. If I hadn’t eaten a steady diet (without my knowledge) of those toxic foods, I probably wouldn’t have to poop in a bag or use a walker to get around. I would not have gotten cancer. I have done hours of research about this subject and I know I am right and I am not the only one.
Am I angry about these companies throwing their weight around, spinning lies and paying off our politicians in order to increase their bottom line? Your damn right! We are told we live in a free market — but in order for that to work like its intended, we must be able to make an informed decision about our purchases. My bottom line is that I have a right to know what I am eating.
Zen and Kathleen started Moms Across America after Prop 37, the “California Right to Know” initiative lost. We teamed up a few times in the past, marching in local parades and handing out flyers — getting the word out about GMOs to the unsuspecting public. I was honored to be among such strong women today. They have children with severe health issues linked to GMOs and after changing their families’ diets to fresh organic, those problems are almost gone. They know as well as me what’s hiding in our food and it’s making us sick.
Zen, Kathleen and myself are examples of what regular people can do when it comes to changing the world — you never know whose eye you’ll catch. It might be a celebrity news anchor from across the globe.
Peace and Good Health!