Hailing from the heart of America’s farmland, later as a founding member of Parents for Safe Foods in England, and ultimately as someone suffering from an auto-immune disease, I’ve been deeply concerned over what is happening to our food supply for quite some time. Remember, we are what we eat.

"Progress" isn't always better

Even though it may look the same, the food we eat has changed dramatically since my childhood. A continuously growing population and the preference for convenience in our fast-paced society has to take some of the blame, but the longer we turn a blind eye to the bastardization of our food chain, the faster

Julie Anne - a wholesome Iowa girl origin

the growth rate in related diseases will soar (along with the coffers of those who monitor and control how our food is produced). We need to pay attention and take initiative!

“President Obama has appointed former Monsanto VP and Lobbyist Michael Taylor to become Senior Advisor to the FDA’s Commissioner. This unthinkable linkage between food safety and corporate interests that have little regard for the public health must be stopped. This example of a “fox watching the hen house” is inexcusable. President Obama must reverse this unimaginably dangerous policy and isolate FDA from corporate influence.” – Frederick Ravid

Monsanto has been seen as a foe to family-based agriculture, the backbone of America

This is what the petition says:

“President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and Lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized Genetically Modified (GM) food multinational, as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty. Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto’s now-discredited GM Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is directly linked to cancer and opposed by many medical and hospital organizations. It was Michael Taylor who pursued a policy that milk from rBGH-treated cows should not be labeled with disclosures. Michael Taylor and Monsanto do not belong in our government.

President Obama, Monsanto has been seen as a foe to family-based agriculture, the backbone of America, by introducing dangerous changes to plants and animals and by using strong-arm legal tactics against farmers for decades. Naturally occurring plant and animal species are permanently threatened by the introduction of DNA and hormonal modification, Monsanto’s core businesses.

Soybeans now take the place of many the crops grown and livestock raised when I was a child

FDA scientists once regarded Genetic Modification of the food supply as the single most radical and potentially dangerous threat to public health in history. As early as the 1991-2, a body of scientific research began to form which now includes articles in over 600 journals. As a whole, these offer scientific evidence that GM foods are the root cause for the increase of many serious diseases in the US. Since GM foods were introduced, diagnosis of multiple chronic illnesses in the US has skyrocketed. These illnesses include changes in major organs, hormonal, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. Certain cancers are linked with GM consumption.

Experts are discouraged that regulators and GM companies systematically overlook potential side effects of GM. Monsanto’s objective to use bio-technology to change the world’s food supply is the opposite policy direction your administration should pursue. Your legacy of supporting Monsanto to have free rein in US food policy is a nightmare scenario that is against the interest of all Americans and world citizens.”

Speaking with local farmers at an Iowa Farmers Market

I signed, will you? Please help banish this food mafia profiteering at the cost of our health!  Click here to add your name to the petition to Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto.

Thank you,

Julie Anne

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  • January 30, 2012
    5:55 pm

    Fantastic. With the amount of money spent on disease research, you’d think someone would think to start at the source. I hope everyone who reads this signs and shares the link on facebook, twitter, google, where ever you can. Thank you SO much Julie Anne for starting this

    • January 31, 2012
      2:25 pm

      I know – it’s like, duh! But then the drug companies wouldn’t be happy, because they make a fortune with medicines for those chronic illnesses resulting from these GM foods.

      • February 1, 2012
        10:10 am

        It breaks my heart to share this but my nephew in the UK tweeted something about a McDonalds Challenge the other day. My heart sank when he posted a pic of what he and a friend were going to eat. Three meal combos each (burger, chips, coke) and a box of 20 ‘nuggets’. Tweeted him back saying “please tell me you’re NOT eating this but they had. I went on the ‘nutritional chart’ they have and found they had consumed almost 5000 calories and over a thousand grams of fat.. most of it transfat. I won’t repeat what I said to him but was sick worried what that was doing to his body. When will we learn??!

  • January 31, 2012
    11:26 am

    Outrageous and a terrible conflict of interest!

    • January 31, 2012
      2:38 pm

      Playing devil’s advocate, this is how we are able to produce more food, feed more people, and keep prices low – BUT, think about what it is doing to our planet as well as our bodies, and the price is extortionately high, just a deferred payment that our children and grandchildren will be even more acutely saddled with.

  • January 31, 2012
    1:14 pm

    Hi Jewels,
    Just a Sidebar Observation: Couldn’t help but notice how similar the looks and poses are in the photo above of you as a child, and your Facebook profile picture/book cover. Head is just tilted a different direction! So Cute! -R

  • January 31, 2012
    2:44 pm

    Hahaha, I never made that connection before, but now that you mention it, I also noticed the “model” stance in the more recent picture that used to drive my acting coach nuts with me. It’s like my body is disconnected from my brain and automatically goes there no matter what my head is thinking. Guess you can take the girl out of the modeling world, but not the model out of the girl.

  • February 1, 2012
    12:05 pm

    I proudly signed the petition. This is one of the most informative posts, Jewels, I had no idea.

    Thank you for bringing this awareness to the forefront and I will gladly pass this along to my family and friends.

  • February 1, 2012
    10:24 am

    I posted a link on my Facebook timeline (maybe I’m the only one who actually loves the timeline) to a blog written about a year ago by Whole Foods on the subject of their strong fight over genetically modified food and the concern of cross-pollination. By that time, over 90% of soy, corn, canola and there was an assault on alfalfa, was genetically modified. Farm animals are fed this diet and it becomes harder to escape its reaches. Stands really need to be taken and fast. A curious choice for President Obama, unless it’s an idea to keep the “enemy” close, someone who actually understands and knows the full scope of genetically altered foods and Monsanto and that can be used. (I love our President too, believing in him for now).

    It all seems futuristic, corporate and yet here we are holding up corn at the market and no idea how it was grown.

  • February 1, 2012
    10:44 am

    I support our president too, but this is implorable, and we must let him know so. Monsanto is the goliath, but at the end of the day our $$$ have the last word since that is the bottom line of what this is all about. Enough people complain, enough people insist on GMO labeling, and enough people boycott GMO foods – they will listen eventually.

  • February 1, 2012
    6:46 pm

    Thanks Jodi!

  • February 2, 2012
    10:09 am

    Thanks so much for posting this Jewels! I signed the petition and will pass it along. What would Michelle Obama think with her “Get Fit” campaign, I wonder. The more I’m learning about GMO, the more I’m getting upset. (And I will be reallocating funds from the Stiletto fund to the Whole Paychex fund & farmers market funds)

  • February 3, 2012
    11:28 am

    Thank you for posting this. My Yoga teacher has been talking for ages about the terrible things Monsanto does to manipulate our food supply (and government) and the need to label GMO foods. As a family raising 3 teenagers, it’s frustrating because I don’t have the ability to grow my own. I rely on my grocery store, which has gotten better about stocking ‘organic’, but from what I understand even that label may be misleading. So frustrating! Thank you for spreading the word on this topic and sharing the petition.

    • February 3, 2012
      11:55 am

      I agree it is really frustrating and difficult to maneuver through all the labeling (and what exactly that means) that we already have, and even more so that genetically modified (which is most likely very damaging to our health) does not have to be labeled. One thing I will say – if a company has produced a non GMO product – they will usually label it as such since that is yet another marketing boost for them. Your safest best is to look for those labels, and choose those products over similar ones that are not labeled such.

  • February 13, 2012
    1:52 am

    Hint Hint