Not many have the dedication to changing our food system like Diana Reeves, Founder of GMO Free USA. GMO Free USA seeks to change our broken food system and polluted agricultural system through research, education, and uncompromising advocacy and activism. I interviewed Diana this week and her story is both tragic and courageous! Not only was almost her entire family diagnosed with autoimmune diseases but they also faced the unbearable tragedy of losing a child to cancer.
Just recently, GMO Free USA toured with Neil Young + Promise of the Real on The Monsanto Years Tour to 11 cities. When I met Diana Reeves in person at the Neil Young concert in Denver, I realized the depth of her commitment to educating everyone about the dangers of GMOs and argichemicals in our food. What I did not realize until this day was the depth of her pain over losing a child. She told me that day that she was ready to talk about it.
This week, Diana shared for the first time her story of losing a child to cancer and the events that ensued around her son’s untimely death at the age of 4-1/2. I will not even try to articulate those details, as I think it is important to hear the story in Diana’s words. After she courageously shared with me the details of her son’s death, I really got why she is so angry with companies like Kellogg’s and Gerber who target children with their chemical-laden foods and GMOs. GMO Free USA started a boycott of Kellogg’s a few years back and they have since gotten thousands to boycott Kellogg’s products. Since that time, they have also started a boycott of Gerber and recently, Scotts, which is now making genetically engineered grass that is sprayed with RoundUp (Glyphosate). Think of the impact of grass that is sprayed with this toxic herbicide in schoolyards and backyards.
When I asked Diana how she keeps going and stays positive after everything she has been through, she replied:
“I think as a mother, I feel responsible, I know that we cannot leave this mess for our children and future generations. There is really nothing stronger than a mother’s protective instincts for her children and for all of humanity–this is a mess and we just have to clean it up.”
GMO Free USA is a force not to be reckoned with. In addition to their GMO education, which has a very wide reach, they have starting testing foods for GMO and agri-chemical contamination. So far, they have tested Kellogg’s Fruit Loops, by DNA analysis, and found that 100% of the corn in the Froot Loops was GMO, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn. The soy contained DNA sequences known to be present in Roundup Ready GMO soy. They have also tested Gerber Lil Crunchies and Frito-Lay Sunchips which also contained significant levels of glyphosate. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates that glyphosate bioaccumulates in our bodies. Glyphosate was found to be frequently present in people’s urine, with the levels being higher in individuals with chronic diseases and has been detected in breast milk. Studies have linked glyphosate to health and environmental harm including endocrine disruptive capability, birth defects, male infertility and chronic kidney disease. Glyphosate has been found to kill beneficial gut microbiota in chickens. There have been no human health trials.
Diana also talked about H.R. 1599 (the DARK Act) which is a Bill that recently passed in the House that would preempt any GMO labeling initiatives at the state level, among other things, and emphasized the importance of us contacting our senators to vote “No” on H.R.1599 before it comes up for vote in the Senate.
GMO Free USA is a 501(c)(3) and Diana and her co-workers are not paid for doing this work. They need our help to continue this education and the food testing. If you would like to help, you can go to either their website at www.gmofreeusa.org or their Facebook page at GMO Free USA to make a donation.
Diana Reeves is truly an inspiration to me and many others. Her commitment to changing our broken food system is exemplary! To hear her emotional yet inspirational story, click on the link at the bottom of the page: