Moms Across America
This 4th of July, Green Lifestyles participated with Moms Across America and LabelGMOs in a successful parade march located at Sunland-Tujunga in conjunction with 177 marches occurring nationally. 20 volunteers including Timmy, the activist dog, carried banners and signs as they marched down Foothill Boulevard chanting and handing out educational literature on GMO labeling. The response at these marches was overwhelmingly positive – numerous families cheered in support of our cause.
Our parade was led by the instigator of California’s Prop 37 and inspirational leader, Pamm Larry. As we marched down the street, Larry led the chant “All we want is the right to know / If our food is GMO / All we want is a simple label / For the food that’s on our table.”
The vision behind Moms Across America is to positively educate from one family to another. Mothers have a substantial influence on consumers’ purchase patterns, buying 85% of household goods, and cooking habits in adulthood. With growing concerns of health risks associated with genetically modified foods, a family parade was the perfect platform to educate and raise awareness.
Activist and co-founder of the national volunteer coalition, Zen Honeycutt, describes the importance of last week’s march around the world:
“For most of us, we had not marched in a parade since Girl Scouts and we never even considered being an activist. The majority of us are not radicals, we are not political, we are not doing this for certain religious reasons, we are simply moms who care about the future of our children. We know that 64 other countries have banned or label GMOs and we march for that freedom here in the USA. We are angry about GMOs but we moms know that other moms are most likely to consider information when it’s delivered in [a] non-threatening way.”
It was an inspiring event that helped propel GMO labeling back into the national dialogue, and I hope many of you will join us next year.