2014 The Year of the MOM

Image

Welcome to 2014!  The year for big changes, the year for voices uniting, and the year that love wins because of Moms*.  Moms around the globe are coming together to stand up and to protect what they love… their children.  Thank goodness for the internet that makes the world community feel a bit more cozy.  News and information about Moms who struggle, and Moms who succeed, from all over this great big planet are now shared with a click of button.  Policies in politics and business are being watched daily and corruption is now easily viewed by more and more Moms who are taking note and learning.  News is now instant and Moms are paying attention.

2014 will bring a whole different climate for the economy as Moms (women) account for 85% of the consumer market in the United States alone.  This is a powerful number that can change or fix a broken system.  And it IS broken.  Our food is on the verge of being controlled by a few Biotech companies, the land and the sea is being poisoned by a handful of chemical companies, and the greedy manufacturers of personal and household products have us believing that their chemical products are safe to bring into our home environment and shampoo it onto our children’s heads.  Politics is no better than the corporations as it seems that a large number of politicians have forgotten the true meaning of what being a politician is… Shall we remind them?  A “public” servant.  Money is the bottom line for all parties involved and how much is a vote worth to get that Bill passed?

What happened in our day to day Mommy lives that peeked our interest in politics and business?  Why are we all of a sudden concerned with topics such as GMOs, the TPP, the dying off of the bees, and the quarterly profits (or losses) of Kellogg’s?  Why do we care that a small community in Argentina stood tall for 112 days to block a major construction project that they opposed?  And why are we using whatever precious free time we have to work at information tables, spread awareness throughout our social networks and march with our children carrying signs for all eyes to see? The answer is quite clear.  The love for our children and their future.

The rise of so many health problems for our children is growing in leaps and bounds… Autism, stomach problems, skin rashes, allergies, itchy mouths, constant trips to the doctors, what’s going on around here?  And none of the “experts” seems to be able to come up with the reasons for so many nagging questions that have taken over the minds of many Mothers.  They look at us like we’re deer in the headlights or we’re over exaggerating and maybe we need a good night’s sleep.  In the end, the usual advice and solution is to give our kids more tests, more medication and carry an Epi Pen.

How do these health concerns that are affecting our kids connect with politics and business?  The ability for corporations to make business decisions, based on profits, wether or not the product is safe and the flair to persuade the politicians to vote accordingly, connects our children to every bad decision these companies make.  So, let’s take the food industry as an example… Genetically Modified Organisms have been tested by the Biotech companies who created the GMOs themselves and choose how long their test should be, 90 days.  The GMOs then become a product on the shelf of the grocery store and we Moms buy it.  Do you trust that 90 days is enough time to be sure that there are no long term health issues with foods that have been tampered with?

Okay, here’s another… Open air chemical testing and experiments are done almost everyday on the island of Kauai-Hawaii, right next to the schools and hospitals with the trade winds blowing.  The residents of Kauai asked their Council Members for a 500 ft. buffer zone away from the schools and hospitals.  Before the Bill came to a vote, the chemical companies involved threatened they would sue the County for bad legislation and sure enough, soon after the Bill passed, the Mayor of Kauai vetoed the buffer zone to not be implemented.  Does that sound like the politicians OR the businesses are for the children?  One more example and I’ll move on… Toxic chemicals in our personal care products that we believe to be a trusted brand.  Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, the list is long and toxic.  Did you know that personal care products have no regulations in the USA?  Have you ever wondered what those words are on the ingredient labels and what they do to our health?  And we put these unknown chemicals that are not tested on our children.

Are you connecting the dots?  I am, and I’m mad as Hell and I’m not the only Mom who feels this way.  Corporations are not being watched and are “supposedly” looking out for the consumer when it comes to safety and health, but it seems like they’re only looking after their profits and which politician can help them become untouchable.  Laws and regulations get held up in the system for months on end and in the meantime, we Moms, as consumers, are still stuck in the everyday problems of toxins in the products we buy.

So what can we Moms do to change the system for the better for our children and their children?  Remember what I said in the second paragraph?  We ARE 85% of the consumer market.  Meaning, if we decided as a collective to not buy Kellogg’s products until they change their recipes for the better, we could potentially put them out of business.  If we Moms, 85% of the consumer market, stop buying toxic baby shampoo, I think we would speak volumes to Johnson & Johnson.  If 85% of the consumer market, yes, we Moms, took a stand against corporations and politicians who are callous and heartless when it comes to our children and their future, we Moms can and will change the system.  We must fix it.  For our children.  For their future.  Now is the time, because this is our year… The Year of the Mom… and love wins.

*I always use a capitol M when I refer to Moms as I feel it shows respect, and every Mom deserves it.

Here are several links to help you acquaint yourself with brands that care…

NON-GMO Project- http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/

400 Companies That Aren’t Using GMOs- http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2014/01/400-companies-arent-using-gmos-products.html

Environmental Working Group- http://www.ewg.org/

We Moms have become a loud voice in a time when it is needed the most.  Here are several links to get you started on what YOU can do to be a part of the Love Wins battle…

Moms Across America- http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/

The MOM Hui- http://www.theMOMhui.com/

GMO Free Moms- http://www.gmofreemoms.org/

Article References

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/kauai-anti-gmo-lawsuit_n_4593043.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/16/kauai-county-council-override_n_4289302.html

http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/why-johnson-johnson-baby-shampoo-is-not-for-babies/

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/18/general-mills-and-kellogg-company-face-gmo-challen/

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/higher-risks-for-children

http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2012/01/24/the-top-30-stats-you-need-to-know-when-marketing-to-women/#!tdMHn

http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-has-taken-over-usda-1368111215

http://hawaiiseed.org/about-gmos/independent-health-risk-studies/

http://safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=75

http://billmoyers.com/2014/01/09/fool-me-once-20-years-of-nafta-show-why-the-trans-pacific-partnership-must-be-stopped/

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge/2014/01/23/another-answer-to-why-the-bees-are-dying

http://revolution-news.com/court-rules-monsanto-construction-unconstitutional-malvinas-argentina/