Zen Honeycutt, Founder of Moms Across America and an unstoppable mom, spoke to Monsanto’s Shareholders at their headquarters in St. Louis last Friday, January 30. With the help of the Organic Consumers Association and John Harrington of Harrington Investments ( a shareholder), Zen was able to represent Harrington and attend the meeting of its shareholders. This meeting was held to address and vote on a referendum which would give shareholders access proxy to vote on their Board of Directors. The proxy passed with a 53% yes vote! This proxy was advisory and not compulsory proxy. However, Lisa from SumOfUs stood up and asked after it passed, which put Hugh Grant, Monsanto’s CEO for over a decade, on the spot, asking whether he would implement it. Mr. Grant rambled on about how they are always engaged in discussion and increasing the dialogue between shareholders and the board.
This was a historic meeting which in essence allowed a mom to speak up on behalf of her children and children around the world about the impact of these toxic chemicals. When I spoke with Zen today, she shared how she addressed Hugh Grant and how he responded to her claims saying that Glyphosate has been tested and is safe. When I asked about how well she thought her message was received, she responded that as she was leaving the room, some of the shareholders nodded their heads in approval and one even congratulated her while she was visiting the restroom.
Later the same day, The Wall Street Journal, one of the most-trusted financial papers in the world, wrote an article about Monsanto’s Shareholders Meeting. They quoted Zen:
“I’m imploring you to choose a new direction,” said Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, who spoke at length. “Stop poisoning our children.”
Zen’s ability as an educator about Glyphosate and GMOs is extraordinary and she is one of the most passionate speakers I know on this subject! In the short amount of time that she was alloted during the meeting (3 minutes), she was able to explain the dangers of these toxic chemicals in a highly-informative way that surely left an impression on the those who attended the Shareholders’ Meeting.
Listen to Zen Honeycutt’s full account of this historical meeting by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page! I guarantee you–you will learn something new!
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