As we near the end of 2010, I wanted to personally thank you for helping to make this year an unprecedented success in raising awareness about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Supermarket News predicted the upsurge in US consumer concern 2010, and it’s happening.
With your support, we’re getting our message out to millions each month through print, media, and internet channels. During October’s Non-GMO Month, the popular health newsletter Mercola.com emailed our GMO articles every day for a week to over 1.5 million homes, followed by a videotaped interview of Dr. Mercola and I.
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, sent out a week’s worth of articles to hundreds of thousands of NaturalNews.com subscribers, and released his awesome Just Say No to GMO music video. You gotta see this.
Natural News also pledged to match up to $10,000 of donations to our Institute and support came flying in from his loyal, healthy readers (thank you Mike and thank you NaturalNews readers).
I had almost 100 media interviews this year. Here’s a recent one, where I get a little more personal: http://irishsideofthemoon.blogspot.com/2010/11/irish-side-of-moon-59.html I spoke in Iowa, Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Washington, Missouri, Canada, and throughout California.
In response to your enthusiasm for our work, we’re training others to speak about GMOs using webinars and in-person classes. We’ll have nearly 200 people trained by year’s end.
Our office has been swamped since September with requests for Shopping Guides, Health Risk Brochures, Non-GMO Education Centers, and other materials, as retailers, healthcare practitioners, and enthusiastic consumers jumped on board the non-GMO bandwagon.
You’ll be happy to know that several high profile GMO issues made headlines in 2010:
o The Supreme Court ruled in our favor, and kept GM alfalfa out.
o A federal court banned the selling of GM sugar beets.
o An appeals court ruled against the draconian rbGH labeling restrictions in Ohio.
o And Frankenfish are swimming upstream against 91% of Americans who don’t want ’em.
There’s more good news. Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which is sold with most GM crops, is imploding. Its overuse has spawned a new generation of superweeds that are resistant to its toxic effects. And Roundup’s promotion of soil pathogens seems to be creating an explosion of plant disease, including widespread Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans, and possibly Mad Soy Disease in South America.
Monsanto’s highly touted Roundup Ready 2 soybeans and Smart Stax corn were flops, forcing the company to drop their inflated prices. In just 11 months, Monsanto’s fortunes went from Forbes “Company of the Year” to the Worst Stock of the Year. Forbes apologized.
Yes, it’s a very good time for us all, and thank you so much for making this happen. Your continued support, your personal commitment to avoid GM foods, and your enthusiasm for getting the word out to others is making the difference.
Continued Safe Eating,