March 2000 Hungerstrike Diary (1 March is day 116)
(SHORTCUT: Click on day to go there!)
03-01-2000 DAY 116 - Threats... and digital trails
03-02-2000 DAY 117 - The garden of eden; then and now
03-03-2000 DAY 118 - No more "Frankenfish"
03-04-2000 DAY 119 - Organic consumers association
03-05-2000 DAY 120 - A presidential candidate worth supporting
03-06-2000 DAY 121 - The CODEX DELEGATES (let YOURS know YOUR position!)
03-07-2000 DAY 122 - W.H.O.'s In Control?!
03-08-2000 DAY 123 - The Secret CODE-X
03-09-2000 DAY 124 - Mr. Cohen goes to congress
03-10-2000 DAY 125 - Coming Home
03-11-2000 DAY 126 - Sugar, spice, and everything nice...
03-12-2000 DAY 127 - Guest editorial
03-13-2000 DAY 128 - A scarlet letter to the CODEX delegates
03-14-2000 DAY 129 - When the corn hits the fan
03-15-2000 DAY 130 - Who created the fruit of the vine (boray pre hagofen)
03-16-2000 DAY 131 - These cornballs have got your ear
03-17-2000 DAY 132 - A return to the age of aquarius
03-18-2000 DAY 133 - Grand slam home run!
03-19-2000 DAY 134 - The CLOCK is running... FDA
03-20-2000 DAY 135 - Three letters
03-21-2000 DAY 136 - Truth or Consequences
03-22-2000 DAY 137 - "CATCH 22"
03-23-2000 DAY 138 - Anecdote? NOT FUNNY!
03-24-2000 DAY 139 - The NOTMILK story according to HEALTHGATE
03-25-2000 DAY 140 - It's been a busy week
03-26-2000 DAY 141 - Suppose they held a meeting, and everybody came!
03-27-2000 DAY 142 - Top ten reasons why no company will sell me life insurance
03-28-2000 DAY 143 - The view from above
03-29-2000 DAY 144 - Top ten future biotechnology errors
03-30-2000 DAY 145 - The "domino letter" from FDA to Monsanto
03-31-2000 DAY 146 - Solidarity
Wednesday, March 1
Today is the 116th day of my hunger strike.
I receive hundreds of veiled threats every year. Many of them are made
by angry people who know not to cross "the line." Some of those threats
are rather witty. Examples are "I hope you get run over by a milk
truck." Or "I hope that a herd of stampeding bovines runs through your
living room and tramples you to a painful death." I usually ignore
A few years ago, I received a threat from a man in Kentucky. Some
Internet sleuthing found that the same individual had posted similar
threats to government officials. The threats to me and to the
government officials included references to plastic explosives. The FBI
was very happy when they obtained this man's address, and he was
Yesterday, I received a new threat. When threats contain every
four-letter word you can imagine and include the most offensive of all
four-letter words, "kill," I immediately called my police department and
the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Should you not be aware, please be informed that every computer e-mail
message contains a unique electronic signature, even those that are
forged. Please also be aware that when threats are made by telephone,
instantaneous electronic memories are created, even if you have
call-blocking capability on your telephone.
I am not amused by death threats. They are against the law, and those
who make them, at the very least, need serious help and they may very
well find themselves with free room and board at a government
This morning I found out who made the threat. I spoke to his mother who
was in tears. The young man, aged 18, has not learned the lesson of
Columbine High School. I have let the FBI know that I will not be
pressing charges, and that the threat was an exercise in extremely poor
judgement and not an intention to do physical harm to myself or my
Thursday, March 2
Today is the 118th day of my hunger strike.
My thanks to two authors for the following - Gene Hudon and
'See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth,
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; that shall be yours for
food. And to all the animals on land, to all the birds of the sky, and
to everything that creeps on earth, in which there is the breath of
life, I give all the green plants for food.'
And it was so. And God saw all that he had made, and found it very
good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."
AND CODEX SAID,
"Behold, we have more power on earth than God. Therefore, possession of
any medicinal herb-bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth,
shall be a crime punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both unless it
can be patented by pharmaceutical companies and sold at obscene profits
to a brainwashed public."
I am in philosophical agreement with both authors, and I have been given
an opportunity, however minor, to let those in CODEX with the power know
how I/we feel on a variety of food safety issues.
My trip to Japan is just nine days away, and I am preparing by studying
the many different issues.
Friday, March 3
Today is the 118th day of my hunger strike.
If you are eating the standard American diet (the SAD diet), do you take
time to ask your fish supplier where those filets of salmon come from?
It has been reported that salmon and trout injected with genetically
engineered bovine growth hormone grow faster and fatter after injections
of rbGH. This technique produces more questions than it answers. For
example, do the fish moo before they are gutted, and will Ben and
Jerry's one day market Tooti Frutti Trout?
This week, the Associated Press reported a major New Zealand controversy
regarding an experiment gone horribly wrong in Blenheim's New Zealand
King Salmon Company.
The down-under fish purveyors were breeding mutant Chinook salmon in a
"Frankenfish" experiment. Secret documents, leaked to the press,
revealed that deformed fish heads and gargantuan salmon ended all
attempts by this firm to genetically engineer fish.
The company has agreed to kill all of its genetically engineered fish
and immediately suspend its research.
New information has been given to the Food & Drug Administration
revealing that Monsanto created "freak" amino acids by genetically
engineering the bovine growth hormone. Unfortunately, there were no
whistle blowers at Monsanto in 1992 when the company deceived the FDA
and withheld this very important information despite their legal
obligation to report all adverse research activity. Thank goodness for
the "publish or perish" mentality shared by scientists. A few days
after receiving approval for their genetically modified monstrosity,
Monsanto scientist Bernard Violand submitted a paper to a scientific
journal admitting the error.
We will not let Monsanto get away with deceiving the world in the same
manner in which they lied to the Food & Drug Administration. We trust
that FDA will see the truth and revoke Monsanto's hormone from the
Today is the 119th day of my hunger strike.
The Organic Consumers Association is a grass roots Minnesota
organization that has made an enormous difference in America's food
standards. Founder Ron Cummins once worked for activist Jeremy Rifkin
and now runs the Pure Food Campaign. In 1998, this organization helped
gather 270,000 written comments on organic food standards, which helped
influence USDA standards and policy. This passionate people are
activist and lobbyists and ask you to join them.
They will be happy to mail you genetically engineered foods petitions,
fact sheets, leaflets, and bumper stickers. Contact Debbie Ortman at
218-726-1443 or by e-mail:
More information is contained on Ronnie Cummins' site:
Sunday, March 5
Today is the 120th day of my hunger strike.
John Hagelin is the presidential candidate for the Natural Law Party.
Founded in 1992, the Natural Law Party was created as a new, mainstream
political party that would offer voters "forward-looking,
prevention-oriented, scientifically proven solutions to America's
In 1996, the Natural Law Party ran 400 candidates on the ballot in 48
states-candidates who received a total of several million votes-and John
Hagelin was the only third-party candidate to receive federal matching
In the 2000 election campaign, the Natural Law Party is on target to run
2000 candidates on the ballot in all 50 states-the largest third-party
effort in U.S. history.
John Hagelin is a strong supporter of the American farmer, but rejects
the multi-national corporation chemical approach to agriculture. Here
is a part of Hagelin's platform:
"Conventional agriculture erodes and degrades soil; it requires
large-scale use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that pollute
groundwater and are unhealthy for consumers and farmers."
Hagelin is anti-biotechnology and genetic engineering. I applaud him
for the following position:
"Federal agencies have decided that some genetically engineered plant
and animal products (such as recombinant bovine growth hormone -- rbGH
-- which boosts milk production) are safe, despite the growing concerns
of many scientists and the fact that the Canadian government has
outlawed rbGH due to health concerns. Virtually all European nations
have banned rbGH and other hormone treatment in livestock. Many products
similar to rbGH are under review. In addition, many foods that have been
genetically engineered with pig, insect, virus, or bacteria genes are
already being sold in supermarkets. Yet these genetically altered foods
are not labeled as such - despite well-documented health risks from some
genetically engineered foods."
Hagelin deserves your support. For more information, call the Natural
Law Party at: 800-332-0000 and visit their website:
Monday, March 6
Today is the 121st day of my hunger strike.
Here is a list of e-mail addresses to some of the key players (and
voting members) of CODEX Alimentarius, the world organization that will
make a determination as to what foods you will be eating, what
genetically modified organisms will be contained in those foods, and how
they are to be labeled. Won't you take a few minutes and send the
following letter to these scientists and politicians:
You will be meeting in Japan to determine the safety and labeling
requirements for genetically modified organisms.
The United States is sending a delegation representing companies and
industries supporting genetically engineered foods. America's
traditional position has been that consumers have no right to know what
they are eating. Perhaps that position will change. One of the
members of the U.S. delegation, Robert Cohen, possesses important
information and real science proving the dangers of genetically modified
foods. Cohen's information details a corrupt U.S. Food & Drug
Administration with enormous conflicts of interest. For background
information, please review the scientific evidence at:
Mr. Cohen will be staying at the Hotel New Otani Makuhari in Chiba,
Japan during the conference, and has additional information. He
welcomes the opportunity to give you important evidence.
Here are the e-mail addresses and nations represented by 37 of the
CZECH REPUBLIC email@example.com
NEW ZEALAND RAJ@policy.maf.govt.nz
NORWAY john.race@ snt.dep.telemax.no
SAINT LUCIA slbs@Candw.lc
SLOVAK REPUBLIC firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 7
Today is the 122nd day of my hunger strike.
Who makes the decisions in your family for what you buy and eat? How do
you make choices? Is it a television ad with a clown selling MacBurgers
or is it a sexy model extolling the virtues of milk mustaches? Is it
your love for elves that influences your cookie choices or was it the
Frito Bandito who first sent you to the supermarket seeking out crunchy
Personalities, cartoon characters, and role models influence our buying
decisions. Once you are in the supermarket, brightly colored packaging
plays a greater role in influencing the typical consumer than food
Animals could not live on a diet of nutritionally bankrupt puffed
cereal. American consumers are trapped into a food failure chain that
only benefits health care practitioners.
Your choices for the 21st century will be made by alphabet soup
organizations like the FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization), WTO (World
Trade Organization), WHO (World Health Organization), and CODEX
Alimentarius (nobody knows what the heck that stands for).
Americans were shocked to witness police riots this past fall in the
streets of Seattle. Peaceful demonstrators were sprayed with pepper
spray because they were protesting lack of representation in the
decision-making process regarding issues that will concern all
This week, Reuters News Service published secret FAO documents revealing
United Nations' fears concerning the use of biotechnology on people's
health and the environment.
Insiders who will decide what you eat are secretly talking about their
fears and the implications of human and animal health and the balance of
eco-systems regarding the use of genetically modified organisms.
The document was given to Reuters by FAO officials in France, and the
story was written by Paule Bonjean.
FAO is worried about many things, including the loss of traditional
crops, the risk of unexpected allergens, and new plant varieties that
might overwhelm existing varieties and the environment.
In a few days, I will be in Tokyo and will be carefully discussing these
issues with those "insiders."
Wednesday, March 8
Today is the 123rd day of Robert Cohen's hunger strike. Mr. Cohen is in
Washington meeting with members of Congress and will report personally
from Washington tomorrow.
This official United Nations-funded agency is called CODEX Alimentarius,
and while each member country of the United Nations has a delegate
representing that nation, the powers that be, when making decisions, are
lobbied and influenced by multi-national corporations.
The United States delegate, Robert Lake, is employed by the Food & Drug
Administration, and his position is "Americans do not need to know that
they are consuming GMOs." Lake has created an international controversy
maintaining that attitude. In fact, his position has isolated the
United States, as most nations have a policy of rejecting genetically
engineered grains, meat, and dairy products.
In February, Mr. Lake sent letters to ten individuals inviting them to
be members of the U.S. delegation to the CODEX biotechnology and food
labeling session in Tokyo, Japan on March 13-17.
Most of the members of that delegation bring enormous conflicts of
interest to Japan as they represent pharmaceutical companies slated to
make billions from this new technology. These CODEX delegates have been
vigorously lobbying Congress to reject proposed food labeling bills (HR
3377 & S-2080).
In order to balance the U.S. delegation, Mr. Lake invited one outspoken
critic of biotechnology, Robert Cohen. On March 7, three days before
the "team" was to leave for Japan, Mr. Cohen was uninvited. He has been
unceremoniously removed from the American delegation.
In theory, the United States position has yet to be determined. Mr.
Lake's letter to Robert Cohen, however, clearly proves that the decision
has already been made. Lake wrote:
"I have come to the conclusion, in my capacity as the delegate, that you
intend to work against our delegation and will not support the U. S. in
Tokyo. It is clearly not in the best interest of the United States for
a member of our delegation to be advocating positions to other
delegations that undermine U.S. positions during the meeting. I am,
therefore, by e-mail and this letter notifying you that I am effective
this date, removing you from the delegation."
"…undermine U.S. positions?" Cohen believes that Americans have the
right to know what they eat. For six years, he has been trying to get
FDA to release a study (authored by Richard, Odaglia, and Deslex)
claiming that laboratory animals got cancer from the genetically
engineered bovine growth hormone. Cohen possesses evidence that
Monsanto created "freak" amino acids while manufacturing that hormone
and claims that Monsanto defrauded the FDA by not revealing those
errors. Monsanto lobbyist, C. Everett Koop, assured Americans that milk
from cows treated with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone
was identical to "wholesome" milk.
Cohen is now off the committee. America's loss is Monsanto's gain. Mr.
Lake should be held accountable for his preconceived position despite
the sham of his claim that he is neutral. Bias and arrogance spell
betrayal for the wishes of Americans. The secret CODE-X will conduct
its business out-of-sight from America's media.
Thursday, March 9
This is the 124th day of my hunger strike.
This is "a day in the life" of Robert Cohen or "all's not so quiet on
the Washington front."
On Wednesday, I had a pretty full slate. My first visit was to the
Rayburn House Office Building where I visited three congressional
offices, meeting with aides and dropping off information. I am asking
members of Congress to support bills that will give Americans the right
to know if they are consuming foods containing genetically modified
organisms (HR 3377 & S-2080). To label or not to label, that is the
I am requesting in each visit Congressional and Senate support for the
above referenced bills. I am also asking for one thing more. America
needs a congressional investigation. The Congressional police
department is the Government Accounting Office (GAO), and their
investigators possess a pit bull-like tenacity for exposing fraud and
deceit. Unfortunately, fraud and deceit are the blue plate special at
FDA. This not-so appetizing dish has become both entrée and not-so just
In the afternoon, I attended the CODEX session despite the fact that I
had been thrown off the American team. My presence was not welcomed by
many of the people in the room, including a large group who I refer to
as the "Monsanto delegation." The issue of my dismissal and freedom of
speech were brought up in a telephone conference call by Phil Mariano of
the Seattle Council for Responsible Genetics.
I was given every opportunity to speak and admit to taking up more than
my fair share of the meeting with dozens of well-vocalized comments and
criticisms. The room was filled with pro-biotechnology lobbyists who
outnumbered those who are against genetic engineering by a factor of ten
times. There was a woman from Consumers Union and one or two others who
I recognized, including good friend and consumer watchdog, Maury
I asked very tough, to-the-point questions about conflicts of interest
and about Monarch butterflies that die when they eat pollen from
genetically engineered corn.
Towards the end of the three-hour session, I counted 60
pro-biotechnology representatives and five who are not, and I came to
the great realization that these people are in it only for the money.
Before the meeting ended, one man stood up, turned around and pointed at
me, and said, "If Robert Cohen did not exist, we would have had to
invent him." I really did not know what he meant by that, but he was
derisive in his nature, and I wasted no time in responding. I said
angrily, "If Robert Cohen did not exist, who would have told you that
Monsanto created five "freak" amino acids and defrauded the FDA? Who
would have told you that laboratory animals got cancer from the bovine
growth hormone? Who would have told you that today's meeting is a
complete sham and who would be leading the initiative into demanding a
GAO investigation of this entire biased process?"
After the meeting broke up, I sat in the back of the room and made eye
contact with as many departing members of the session as I could. It
took 20 minutes for the room to empty as little conversations always
persist if an audience exits. Finally, there were just two people left
in the room, myself and Robert Lake, the man who threw me off the CODEX
team. Lake walked to the back of the room and sat down next to me and,
taking a deep breath, he sighed. I looked at him and said, "Robert,
they don't give a damn. Not one person in this room gives a damn.
These are lobbyists who have a job to do and fill into a slot in a
company, and if they had some other job, they wouldn't be here. For the
last five years, these are the people who have had your ear. These are
the people who make America's policy. You don't have people from the
other side talking to you on the phone, and one day, Robert, it's going
to happen and you know it. There's going to be an incident. There may
be something approaching bio-devastation and you're the man. And I'm
going to hold you most responsible for this."
Lake looked at me and said, "I really don't understand all of the
intricacies of the bovine growth hormone controversy." I explained to
him the basics and related the fact that this was the best example of
how genetic engineering produces surprises, and that our mechanisms rely
upon truthful applicants.
We held each other's eyes, then wished each other good luck and that
ended the first of three days.
Friday, March 10
Today is the 125th day of my hunger strike.
On Thursday morning, I went to the press office in the Capitol Building
and, armed with my letter of introduction from Garr Smith (editor of
"Earth Island Journal"), I was issued press credentials. I attended
Congressman Dennis Kucinich's press conference at which time he
announced that he would be sponsoring the Genetically Engineered Food
Congressman Bernard Sanders also attended the press conference and his
reaction to my first question left the audience of reporters laughing.
"In 1994, a similar act died in session, and a subsequent investigation
of the members of that committee revealed that some congressmen accepted
PAC money directly from Monsanto while stalling a bill that would have
labeled milk and dairy products from cows treated with Monsanto's
Sanders deadpanned his response, looked at Kucinich, and said,
"Dennis, I didn't know we have a problem up here on the Hill with
members accepting money to buy influence. Does that really happen?"
The second part of my question revealed that the current proposed bill
will go to the Commerce Committee.
After the press conference, I continued visiting members of the House of
Representatives, and I am pleased to announce that there is a good
possibility that one other member of Congress will be supporting
Kuchinich's bill as a result of my efforts. Congressman Danny Davis
from Chicago has always been a champion for the rights of people and
that includes giving Americans the right to know whether or not they eat
genetically engineered foods.
You can help show Congressman Davis that Americans support this bill.
Please urge Davis' Chief of Staff by e-mailing your support to:
Saturday, March 11
Today is the 126th day of my hunger strike.
Yesterday, I was the third person to testify at USDA's final Dietary
Guidelines Committee meeting. The Dietary Guidelines Committee report
will dictate the components of next year's amended USDA Food Pyramid.
The first person to testify was a representative of the salt lobby and
the second was from the sugar lobby. Both testified and criticized that
excess amounts of their commodities were not considered to be components
of a healthy diet. I couldn't resist the opportunity, and I addressed
the panel, which included two under-secretaries, Eileen Kennedy and
Shirley Watkins. I said:
"You heard from sugar and spice, and now you're going to hear from
I have testified at many committee hearings but this is the first time I
was specifically asked to not only state my name and affiliation, but
also include my source of funding. I said:
"My name is Robert Cohen and I represent the Dairy Education Board, and
we operate on a shoestring budget, and I pay for the shoestrings."
I then proceeded to attack with great prejudice.
"Dr. Kennedy, you asked the speakers to reveal their sources of funding,
and the American people want to know, who is financing you? We know
that you are on the Board of Directors for the Dannon Yogurt Research
Foundation, and you, Dr. Watkins, speak at industry-financed trade
groups and travel to America's Native American reservations in the North
and South Dakota promoting the increased use of milk and cheese for
people who can least tolerate it. Culberto Garza at Cornell University
(listening on a conference-call phone line) receives $500,000 a year
from the USDA, and he serves as the official advisor for the dairy
industry and milk processors, and has been doing so for many years.
Seven other members of the Food Guidelines Committee have serious
conflicts of interest and receive funding from the dairy industry. I
sat with the Vice-President and Senator Barbara Boxer yesterday, and
heard them both condemn the money stream and conflicts of interest that
reflect a lack of integrity by Washington bureaucrats."
I also told the panel that I held them in contempt and that Americans
demand an unbiased approach. I asked them if there were not qualified
scientists, nutritionists, and dieticians without such baggage.
Following my presentation was Dr. Neal Barnard from the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Barnard eloquently made his
presentation, which included a request to recognize soymilk as a healthy
non-hormone alternative to milk and dairy products. The entire
transcript of my three-minute presentation, as well as all of the other
comments, will be posted on the USDA website in ten days.
I have dictated this diary entry from the airport and look forward to
returning home to my Acme Juicer, wife, and kids, not necessarily in
that order. After three days of drinking Washington water and breathing
Washington air, I need a good, healthy carrot juice detox.
Sunday, March 12
Today is the 127th day of my hunger strike.
Here is a letter/editorial from Deborah Best of Anaheim Hills,
California. Deborah is a pre-med student, and she has sent this letter
to many newspapers. After you read it, perhaps you could send this or
your own letter to your paper:
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BREAKING THE WORLD
The FDA has given carte blanche to such conglomerates as Monsanto to do
as they please for maximum profitability in creating genetically
These foods are then sold to the American Public without labeling under
the guise they are "substantially equivalent" to what they were before
and that genetic engineering is the same as conventional breeding.
I fail to see the similarity between a strawberry and a strawberry
with fish genes, or a soy bean and a soy bean immune to Round Up. Yet
the government tells us these products are "substantially equivalent"
which in lay terms means there is no scientific basis, there is no
rigorous testing, there is no labeling, and worst of all there is no
monitoring to protect traditional un-modified crops from the invasion of
genetically engineered crops. In other words, our government has
subjugated its people to the status of guinea pigs without their
knowledge and may very well have contaminated the world.
This weekend our government will be sending a delegation to the
international CODEX Alimentarius in Tokyo March 14-17. How many of your
readers know what this is?
CODEX was founded in 1962 by the United Nations and comes under the
direction of the World Health Organization (WHO). It has no authority
to dictate national regulations yet the World Trade Organization bases
its free trade policy on the decisions of CODEX. This means that if
CODEX agrees to a certain rule and any country does not follow that
rule, that country will be charged by the World Trade Organization for
obstructing free international trade. The fines are extraordinary.
Member nations of the CODEX committee will be determining whether or not
genetically modified organisms will be added to your foods and how and
if they will be labeled. The United States which has the greatest
monetary interest in Genetic Engineering has been lobbying for
international deregulation of labeling. It was turned down in 1997 by a
great majority. In 1998 Europe, India and most Asian countries
demanded that all genetically modified foods be labeled. The United
States, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and Australia proposed very limited
The American delegate to CODEX is an employee of the FDA, Robert Lake.
Mr. Lake has invited the following people to represent the U.S.
Jeffrey Barach of the National Food Processors Association, Kyd Brenner
of the Corn Refiners Association, David Hettinga from Land O' Lakes, David
Hegwood from O'Mara Associates (a consulting firm for the soy and cotton
industry), Alex Jackson from the American Farm Bureau Federation
(representing 200,000+ farms), C.W. McMillan who is a former USDA
Assistant Secretary, Henry Miller of the Hoover Institution (an ex-FDA
regulator who was on the original team that approved the first
genetically engineered products), Michael Phillips, the executive
director for Food & Agriculture, a biotechnology industry organization.
Robert Cohen, the only delegate opposed to the unregulated practice of
bioengineering of our food supply and the only delegate in support of
comprehensive labeling of genetically manipulated foods
Mr. Lake had informed the delegates that they are obliged to support the
position of the United States. This meant that Mr. Cohen would not be
able to speak as a free citizen of the United States and voice his
concern and view regarding genetically manipulated foods. Therefore,
many of us who have taken the time to question our government's obvious
inability to simply protect us by informing us that we are consuming
genetically manipulated foods, wrote to the CODEX delegates representing
all the other countries to inform them that there are many, many
Americans who have very serious doubts about genetically manipulated
foods and who want definitive labeling.
Monday of this week, the 6th of March, Robert Lake removed Mr. Cohen
from the CODEX meeting and thereby removed the voice of us Americans who
are very concerned about what our families are eating.
Many scientists and physicians have come forward stating adamantly their
concern regarding genetically engineered foods. Our government is also
The people need to know that genetic engineering recombines genetic
material in the laboratory between species that do not interbreed
whatsoever in Nature.
The people need to know the truth on how genetic control and balanced
functioning created by Nature is LOST through random splicing of foreign
genes into host DNA. The insertion of a foreign gene into the midst of
a DNA sequence disrupts the ordinary coding and can disturb the
functioning of a cell in unpredictable and potentially hazardous ways.
The people need to know that scientists understand the function of less
than 5% of all DNA. Everything else is unknown territory. Bioscience
depends on reductionism - the idea that by analyzing the parts, the
properties of the whole can be deduced. Yet in 1999, "Science Magazine"
cited examples of complex systems that can in no way be fully explained
by an understanding of its parts. In addition it is now thought that
important cell processes occur on a quantum physical level. What will
the effect of a foreign gene have on the harmony of the whole?
The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology and
International Journal Food Science Tech have all reported incidences of
genetically modified organisms producing unanticipated toxins or
The people need to know the truth about gene vectors, the Trojan horses,
that genetic manipulation uses to cross the gene barrier which is
Nature's way of insuring no cross breeding of species.
The people need to know that gene vectors resist breakdown in the gut of
mammals and that through ingestion a long term enteric reservoir for
replication, recombination and dispersal of gene vectors has been
The people need to know about naked DNA which is ploughed into the
fields after a crop is harvested and finds its way through horizontal
transfer into soil microorganisms especially bacteria. Recent findings
show that the presence of antibiotics, which are extensively used in
farming, greatly increases the frequency of horizontal gene transfer.
The people need to know that this infected bacteria can spread on dust
and on water and can be ingested by insects or birds and spread
The people need to know about bacteriophage viruses and their ability
to transfer DNA through transduction or mating which can contribute to a
further uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered genes.
The people need to ask the government what plans they have to clean up
contamination of genetic mistakes in our soil and water. What forms of
treatment and insurance will be available for people who have been
The people need to ask the government why it has given carte blanche in
the form of SELF-REGULATION to genetic tampering conglomerates such as
Monsanto, Dupont, Dow, Hoechst and Novartis along with upstarts such as
Ceres, Inc. Mendel Biotechnology and Paradigm Genetics.
The people need to ask the government for the data supplied by Monsanto
regarding its Roundup Ready Soybeans and how Monsanto determined their
soybeans were safe for HUMAN consumption. A Monsanto official told the
NEW YORK TIMES that the corporation should not have to take
responsibility for the safety of its food products. "Monsanto should not
have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell,
Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in
selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's
job," Angell said.
The people need to ask the government about U.S. Patent 5,723,765,
entitled "Control of Plant Gene Expression". The patent covers
technology referred to as a plant "Technology Protection System" (TPS),
otherwise known as Terminator Technology = the "kill gene" - that
Monsanto, Delta and Pine Land Company have designed. The Terminator is
a group of genes that can be spliced into any crop plant with one deadly
result - sterilization of all of the plant's seeds. If this technology
is adopted, the control of seed production will move from the farmer's
field to corporate headquarters and farmers will become wholly dependent
upon corporations for seeds. The TIMES said , "The Terminator will allow
companies like Monsanto to privatize one of the last great commons in
nature --the genetics of the crop plants that civilization has developed
over the past 10,000 years." The patent covers ALL PLANTS.....
The people need to ask the government why there is no data available to
provide us with estimates of the possible harm that has just been
The people need to ask the government why the USDA, the agency
responsible for ecological safety, "has not rejected a single
application for a genetically engineered crop," even though scientists
say "the department has frequently relied on unsupported claims and
shoddy studies by the seed companies" as reported in the NEW YORK TIMES.
Also reported in the same article was the statement that "the
Agriculture Department has set no scientific standard for proving the
environmental safety of a plant." The Agriculture Department only asks
"that petitioners explain why the new plant is unlikely or likely to
pose a number of broadly defined risks." How about that for science???
The people need to ask the government why U.S. Farmers have not been
able to find an international market for their genetically engineered
crops. What do other countries know that our government will not
The people need to ask food manufacturers such as Nestle why they have
pulled genetically engineered foods out of the products in Europe but
not in the United States. Why the double standard? Why did a
representative of Nestle tell representatives of major seed companies
and representatives of the biotech community at a recent industrial
conference, " Don't expect us to take a bullet for your GMO products."
The people need to ask the government why the British Medical
Association, representing 115,000 doctors, called for "an open-ended
moratorium on the planting of GM crops, a ban on releasing GMOs into the
environment, and a review of the World Trade Agreement to ensure that
human health and safety take precedence over global trade in foodstuffs
and seed," reported PA News. What do they know that our government
doesn't want us to know?
The people need to ask the government about the reports coming in from
Scotland to Switzerland on how the genetically tampered crops with
pesticide resistance are killing off the beneficial insects also. What
about the monarch butterflies at Cornell University?
And for those of you only interested in the financial gains - Why did
Deutsche Bank, the second largest bank in the world, state in a recent
report " GMOs are, in our opinion, becoming a liability to farmers, " as
they warn investors of the development of a two-tier grain market in
which genetically modified crops will trade at a "discount" to non-
genetically modified crops. It is already happening.
Deutsche Bank also warns the world to "look out" when the average U.S.
citizen finally finds out about genetically modified foods in its recent
report "Ag Biotech: Thanks But No Thanks"
The people need to ask Robert Lake, head of US delegation to CODEX,
Commissioner Dr. Jane Henney of the FDA, Jeffrey Barach of the National
Food Processors Association - the voice of the $460 billion food
processing industry, Kyd Brenner of the Corn Refiners Association, David
Hettinga from Land O' Lakes, David Hegwood from O'Mara Associates, Alex
Jackson from the American Farm Bureau Federation, C.W. McMillan, former
USDA Assistant Secretary, Henry Miller of the Hoover Institution ,
Michael Phillips, the executive director for Food & Agriculture, Dan
Glickmann Secretary of Agriculture, Robert B. Shapiro, Richard J.
Mahoney, Philip Needleman, Ph.D. all of Monsanto, who just made over
$100 million between them in Monsanto stock, Kelloggs, Nestle, Quaker
Oats, Pillsbury, Crisco, Kraft Foods, Green Giant, Campbell Soup, Mc
Donald's, President Clinton, Farmers who plant these crops, the U.S.D.A.
and YOUR SUPERMARKET who support genetic manipulation -- WHAT ARE YOU
DOING TO OUR FOOD?????
Remember our government used to tell us we would be safe under our desks
in case of an atomic bomb attack... WAKE UP AMERICA, PLEASE WAKE UP.....
But - wait a minute - isn't this a government of the people, by the
people and for the people? Maybe we need to ask ourselves these
questions and why we are allowing this all to happen.
Citizens motivated to correspond with their elected officials visit
Monday, March 13
Today is the 128th of my hunger strike.
Nations from around the world will meet with the American
delagation in Tokyo. The American group should be called:
The Monsanto delegation.
Here is a letter that I delivered to the other world members on the eve
of their departure:
SCARLET LETTER TO CODEX DELEGATES
Dear CODEX members,
I was to be a member of America's delegation to Japan, but my
participation has been TERMINATED by the American delegate.
Our Congress is considering laws that will label foods containing
genetically modified organisms. Many of the members of the American
delegation have paid money through lobbying and gifts to members of our
Congess and Senate to try and defeat those proposed laws.
The conflicts of interest, lack of integrity, and corruption on the part
of the American delegation is a symbol of why America is losing respect
throughout the world.
By placing me on the ten-member team, Robert Lake made a symbolic choice
that was in reality, merely a concession to the voices of dissent.
By taking me off the team just a few days before the Tokyo meeting, Mr.
Lake revealed more than just his bias and pre-determined position. Mr.
Lake revealed that the United States delegation is actually the Monsanto
Make no mistake, ladies and gentleman of the world... genetic engineering
DOES NOT WORK!
Monsanto created "freak amino acids" and hid the truth from the
Food and Drug Administration.
REAL SCIENCE: http://www.hungerstrike.com
Monsanto lied and committed fraud. FDA continues to deceive the people
of the United States and the world.
Here is a symbolic depiction Monsanto's power:
Will you exercise the strength of your convictions and
possess the integrity to resist America's agenda?
Tuesday, March 14
Today is the 129th day of my hunger strike.
Six months ago, Steven Sprinkel reported some very bad news regarding
Monsanto's Roundup-Ready corn and soybeans (ACRES, USA, September 18,
Sprinkel's evidence is anecdotal. Sadly, FDA does not require
manufacturers of genetically engineered agricultural products to produce
studies demonstrating human safety. Farmers' observations, collected by
this reporter, give all consumers reasons to be concerned.
One can question the integrity of scientists and politicians and
reporter, but, in the long run, one believes their testimony. Reporters
have a code of ethics, and journalists do not last long in their field
if they make up stories. I have no choice but to believe Steve
Sprinkle's observations, but I also have no proof. That being said,
here is what Mr. Sprinkel wrote after interviewing many of America's
farmers for his biotechnology story:
"Darwin's Tree is Upside-Down
Why, you can put your cattle out into GMO corn stubble and they just
won't touch it. Oh, they'll bite that new brome down to the ground, but
they won't eat the GMO corn stubble. After four months of retrieving
anecdotes from Kansas to Wisconsin, I think its high time to sample the
producer community more thoroughly to see how many stories there are out
there. About the hogs that wouldn't eat the ration when the GMO crops
were included. About the farmer who said " Well, if you want your cattle
to go off their feed, just switch them out to a GMO silage." About the
farmer who said that his cattle broke through an old fence and ate down
the non-GMO hybrids but wouldn't touch the Round-up ready corn, and as a
matter of fact " They had to walk through the GMOs to get to the Pioneer
3477 on the other side." About the cattleman who saw the weight-gain of
his cattle fall off when he switched over to GMO sources. About the
organic farmer with a terrible deer problem on his soybeans, and when he
drives out at night there are forty of them mowing down his tofu beans
while across the road there isn't one doe eating on the Round-up
Readies. About the raccoons romping by the dozen in the organic corn,
while down the road there isn't one ear that's been touched in the Bt
fields. Even the mice will move on down the line if given an alternative
to these "crops". What is it that they know instinctively that most of
us ignore? I have been traveling around with a bag of contaminated cob
corn on the floor of my vehicle, and I have begun to think of it as if
it was a bag of plutonium. My truck should probably be de-contaminated
by a Haz-Mat facility. I should probably be put under observation to see
what the affect of so much exposure to glyphos and Bt pollen has done to
me. I'll bet my blood will kill mosquitoes now."
Wednesday, March 15
Today is the 130th day of my hunger strike.
Each morning during my fast, I have started my day with the juice of a
lemon squeezed into a 12-ounce glass of bottled water. I use no
sweetener and enjoy the smell and taste of the fresh citrus.
This morning, I was just in the mood for something a bit more
substantial. After my lemon juice, I went to the refrigerator where I
had stored about two quarts of extra large red grapes. You've had these
grapes before. You've bitten into these mini water balloons and an
explosion of flavor and liquid has filled your mouth. These are fruits
with seeds, but they are much more flavorful than the ones that have
been engineered and cross-pollinated to be smaller, less tasty, and
As I drank the juice, I went back in my mind 40 years to a Mighty Mouse
Welch's Grape Juice commercial. I've always loved the smell and taste
of that purple juice, but the fresh variety is nothing like the "dead"
If you've tasted fresh apple cider and apple juice, you know the
difference and can relate.
When I attended the Culinary Institute of America in 1973, I was
fortunate enough to dine at a meal attended by supporters of that
university. One of the dishes served was a mushroom stew prepared with
fresh morels, cepes, and chanterelles. Along with that dish, I enjoyed
an entire bottle of 1953 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Wine lovers can
blindly tell you the vintage and vineyard from one sip of a particular
sample. As a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, I have memories of some of the
great American wines, such as Beaulieu and Heitz.
I remember the 1953 bottle because it was my first experience with a
perfectly aged great vintage. It was Technicolor. Today's grape juice
was Technicolor. I could taste the life, and the few minutes that I
spent juicing the fruit and cleaning the machine were well worth the
time and effort.
Thursday, March 16
Today is the 131st day of my hunger strike.
A visit to the National Corn Growers Association website immediately
reveals their sponsor, DU PONT.
In 1998, Monsanto conducted $8.6 billion worth of business and was the
third largest chemical company in america. Dow Chemical grosses $17
billion, while DUPONT was #1 with a volume $30 billion. DUPONT also
owns the largest seed company in the world, Pioneer Hy-Bred.
Last year, corn growers had nowhere to sell their surplus corn, and much
of it sat rotting on Mississippi River freighters, unable to be stored
in overflowing warehouses. Last summer, corn farmers were receiving
$1.87 for a bushel of corn while the costs of growing a bushel were
The NCGA site reveals that half of all corn grown in America becomes
animal feed. Here is one very fascinating bit of food trivia that not
only demonstrates the lack of nutrition in America's breakfast cereals
but it demonstrates who is getting the money and who is not. I learned
that a one-pound box of corn flakes, selling for $3.55 in the
supermarket, contains a mere $.02 of corn.
Recently, Cornell University scientists demonstrated that Monarch
butterflies, eating the pollen from genetically engineered corn, were
dying. Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced Senate Bill S 2080 that
would require the labeling of food products containing genetically
modified organisms. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has introduced a
similar bill, HR-3377, in the House.
I believe that people have a right to know what they are eating,
particularly when real science has proven that there is much to be
concerned about regarding genetically engineered foods. Here is the
position of the National Corn Growers Association:
"NCGA urges Congress to oppose efforts to mandate labeling of food or
food products produced through biotechnology. We oppose the Genetically
Engineered Food Right to Know Act."
What this industry organization also opposes is a farmer's right to make
a living. As we grow more food with less demand (Europe will not buy
any of our genetically modified corn), we only hurt those people who
this agency pretends to serve.
Friday, March 17
Today is the 132nd day of my hunger strike.
In 1968 I was a high school junior watching students riot in the streets
of Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. At that time, if
you had mentioned Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) to your
parents or any establishment type, that statement would have widened
what became known as the "Generation Gap." One of the founding members
of the SDS would later become one of seven American arrested and in a
group of people collectively called the "Chicago 7."
This man became known for many things including his marriage to another
famous activist, Jane Fonda.
Today, Tom Hayden is a California State senator.
Senator Hayden has introduced two bills in the California legislature
having to do with genetic engineering. SB 1315 has to do with the
labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. SB 1514
requires that schools notify parents and children if they intend to
serve foods containing genetically engineered organisms.
Senator Hayden wrote:
"The Legislature finds and declares that members of the public have the
right to know whether the food they or their children consume, is
produced with genetically engineered material. In particular, parents
of school children have a right to know whether the food provided in
school snacks, breakfast, and lunch programs, or after school programs,
contains genetically engineered material.
It is the intent of the Legislature to provide parents of public school
children with the right to know whether genetically altered food is
being served in public schools and to require school districts to
disclose that information as a condition of receiving state
reimbursement of funds for school meals."
Saturday, March 18
Today is the 133rd day of my hunger strike.
Ninety years ago, the greatest infield ever to play the game had poems
written about them, immortalizing Tinker (SS) to Evers (2B) to Chance
(1B). In 1910, the Chicago Cubs finished in first place. Although the
famous double play combination only combined for a total of three home
runs (Sammy Sosa's production on a good day), the 1990's home run hit by
Pete Hardin may very well be biotechnology's game winner.
Pete Hardin is the editor of the Milkweed, a Wisconsin pro-dairy
publication. Hardin rallied his readers to collectively reject
Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone during the early
1990s. This courageous journalist used his newsletter to publish
confidential internal Monsanto documents. Hardin obtained those
documents in a remarkable way. They were first given to America's most
noted anti-biotechnology activist, Jeremy Rifkin, by a Monsanto
employee. Rifkin threw the ball over to author John Stauber who quickly
turned and fired the documents to Pete Hardin who was "playing first
Tinker to Evers to Chance. Rifkin to Stauber to Hardin.
Many documents were published by the Milkweed exposing Monsanto's lies
In September of 1993, Pete Hardin published an internal company
confidential report revealing that the manufacturing process for the
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone was seriously flawed. The
memo referred to a serious contamination affecting 1,650 pounds (750
kilograms) of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone powder.
"Monsanto acknowledges that during the first quarter of 1993, a huge
amount of rbGH manufactured by a supplier was contaminated. This
revelation is very, very significant. It has been widely projected that
biotechnology production was like making Jell-O, i.e., pretty foolproof,
once the routine was established. Biotechnology rests upon the premise
that laboratory batches of synthetic products can be consistently
manufactured. A huge batch contamination of Monsanto's rbGH, as
acknowledged here, shows that in fact quality control can go awry, big
time, in rbGH manufacture. This revelation is one of the most damning
that has ever come from Monsanto."
This internal document was circulated just a few months before Monsanto
received approval for their bovine growth hormone. The question that I
Did Monsanto tell the FDA that their manufacturing process was producing
errors? The last time I filed a Freedom of Information Act request, it
took the FDA 85 days to give me an answer despite the fact that the
Justice Department mandates a 20-day turnaround for such requests. This
time, we trust that the FDA will act responsibly and give us an answer
in a timely manner.
On Friday, I submitted a new Freedom of Information Act request that
will reveal the answer to the question of whether Monsanto informed the
FDA about this manufacturing error.
Sunday, March 19
Today is the 134th day of my hunger strike.
This past week, I spoke to Gary Barton, Monsanto's official spokesman
for the bovine growth hormone. I asked him to comment on the fact that
Monsanto created five "freak" amino acids during the manufacturing
process of the bovine growth hormone, and never revealed those errors to
the Food & Drug Administration. I told Barton that my Freedom of
Information Act request revealed absolutely no communication between
Monsanto and FDA. I also revealed to Barton that Monsanto changed the
formula and, on the day after they received official approval, sent the
"smoking gun evidence, the missing glove evidence, and the blood trail"
to a scientific journal. I asked Barton for his comments. He made me
repeat it three times. Here is Monsanto's official position:
"Monsanto, in the process of obtaining regulatory approval for bovine
somatotropin, has supplied complete and accurate data to the FDA and
other regulatory agencies."
With Monsanto's quote, we return to square one. Either Monsanto is
lying or the FDA is lying. The Freedom of Information Act request
(file #F99-26306) revealed that
"A thorough search of CVM's files has been conducted, and no records
responsive to your request have been found."
I received a bill for $725 from the FDA for the processing of that
request. Their analysis of their files was thoroughly conducted.
This past week, I also spoke to Linda Suydam, Senior Associate
Commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration. In that conversation, I
requested a private audience with FDA Commissioner Jane Henney, M.D.
Linda Suydam has been the second most powerful at the FDA for the last
three commissioners-David Kessler, Michael Freidman, and Current
Commissioner, Jane Henney. I like her and she has a reputation for
maintaining the highest amount of professionalism and integrity.
On April 21, 1995, Dr. Suydam had arranged a meeting for me with
Monsanto's top scientists at FDA's investigative branch, the Center for
Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
Dr. Suydam informed me that she and the Commissioner were well aware of
the progress of my petition and of the investigation. She told me that
a decision would be made by April 20, 2000.
I asked Dr. Suydam if I could quote her on that date and her response
was "Yes, you can."
The clock is running and America awaits FDA's decision. It will take
great courage for FDA to do the right thing. America expects nothing
Monday, March 20
Today is the 135th day of my hunger strike.
More comedy from FDA. Below are three letters. The first one, written
March 7 to FDA Commissioner Henney, praised FDA and condemned Monsanto.
The second, a response from FDA, took exception to my letter, and, in
fact, took my attack personally. Read the third letter and then ask
yourself this question:
When I attack Monsanto, do I really attack FDA, and are they really
taking this personally?
------------ TO FDA (1)
March 7, 2000
Commissioner Jane Henney Delivered by fax: (301) 443-3100
Food & Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
RE: FOIA Request No. 99026306 / Citizen Petition 99P-4613
Dear Commissioner Henney:
Thank you so much for your letter dated March 6, 2000. This is exciting
news! As you know, the information I requested was either going to be
very bad news for FDA or Monsanto. The good news for FDA is that you
did not lie, none of your officials lied and no one at FDA deceived
America. The bad news is that Monsanto changed the formula for their
drug without telling anybody. In the world of political and scientific
decisions, I am very pleased that FDA now has the evidence of Monsanto's
The unfortunate thing is that Monsanto has enormous power and your
predecessors, Michael Freidman and Arthur Hull Hayes have left FDA to go
to work for Monsanto.
You may be aware that I had been chosen to be a member of the 10-person
delegation to the CODEX meeting in Tokyo. On today's date, I was
informed by Bob Lake that I have been removed from that committee.
Monsanto's lobbying efforts have gained an ear with Mr. Lake and the
official United States' position is contrary to the wishes of Americans
and the rest of the world.
Now that you are armed with evidence of Monsanto's deception, I await
your official decision with great anticipation.
Very truly yours,
------------ From FDA (2)
Mr. Robert Cohen
Dairy Education Board
325 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632
Request No. 99026306/Citizen Petition 99P-4613
Dear Mr. Cohen:
Thank you for your letter of March 7, 2000 to FDA Commissioner Henney
regarding FOIA Request No. 99026306/Citizen Petition 99P-4613. The
Commissioner has asked me to respond for her.
I must take exception to the suggestion that FDA officials would lie to
you or that they would act in any way to deceive America. This
characterization is simply unrepresentative of FDA employees. The
people who work at FDA are most conscientious and diligent in their work
of protecting the public health. I know I must speak for the
Commissioner and every employee at FDA in refuting your insinuation that
FDA employees would lie to the public we serve.
I can say that we have your CP 99P-4613 under consideration. We will be
responding to your concerns. Thank you for stating your concern.
Stephen F. Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine
------------ TO FDA (3)
March 17, 2000
Stephen F. Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D. Delivered by fax: (301) 594-1830
Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine
7500 Standish Pl.
Rockville, MD 20855
RE: Citizen Petition 99P-4613
Dear Dr. Sundlof:
I am in receipt of your letter dated March 14, 2000. In response to my
letter to Commissioner Henney dated March 7, 2000, you wrote:
"I must take exception to the suggestion that FDA officials would lie to
you or that they would act in any way to deceive America."
In fact, I wrote:
"... the information I requested was either going to be very bad news
for FDA or Monsanto. The good news for FDA is that you did not lie,
none of your officials lied and no one at FDA deceived America…I am very
pleased that FDA now has the evidence of Monsanto's fraud."
You might recall in your letter of January 23, 1995, to
Frederich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, the Vice President of the
Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament. You wrote:
"... I must take issue with your claim that "more and more scientific
evidence" is raising questions about the safety of rbST, and with your
apparent implication that FDA approved rbST prematurely. I can assure
you that FDA's human food safety experts have been diligent and thorough
in their review of all aspects of the human food safety of milk from
cows receiving supplemental rbST"
When I met with FDA scientists on April 21, 1995, I learned that the
most important study (Richard, Odaglia and Deslex) submitted by Monsanto
was never reviewed.
Page 2 (To FDA letter 3)
Stephen F. Sundlof
March 17, 2000
Subsequent to my meeting, FDA learned that their major conclusion (no
biological effects from oral ingestion of rbGH) was incorrect.
In 1996, I helped prepare research for 60 Minutes' producer, Isadore
Roesmarin for a segment on aspartame. A few months earlier, I had met
with Michael Freidman and had given him a study that FDA called
"pivotal". In that study, every single rhesus monkey orally ingesting
Monsanto's NutraSweet developed grand mal epileptic seizures. I watched
at home as Freidman told a 60 Minutes reporter that there was never
evidence of adverse effects on laboratory animals from aspartame
ingestion. Freidman later became the acting Commissioner at FDA and
then went to work for Monsanto.
I am comforted by your representation that FDA employees do not lie or
deceive America. I have met you, Commissioner Jane Henney and Andy
Beaulieu at CVM and trust that every person that I recently met is
trying to do the right thing and be entirely consistent with their
A review of my petition (CP 99P-4613) will reveal no gray issues, just
black and white. Monsanto changed the formula for the bovine growth
hormone after the review was completed and neglected to inform FDA that
five "freak" amino acids were produced.
The American people will accept nothing less than an immediate recall of
Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. In addition,
Monsanto should be severely disciplined for their unprecedented fraud so
that other developers of genetically modified organisms are not tempted
to repeat similar deceits.
Very truly yours,
Tuesday, March 21
Today is the 136th day of my hunger strike.
I am sending today's diary entry to this list of people at FDA:
Lester M. Crawford
FDA Senior Associate Commissioner
CVM Deputy Director
Office of the Inspector General
Director of New Animal Drug Evaluation
Strategic Manager for Biotechnology,
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Jim Maryanski fax #202-401-2893
Director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Congressman Dennis Kucinich http://www.house.gov/kucinich/index.htm
There comes a time in a decision-making process when the consequences of
that decision should be carefully considered. Once a decision is made,
it becomes too late for change.
The decision that your agency must make on April 20 will have great
meaning, and the eyes of the world are firmly focused upon you.
Monsanto clearly deceived the Food & Drug Administration during the
approval process for their genetically engineered bovine growth hormone
- Created five "freak" amino acids
- Did not inform the FDA of their errors
- Fixed the problem by changing the formula
- Created a 750 kg. phage contamination of rbGH in September of 1993
- Waited until after approval to publish evidence of their deception
It is well accepted that a breast cancer can take up to ten years to
grow from one cell into a one million-cell tumor, representing the
tiniest lump a woman can feel in her breast. Recently, the New York
Times revealed that there is a 50% increase ("explosion") in breast
cancers in the African-American community.
When cows are injected with rbGH:
- Levels of IGF-I in milk increase
- IGF-I has been called a key factor in the growth of every breast
- IGF-I is identical in humans and cows
- Nations with the highest rates of breast cancer are also nations with
the highest rates of milk consumption
- Milk drinkers experience a 10% increase in blood serum levels of IGF-I
Your choices are clear, and the consequences of your actions will be
unmistakable. Should you dismiss Monsanto's deception then FDA clearly
erases the fine line that many still believe separates FDA and Monsanto.
Such a decision will not be tolerated by the American people, and will
serve to act as a symbol of Monsanto's power and FDA's inability to act as
Should FDA act to impose sanctions upon Monsanto and immediately revoke
rbGH from America's marketplace, FDA will also immediately become a hero
to those Americans who have criticized conflicts of interest, but who
wish to confirm and celebrate America's greatness.
The choice is yours to make, but let me respectfully alert you that the
consequences of your actions will be enormous.
Very truly yours,
Wednesday, 22 March
Today is the 137th day of my hunger strike.
During World War II, American pilots were able to be relieved
from flying dangerous missions by having a military psychiatrist
declare them to be "insane."
However, any pilot who demonstrated a desire not to fly suicide
missions had to, logically, be sane. That became the "Catch-22"
made famous by Joseph Heller's novel and subsequent movie.
CIGARETTE SMOKING AND CANCER
The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act grants the Food and Drug
Administration authority to regulate, "drugs" and "devices."
In 1996, the FDA asserted jurisdiction to regulate tobacco products,
concluding that nicotine is a "drug" and cigarettes are "devices" that
deliver nicotine to the body.
The FDA found that tobacco use is the Nations leading cause of
premature death, resulting in more than 400,000 deaths annually, and
that most adult smokers begin when they are minors.
A group of tobacco manufacturers, retailers, and advertisers filed suit
challenging the FDA’s regulations.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court applied "Catch-22" logic to the cigarette
controversy and concluded that cigarette smoking could not be dangerous
because FDA would have taken them off the market if they were unsafe.
Faced with a dilemma of overwhelming scientific proof that
cigarette smoking is linked to cancer, the Supreme Court concluded:
"... if tobacco products were "devices" under the FDCA, the FDA would be
required to remove them from the market."
Since FDA has not removed dangerous cancer-causing cigarettes, the Court
concluded that they must be safe. In yesterday's ruling, the Court
ruled that FDA no longer has jurisdiction over cigarette regulatory
Justice O’Connor delivered the opinion of the Court, in which
Rehnquist, Scalia, Kennedy, and Monsanto's Clarence Thomas joined.
One day, similar logic may rule that genetically engineered accidents
are nobody's fault and they are safe because nobody has jurisdiction.
Is anybody piloting this plane?
Thursday, 23 March
Today is the 138th day of my hunger strike.
I subscribe to many dairy industry magazines and newsletters and am on
speaking terms with a number of dairy farmers. I also subscribe to
Internet chat groups, and recent information has been a bit disturbing.
If a human child is born with a birth defect because of a drug that his
mother took, the first surprise report of an adverse effect is deemed
"anecdotal." Initial reports from dairy farmers are also anecdotal.
They reflect previously unforeseen effects from the use of Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, rbST.
One farmer has given me permission to print his name and address along
with his letter. The second farmer called me "the devil," and asked
that I withhold his name and address when including his comments.
Both letters contradict FDA's determination that cow's were unaffected
after rbST injections. Two letters do not make a scientific study, but
they are certainly enough to indicate that a monitoring program would
appropriately be applied to the increased suffering of dairy cows
from rbST injections.
"The beef buyer that I send my beef to, told me that the quality of beef
cows on BST is no where near as good as beef cows that are not on BST.
He has been buying beef for 38 years and has no ax to grind with BST
users. It is an opinion from someone that ought to know and I believe
"I recently was told by an acquaintance with some experience in
slaughter houses, that many BST cull cows have such weak bones that you
could break their pelvic bones with your hands. Funny how that calcium
for the extra milk has to come from somewhere...
NAME AND ADDRESS WITHHELD"
Friday, March 24
Today is the 139th day of my hunger strike.
HealthGate, an Internet magazine, has just grabbed the bull by the
horns. Author Linda Formichelli recently interviewed me for her milk
story and wrote the following:
"Another vocal dairy detractor is Robert Cohen, author of Milk: The
Deadly Poison. In his book, Cohen attributes the growth of certain
cancers to insulin-like growth factor, or IGF1. "IGF1 is the key factor
in the growth and proliferation of every single breast cancer that has
ever grown in any woman," says Cohen.
Cohen asserts that autopsies of people who have died from reasons other
than cancer show that cancer is very common. "Between the ages of 40
and 50, 39.6% of women actually have breast cancer," he says. Normally,
these cancers are controlled by the immune system, but Cohen says that
IGF1 releases the tight genetic controls of the immune system, allowing
the cancer to grow. He backs his assertion with the fact that the
countries with the highest dairy intake also have the highest incidences
of breast cancer.
Cohen also puts the blame on milk for asthma, attention deficit
disorder, heart disease, mood swings, obesity and more-not to mention
problems caused by the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone
rBGH, which stimulates milk production in cows."
For the entire story:
Saturday, March 25
Today is the 140th day of my hunger strike.
This week I was fortunate enough to have Howard Lyman as my houseguest.
Those of you who know Howard appreciate this leader of America's vegan
movement. His book "Mad Cowboy" is one of the best I have ever read,
and it was a gift to be able to share my home with him and "think tank"
our way into the 21st century.
Last Saturday night, Howard and I drove to Kingston, New York where we
each spoke to the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society. All I can say is that
having each other as mutual captive audiences for a four-hour trip is an
Howard and I each took turn tying up my family telephone line with
newspaper, magazine, and radio interviews. Some people say that the
presidents and vice-presidents of major corporations should not travel
on the same plane. Well, here were the two of us, myself and the
"Chairmen of the Board" sharing the same home, and I wondered if our
bitterest enemies would have fantasized about "killing two birds with
During the week, I spoke in Newark, New Jersey and Middletown, New York,
and did a few cable television shows. I am also continuing
conversations with a reporter representing America's largest newspaper
Yesterday, I flew to Texas where I spoke to the Vegetarian Society of El
Paso. Today, friends are treating my daughter and me to a sightseeing
tour of Mexico's Ciudad Juarez. This evening, I'll be attending a
potluck dinner in El Paso, and Jennifer will be designated eater. Our
family loves Tex-Mex food and it doesn't get any better than this. I'll
stick with the juice from the mescal plant. A shot of tequila, some
lime...hold the worm.
Sunday, March 26
FDA ALERT: FDA TO HOLD SPECIAL HEARING
Today is the 141st day of my hunger strike.
The FDA is holding a public meeting on April 4, 2000 from 10:00 AM to
6:00 PM at the Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium (Federal
Building 6), 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C. This building is one
block east of the L'Enfant Metro Station (Maryland Ave. exit).
FDA is seeking public comment supplements.
To speak at the meeting, call Carole A. Williams at 301-827-4421.
WHO WILL ATTEND THE MEETING?
Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals who seek to have you lose the right to
take supplements. Insiders who lobby congress and FDA to take away your
The FDA has only given a one-week notice to apply to attend to this
meeting, which is unusually short. It's obvious the FDA would like to
assure themselves that the public has no interest in this area.
Come to the meeting and register to testify. Bring a friend. Write your
statement and read it into the public record.
Monday, March 27
Today is the 142nd day of my hunger strike.
Lots of people don't like me. I am included in the top ten list of many
people's Year 2000 dead pool. Death threats? I get plenty!
(I have so many enemies, even Inspector Gadget would have trouble
compiling a complete list of suspects and would never find the missing
TOP TEN REASONS WHY NO COMPANY WILL SELL ME LIFE INSURANCE!
10) I insult dairy producers:
Ten million dairy people hate my guts... they call me the Salman Rushdie
of the state of Wisconsin. A dairy farmer with an IQ of 85 (most
dairymen look up to him as Dr. Einstein) is stalking me, intending to
bury me in his North 40.
9) I insult the establishment:
I write a daily column insulting government bureaucrats at the FDA
(Fraud and Deceit Administration) and USDA (United States Department of
Abominations. I called Donna Shalala ugly (Secretary of HHS -- Health
and Human Sadism) because she posed for a milk mustache ad.
8) I insult America's most-connected company:
I refer to Monsanto ($27 billion pharmaceutical company) as Monsatan.
They make dioxins, PCB, Agent Orange... Fact is, they are really saving
America. If not for them, we would bankrupt our social security system
and pensions funds. America cannot afford to have the average citizen
live until age 90.
7) I insult the largest lobbying group in America, the AMA:
I disrespect the AMA (American Malpractice Association) because doctors
rarely take classes in nutrition, and an increase in America's health
would mean a decrease in their cash flow. Dr. C. Everett Koop worked as
a lobbyist for Monsanto.
6) I offend African-Americans:
I refer to Clarence Thomas as a white man with black skin; the Supreme
Court justice was once Monsanto's lawyer. I insult Spike Lee because he
wears a milk mustache (got $20,000 to pay for his Knick seats for that
ad) and 95% of African-Americans are lactose intolerant. He's clueless,
as are Patrick Ewing, Dennis Rodman, the Williams sisters, Naomi
Campbell, and, may she rest in peace, Flo Jo.
5) I offend Democrats and Republicans:
I have exposed members of Congress and the Senate for the crooks that
they are, selling out to private industry by exchanging their votes for
dollars, which they legitimize by calling those bribes PAC donations.
4) I offend women:
I call women clueless. On one hand, the fairer sex is terrified of
breast cancer, yet refuse to accept the fact that a milk hormone, IGF-I,
has been called the key factor in the growth of breast and uterine
cancer. They buy into dairy industry brainwashing ads, afraid that
their bones will break if they do not drink milk. Despite the fact that
the nations with the highest rates of milk consumption (Denmark,
Holland, Norway, and Sweden) also have the highest rates of bone disease
and breast cancer, woman still think that they look beautiful wearing a
3) I insult the Fourth Estate:
Laws were passed to terrorize the media. It is against the law to
criticize an agricultural product in 13 states. Magazines, newspapers,
television and radio all derive millions of dollars from dairy industry
funding. America's media refuses to bite the hand that feeds it.
2) The Catholic Church is beginning to take note of me:
Cardinal Biffi of Bologna (yes, I looked it up and this story is true)
said that the antichrist is alive and he is a vegetarian (I am), a
charismatic leader who charms his enemies (I have many in the dairy
industry who I am friends with), is an activist ("I Love Trouble"), and
is an animal rights advocate (I'm forming a new organization called
AnimalSave). Many people wrote to me and wanted to know if the
Archbishop was referring to me. The non-leather shoe fits my soul.
Cardinal Biffi claims that the antichrist-veggie uses the New Testament
to further his agenda. That being said, I usually cite HEBREWS 5:13.
(ASIDE TO CARDINAL BEEF FROM BALONEY: You can look that up in your Funk
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON WHY MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED, AND NO INSURANCE
COMPANY WILL SELL ME A POLICY:
(Yes---this is my final answer...)
1) I insult President Clinton by insulting Monica:
During the impeachment hearings, I suggested that Lewinsky's photo be
printed on a t-shirt, wearing a milk mustache, captioned: NOTMILK!
My photo is available for dartboards, lining birdcages, and dairy barn
Tuesday, March 28
Today is the 143rd day of my hunger strike.
The View From Above
What a beautiful country this is from the air. Rivers and mountains
border patchwork quilts. Each piece of the mosaic represents
innumerable acres of farmland. Dark green rye grass returns much-needed
nitrogen to the soil while light green shades of grass and weeds
temporarily take over before spring's planting. Shades of amber and
brown contain silage from last autumn's harvest or freshly plowed
fields... or land that is dormant and dead from modern day agricultural
methods that take from the earth and give nothing back.
Last fall, Americans protested in the streets of Seattle and Oakland,
Chicago and Washington, unhappy with a rulemaking process by which they
innocently stand by as victims, observers to a loss of innocence and
dignity. The World Trade Organization seeks to make the rules and, in
doing so defines who rules. CODEX determines those regulations for the
safety of genetically engineered organisms. The Food and Drug
Administration determines the policy for CODEX, which in turn makes
the rules by which all of the world's nations may one day become
unified. Trickle down politics. Multinational corporations exert
influence, and the people are betrayed. The rights of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness are just words on an aging piece of paper
in an archived building in a city that is controlled by dollars and not
Should it not be the inalienable right of every American to know what he
or she is eating? Should concerned consumers be given a choice as to
whether or not the foods they purchase contain genetically altered
Japanese food buyers control our non-genetically engineered soybean
crop. They buy all of the goodness, and their rejects become food for
Americans. European food processors refuse and renounce America's
genetically engineered corn and wheat. America's farmers are subsidized
by American taxpayers because their patchwork quilts representing
America's food supply cost more to grow than processors are willing to
pay. Enormous grain surpluses require unique solutions. America's
solution is to grow even more grain... or pay farmers not to grow grain,
and at the same time, genetically engineer seeds that provide greater
yields and fill America's storage silos and grain warehouses.
We became guests of Dr. Jim Gibson and his wife, Joan, sleeping in their
El Paso home. Freshly made juices from locally grown citrus were in
their refrigerator. I was invited to Texas by the El Paso Vegetarian
Society and spoke before an enthusiastic group of vegetarians. Many
non-members attended the dinner and talk, people who were exploring
possible changes in their diet. On Saturday, Jennifer and I went to
Juarez, Mexico, for a day of turista-like sightseeing and shopping.
Mexico became the first user of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone, approved with little or no regulatory oversight by
Mexico's non-regulatory drug agency. Drug dealers take over Juarez at
night, and Americans are warned to observe extreme caution when visiting
this city of two million. Across the Rio Grande is El Paso, a city of
nearly one million. I had the opportunity to do two television
interviews, and have been invited back to do the morning show by the
host of El Paso's number one-rated station. I challenged her to invite
any ten of the dairy industry's best scientists, farmers, and marketing
people to a debate, and she loves the idea.
Two fast-paced exciting days and we return home. It all looks so
beautiful and simple from a plane 31,000 feet in the sky. The seeds
will soon be planted in those tiny fields below. Farmers must make
their choices soon, and agricultural lobbyists are making them offers
that are hard to refuse. Will tillers of the soil take chances by
purchasing genetically engineered seeds and, in doing so plant the seeds
to their destruction? Biotechnology's subsidies dangle like genetically
engineered carrots. Pressures. To buy Monsanto's seeds or not to
buy... that is the question.
Seeds that represent a destruction of values. Seeds that represent
lower prices. Seeds that represent the creation of different organisms.
Seeds that represent Monarch butterflies that will be no more.
Wednesday, March 29
Today is the 144th day of my hunger strike.
What will they think of next? Yesterday's little boys with chemistry
sets have matured into twenty-first century researchers with
sophisticated tools. As children, they mixed red liquids with blues to
produce colorless solutions. Many who survived their random
investigations grew up to become Monsanto, Dow, and Du Pont scientists.
Their unique solutions might evolve into bizarre problems.
During the past decade, a blink of an eye in mankind's chronological
past, scientists have deciphered the secrets of nature's genetic code
and have engineered drugs and technologies that will forever change the
foods we eat. Throughout history, emerging technologies have provided
unanticipated surprises. A swimmer does not jump or dive into a stream,
unless he is first aware of the depth. Broken legs and necks often
become rewards for those leaping into the unknown.
Researchers have previously combined genetic material from flounder and
trout into potatoes and tomatoes. Scientists have combined E-coli
bacteria with bovine growth hormones and have implanted human genes
into pigs and cows. Cows in test herds now produce human breast milk
and pigs grow human organs for transplant. Will the next generation of
infants moo and might future organ recipient's oink their disapproval?
Six rabbits brought to Australia in the 1880's have become 100 million
tundra-stripping bunnies. Mollusks from the Far East clog intake valves
of California water treatment plants. A virulent weed, kudzu, grows
wild and uncontrolled throughout the southeastern United States and each
year the prolific invader crosses highways and forests as it germinates
across America. Billions of dollars have already been spent to limit
the uncontrollable spread of alien species. Genetic engineering
represents the leading edge of sci-fi nightmares. Pollens from canola
plants, bred to endure pesticides, have been carried by the wind in
the basket-like rear appendages of bees legs, and have passed that very
powerful resistance into superweeds. There will be more surprises.
Foods and seeds produced as a result of the new biotechnology have been
proven different than the products they replaced, contradicting
pre-conceived notions of substantial equivalence. Regulatory agencies
do not require testing or labeling of food products containing
genetically altered organisms, and have downplayed the significance of
such errors. Monarch butterflies eating pollen from genetically
engineered corn have died, and rats treated with the bovine growth
hormone developed cancers. The Food and Drug Administration does not
require manufacturers to label foods containing a genetically modified
organism (GMO), and defends those manufacturers who produced past
errors. Will there be future errors? Narratives of the past have
taught man that history repeats itself.
I am an animal rights advocate and hold most life precious. However,
when a creature continuously attacks my family, with bad intentions, I
draw the line. The one creature I hate above all others is the flying
hypodermic syringe known as the mosquito. This creature sucks blood
with one tube and injects its often-contaminated platelet melting venom
with another. The bumps that rise on my skin and the subsequent
discomfort leaves little empathy in my heart for the creatures who have
been known to spread malaria, Nile fever, encephalitis, and various
plagues. What will be the result when mosquitoes, bees, wind, gnats,
ticks, mice, rats, and other carriers of man's bacteria, viruses, and
genetically modified errors run, swim, or fly rampant through our
Top Ten Biotechnology Errors I Don't Wish To Witness
10) Mosquitoes injecting virus, bacteria, hormones, etc. from one
genetically engineered species into an innocent human victim.
9) Immunities to Monsanto's (last) Roundup passed on to superweeds as
they have done this year on Canadian farms.
8) Blood-sucking ticks filled with prions from genetically engineered
cows making their way from Monsanto's Missouri fields to my garden
state of New Jersey.
7) Blood sucking, money grubbing senators and congressmen soliciting
millions of dollars in PAC money from biotech firms seeking legislation
that will not require mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs.
6) A laboratory animal containing a genetically engineered weapon of
warfare, escaping its lab or being liberated by idealistic members of
the Animal Liberation Front or PETA.
5) A deranged Monsanto scientist (as opposed to the sane ones who are
cognizant of terrifying secrets and their consequences) intentionally
releasing a genetically coded message into the environment.
4) Terrorists or terrorist nations using biological weapons as a means
to achieving their end (and our end).
3) Monsanto getting a second one of their King & Spalding attorneys
appointed to the Supreme Court, like they did with Clarence Thomas, and
having an important to be decided biotechnology case reach that court.
2) Monsanto's King & Spalding attorney, Michael Taylor, becoming a
member of the Cabinet of the president elected in November of 2000.
1) A secret laboratory cloning and genetically engineering thousands of
humans with the same brain and behavioral characteristics of Monsanto
president, Robert Shapiro.
Thursday, March 30
Today is the 145th day of my hunger strike.
Dear Mr. Shapiro:
It is my duty to inform you, that on this twenty-eighth day of March in
the year 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revoking the
use of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH),
also known as Posilac. This directive is effective immediately, and
Monsanto is forthwith ordered to immediately cease manufacture of,
marketing of, and distribution of rbGH.
A citizen petition filed on November 7, 1999 (docket number 99P-4613)
asserted that Monsanto changed Posilac's formula after FDA conducted its
exhaustive NADA review. An analysis of that petition and subsequent
review has confirmed that the petitioner's concerns were accurate and
Simultaneous to the issuance of this order, FDA is imposing upon
Monsanto a $250 million dollar fine, which shall be placed in escrow for
dairy farmers who have experienced financial hardship or damage to their
herds as a result of Posilac use. FDA is issuing an immediate recall
of Posilac and will compensate dairymen for past, current, and future
losses from that escrow fund.
Furthermore, FDA has determined that Monsanto conceived of a plan in
which, at the very least, severe conflicts of interest were created. As
a result of Monsanto's influence, FDA did not conduct a fair and
impartial analyses of the original applicant's research data. FDA's
internal investigation places some, but not all of the blame upon
current standard operating procedures, but our recent review also
confirms that Monsanto withheld critically important research data from
FDA's rigorous analyses of citizens petition 99P-4613 confirms that
biotechnology and genetic engineering often produces "surprises," just
as the petitioner has claimed.
Monsanto created five "freak" amino acids, replacing lysine with
epsilon-N-acetyllysine during the gene transcription process of rbGH.
Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals also indicate that a
similar unexpected consequence of recombinant genetic engineering may
have produced "freak" amino acids in glutamine as well. For that
reason, FDA is issuing an immediate five-year moratorium on all
genetically modified organisms, including medicines, seeds, and
recombined agricultural products. Furthermore, those food substances
that have received approval must contain a warning label, so that
consumers are able to exercise their free choice on whether or not they
wish to purchase foods containing genetically modified organisms.
FDA is troubled by the fact that Monsanto was aware of numerous errors,
and did not inform the agency. Monsanto learned of the errors two years
before, and created a new procedure to filter out those "freak" amino
acids, and withheld that critically important information from the
FDA is disturbed by the fact that after all research data were reviewed,
Monsanto changed the formula for Posilac, and in doing so, became the
first pharmaceutical company in FDA's history to alter a drug's formula
and not notify the agency.
It is our determination that if Posilac is to be re-approved, all of the
research previously submitted to FDA (containing the "freak" amino
acids) must be performed anew and re-submitted.
In order to insure that similar errors do not reoccur, FDA will be
developing a new set of inter-agency protocols and standard operating
procedures. Let this unprecedented fine be a warning to Monsanto and
other chemical and pharmaceutical companies that future deceptions will
not be tolerated. FDA takes seriously its mission of being the American
public's regulatory agency, and, as fiduciary, we place the health and
safety of all Americans as our number-one priority.
Very truly yours,
Jane Henney, MD
This letter will be sent to the media on April 1st as a press
release-parody. This April Fool's joke has been a nightmare for
America, and this imaginary letter by Robert Cohen represents his
greatest fantasy and the right thing for FDA to do. In all probability,
New York City has a greater chance of experiencing a 20" snowstorm than
does this letter have of being written by the FDA commissioner.
Friday, March 31
Today is the 146th day of my hunger strike.
Penn State University is host to an annual Solidarity Conference, and I
am excited to be the keynote speaker at the free vegan Indian dinner on
The conference is a testimony to the passions of many students who seek
to make their world a better place to live. The organizers of the
conference are Robyn Stephens (email@example.com) and Jessica Watson
The opening talk on Friday afternoon will be given by Morgan Leyh, and
the subject is "The Beef Industry-The Real Story." Dozens of lectures
and workshops concerning the roots of current social problems and ways
to make a difference will fill the weekend.
How and why to start a boycott support committee? Attend the lecture at
9 AM in HUB Auditorium. Issues of racism and sexism in activism - same
place at 2:30 PM. Saturday night's keynote speaker is Manning Marable,
and the subject is "Making Democracy in America: Solidarity, Activism,
and the Pursuit of Social Justice."
On Sunday morning, there are workshops on the mass media, on
non-violence training and conflict resolution, and on ecology. I am
looking forward to attending the "Tips for Successful Activism"
workshop. At 3:45 PM, I have been assigned the task of lecturing and
cooking the NOTMILK and NOTMEAT cuisine.
The exciting weekend ends with a festival of multi-cultural expressions
involving dance, song, poetry, and foods from around the world.
If you wish to attend or have any questions, you can call Jessica Watson
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