The June 2022 Order cycle is scheduled to close June 26th at 8:00 PM.
Please help us reach our goal for this cycle. Share Nebraska Food Coop with your family and friends.
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The June 2022 Order cycle is scheduled to close June 26th at 8:00 PM.
Please help us reach our goal for this cycle. Share Nebraska Food Coop with your family and friends.
Jump on over to the Shopping Page
The April 2022 Order cycle is scheduled to close April 3rd at 8:00 PM.
Thank you for the orders received to date. Please help us reach our goal for this cycle. Share Nebraska Food Coop with your family and friends.
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Our first order window for 2022 will close 8:00 PM February 6th.
Thank you to all our great members who have ordered product to help us reach our goal.
Welcome to our newest producer Hastreiter Farms, a small local farm in the Madison Nebraska area.
For a complete listing of all our great producers currently listing products for sale visit:
Nebraska Food Coop Members,
The Nebraska Food Coop will hold our 2021 Annual Meeting December 1, 7:00 PM utilizing an On-Line format.
If you are a member in good standing, the On-Line Meeting information for Dec. 1 at 7:00 PM meeting may be obtained by directly emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send an email to email@example.com and request the meeting information to join.
1. Introduction Nebraska Food Coop Board
2. Members who are attending say hello and tell us one good thing about the coop and one you would like to change.
3. Discuss the Website design and function. Any suggestions
4. 2021 Supplemental Cooperative Business Development Mini-Grant Program for $2,500 through Nebraska Cooperative Development Center for planning and marketing.
5. Findings from contacting Grow Nebraska. Membership can vote if NFC should join Grow Nebraska as a member?
6. Give a brief summary of how we run the transportation. Explain the decision to run the order when it reaches $5,000.00.
7. Where do we go from here? What items can members help out with.
8. Any other new business and adjourn
The Food Coop Member Order Window will close November 14th, at 8:00 PM. Even if we have not reached our order goal of $5000 in sales, we will close on November 14th. This will allow our producers to get items to our customers before Thanksgiving Day!
Since it is taking a couple months for our orders to reach our goal, please plan to purchase items for Christmas. So order your food items for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas NOW to be delivered the week of November 14th.
Since we were far from reaching our order window goal of $5000, the current order window has been extended. The current order window is now scheduled to close November 7th, Sunday, at 8 PM. Please help us reach our goal so we can close this order cycle and get product out in mid-November.
Thank you to all our great members for making excellent progress towards reaching the August 15th order window goal of $5,000 in orders. We have nearly reached our goal!
The August order window will close on August 15th at 8 PM.
Please verify that your items are “CHECKED OUT” prior to 8 PM on Sunday August 15th.
The August 2021 Order Window will Tentatively close on Sunday August 15th (8 PM).
Help us reach our goal of $5,000 sales of Local Nebraska Food items listed by our Food Coop Producers!
If for some reason we do not reach our goal by August 15th we will let our customers know through our email list and right here in our “Recent Update” section of the website.
We will confirm the closing date about 2 weeks ahead of time so customers, site coordinators and producers are sure of our delivery schedule. This will give our vegetable producers time to list products based on a solid closing date.
Nebraska Food Coop Members, Producers and Friends:
The current NFC Board would like to THANK YOU for your past and continued support of “Nebraska’s Online Farmers’ Market.” We are anxious to start serving you again and recently opened our first 2021 cycle to close on Sunday March 14th, with deliveries that week.
At this time, as the coronavirus continues to be part of all our lives. Having a secure supply of local foods is more important than ever. Supporting our local farmer helps keep our food supply secure and available.
With the recent resignation of our past President Roy, due to Caryl’s health care needs, we would like to thank Roy and Caryl for their unwavering support of NFC over the past many years. You may want to review Roy’s recent resignation email for additional information.
During this transition in NFC coordination, we would like our Nebraska food community to know the current Board is committed to the original Mission of NFC:
To foster a local food community and promote a culture of stewardship by cultivating farmer-consumer relationships, promoting the enjoyment of healthful food, increasing food security through diversity, and enhancing overall rural sustainability.
As we open our first cycle of 2021, if you have any questions or would be interested in finding out how you could help move NFC forward in this new year, please contact the Board.
Liz Sarno, President
Johnathan Hladik, Secretary
Doug Garrison, Treasure
January 19, 2021
As you may have noticed, there has not been an NFC cycle since Thanksgiving. As the primary person responsible for running NFC operations for the last two years, the disruption of NFC services has more to do with me personally than the state of the cooperative.
Unfortunately, I need to fully transfer time from my NFC responsibilities to care for my wife, Caryl, who has terminal cancer with only months left. This has been a challenging time for our family, and I want NFC to prosper despite my personal situation.
Therefore – effective immediately, I am resigning from my board position as NFC president and from all activities in regards to NFC. The current board members (Doug Garrison, Johnathan Hladik, and Liz Sarno) will now determine when to open and close order cycles, as well as be the primary contacts for NFC operations for the interim. It will be their job to determine the direction of NFC.
At this time, we have the following additional information:
Thank you for your support and patronage of the Nebraska Food Cooperative, Nebraska’s Online Farmers’ Market. I wish the best for the continuation of the NFC.
NFC Board President (resigning)
Dear NFC Members,
The NFC board of directors met on Saturday, January 5, to discuss the future of your cooperative. We discussed results from the producer survey and responses from members. Overall, we can report that the level of support has been very positive.
The vision and objectives outlined below represent the feelings of the board, and a reflection of the comments we have received. It is our sense that NFC customers want a close connection with those small/family producers who take time to provide quality products. As a whole, our membership does not seem to be as interested in large producers, or those whose approach is to harvest food quickly and/or just throw it in a bag with a label. In effect, we want the best food money can buy, with attention to quality practices, nutrients, animal welfare, local economics, and the Nebraska “Good Life.” We want to hear if you disagree with these understandings or proposed actions. Members can respond in the “Leave a Reply” box below (comments will be made public unless requested otherwise).
Summarizing that into a few points, the reasons for our actions going forward are to…
Almost immediately, we plan to…
In the short term, we plan to…
In the longer term, we plan to…
With these changes, it is our belief that a clear focus and attention to meaningful quality will bring back many customers, as well as inspire new customers. We need to stop being all things to all people. We are shaking things up considerably, and it may be a while before we find a new equilibrium. However, we believe that the concerted efforts of all our caring members can make NFC a better organization than we have yet seen.
Transition is a challenge for any organization. As we work through these changes, we expect producers and product options will be reduced for a while. As a result, cycle volumes might be limited and we may need to limit ordering frequency to optimize transportation cost. These are all trade-offs. In effect, we might expect our cooperative to contract in size – possibly even as far as when it started in 2006. Hopefully, the contraction will not be that extreme, but we want to be realistic with our expectations.
you for your involvement.
We look forward to serving and working with you all.
The NFC Board
Our NFC Marketing Director is giving away two nights at a Hilton Hotel for the largest total purchases between December 2017 and January 2018!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Greetings NFC members,
In a continuing effort to adjust to the changing needs of the Nebraska Food Cooperative, we have pushed forward with installing the latest release of “Open Food Source” software. You may notice some minor disruptions as we ensure the system is functioning correctly. NFC is the first organization to benefit from this significant development effort and we should expect a few challenges.
This software was released as soon as possible and there may still be a few kinks to work out. We ask that customers and producers remain vigilant for anything that seems incorrect and alert firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter anything that seems wrong.
For those who like the technical details:
The process is called vermiculture. The goals are to help reduce the amount of waste that goes to the city landfill, create a natural soil-enhancing product that can be used in community and school gardens, and give students a chance to learn about the benefits of composting.
Picard, who has been raising worms in his basement for years, recently received a $26,850 recycling grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and has applied for a $169,046 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. A decision is expected in April.
“We have a site (for the composting operation) potentially scoped. It’s just barely outside the city limits, but we haven’t gotten the grant, yet,” he said. Picard, 39, said he doesn’t want to disclose the location because the project is just in its infancy, and he is waiting to hear from the Trust.
His intention is to build a large greenhouse-type structure for the composting operation and worm farm. Food scraps would be transported in small trucks to the site and ground up by machinery. During the process, air would be “forced” through the waste to increase oxygen and microbial activity. “The forced air will be heated and that also will heat the structure,” Picard said.
He plans to use red wigglers, which are considered the best worms for vermiculture operations because they live well in close, highly populated conditions and don’t burrow.
The vermiculture process creates worm castings, a prized natural fertilizer that helps plants use nutrients already present in the soil. Worm castings are the undigested material, soil and bacteria excreted by a worm after it eats the food scraps.
The Nebraska Farmers Union is partnering with Lincoln Public Schools, Community Crops and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on the project. Food scraps will be obtained from Culler Middle School initially. Other middle schools could be added in the future.
Brittney Albin, interim recycling coordinator at LPS, said the vermiculture project is a great learning opportunity for students and will complement the district’s existing recycling program. “Composting gives them more hands-on experience. They can see how their waste is going to be turned into a useful product rather than going into a landfill,” Albin said.
Culler Middle School, 5201 Vine St., averages about 11,600 pounds of refuse per month, Albin said, but she doesn’t know how much of that waste comes from the cafeteria specifically.
“However, food waste does make up a large portion of the school waste, so we would expect the vermicomposting program to make a big dent in that number,” Albin said.
Picard is still working out some of the logistics of the project — like transportation and permits — but he hopes to create a “model” from the Culler experience that can be duplicated in other cities.
The greenhouse will include a 40-foot-long by 5-foot-wide bin, capable of housing about 1 million worms. Picard believes the facility could process between 250 and 375 pounds of food waste per day. He plans to start with about 100,000 worms, which under the right conditions, will reproduce rapidly.
Picard plans to follow the example set by Prairieland Dairy in southern Lancaster County and have students at Culler separate food scraps from paper products. The dairy is using food waste from three public schools in Lincoln, and combining it with cow manure to make compost suitable for farming and gardening.
Initially, the Nebraska Farmers Union plans to give the compost to area farmers, schools and community gardens. Picard said the goal is to have enough of the vermicompost to begin fall field trials. Eventually, the organization would like to sell the product, and possibly red wigglers, too.
[Editor’s note] Zen Honeycutt, Founder of Moms Across America and an unstoppable mom, spoke to Monsantoâ€™s Shareholders at their headquarters in St. Louis on January 30.
The sounds of the boisterous rally crowd faded behind me in the distance as I walked toward building A of Monsanto Headquarters in St. Louis Missouri for the shareholder meeting. Â The security stationed on the perimeter of the property, without a word between us, relayed my pending arrival to the headquarters, â€œMs. Honeycutt approaching building Aâ€. Â The staff inside also knew me by name and greeted me cordially. After a thorough security check and receiving my â€œShareownerâ€ sticker, I was escorted to a conference room where Lisa from SumofUs was also sitting. Why I was being sequestered in a room instead of being brought to the conference room? Â Â As if reading my mind, the security person explained that the conference room wasnâ€™t ready yet. Still I thought it odd that I was not able to be in a hallway or near other shareholders.
Several minutes later, a woman walked in and said â€œI am Zenâ€™s hostâ€, looking right at me. I soon learned that â€œhandlerâ€ would have been a better term for her. The staff were prepared. Around 12:50, we were joined by a few other shareholders, (apparently the room really was not ready). Â There was another â€œhostâ€ for Lisa who made sure to steer the conversation cheerily to where people are from.
My host was a Mom of a 14 and 10 year old boys, a 19 year employee and a â€œMonsanto bratâ€. Her father worked at Monsanto for 35 years. Â At 1:00 we were escorted to the conference room and along the way she made a concerted effort to engage in conversation. As we passed the cafeteria however, I stopped the chit chat about our sonâ€™s sports and asked her if the cafeteria serves organic food. She seemed to expect the question and immediately answered, â€œOnly if no other source is available. For instance sometimes the only mixed greens or spinach available is organic. Otherwise it is all conventional, and when Sweet Corn is in season we have GMO Sweet Corn and it is fabulous.â€ As much as I wanted to, I did not comment.
We had entered the shareholder meeting room. It was a huge room with a small stage at front, columns along the edges, media along the sides and refreshments in the back. Approximately 800 people were in the room and when it came time to start, every seat was filled. Â I was brought to the middle of the room where there was a wide aisle. I chose to sit directly in line with Hugh Grantâ€™s chair on the stage and behind the microphone. I was assuming she would leave me there with Lisa but no, she sat down beside me, and as she did so, my hopes of leaving my phone on and turning on the recording or video disappeared. We had received a notice as we drove in explaining exactly what would be allowed and not allowed in the room and that recording, including with our cell phones, was forbidden. I was reminded again before the meeting and again as the meeting started. So as much as I wanted to share this experience with our supporters, I chose not to invite a lawsuit or further trouble. Later, with great disappointment, I turned my phone off when requested and I could sense my handler relax beside me.
As we waited, Dan a pediatrician, introduced himself to me. He shared heÂ has left comments on my Facebook page and we had a lively exchange about how glyphosate being a chelator is not of concern to him. He even insisted that glyphosate does not harm us because we don’t have a shikimate pathway. I replied, “but our gut bacteria does, and without our gut bacteria we don’t have an immune system” He said something about having plenty of gut bacteria… and then said we had to agree to disagree. Another gentleman, who ended up being the only other person on stage with Hugh Grant, introduced himself. I noticed that these men were curious and seemed to be looking for some sort of fear from me. I would not comply. I was clear and glad to be there.
Before the meeting began my host let me know that Hugh Grant would likely come introduce himself to me. He did. Â I stood and automatically reached my hand out to shake the hand of the CEO of the â€œMost Evil Company in the Worldâ€ and said â€œNice to meet you, â€ with a small smile. Â The look in my eye however said something completely different. My eyes said, â€œI am not afraid of you. I am here to do business and you will listen to me. Bring it on.â€
I felt a shift of energy in the room and I sensed many of the eyes in the room were watching us. They knew who I was and they were wondering what we were saying This is how it feels, I thought, when two generals meet in the center of field and talk before battle.
He was slightly taller than I, staunch stature, not very good skin (a clear sign of compromised health) and of calm but commanding presence. He said, â€œThank you for coming, we are glad you are here.â€ The look in his eye was very distant and cool, almost nonexistent, but I read his gaze as, â€œI am putting up with you.â€
I said Â â€œI am glad to be here, and I am thankful for the opportunity, especially to John Harrington. â€œ He said â€œYou know after all these years I have never met Mr. Harrington.â€
“Interesting.” Â I thoughtâ€¦. enough of the small talk. I will not be charmed by your heavy Scottish accent.
I said, â€œYou know Mr. Grant, I look forward to the future where Monsanto moves in a new direction, one that does not involve toxic chemicals and hurting our children.â€ Â He said something like â€œWell, we will take strides to move forward and it will always be based on science. And I think we have done a good job in engaging in conversation. â€
Ha! I thought, you mean your TV commercials about having a conversation that invaded my living room and made me want to punch the TV?
I looked him straight in the eye and said firmly, â€œWe have science to show that Monsantoâ€™s products are hurting our children, sound science. If you are wrong, think about the consequences, they are huge.â€
He said â€œAnd if you are wrong you are scaring an awful lot of people.â€
I responded â€œAnd the consequences for them are that they are eating organic, like food used to be. There was nothing wrong with how food used to be.â€
Then I lowered my voice just a bit and looked deeper into his eyes. â€œYou know it takes a big man to make such a big and powerful company but it takes and even bigger man to acknowledge when it is not working and change direction. â€œ
He looked taken aback for the tiniest moment. Â I said, â€œI implore you, mothers implore you to change direction.â€ He shifted his eyes away from me. â€œWe appreciate you being hereâ€ and he nodded at his assistant who was beckoning him away.
Many will call me naÃ¯ve for thinking that speaking with him will change anything. Many might be outright angered. But I was raised by a mother who chooses to see the good in everything. Now I am not saying there is good in Hugh Grant, but there is a desire to appear good. He is extremely brilliant and strategic and he knows it does not look good to appear to not care about doing good. So if one can speak to him on the level of finding a way to appear to be doing good, he will be interested. In fact people can be compelled to do good simply because it looks bad to not do good and they never have to actually be interested in doing good. So, if you follow me, please know that I intended to appeal to the concept of goodness being done. I do not expect Hugh Grant to be good. I do expect him to do what is right for the sake of the future of his company and their profits. I planned to share with the shareholders a myriad of ways in which Monsantoâ€™s products were hurting children and people and therefore were not a method of business which should continue. Â The goodness in the shareholders will pressure Monsanto to change ways. I am sure of this in my bones.
Â The meeting started at 1:30 with the expected video about how great Monsanto is. â€œWorking with farmers to provide sustainable agriculture, helping to nourish an ever growing worldâ€¦â€ it took everything I had not to stand up and yell â€œYOU LIE!â€
As I listened to Hugh Grant introduce several farmers from the Midwest that they had flown in for a visit, I wished I could talk to each and everyone of them personally and share what I know. Then I realized I would be able to. This was an opportunity to speak directly to some of the largest farmers in the country, not just shareholders, and my excitement increased ten fold. Â I could not believe I had actually made it in the room and was going to speak. I was so grateful to John Harrington!
Before I spoke there was other business to attend to. They re elected the same board of directors, they discussed electing Deloitte and Touche as their accounting firm and someone talked about how great Monsanto was doing, then it was time to address the referendums. Â Lisa from SumOfUs got up and asked a question about conflict of interest. Hugh Grant is on the board of PG&E and members of PG&E are on the committee that helps to decide his salary. Surely this is a conflict of interest? He replied that the salaries are recommended by a Â third party of professionals and so no there was no conflict. Next, a ninety something year old woman with stark white hair and a red suit spoke on behalf of a referendum to disclose Monsantoâ€™s lobbying efforts. I admired her commitment. There were no comments after she spoke and Hugh Grant advised the shareholders to vote no because â€œwe are leaders of transparency in the field.â€ I imagined a chorus of laughter from our supporters. He told them which page to turn to vote and they did.
I was next. Hugh Grant introduced me. This is it, I thought. I went to the microphone took a breath and began:
â€œMy name is Zen Honeycutt and I am representing John Harrington of Harrington Investments. Â We are asking for shareholder support for Item No. 5, Shareowner Proxy Accessâ€”an essential mechanism for accountability supported by institutional investors and the SEC.
Â As the founder of Moms Across America, I speak on behalf of millions of mothers.
Â 1 out of 2 children in America today have a chronic illness such as asthma, allergies, autism, autoimmune disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. All of these conditions and more can be directly linked to GMOs and Glyphosate–to Monsantoâ€™s products.
I am here to say on behalf of struggling parents, STOP POISONING our children! Â Glyphosateâ€”a patented antibioticâ€”has been detected in the air, water, food, our childrenâ€™s urine, our breast milk, Fruit Loops and in nutrients fed to children with cancer, at levels THOUSANDS of times higher than what has been shown to destroy GUT BACTERIAâ€”where 70% of the immune system lies.
Shareholderâ€™s must know that: Without proper gut bacteria our bodies cannot make Tryptophan, Melatonin or Serotonin. Serotonin regulates insulinâ€”and therefore diabetes, which is on course to bankrupt US Healthcare in 13 years.
Without serotonin and melatonin, our bodies cannot prevent insomnia, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. 57.7 million American have mental illness today.
When the gut bacteria is destroyed, food particles and pathogens escape through the intestines, causing allergies and autoimmune diseases. Â Allergy ER visits have increased 265% since GMOs.
Glyphosate is a:
DNA mutagen and cell disintegrator allowing toxins into the brain,
A chelator, causing mineral deficiency and the inability to fight cancer,
An endocrine disruptor, causing infertility, sterility, miscarriages and birth defects.
I am submitting hundreds of testimonials from mothers describing what Monsanto products are doing to their children and showing our children get better when they get off GMOs and glyphosate.
I submit studies and papers today showing how glyphosate impacts the gut brain connection, leading to Parkinsonâ€™s, Non Hodgkinâ€™s Lymphoma, Alzheimer’s, Celiacâ€™s and Autism and more. Â Based on our current diagnosis, we can expect that in 20 years, 50% of our children born will get autism.
I understand no one wants to believe this is true, but has anyone on this Board seen and read the newest studies and reports?
What if the very investments shareholders are making to BUILD a foundation of security for our children and grandchildren are the same investments which are DESTROYING their future? What if instead of creating health and prosperity, you are causing ECONOMIC RUIN?
What if instead trying to help feed millions of people with GMOs, you are in fact hurting GENERATIONS TO COME?
Mothers say, STOP IT. STOP IT NOW.
Â You can make a difference that will alter the future of YOUR family and OUR Country. Access and vote a pediatrician onto this board. Â Have the courage to create a new future for Monsanto and America. Thank you.â€
As I turned to sit I looked around. I felt all eyes on me. I felt my face looked serious and maybe slightly angry, slightly emotional. Â I was aware that other presenters might be able to look cool and detached. I was not. I was in it full throttle. I am passionate. I will allow my concern and commitment to show. I think it is one of my greatest strengths. I love my kids and I want all kids to be able to be well. My emotion fuels me.
Hugh Grant said exactly what I thought he would say, that the issues I raised were not actually pertaining to the Shareholder Access Proxy and that the shareholders would be advised to turn to the proxy description and vote according to the topic of the referendum. He said that he would address my concerns later in the Q&A. He advised the shareholders to vote no, because basically things are fine as they are, everyone voted and we moved on. I did not expect it to pass. Tracy from Harrington Investment had shared that it had support and it had a chance of passing, but I have to admit I didnâ€™t expect that it would pass at all. My body was buzzing with energy as I wondered what I would ask next. I knew this was my one chance to cover some topics that I had not covered in the previous three minutes.
Lisa from SumOfUs got up and made her presentation about separating the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board as two separate people, not one, not Hugh Grant as both. Â It was of course totally rational and clearly should be adopted. Hugh Grant advised the shareholders not pass the referendum, because basically things are fine as they are. The shareholders voted.
Next an employee shared about how great Monsanto is doing. He and Hugh Grant repeatedly mentioned their commitment to feed people and I knew that I needed to address that in the form of a question.
I had not prepared questions because my husband said I had a habit of over preparing. â€œBe in the momentâ€ he said. â€œYour preparation for that part should be to not prepare. Listen to what is being said and ask questions based on what needs to be put in.â€
Before Q&A however it was time to hear the results of the vote.
Hugh Grant read the results of the referendumsâ€¦the accounting referendum passed with 97% yes, the lobbying one only had 24% yes and did not pass. Thenâ€¦ the Shareholder Access Proxy got a 53% yes and therefore passed. I felt an actual pat on my back and I turned and saw smiling faces. The shareholders had passed it! And they were smiling at me. Amazing! Astounding. I felt myself choke up and tears welled up in my eyes. I put my face in my hands and took a deep breath. I was overwhelmed with emotion. Â I did not hear the results of the Chairman/CEO referendum, but it did not pass. I looked at Lisa and she said â€œGreat Job.â€ I knew the credit primarily belonged to Â the investment group, John Harrington and especially Tracy Geraghtyâ€™s work. Â She made sure it was approved by the SEC and investment institutions Â To be a small part of the process, to be able to feel like I made a difference, was pure joy in the face of great adversity.
Then it was Q&A time. I rose to my feet as soon as he invited people to come to the microphone. I was nervous. I didnâ€™t know exactly what I would say and I didnâ€™t have a plan for the whole three minutes, but I had to bring up the â€œfeeding the worldâ€ issue.
So I asked, from what I can remember, â€œYou have said many times that you are committed to feeding the world. It is a noble cause, I understand that. But there are wonderful farmers like Will Allen in Wisconsin who grows 1 million pounds of food on three acres every year, through Aquaponics, ( fish and veggies) both a protein and vegetables. Without toxic chemicals and without hurting the soil. If Monsanto is truly committed to feeding the world, why arenâ€™t you supporting programs like this?
He responded, basically that Monsanto is implementing all kinds of methods and that they are continually innovating etc. He said that they are also not the only agriculture company, that there are many other systems and we need all of them. He mentioned the soil and their newest research is in microbes in the soil and their benefits. I was aware that they bought a company in 2013 called Novozymes, which focus on soil microbes. This was bad, and I felt it in my gut. Here is a corporation that had damaged the soil with their toxic chemicals and they were now going to try to profit from repairing it. I had heard this was true and wanted to hear it from him. Â So I asked him â€œAre you planning on patenting microbes in the soil?â€
Without actually saying yes, he basically described that yes, they were researching the soil microbes and how they can alter them to enhance the performance of the soil to benefit the farmers. My head was spinning. I remember him saying something about how many companies have patented the bacteria for instance, in yogurt, that it was quite common and widely accepted. I was so mad I didnâ€™t have an immediate question or comment and he rambled on about my previous comments during the proxy statement about children. He declared that Roundup has been used for 40 years and there is not one linked to harm. I interrupted and said â€œThatâ€™s what they said about DDT and PCBâ€™sâ€ He looked at me firmly, obviously annoyed. I had broken the rule stated on the agenda not to interrupt. He continued without commenting on my comment. He talked about Germany and how they have continually conducted reviews and reapproved glyphosate for 40 years. He claimed over and over again that Roundup was safe.
I said, â€œActually the EPA does not have one single safety study showing the safety of Roundup. Not one. It only has 40 year old studies of glyphosate, not of ALL of the chemical ingredients showing harm.â€
He interjected that I had jumped topics and that we were addressing the children and that other people needed to ask questions. I could come back and ask another question after we gave them a turn. I was frustrated, there was so much more I could say about the Seralini study that did test for Roundup and showed sex hormone changes, liver and kidney damage at 0.1ppb of Roundup, the fact that all the studies were done by Monsanto, there were no studies funded by Â independent Â sourcesâ€¦I silently (and I hope not too obviously) fumed as I sat down. I want to remain in the room and not get hauled off by security, so I contained myself.
The next person at the podium was so obviously a plant I wanted to laugh out loud. He rambled on and on about how Monsanto has saved him money and time and all the benefits has helped his family tremendously. He sounded flat, like a robot. It didnâ€™t sound authentic at all. He got a huge round of applause though, and the next person did basically the same thing. Â A Jesuit from South America complemented Monsanto for the benefits they brought but also stated that the spraying of Roundup has had a huge detrimental impact to their farmers. Could they â€œplease stop the aerial spraying over the farms? And thank you for the good work.â€œ Â There were so many thoughts buzzing around in my head, I do not remember if Hugh Grant responded to him or not.
Lisa from Sum of us got up and addressed the Shareholder Access Proxy that had passed. She pointed out that it was an advisory, not a compulsory proxy and asked if Monsanto planned on actually implementing it. Hugh Grant looked extra thoughtful for a moment and then the baloney rolled off his tongue. Â He rambled on about how they are always engaged in discussion and increasing the dialogue between shareholders and the board. He said that of course he expected to see Lisa back next year and by then he expected that there would be some modifications. This was brilliant that she asked that question because he was suddenly being held accountable for whether or not he was going to acknowledge the majority vote of the shareholders.
I was in line again. Then it was my turn. I chose to focus on the studies this time. I said, â€œI want to address the studies you mentioned early showing safety, but first I want to share with you why I personally am here. I have three sons, 12, 9 and 6 and they all have food allergies and my husband and I never did. Two have life threatening nut allergies and one son we almost lost twice, I held his hand in the hospital and prayed to God for his life. But when we went organic his allergies went from a 19 down to a .2. Â He no longer has life threatening allergies.â€
I addressed the shareholders and looked into their eyes.
â€œAnd my other son at 8 years old, had Â a rash around his mouth, a sudden onset of autism symptoms, his grades dropped from Aâ€™s to Dâ€™s, he was hitting and had erratic behavior. Â I got him tested and he had c.diff, fungus, clostridia, leaky gut, 19 different food intolerances and gut dysbiosis. These are all things cows have when they are exposed to glyphosate. I got him tested for glyphosate and he had 8.7 ppb in his urine, 8 x higher than was found in anyone in Europe. So we went all organic to avoid glyphosate and within 6 weeks, we tested him again and his levels of glyphosate were undetectable. His autism symptoms were also gone and he has not had a single autism symptom since. And I am not the only one, we have hundreds of testimonials. We see our kids get better from autism, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders.â€ Then I turned back to Hugh Grant.
â€œI want to address the EPA studies now. You mentioned there are studies going back for 40 years. Well, I have seen those studies and they donâ€™t all show safety. For instance, one study on oysters, showed that after 4 days the oysters were closed and not feeding. Well, what happened on the fifth day? And closed and not feedingâ€¦isnâ€™t that akin to a coma? How is that supposed to prove safety?â€
I turn back to look at the shareholders. I am making eye contact and addressing them personally. I want them to get my authenticity. I want them to get that I am not just an angry mother. I am an informed citizen.
â€œAnother study showed that white shrimp died after 4 days at levels that were below what is allowed on our food. A study out this past week showed that glyphosate does not biodegrade as the company once claimed. In fact, it remains viable in dark salt water for 351 days. What is in our womb? Dark salty water. How big is a six week old fetus? The size of a shrimp.â€ I paused.
I saw the gears turning in their heads, I saw faces change with the realization that I might be saying something relevant. I shared how the pig study in Denmark by Ib Pedersen with 3000 pigs clearly showed how when pigs were fed glyphosate sprayed grains their miscarriages increased to 30%, when they did not eat glyphosate, miscarriages went down to 3%, then back up to 30% with glyphosate sprayed grainsâ€¦at levels BELOW what we eat on our food. I said that we currently have the highest rate of infertility and sterility in recorded history, 30%.
I turned to Hugh Grant and said â€œYou cannot ignore this. With the widespread contamination of our water, urine, breast milk, Fruit Loops and feeding tube liquid, you must be responsible for ways to cut back exposure to our children. Roundup use increased in 2013 by 73%. Why? Because itâ€™s not working. Farmers are using more to kill the same weeds! Some farmers get it though, one for instance, Amish Farmer John Kempf, said that at his farmers conference of 150 farmers, two years ago when asked if they use Roundup, every single one raised their hands. This year only eight did. They understand that Roundup is not working for their soil. Itâ€™s destroys the microbes. Can you not see the correlation between destroying the microbes in the soil and the good bacteria in the gut? Without healthy soil we donâ€™t have healthy plants or gut bacteria or healthy people. In addition, the use of Roundup has increased because of the encouragement to spray Roundup as a drying agent at harvest!â€
It was flowing out of my mouth almost without thought. I have spoken so many times about this topic that it was automatic. I was passionately making my case. I felt unstoppable.
â€œWheat, peas, dry beans/legumes, sugar and more crops are reportedly being sprayed with glyphosate upon harvest to speed up harvest. So itâ€™s not being sprayed just on GMOs. Unless you are eating organic you are likely exposing yourself and your children to levels of glyphosate far above what has been shown to destroy gut bacteria. So considering the widespread contamination, would you at least advise farmers to stop spraying Roundup as a drying agent?â€
To my best recollection he said something about how Roundup has the function of being useful in wet areas where fungus or pathogens grow in the crops when they are damp. But then I heard him say that Roundup is recommended to be used as a weed killer on crops before harvest.
Interesting. â€œSo Roundup is NOT recommended as a drying agent to be sprayed before harvest?â€
â€œAs legal would say, the question has been answered. Roundup is recommended be used as a weed killer on crops before harvest.â€
I wanted him to say it. â€œSo Roundup is NOT recommended as a drying agent?â€ I asked again.
He replied that this was the third time we had addressed this and that it was time to move on to the next person who had a question. He said I could of course come back in line after others had a turn. I sat down and two more people got in line.
Apparently a nun got up and spoke about the reduction of water and thanks Monsanto. I donâ€™t remember. I do remember when a pediatrician who is an employee of Monsanto, Dan, the pediatrician who introduced himself to me, got up to speak. He declared all his credentials and how he reviews the studies and knows full well how glyphosate works. He sees not one shred of evidence that glyphosate is harmful. He was emphatic and somewhat angry and I couldnâ€™t help but think, completely brainwashed and or extremely well paid. It is impossible to read the studies I have read and not see harm from glyphosate! Birth defects, miscarriages, tumors, sex hormone changes, allergies, etcâ€¦ I could go on and on. I was incredulous that this doctor was saying what he was saying, really stupendous. Â I was compelled and I stood up and got back in line. This time some people chuckled in the crowd. There she goes again they probably thoughtâ€¦and it would not be the first time. I have been told â€œThere goes Zen again about the paradesâ€¦youâ€™re too pushyâ€¦â€ and it is that very same quality in me that had me stand again.. I could not let the moms struggling with health issues down. I could not let this doctor alter the minds of the shareholders and reassure them to continue to support this toxic farming. I could not let this opportunity go without giving it everything I had.
â€œOf course, I would not expect a pediatrician who works for Monsanto to say that Monsantoâ€™s products are harmful,â€ I said when I was once again in front of the microphone. Several people laughed. I could tell they appreciated my willingness to say what needed to be said. Â â€œThe fact is, however, that even the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that pesticide exposure is harmful to children and that children should avoid pesticides.â€
I donâ€™t remember what else I said that that turn at the microphone. I do remember that a farmer got up between one of my turns and he was practically shaking and crying. He was very upset. He said â€œI cannot sit here and be attacked while Ms. Honeycutt says that wheat is being sprayed with Roundup as a drying agent. I am the Director of the Wheat Growers association in Texas and I assure you that wheat is NOT being sprayed with Roundup as a drying agent. And as far as labor goesâ€¦I cannot find labor. If you want to come work on my farm I will give you my card and you can come work on my farm.â€ He got a round of laughter and some applause. He continued to talk about how many people cannot afford organic, and how they need food on the table. He handed me his card and I was glad to take it. I was especially glad that he was upset that someone would suggest that Roundup is being sprayed as a drying agentâ€¦he must see that as an undesirable practice â€¦I wonder why?
Another farmer got up and after discussing how useful Roundup has been how he feeds 6000 families with his corn crops,â€¦and then said â€œbut the thing is, if not Roundup what then?â€ My heart leapt with joy! They were wondering what else they could use! They were starting the inquiry! My mission had been accomplished.
Another pediatrician employee of Monsanto got up, a mother, and claimed that all of the studies she saw showed safety. She was very stern and very clear and decided right then and there that she was the one who needed to get my binder. I got my host’s attention silently and pointed to my binder and to the doctor and my host nodded in consent.
Another woman emphatically declared that â€œ I want people to know there are good people here in this company and with your leadership Hugh Grant we have been able to provide for our families. There are GOOD people here.â€ It was interesting that now the people getting up to speak at the microphone were almost all essentially speaking to me.
I got up again. â€œNo one is saying that there arenâ€™t good people here.â€ I replied. â€œAnd there are people who love people who are sickÂ in this room too. I bet if I asked you all to raise your hands if you know someone who has autism, allergies asthma, autoimmune disease and cancer, every single personâ€™s hand would go up. These are people you love. I am imploring Monsanto to go in a new direction. You have the resources. I am asking you, the shareholders, to challenge the Board to go in a new direction. Why not? We need waste management and for the oceans to be cleaned up. We need solar and wind power, areas that do not contaminate our children and pollute the planet. I ask you to try going organic and see for yourselves how you feel. Go all organic for three weeks at least, add raw organic sauerkraut every day to your diet to restore your gut bacteria. See how you feel…â€
I turned to the front, Â â€œYou too Mr, Grant, I invite you to try it. You know, all food used to be organic. We have faith in our farmers to farm as has been done for thousands of years to farm without toxic chemicals. Farmers are ingenious. We are asking you farmers to use your ingenuity. I want to thank everyone for your time and just ask you to please try it, go organic and see how you feel and take Monsanto in a new direction.
I knew it was time for me to sit down. It was after 3:00 pm. I had stated my case. Although I could have talked for hours it was time. Hugh Grant thanks everyone very graciously as he should, for attending, especially emphatically thanking the people who got up to ask Questions, all of us. He said we have had a very lively afternoon and that it was the first time ever that employees got up to speak.
We watched not one, but two commercials for Monsanto at the end. I shook my head with disgust when I saw the second commercial. They actually said â€œFood is Loveâ€ stealing the line from the Prop 37 ad which connected food to our families and nurturing them.
Before leaving the meeting room, my host asked me if I wanted to Â give the binder of studies to the pediatrician mom. I said yes. Before we got to her, a serious looking, heavy set woman with black hair stepped in between my host and the pediatrician, obviously trying to circumvent communication. My host explained that we were giving her the studies and the woman in black hair pointed out that she probably would not be able to hold it, so my host should probably hang on to it. I sensed the woman with black hair intensely wanted me out of the room. I stayed, looked the doctor in the eye and asked her to please study the report from Cordoba and birth defects. She said that she specialized in teratogenicÂ effects and so this would be of great interest to her. The way she said it was like a display. It was acting. Â My host steered me out of the room and on my way out several people caught my eye and smiled. I was acutely aware of being herded. I told my host I needed to use the restroom. In the restroom a woman immediately stopped me and said quietly, â€œThank you for your courage. There are many, many, of us that are with you. Thank you so much for doing what you are doing.â€ I couldnâ€™t help it. I started crying from joy. The intensity of the day overflowed. It felt so good to hear someone say that, for her to look me in the eye and to know it makes a difference. I thank her repeatedly and hugged her and she left.
Before I left I requested the card of my host so I could follow up and she instructed a security guard in not so many words to keep an eye on me. I realized they didnâ€™t want me running off into their offices and seeing evidence of God knows what. I actually considered it for a moment when the security guard turned away, but decided not to get arrested today. I wanted to go tell the supporters what happened. I felt like I was going to burst. I asked my host before I left, would the shareholders be able to see these studies? â€œI donâ€™t know what will happen to these studies.â€ she answered honestlyâ€¦.neither did I. For all we know they are sitting on shelf gathering dust or in an incinerator. I worked for days assembling that binder, testimonials and images. A mom supporter Nanette worked for a week gathering the studies, and the scientists have worked for life times on the work in the binder. Lives have been lost while those studies were being researched. Children have died from cancer in Cordoba and here in the US. mother have lost babies. Â People exposing the truth have been beaten, threatened and they have lost their jobs. I have lost a life growing inside me and I have feared for the life of my eldest son from a nut allergy. I have faced my greatest loss and worst fear. Nothing will deter me. I had done my job of speaking up for the moms, who cannot be fired, and who will not stop, who will not give up, because the love for our children will never end.
Excerpt from the book Â â€œUnstoppable Loveâ€ by Zen Honeycutt to be released in 2015
Scientific studies can be found at www.momsacrossamerica.com/data
All scientific studies are noted on this press release:
Â Wall Street Journal coverage
Â Zen and Alexis discuss the outcome minutes after the meeting.
Barb David, Oak Ridge Hydroponic Farms producer, passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2015.
A loving and giving soul, Barb touched many, many lives over the years. So it was fitting that she shared her last day with her family and friends on such a heartfelt day.
Barb joined NFC the summer of 2014, only one year after she started her hydroponic greenhouse. Her son, Ryan – as well as a few community members and students from Ord – work the fast-growing business alongside Barb.
Often dedicating hours upon hours of her time sharing her start-up perspective, Barb was welcomed as a speaker to many different groups that desired to incorporate healthier choices into their meals.
As a producer of beautiful Bibb lettuce, Barb will be remembered for offering healthy, nutritious salad greens to schools, restaurants, hospitals, and homes across Nebraska.
We will miss your beautiful spirit, Barb.
Please keep Barb, her family, and friends in your heart and prayers.
Visitation: Tuesday, February 17,2015, 5-7 pm
Celebration of Life: Wed, February 18, 2015, 11:00 First United Methodist Church, Ord
Oak Ridge Hydroponics:
The Nebraska Food Cooperative is stepping up to meet Nebraska’s ‘local food’ demand. From retail customers to wholesale accounts from Omaha to Ogallala, NFC is meeting the year-round challenge of providing statewide access to healthy, wholesome Nebraska ‘local’ products.
We want to start 2015 off with a big bang!Â For each new retail or wholesale customer you refer to and who purchases from NFC by the end of January (two cycles), you will receive 5% off your first February cycleÂ purchases (February 4-8 order cycle) for each referral, up to four new members. Just ask the new member to complete the Membership Application and reference your name in the ‘referral’ box at the bottom of the form. (You must be a current NFC member, as of 1/1/15, to receive the discount.)
Receive 5% off your first March cycle purchases for one new producer referral (producer must be actively selling on NFC by the end of February).
Be part of the healthy local food movement by spreading the word!
by Tim Rinne
November 29, 2014
Lincoln Journal Star
It’s been a year of bad news for the security of our food supply.
In March, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that “Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to further erode food security — particularly in urban areas and emerging hot spots of hunger.” All aspects of food security, the report stated, are potentially affected by climate change, “including food access, utilization and price stability.”
Then in May, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Agricultural Development Initiative (co-chaired by former Nebraska Congressman Doug Bereuter) issued a report warning that “Climate change will bring hotter temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and more frequent natural disasters. Farmers everywhere will be affected.” If these challenges are not addressed, “consumers will need to be prepared for higher food prices and potential food shortages.”
A month later, two of Bereuter’s Republican colleagues, Henry Paulson (George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary) and George Shultz (Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State), released a risk assessment on the perils climate change poses to agriculture: “Our research shows that under the ‘business as usual’ scenario and assuming no significant adaptation by farmers … the Midwest region as a whole faces likely yield declines of up to 19 percent by midcentury and 63 percent by the end of the century.”
The disconcerting report was followed in September by the release of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s climate assessment for Nebraska, which projected that by midcentury (2041-2070) typical summer temperatures will be “equivalent to those experienced during the 2012 drought and heat wave … which was the driest and hottest year for the state based on the climatological record going back to 1895.”
And finally, building on its 2010 designation of climate change as a “national security threat,” the Department of Defense in October cautioned that “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.”
In short, our global food supply is at risk. And that’s a problem, because we can no longer feed ourselves locally.
More than 60 years ago, even a renowned farm state like Nebraska gave up growing food for our own diet. We’re still an agricultural titan. But with the wholesale shift to commodity agriculture, we’re growing feed for animals and corn for ethanol — not food for our tables.
As much as anyone living in New York City and Los Angeles, we depend on the global food system to stock our pantries and dish up our meals. Like the rest of America, we’re getting half of our produce — including 70 percent of the lettuce — from the California Central Valley (which is, incidentally, mired in a record-breaking 500-year drought). Even more telling, $4 billion of the $4.4 billion we Nebraskans annually spend on food is leaving the state. We’re not buying food that’s from here. Instead, we’re blithely counting on some faceless, anonymous source to supply all our meals and snacks.
But that’s not going to work anymore. Unless we want to risk going hungry, we’re going to need to start quickly rebuilding our food system. And just as eating is a “local” act (stuffing our mouths is about as local as you can get), we need a food supply that’s locally based as well.
As consumers, we need to be supporting our local farmers and ranchers and building the market for locally produced food. But those of us in the city can’t get by just being eaters any more, either. We’ve got to start pulling our own weight in the food system and begin producing what we can.
While we’ll always be dependent on the countryside for our grains and dairy and meat, what we can produce in the city we can produce better than anyone else. We can grow the perishable items (particularly the lettuce greens) that are the hardest to keep on the grocery store shelf. And because they’re grown and harvested right where we live, they’re fresher and more nutritious.
All over town, from the grass front lawn to the sidewalk space in the city right-of-way, there’s room for beds of lettuce and spinach, carrots and peppers, onions, tomatoes and potatoes. And with the onset of climate change and the threat of food shortages, it’s none too soon to be trying our hands at a little gardening and learning something about our food.
It’s what we as city dwellers can do to help ensure that in the anxious days to come we’ll know where our next meal is coming from.
“Before long the most valuable of all arts will be deriving subsistence from the smallest area of soil.
No community whose every member possesses this art, can ever be the victim of oppression.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, 1859
by Jan Wellman
Published on Honey Colony, August 31, 2014
According to aÂ new study from the School of Medical Sciences at Australiaâ€™s University of New South Wales, junk food can alter behavior by causing lasting changes in the brainâ€™s reward circuiting, an alteration that triggers obesity.
Although the UNSW study was conducted on rats, the conclusions are likely applicable to humans because all mammals share similarities in the orbitofrontal cortex, which is involved in sensing and evaluating the pleasurable aspects of food. (Notice that we also see more overweight pets these days, too.)
Over time, animals (including humans) have evolved a simple mechanism that protects us from overeating: As we eat a particular food, the pleasure we get from eating it and the desire to eat more diminishes relative to other, uneaten foods. This phenomenon, called â€œsensory-specific satietyâ€ reinforces the natural inclination to seek out a variety of foods, which promotes a healthy, balanced diet.
With junk food, this â€œshut-off valveâ€ doesnâ€™t work.
Nutrient-poor junk food, termed the â€œCafeteria Dietâ€ in this study, contains fatty acids that areÂ not only associated withÂ mitochondrial dysfunction, weight gain, and tissue inflammation, but also increased activity in the areas of the brain that processÂ motivational control and reward behavior.
In the study, one group of rats were fed standard chow; the other, a diet of cookies, cakes, biscuits, and other junk food, for two weeks. They were then subjected to â€œPavlovian conditioning testsâ€ â€” in this case, a sound cue that informed the rats of the next serving.
Rats on a healthy diet that had already eaten ignored the sound cue, while the rats on junk food continued to the next serving even after being satiated. The junk-food rats lost the natural preference for novelty, an effect that lasted even after the rats returned to a normal diet.
In other words, eating junk food programs your brain to eat more junk.
â€œAs the global obesity epidemic intensifies, advertisements may have a greater effect on people who are overweight and make snacks like chocolate bars harder to resist,â€ said Dr. Amy Reichelt, lead author of the UNSW study.
â€œItâ€™s like youâ€™ve just had ice cream for lunch, yet you still go and eat more when you hear the ice cream van come by,â€ said professor Margaret Morris, another UNSW team member.
The rats on a junk food diet had lost their natural preference for healthy foods, the team added.
The problem with junk food isnâ€™t just that consuming it begets unnatural overeating; itâ€™s also packed with unhealthful fats, toxic chemicals, hormones, mystery pharmaceuticals, fillers, and gross â€œnatural flavorsâ€ like beaver-butt juice. Considering that eating all this garbage is practically like swilling Drano, junk food might be the most efficient depopulation strategy ever devised.
Obesity rates have doubled since 1980. In 2008, 500 million people were clinically obese, with body-mass indices greater than 30, while 1.4 billion were clinically overweight, with BMIs greater than 25. The United States is the epicenter of this crisis, as currently,Â two out of every three Americans are clinically overweight or obese.
According to theÂ Historical Atlas of the 20th Century, 203 million people died last century from war and oppression; this figure includes everyone who died as both military and collateral civilian casualties from conflicts, genocide, politicide (i.e., the extermination of people who share a political belief), mass murders, and famines. Thatâ€™s an average of 2 million deaths per annum.
Now consider that the World Health OrganizationÂ estimates that at least 2.8 million people currently die annually from conditions strongly linked to overweight and obesity, such as coronary heart disease, ischemia (brain stroke), and diabetes.
In other words, fat kills 40 percent more people than wars, famine, dictators, murderers, and politicians put together. So, in effect, even Hitler wasnâ€™t as efficient at committing crimes against humanity as the ole Colonel of KFC fame. The difference is, that jovial southerner in the Kentucky bow tie and his engineered-to-please chicken trick you into asking â€“ and paying â€“ for your own demise.
Or if you still think thereâ€™s nothing wrong with the â€œCafeteria Diet,â€Â listen to Jim Morrison, who believed that â€œfat is beautiful.â€ Jim died at the young age of 27.