I wish I was able to see an aerial view of all of the people Marching Against Monsanto around the world on Saturday. We may not have gotten much (or any?) mainstream press, but I do believe our efforts made an impact.
I’m happy I was able to attend + photograph the march in Chicago. I have a passion for street photography, and nothing makes me feel more alive than photographing events where people are coming together to create positive change. I love all of the creativity & heart that goes into the signs, costumes, and chants. Check out the photos here: (remember to tag yourself + your friends, Like, and Share them to help further spread the word). See photos from the last two marches here (NYC) & here (Chicago).
It was interesting marching past people on the street and watching light bulbs go off in their heads (or seeing the dubious looks on their faces.) Hopefully we planted a seed in their minds so that they’ll take the time to find out what GMOs are all about. It was awesome getting thumbs up’s & high fives from people passing by who already understand what a huge issue this is.
To me, the most powerful thing about the last 3 marches has been being in the presence of such a huge group of like-minded people. There have been workshops & discussions held after the marches for people to meet and share their knowledge & ideas. It’s so refreshing to realize that there are people out there that care as much about something as you do, who are also willing to take the time to do something instead of just sitting around talking about it.
Let’s keep spreading the word so that anyone who still doesn’t know what an important issue this is can finally get it. Sometimes it just takes somebody to present info in a slightly different way for it to click in someones mind.
Looking forward to the day when all food is organic food again!
Photos © Liz Davison, 2014 – All Rights Reserved
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As I write this, I am dreaming of eating an avocado tostada with a side of guacamole and chips. The tostadas that I love are most likely made with gmo corn + cooked w/ gmo canola oil with a little bit of gmo soy in there somewhere for good measure.
I’m telling you this to let you in on a (not-so-secret) secret: I am not perfect. I do not pretend to be some kind of martyr for the cause.
I love to eat, and there’s nothing better than dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago or a meal cooked with love by someones sweet mom or grandma. To me, heaven is a warm tortilla. And yes, sometimes those tortillas are made with genetically modified corn.
I am pretty darn good at eating healthy on a budget most of the time. I’ve learned lots of tricks over the years. I do believe in investing in high quality food & supplements when I can. It makes me sad when people give up on eating healthy because (they think) it’s “too expensive”. I’m a woman who would rather spend money on my health then buy new shoes, for example. Still, I don’t always have the extra money to buy 100% organic. I’m not always able to make the time to prepare every meal myself.
I try my best, but I’ve had to make sacrifices in my own personal life while building my business. I’ve tried (on more than one occasion) to cut everything considered bad out of my diet, but it often meant having to turn down delicious meals with people I love. Life is too short for that.
That being said, I do strive every day to get to the point where I can hold most things in my life
to the same uncompromising standard that I hold my body care & skincare creations to.
Believe me, I can’t wait until the day when I can eat organic / biodynamic / homegrown / wild / grass fed / local / farmers market food
most of the time and can boycott what I don’t want to see in the world.
But it’s not 100% possible right now, and a girl needs to eat. One thing I’m not willing to do is starve.
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about gmo labeling. We wouldn’t have to concern ourselves as much with reading ingredient lists, or with patented gmo seeds taking over the planet.
There would be no hardworking farmers being sued, or committing suicide by drinking pesticides for the gmo crops they’d been sold a bill of goods to invest all their money in.
We would be free to eat real, nourishing food that has not been tampered with.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of investing so much time and energy worrying about what I should and should
not be eating. I have bigger fish to fry.
I believe that if we keep making enough noise, taking enough photos, and sharing enough info,
that gmos will be banned in the US just like they are in 26+ other countries.
This is why I do what I do.
So, my advice is, do your best. I completely respect anyone who is able to totally remove gmos out of their diet.
But if this isn’t you, don’t make yourself crazy worrying about it. Just arm yourself with information, and make the best choices you can in any given moment. Stressing out and being fanatical about food may make you more sick than the gmos themselves. Enjoy a home cooked meal with your family or friends. Indulge in your guilty pleasures once in a while.. (Or don’t. It’s completely up to you – and anyone who judges you for your choices is an asshole.)
But whatever you do, don’t give up. I would say keep fighting the good fight, but what I really want to leave you with is this: Keep spreading the Love.
(and heirloom, organic seeds, or course.)
Photo © Liz Davison, 2013 (More here)
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photos: © Elizabeth Paige Davison 2013
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