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Open Letter to Monsanto, from Moms

An Open Letter to Hugh Grant, Monsanto Board Members, and Staff


Moms Across America are writing you because we have seen the health of our children improve when we remove genetically modified, or GM foods, from their diets. We know what scientists SAY, but we ask you to consider what Moms are SEEING.


• We see that our children fare worse health-wise than children from other countries. The difference is that 80% of our food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). (1)

 • Today, 1 out of 3 American children are overweight or obese since GMOs have been introduced. (2)

 • 1 out of 3 American children now have Allergies, Autism/ADHD, Asthma or Auto Immune Disorders. (3).

 • We Moms see firsthand that when we take our children off GMOs, and feed them organic food, their symptoms either disappear or dramatically improve. (4)


 Do you or a staff member have a child with Autism? Do you know how difficult life is for that family? Do you see that the future and potential of an entire generation of children is being stolen from them because of the impact to their health from GMOs? Have you seen a child with a rash? Did you know that a rash on the outside of the body means inflammation in the stomach, which can lead to stomach cancer?

 We know your intentions were to feed the world. But countries around the world have rejected GM food.

We know your intention in putting insecticides INTO the food we eat was to reduce the quantity of insecticides sprayed ON the food we eat. We ask you to acknowledge that, despite this intention, pesticide use has in fact INCREASED and so have the health  problems of our children and our country.

 We know you want to help the world. We ask you to have the courage to acknowledge that GM practices and Roundup® are hurting our world. We have seen the recent and new scientific studies on the impact of GMOs and Glyphosate (5a) with links to autism, Alzheimers, food allergies, liver cancer, IBS, breast cancer in humans (6) and possibly mental  illness (5b) and we have witnessed the results firsthand in our kids. (7)

We have seen the scientific study showing  birth defects, miscarriages in pigs who ate GMO feed(8). And we personally have experienced far too many miscarriages and rise in struggles with infertility. We love our children, and want them to be healthy and to be able to have their own kids some day. Please stop and consider our plea.


The auto industry issues a recall when their product is suspected of causing harm. We ask you to recall Roundup® and cease GMO seed production until the consumption and long-term use of such products are proven safe.


It takes a big person to make a global company. It takes an even BIGGER person to admit things aren’t working they way you intended and change course.

 We Moms know your Mom would be proud of you if you put the health of the nation first and stopped selling GMO seeds and spraying Glyphosate (Roundup®) and other harsher pesticides.




Further information about Moms Across America and numerous studies can be found on our website at www.momsacrossamerica.com/blog.


Further information about Moms Across America and numerous studies can be found on our website atwww.momsacrossamerica.com/blog.

(1) NonGMOProject.org, Robyn O’Brien: www.robynobrien.com/the_unhealthy_truth

and Jeffrey M. Smith, “Genetic Roulette”: http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

(2) www.kidshealth.org

(3) www.mariarickerthong.com

(4) www.anhinternational.org

(5a) Samsell and Seneff “Glyphosate and Modern Diseases” http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/glyphosate/glyphosate.html

(5b) Jeffrey M. Smith interview with MIT Dr. Stephanie Seneff on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AHLDXF5aw

(6) Breast cancer – Dr. Thongprakaisang: Glyphosate Induces Growth in Human Breast Cancer Cells: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-thongprakaisang-glyphosate-induces-growth-in-human-breast-cancer-cells/

(7) Moms, GMOs and Kids health: http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/moms_speak_out_about_gmos_and_family_health

(8) Dr. Judy Carman: Evidence of GMO Harm in Pig Study: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-judy-carman-evidence-of-gmo-harm-in-pig-study/


Moms Across America: 6月 28, 2013


Moms Across America unite in raising GMO awareness with a range of events planned throughout the

United States on 7月 4, 2013.

Visit their website to find an event near your location at www.momsacrossamerica.com.

 Press Contact Specified:Zen Honeycutt [email protected]



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Cross Country Update

Dear Supporters!
One week from now we will be marching in over 156 parades in our hometowns across America! Wow! Imagine how many hundreds of thousands of people we are going to reach directly and millions of family members!!! This is so exciting! Your generosity, commitment and courage to care about other people really is what makes America Great!
It's not to late to join in! Order your GMO info materials, buttons, flyers, stickers, decals and banners individually or in parade packs, which are 50% prepaid, thanks to our sponsors and your donations!


Click here to go to our website  and then click on the link on that page to go to webstore. You will need to log into the webstore and pay for expedited shipping to the east coast. Ground shipping to the west coast today only will be fine.

Remember that the  banners, and flyers are useful throughout the whole summer and can be used at summer festivals at free community booths, and the car decals, buttons and stickers are conversation starters that will change people's entire families lives by sparking a few moments of connection and curiosity.

UPDATE on our Moms Across America Tour!


The Honeycutts are driving cross country to promote the Moms Across America March to Label GMOs!  So far - CA, NV,UT,NM,AZ,CO, and KS next!
Thousands are seeing the  "Label GMOs" car decals ( Thanks for donating them Proimagesigns.com!!) and thousands more are getting our flyers, movies, books, organic body care, and solutions to shop online GMO free thanks to our sponsors, NYR Organic, Dr. Bronners, Nature's Path, Nutivia, Organic Valley and Robyn O'Brien, Jeffrey M. Smith and IRT, Howard Vlieger and OMG! ohmygreen.com online NON GMO and organic grocery store.


Even though about 50% of the people we talk to at pit stops don't know about GMOs, the ones that do really care about everyone finding out about GMOs! I have interviewed people in grocery stores, organic farms, a full moon party, pit stop parking lots, campgrounds,  restaurants and Moms' homes. They were thrilled to receive the bag of GMO info and I was moved by the stories of struggle they have faced with health issues and inspired by the triumphs they are experiencing by going GMO Free as much as possible.


We are also facing struggles going GMO Free on this trip. We brought lots of GMO free food and have stopped at Whole Foods and natural food stores along the way but after 12 meals out of a cooler, we confess we ate at 2 places, a BBQ and Pancake house ( with gluten free pancakes) in the past 5 days, and although we asked about whether or not they had corn oil, and they said no, one son got sick and the other got a rash. We now suspect cottonseed oil. We know that the answer is to only eat what we bring and we are sad to not be able to enjoy the American experience of good food throughout the USA. It only inspires us to tell more people about GMOs so that restaurants and food trucks will go GMO free.


Our family feel blessed and grateful each day that we are on this journey , creating awareness and connecting with truly wonderful, caring people all over America. Things may not be as we would like, but the people in our country are all love. Please know that when you reach out and share with another person the reward comes back 100 fold and we will prevail. Love always does.


Find out more on our Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica> and on my blog as soon as I have good internet service to upload all the videos. And thank you for your support and partnership in a health and freedom for all Americans!
With Love and Joy,
Zen and the Honeycutt Family

P.S. Please order your GMO Info supplies TODAY!


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Moms Across America Cross Country Kick off!

Here we go! Moms Across America Cross Country Tour! We are spreading the word all across America to Label GMOs!

I am driving from CA to CT  with my family and to cover more ground co founder Kathleen Hallal is driving from CA to WA. Kathleen is going to march with WA to support their upcoming ballot initiative and I am marching with GMO FREE USA leader Diana Reeves and my family of origin in my childhood homestate to celebrate their win and support the national labeling.We are so excited!

We are loaded up with GMO Info 15,000 flyers from Moms Across America, 600 GMO FREE buttons, coupons and flyers from Nature’s Path and OMG; ohmygreen.com online NON GMO grocery store, hundreds of samples from NYR Organic, movies by Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey M. Smith, “The UnHealthy Truth” book by Robyn O’Brien, and support from additional sponsors Dr. Bronners, Nutivia and Organic Valley. I do not know how my husband packed all these supplies and our camping gear, but I am grateful for his magic. My three boys, Ben 10, Bodee 8 and Bronson 4, are loaded up with toys, electronic gadgets and art supplies. The car is tuned up and decked out with a sign from Proimagesigns.com and we have Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s mapped out so we can eat GMO Free cross country.

I already spoke to a guy at the gas station who thought what we are doing was so cool even though he didn’t know what GMO’s are. He said “I will find out!” I am moved to tears by this, his willingness and the difference it will make for his family is what I do what I do and why I know you share too. We care. One person at a time America. We are doing this! Thank you for sharing about GMOs with us in the next 12 days before the 4th of July! Next stop , Vegas Baby! to be interviewed by Nick Brannigan for radio.

Along the way we will also be interviewing other, Does America Know about GMOs? If so, what might be the health implications on our nation's children and families? And can we really feed three hungry boys GMO Free cross country?

With Love and Joy


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Behind the Scenes CNN Interview Video by Ryan Wirick

When CNN aired the the Oregon GMO Wheat Mystery piece by Stephanie Elam on Monday 6月 17, 2013, http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2013/06/17/tsr-dnt-elam-gmo-wheat-oregon.cnn it was a huge step for the movement in the right direction. People watching mass media are now wondering what GMOs are and why they are in doing illegally in our food. People are also seeing not just scientists and doctors being interviewed about GMOs, but an everyday Mom. Robyn O'Brien paved the way for us with her book "The UnHealthy Truth " and was in mainstream media, but for a Mom activist to get air time shows the power of what each and every mom contributes by sharing and standing up for health and freedom. Moms activists are being heard.

The CNN piece was mostly about the Oregon wheat however, and Ryan Wirick, talented producer of the following video, saw that there was more to the story. There is the story of Mom's health concerns. There is the story of our children in America.

This is our reality. Moms get nothing out of sharing what we are sharing except connecting with others that are going through the same struggles and creating a healthy future for our children.  We share to empower America. We have the right not only to know what is in our food, but if there are health risks. We see that there are from looking at our own children and we want America and the world to know. We want health and freedom for all. 

Thank you for sharing this. 


It was a huge honor to be the one interviewed for the piece, and I didn't get to do this alone. I want to thank Michael Carey, reporter and camerman, Jack Olmstead executive producer of Weekly Womens GMO Free News for this idea,  Pamm Larrry, Howard Vlieger, Kathleen Hallal and of course our husbands and children for their support in getting to this point were we have created a national organization having an international impact. I am moved to tears by what we are creating. Empowerment, love, health and freedom for all. Thank you!

For more information about PANDAS mentioned go to www.savingsammy.net


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Global GMO Awareness


Moms Across America making news! It's so exciting to be getting the word out. Our motto is "Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids" and it's happening! Exciting day!

Zen and Kathleen on GMO's 
KUCI Radio show this AM http://getthefunkoutshow.kuci.org/
Zen on GMO Wheat Mystery and concerns
We have over 109 leaders for Moms Across America joining in parades on 7月 4! We are going to let the USA and world know about GMOs!
Please join us in marching or in finding out about GMOs. Everyone eats and everyone's health matters.
 Global GMO Movie last Saturday night that MAA posted got 80,000 views and shares in 4 hours and over 6,977 unique views of movie Genetic Roulette were seen on Sat in 94 countries! We have 225 K FB visitors a WEEK. Whooooohooooo! People are finding out about GMOs!
www.momsacrossamerica.com for more GMO blogs.studies/videos  and www.geneticroulettemovie.com to buy the movie. 
Thank you for being a part of this critical and empowering cause! YOU joining in and sharing is what makes America GREAT!


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Proof of GMO Harm

Moms just know. We knew when we saw " The Future of Food" or "Food Inc" or " The Vanishing of the Bees" that this was bad. Nothing good could come from patenting seeds, dousing them and injecting them with poison and then spraying them with more poison and feeding to our nation. We  knew that Robyn O'Brien exposed it when she linked GMOs to allergies. We knew that Jeffrey Smith put the first of many nails in the coffin of what will someday be the GMO DEBACLE. We knew that GMOs and chemical farming was hurting our kids, but besides a shocking study of rats with tumors that went completely ignored by main stream media, we did not have proof.

Until now, This is as SustainablePulse.com called it, "The Worst Week Ever for Monsanto Science".


First on Tuesday, the study of Pigs and GMO feed. PROOF that GMOs and the pesticide and herbicide combinations in and on them DO impact the stomachs of mammals. It has been claimed by Monsanto that these chemicals only kill bugs and do not affect mammals because we have a stomach acid. Look at the pictures.  Mammals are impacted. The pigs had stomach ulcers and severe damage which is also skyrocketing in our American children. They show signs which mimick autism: distraction, irritability and inability to follow directions. Autism rate shave gone from 1 in 10,000 children to 1 in 50, in the 15 years since GMos and Glyphosate has been sprayed ON our food.( get our Howard Vliger DVD for more info)

They also had 25% heavier uteruses, resulting increased miscarriages. We currently have the lowest birth rate in America's recorded history. Every Mom I know as either had a miscarriages, has trouble getting pregnant or has a sister who lost a baby, many in the the third trimester, mysteriously, or to "SIDS" as an infant. These are our BABIES!!! The tragedy of loss is something no mother should ever have to bear. To find out it may have been prevented with just some regulatory testing is too outrageous for me to even comprehend. What if this is linked to my miscarriage, what if my baby had lived? Might I have had a daughter? It's time for Monsanto to do the wondering...when they are going to stop doing this and start doing something else.

Dr. Judy Carman: Evidence of GMO Harm in Pig Studyhttp://gmoevidence.com/dr-judy-carman-evidence-of-gmo-harm-in-pig-study/



Then Wednesday,  the report of Glyphosate showing up in 18 countries throughout Europe came out. What I wonder is, how are they getting tested? I am sure it is in our urine too, as I have called the water department and they shared recording of glyphosate in the CA water with me. But none of my doctors will test me for it. Another Mom was told that no lab would test her for it because Monsanto owns the patent and no testing is allowed. So we cannot even test our own blood and urine for the most commonly used herbicide on our planet?

Then, today I got the email with the Mother of all Damning evidence. The C word. Cancer. And the worst one of all, breast cancer.
You just cannot get a bigger offense then this, Monsanto, being linked to killing MOTHERS and women by the millions???? If I were you I would close up shop today. Really. Cut your losses and admit when the time has come. The Race for the Cure is Over, Susan. Time to use your millions to sue Monsanto instead.
This is it folks. Time to get all this information to our senators, congressmen and women, teachers, nurses, and friends.
We no longer need to debate. It's time to legislate and get GMOs off our plates and out of our states!
Scientists have been HUGE in propelling our momentum. Each one fo these groups has been the feet on the ground. We are doing it!!! Love to LabelGMOs.org, Howard Vlieger and friends, SustainablePulse.com , GMWatch, Jeffrey Smith, GMO FREE USA, March Against Monsanto, Millions Against Monsanto, GMOinside, Natural News, Info Wars, GM watch, GMO Evidence, Weekly Womens GMO Free News, Elizabeth Dougherty, Smart Health Talk, RT.com, Houndstooth Radio, Mother's Market and Thrive Radio, Gary Hirshberg & Just Label It, Dr. Bronners, Friends of the Earth, Pesticide Action Network, Food and Water Watch, NON GMO Project, Occupy Monsanto,  Organic Consumer Association, Robyn O'Brien, Food Democracy Now, the Coalition of 37 States and many more  ( if I forgot to put your group down , please chalk it up to 11pm Mommy brain and let me know). We may be many separate groups but we are one mighty force.

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Messing it up and Doing it Anyway!


I am willing to mess up. I am committed to being effective, but what I have realized is that being a leader means you have to be willing to mess up and just do it anyway. Your commitment to being effective has to supersede the fear of failure.

Someone who is not willing to mess up does not take action.

To be someone who speaks out for a cause like GMO awareness means being a leader. We have all kinds of fears attached to that word, "leader", and for many of us it stops us from taking action. The rewards, however when we do,  are far beyond what we can imagine.

Yesterday, the unimaginable happened to me. CNN came to my house ( my HOUSE!!!! you can imagine how my kitchen suddenly looked to me when I found out, I wanted to suddenly renovate) and filmed me cooking a GMO free breakfast ( why, oh why didn't I buy a new set of pots and pans??? Why are all my scrambled eggs sticking????) and eating together as a family (What if I look as nervous as I feel?). YIKES! Most importantly what if I don't say the right thing or forget to say something? What if I mess it up nationally???? ACK! The responsibility to speak for moms seemed immense.

The committee of chatter in my head analyzed everything before the shoot and I called Robyn O'Brien and just say out loud that "I know that I am not going to "get this right" for everyone. They are only going to take a few sound bites and I am never going to be able to say everything I want...so....( deep breath) I am going to be okay with "messing it up". I am also totally committed delivering my message. "Kids get better off GMOs."

She supported me by saying that "even one sentence that they use, or even just the image of me as a Mom, will inspire other to speak up. They will get that they can do it too."

And that's when I realized that it is more important that I do this, for others, than it is for me to paralyze myself with fear to "protect" myself.  I am committed to, and believe I did, deliver our message in a way that people can hear it. It's not as impassioned as I really feel about all this, but I get that that screaming it like I kinda-sorta did at the rally in my speech at March Against Monsanto is a different setting. Delivering a message means being calm, focused, strong and clear. 

As a leader for this cause, in whatever capacity we choose, there is a lot that can get in the way of being focused and clear, for you, for me. Mostly it is all in our heads. We think "I couldn't be a speaker, I can't even talk to my neighbor about this ...I don't have what it takes...I am too shy...too angry...too busy...too tired..." or maybe it's "not enough" like,  "I am not well-spoken enough, or prepared enough, or  experienced enough."

Or maybe you really believe you are " just not that kind of person"...sort of how I used to believe I am "not good at math". Now, I use math, in my example that if you as just 1 person has 10 people over for a GMO movie night and those 10 share with 5 and those 5 all share with 5 who also share with 5, then you will be responsible for 1,270 people finding out about GMOs! This math example is inspiring ten of thousands! How's that for rocking math?? Do you believe things about your self too? Like you are " just not a leader?" or "Just not a speaker?"

I ask you to consider that that is not REAL about you. It's just something you made up about yourself. It's just something you say to protect yourself from the fear of failure and "messing it up."

Now some of you are really going to fight me on this, and say " but I really do have a soft voice" or " I get really nervous talking to people and I feel like I am going to throw up in front of a room, I am just not like that."

My answer, with all the love in the world for you,  is SO WHAT???!!!

What is more important, letting your fear of failure and messing up in front of people dictate your actions or your gigantic commitment that people have HEALTH and FREEDOM NOW?

What is more important, you NOT sweating or children having the future they deserve and seeds being accessible to all?

What is more important, you being more comfortable NOT talking to your neighbor or being a stand that EVERYONE knows about GMOs and causing a tipping point of consumer rejection NOW?

It's only going to happen if we say so. Speaking to your neighbor and inviting them to a GMO movie night 6月 15, getting up in front of a room and speaking at a school, or speaking on CNN is all the same. It just means that you take actions that are aligned with what you are committed to. Someone, I think that Dalai Lama said, that when your actions are in alignment with your commitment, is when you experience true joy. We can experience that joy in adverse situations or not.

So whether they air my segment on CNN or not, whether they pick out the best sound bites or not, whether you think I messed up or not, I am going to keep going. I will not stop. I will not give up. My love for my children will never end and my actions will be in alignment with that limitless love. 

I hope you see the love that you have is the fuel for the opportunity of leadership you have in your life. My wish is for you to speak out in your local radio and TV stations, to write to editors, to speak at libraries....just share your personal story.

And be willing to mess it up! On of the founders of Google said, when asked why he was so inventive said,

"When I was little, I tried to pour a glass of milk and I spilled a full gallon of milk all over the kitchen floor. When my Mom saw it, she didn't get mad, she said " WOW! that's the biggest milk spill I have ever seen! Have you ever seen one bigger? And I was stunned. I though she would get mad, but instead she smiled asked, " Would you like to play with that milk ?" I smiled and said yes and smooshed it around and it was fun. Then she asked " Would you like to help clean it up?" and we did together and it was fun. And then "Would you like to practice pouring in to a glass outside with water?" and I did and that was fun too. She taught me that it's okay to make a mess, you can even have fun with it. I never forgot that and since then I have not been afraid of messing up, so I invent."

We can be inventive and create the world we want. The Dalai Lama said "Western women will change the world" that's us, America, and the time is now.

And to the rest of the world, we do this in partnership with you. Thank you.



P.S. I will for sure let you all know when it airs, whether I think I messed up or not:)

Click here for the link to sign up and be a host for the Global GMO Movie night!

 Have FUN sharing!

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Message from the Founders

I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the  fantastic, historic, awe inspiring and thrilling turn out of the 436 March Against Monsanto events in 50 countries. What Tami Canal Monroe and her very small team of committed volunteers accomplished is nothing short of phenomenal. We are grateful for them and their support with the Moms Across America March to Label GMOs! 

Despite the huge leap in unity this past week, we have had some bad news.

GMO wheat found in an Oregon field, China burning 4 tankers of GMO soy (good thing) but making a deal with Brazil to get the bulk of the world's non GMO soy ( umm...not so good for the rest of us), the EU bowing to pressure and allowing GMO crops to be planted, Moms unable to get their own blood tested due to Monsanto's patents on toxic chemicals...this  news can be overwhelming.
The good news is that Moms are used to being overwhelmed and that has never stopped us before and won't stop us now. 

The good news is that over 75 Moms Across America groups are joining into 4th of July parades nationally so far, more every hour! The Netherlands and Canada are marching in solidarity! Whooo hooo!

Please invite your friends to join us, post this in Facebook and email it out in newsletters!
Moms Across America invites you to join us on the 4th of July and let the world know about GMOs!!  Zen and Kathleen and the MAAM Team thank you for your love and commitment to health and freedom!


We are thrilled with the partnerships we are honored to be creating with the CA State Grange, Label GMOs, NYR Organic, Dr. Bronner's, Robyn O'Brien and Allergy Kids Foundation, Organic Valley, Nature's Path, Nutivia, Institute for Responsible Technology, Holistic Moms Network, Green America, Moms for Safe Food, and more.
If you would like to support our volunteer organization to give out GMO info at every parade and empower and educate millions, there is still a week or two to be included.
Please contact Zen with connections to people who can support us and future generations.
Thank you!
Zen, Kathleen and the MAAM Team
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Attack on Mom and Kid's Freedom


Dear Moms and Friends, 

If you know anyone with a child who has autism these two video interviews are a must watch.
I am so outraged, so appalled, so confused as to how this could be happening in our country..please listen to this and pass it on to Moms with kids with Autism.
It's time for us to get informed and speak up.
Some points: 
  • Mom gets censored and kicked off Facebook for sharing pic of kids holding signs about autism and GMOs.
  • Mom shares about proof of link to autism and GMOs on FB and her hard drive gets wiped repeatedly.
  • Mom send blood/urine sample to labs to get tested for toxins and is told they cannot even test her own blood for chemicals  because Monsanto owns the patent on those chemicals.
1 out of 3 American children are now obese and have Autism. Allergies, ADHD, Asthma or Auto Immune Diseases. This is not happening in other countries where 80% of their food is not GMO. Studies have shown links to GMOs/Glyphosate and all these health issues and more, including infertility and cancer.
 If we share this information we support each other in turning around the health of an entire generation of children which are being compromised.
The reality is that our children are being attacked by toxins in our food and environment. The companies that make these extremely profitable poisons will do whatever it takes to squelch the sharing of this information. 
Mom's first amendment rights are being attacked. However,  Moms cannot be fired from our jobs like scientists have been, so they are particularly upset by Moms.
They cannot stop us. We will share, we will connect with other Moms. We will speak up...because we have a certain limitless source of inspiration- the love we have for our children. We will not stop. We will not give up. We will never tire of creating a future for our children of health, integrity and freedom!
When something this maddening, this outrageous and scary happens, the one thing I know is that I can rely on is love.
Love for my children. The love other moms have for their children. The love fathers and husbands have for their families and their support, and the love Americans have for their freedom and country. Our love will prevail.
If you want to get involved and support our children please support www.momsacrossamerica.com.
Share, donate, march, sign our petition and survey.
We are committed to empowering millions, and with your partnership we will.
Thank you!!
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GMO Free School Lunch Options


This is the tale of three school districts and the mothers asking for healthier school lunches.

31 million GMO school lunches are served daily to our children in America.

These meals also contain food dyes, pesticides, synthetic chemicals, and high fructose corn syrup which have been linked to diabetes, autism, food allergies, ADHD, and autoimmune diseases.

We are three Moms requesting that Choicelunch (which offers pesticide-free, dye-free, and high fructose free and WILL supply GMO-free lunches to our districts if accepted) be considered as a vendor for our schools and offer a second option.

We have 3 minutes before our school board at an open meeting to present.

Two weeks ago, Kathleen Hallal approached her school board in Irvine; she took the approach of not focusing on GMOs and just requesting that the food be synthetic chemical and pesticide free. Then she met with her school's Food Services Department, shared the full story of health risks and behavioral impact,  and left the meeting saying, "Zen, it was like a miracle!” The Food Services nutritionist who was also present has a 14-month-old, and she already knew something about organic food. Both she and the director were open to the idea of having a “clean food” option. They were interested in not just offering a second choice but replacing some of the other foods in the cafeteria as well!

I was THRILLED and inspired and so hopeful! We are going to do this! It just takes one person to make a difference!

Zen Honeycutt (that’s me) presented last week to my board. I was nervous, but I quoted stats and chose to mention genetically modified foods once during the three minutes. I am not sure if it is because I mentioned GMOs or not, but my district is taking a different view. Yesterday, I requested a follow-up meeting with my Food Services Director but was told, “I have just been advised that the Board is not interested in pursuing the Choicelunch option at this time. Therefore there is no need to pursue this further and set up a meeting with the company.”

No reason. No meeting to even present the concept. No interest. I felt like my heart was crushed.

I implored the Food Service director to meet with me anyway, as her program assessment would make a difference. 

Instead of a response from her, I got a response back from the Board of Ed,  saying that they are not interested “due to all the reasons the food service director previously explained to you.”

Which was... that the Board of Ed decided not to...which is not a reason...

I wracked my brain. Then a journalist from the OC Register, who is doing a story on what I proposed,  called me and told me that she just spoke to the Food Service Director, and she reasoned that food was too expensive and that they didn’t want to offer healthier meals to some kids but not to others. The last reason made me want to scream inside ...so do NOTHING?? So NO child gets a choice?

I was afraid I might turn into a screaming banshee, so I took a deep breath and responded with as much clarity as possible.

I addressed the cost only first, explaining how the online cost of $4.50 is for individual orders. The district cost would be only 15 cents more or less than our current price of 2.50, and parents are willing to pay a dollar more, resulting in a 1.5 million dollar profit for the school district if only 25% of the students in the district ordered the lunches. That money could potentially go towards improving the organic options in the national lunch program meals for the kids who cannot afford 5.00 more per week, resulting in improved lunches for all.

Their response was, “the cost was the least significant reason for the decision. It is more about the implications it would have on our Federal and State programs. The Board is not willing to jeopardize funding or compliance issues.”

ARRRRGH!!! It’s always money over health! Always! And that is why the status of our children’s health is the way it is!!

Again, breathing, I responded, “Ok, I understand you do not want to jeopardize funding or compliance issues. Of course. This program is successfully working in 250 other schools, however, that have worked out funding and compliance issues. Can I connect you with a food service director and board member from another school where they have sorted that out?”

The response 5 minutes ago was, "No, thank you. The board has made their decision.”

Breathing...breathing...I have not responded yet.  What do you think?

What has my chest tighten and throat clench is the thought and fear that somehow, I am messing this opportunity up for thousands of kids in my district...that the way I am being about this, persistent, passionate, and clear that GMOs are one of the reasons for my request to offer a healthier lunch, is somehow screwing it up. Kathleen did better not mentioning GMOs. I have a history with my food services director where I did discuss GMOs with her, so she knows this is a mission of mine. What boils my blood is that GMOs might even be controversial.  What has me deeply dismayed is the possibility that the Food Services director disagreeing with my approach for any reason could affect the health of so many. The skepticism, the fear of rocking the boat with the current system, and the resignation that things could be any other way are soul-crushing. It feels like the worst defeat of all because it affects children's futures. But I know I am not defeated.

I want to be clear. I WANT to affect the federal and state programs. I WANT to have less money go towards nutritionally bankrupt, toxic GMO food with additives like high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, and synthetic chemical pesticides that have been linked to autism, diabetes, ADHD, life-threatening food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and more. I am proposing a plan for THAT food to get less of our money and organic food to get more. YES.

I ask all Moms and anyone who wants to rock the boat, disrupt the current system, and put a dent in the 31 million GMO meals served a day to our kids, to stand up and speak at your board meeting. It just takes one to speak, but it will take thousands of us supporting the speakers to have this happen.

Monica Serratos presents at her school board tonight. She is a woman of great generosity, clarity, and leadership, and we know she is going to do great. We pray her school board allows a further inquiry into what is possible for the sake of our children.

Go Monica and her daughter Alicia who is speaking too!

Stay tuned.


Look up choicelunch.com for a CA vendor that has promised GMO-free lunches to large school districts by fall.

If you have a school lunch vendor that offers GMO-Free and organic, please tell us, and we will share them with the nation.

If you present to your board, let us know your approach and results. Together we can do anything.

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