Being a PLUR warrior isn't just something you do at 2 a.m. in a dark club, it's a 24/7 job. You've got to awaken people to a higher consciousness and use your powers for good at every moment possible, even if it means marching on a couple hours of sleep.
Lady Casa (formerly known as Molly Casa) and her brilliantly clad buddies take their job seriously, so they hit Lincoln Road on Saturday morning while most of you party people were sleeping off hangovers.
They took part in a worldwide march against Monsanto, joined by about 100 other caring activists, to raise awareness about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), how they may be effecting you, and what you can do to help yourself.
It's in everything
Coca Cola, Frito Lay, Kraft, Hormel, General Mills, Lipton, Post: All these brands and more contain Monsanto GMOs. "You see the lists of GMOs and its our common brands," Lady Casa said. "Kellogs, (almost) any brand you can think of, things that you like. It's just in everything. It's hard to get away from."
We've been eating it our whole lives
"It's been under the radar for the last 30 years," she said. "GMOs have been in the agriculture for at least 20 years, so basically our whole lives. Our cells have been forced to adapt to these genetically modified products. If you look at our parents, they have 30 years of healthy food on us, but they're the ones that are now getting cancer, autoimmune disease, thyroid disease. Just because our cells have adapted to this poison, doesn't mean that we're going to be healthy 30 and 40 year olds."
We don't yet know the real effects
"It's gotten to a point where you cannot deny it anymore," she said. "After decades and decades of poison, you are seeing a spike in cancer, a spike in autoimmune disease, a spike in allergies. There's been experiments that have not published by the media, and the FDA and all these corporations that own everything are just not owning up to the poison. It's profitable, and they're not letting the information out. People don't know. Look how many people were walking down the street and everyone was like 'what's GMOs? What are you talking about?' It's affecting everyone. This is a worldwide issue. It's a human issue. It doesn't matter who you are, you're exposed to it."
We must take charge of our food ourselves
Lady Casa's distrust of the FDA isn't some kind of conspiratorial silliness. Many current members of the FDA and Congress are former employees of the Monsanto Corporation. To date, products containing GMOs need not be clearly labeled, so the impetus for change lies in your own personal dietary habits. If you wish to eat more organically, check listed ingredients yourself for hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and any kind of modified starches or vegetable products. Familiarize yourself with the Monsanto-friendly companies and buy organic when you can.
Don't get down on yourself. We all start at the bottom
Look, no one said eating organically was easy. Don't freak out. The odds are definitely stacked against you. The important thing is that you're aware of what's in your food and that you make some conscious effort to eat healthy whenever possible. "I can't even say that I'm 100 percent GMO free," Casa said. "I tried for like a good two months, and it was a struggle having to shop organically and really looking at every label. You really have to make an effort, and we shouldn't have to make an effort."
March organizer Justin Pineiro had this handy tip for those looking for a healthier, more organic lifestyle.
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"Anniesbuyingclub.com," he said. "If you want to get organic food and you don't have the time, you don't have the money, for $22 you can get a box of organic fruits. Every Monday, you go pick it up from the house that's hosting. You can even become an organizer and if you have eight people come pick up from your house, they give you your fruits and vegetables for free for an entire week. You can get grass-fed beef, farm-raised chicken, everything like that. I use it, and it never fails."
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