Friday, August 2, 2013

Fishy Food Fleet is coming to Denver!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                July 31, 2013
CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671 or
                   Jazmín Rumbaut 510-986-4337  or locally
          Ellice Campbell 303-955-2258
Art is Activism for New Fishy Food Cars
 GMO Food Labeling Activist Group to Visit Denver in August

WASHINGTON, DC – On August 6 seventeen activists will set out on a cross-country 3300-mile journey from the US Capitol to Seattle, Washington for what is being called the “Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour.”  The tour features five mutant GMO art cars fitted with large roof-mounted sculptures and carrying information about the need for labeling genetically engineered (GMO) food.  The tour begins at the west side of the US Capitol on August 6 at 10am and arrives in Seattle on August 15, where the fishy food cars will debut at Seattle Hempfest.

Washington State is a national battleground over the GMO food issue. Voters there will decide this November whether foods with GMO ingredients should be labeled as such. The Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour will pass through thirteen states and nine state capitals with events along the way, including two events in Denver, a welcome dinner on August 10, and a rally at the Colorado state capitol building on August 12, beginning at eight thirty in the morning.  A complete schedule of the tour can be found at

“The Fishy Food art car fleet’s cross-country swim from Washington, DC to Washington State will get people talking about the importance of GMO labeling,” says David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, whose company supported the creation of the art cars.

Since 2011 there has been a rebirth in citizen activism around the issue of knowing what’s in our food.  That year, the Right to Know March for GMO labeling walked 313 miles from Brooklyn, NY to the gates of the White House in Washington, DC.  “The ‘R2K’ march was obscure to most people, but two years later there is widespread awareness of unlabeled GMO foods thanks to voter initiatives, increased legislative efforts, world-wide protests, and creative education efforts like the Fishy Food cars,” says Bronner.

Genetic Engineering means more pesticides.  Chemical companies genetically engineer DNA from bacteria into food crops to either produce or tolerate the pesticides they sell.  This foreign DNA produces foreign proteins in every cell of the plant that we eat in our food. No long-term independent safety studies have been performed on adverse health effects.  Overuse of pesticide is creating resistant superweeds and superbugs, which leads to more pesticides being sprayed.  Now chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow are engineering resistance in food crops to much more toxic weed killers like Dicamba and 2,4 D, the main ingredient in Agent Orange.
While over 60 countries—EU nations, China, Russia, Japan, Brazil, and South Africa included—require labeling of GMOs, US consumers can currently only rely on voluntary labeling to determine whether food products have been genetically altered through gene splicing technology. 
Origins of the FishyFood Cars
The first car in the Fishy Food fleet was “Poppy,” aka Fishy Corn Car. Created in September 2011 by César Maxit and DC51 artist collective.  Fishy Corn was constructed with a frame made of welded steel and a skin of chicken wire and tape. The design was implemented for the Right2Know March, where Fishy Corn served as a support vehicle to carry leaflets, organic snacks and water, and to ferry people to the front of the march when they were falling behind. Later that year Maxit, working with welder & fiberglass artist David Jackson, began building a larger and more durable Fishy Corn sculpture from fiberglass with a heavy steel frame. The new and improved Fishy Corn car went to Monsanto headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri for the 2012 annual shareholder meeting with activist Adam Eidinger. He parked the car on the agribusiness giant’s campus and debated Monsanto’s CEO Hugh Grant on GMO labeling during the meeting. A secret video of the encounter went viral online shortly afterwards.

Fishy Corn then stayed in St. Louis with activists and after a few months swam to California to support Proposition 37, a GMO labeling voter initiative that failed by less than 2% in November 2012. In December, Fishy Corn made a southern tour with members of the Real Cooperative who returned it home to Washington, DC.

In January 2013, Maxit began building four more Fishy Food creations using extensive volunteer labor from the Washington, DC community. By the beginning of March 2013, the Fishy Sugar Beet aka “Rooty” swam onto the scene. Since then, Fishy Apple aka “Goldie,” and Fishy Soy aka “Soja Girl” have been completed. Fishy Tomato aka “K-Sup” is was completed today July 15, 2013.

“People want healthier food than what GMO food has to offer,” says Rica Madrid, coordinator of the Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour.  “You can measure the impact these educational vehicles are having by the reaction and excitement on people’s faces and the large number of shares we see in social media,” says Madrid. 

Members of the media are encouraged to embed with the Are We Eating Fishy Food fleet for some or all of the tour.  Contact Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671 or to make arrangements.

More information at


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tell Monsanto to come clean about Roundup

Roundup (herbicide)
Roundup (herbicide) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Monsanto has spent the past three decades wrecking our environment, poisoning our bodies, and pushing species of crops to the verge of extinction with a wide array of toxic products. And Monsanto's signature herbicide, Roundup, does all these things at once -- but Monsanto has lied over and over and said that the product is perfectly safe. Yet independent research has found the chemical is creating herbicide-resistant superweeds, making a species of butterfly extinct, and disrupting normal human body functions.
Monsanto has inflicted awful damage upon the Earth and its inhabitants, but the company is finally facing significant blowback. Now, while the tide in the ongoing war of consumers vs. the agriculture giant is swinging our way, it is the time to call on Monsanto to tell the truth about the effects of Roundup.
Tell Monsanto: Stop ignoring the deadly effects of your top herbicide. Provide more information about the real effects of Roundup. 
After years of lobbying European governments to allow the cultivation of Monsanto GMO plants and seeds, Monsanto finally quit lobbying because the company could not gain support on the continent. This week, an American appeals court has prevented Monsanto from suing farmers that might inadvertently grow Monsanto laced crops.
We're standing as consumers, shareholders and citizens of the world to say “enough is enough” and demanding Monsanto stop lying that Roundup is safe and start putting strict limits on the amount of Roundup it sells to any one area until we know more. Every day we delay is another species near extinction, another superweed created, another child who falls sick. But every signature we get brings us one step closer to stopping Monsanto from destroying our planet with Roundup -- and showing Monsanto that we won't let it continue leading us down that path of destruction.
Monsanto: Stop lying that Roundup is safe and put strict limits on its use.

More Information:

How Monsanto Went From Selling Aspirin to Controlling Our Food Supply, AlterNet, 18 April, 2013
Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers-U.S. study, Reuters, 25 April, 2013
Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population, Natural Society, 6 March, 2012

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Get educated and stand together

Guest Blogger : Brian Loma 

As the March Against Monsanto is close at hand, we are grateful to Colorado local KGNU has once again been gracious in bringing the community real news about what all the noise is about. Today KGNU is celebrating 35 years of public education. Come take a listen as Ellice Campbell spends time with on Metro a locally produced news and public affairs talk show.  

Information begins with Micro RNA's that impact all forms of life through active genetic modification of our human cells is discussed.  There is a danger in consuming the poisons used to deter weed growth and natural insects in over 80% of farms producing corn and soybeans.  These poisons are used with genetically modified plants that have had their genetics spliced with bacteria to survive the poisons used.  The food then carries parts of this poison in it as the crops leave the farm and head for factory.  These crops are processed and end up in most of the food available in grocery stores today.  While it has been proven that animals eating these crops have developed cancer, gone through phantom conception and delivered empty birthsacks and experienced all kinds of other diseases.   Additionally the The American Academy of Environmental Medicine advises their doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets as they have found GMO's to cause reproductive, immune system, aging problems and so much more.  Education is the most important factor.  The impact of disease has impacted the human race as well.  This is because the primary company that has developed these crops, Monsanto - aware of these scientific facts has done everything to remove themselves from liability for the effects of their creation while they continue to pump out these crops.  80% of corn is GMO corn. High fructose corn syrup is in all the food you eat.  These crops are continued to be produced with the knowledge that the food created from it can kill.

This year a bill passed through congress called, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013  which is often called the "Monsanto Protection Act" who's purpose (in layman's terms) is to indemnify Monsanto Corporation and other GMO producers from persecution when this becomes an epidemic. We believe this is a crime against humanity.  Many of us remember when poison stickers were something you put on chemicals in the house to warn children of their danger.  And now, we believe it is time to require food manufacturing companies to be required to label the food products they make when poisons #GMO's are used in the production of our food.   It's easy to agree that eating rotten, moldy or contaminated foods is not advised because people can get sick and die.  It's time for us to stand together and make the same statement made to chemical companies, label your products so consumers know what they are purchasing.  It's illogical that the healthy and safe food to eat be labeled and not the dangerous items. 

Please take the time to listen to the full audio piece from KGNU here :

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Do You Hear the People Sing? -Lafayette St. Players

Lafayette St. Players

Performing "Do You Hear the People Sing?"

This will be the final performance at the March Against Monsanto, we invite you to learn the steps and join the performance! 

Instructions for participating in flash mob for “Do You Hear the People Sing?”

The song will be repeated a total of four times, learn the words and join in on singing it the with us on the first time and/or the second time through, then on the third time we will march down from wherever we are and be at the lead of the march, with the song being repeated one more time  [EVERYONE singing]  We will have a huge flag waving at the end of the first sing through and it will continue. It would be great if EVERYONE would learn the movements and words and start them in the audience as soon as they feel them.
The performers will be wearing jeans and a red, white or blue t-shirt....attendees are invited to do the same
The signal will be a performer saying into the microphone "everybody sing" at the beginning of the second go-round no matter how many are already singing with us.
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

MAM Event Line-Up

March Against Monsanto ~Denver

May 25, 2013, 11am-4pm 
Jeffrey M. Smith
Colorado State Capitol-West Steps
200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80203

Keynote Speaker


Director/Producer, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives
Bestselling Author, Genetic Roulette and Seeds of Deception
Executive Director, Institute for Responsible Technology

Mr. Smith has counseled leaders from every continent, campaigned to end the use of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST), and influenced the first state laws in the United States regulating GMOs. A popular keynote speaker around the globe, Mr. Smith has been described as “a life-changer”. Mr. Smith has lectured in 30 countries and has been quoted by world leaders and hundreds of media outlets including, The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC World Service, Nature, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, The Times (London), Associated Press, Reuters News Service, LA Times, Time Magazine and Genetic Engineering News. Mr. Smith is also a popular guest on leading radio shows and television programs, such as NPR and The Dr. Oz Show

Featured Speakers:

* Danielle Morrow- from Food & Water Watch will discuss GE labeling and the corporate influence over our food system
* John Fehringer -Organic farmer
* Alan Lewis- How the GMO debate is unfolding in Washington
* Adam Powars- Personal Trainer 
* Eric Belsey-Urban farmer

Performances by:

* DJ Brick Lee with Treehouse collective
* Broslyn Bards
* The Rowdy Shadehouse
* Lafayette St Players, sponsored by the First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver. Musical performance to Les Mis called Do You Hear the People Sing? . ** hopefully turn into a flash mob

Food available for purchase from Local Organic Lunch

Join Us!

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