Personal Statements

 

 

 

 

Myrto Ashe, M.D., M.P.H.
Personal Statement

 

GMOs, when incorporated into food, whether it be fresh, processed, or factory-raised, pose several difficult problems which could threaten our health. As a family physician in practice 25 years, I have seen dozens if not hundreds of medications pulled off the market for their deadly effects. And yet, drugs are tested extensively before being approved. GMOs were not tested to the same standard. The wisest thing to do at this time is to label foods containing GMOs, so that individuals can be free to make a decision based on how we understand the research studies done so far.

Speaking Schedule: July

Personal Biography

Dr. Myrto Ashe, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 20 years experience in the conventional medical paradigm and is now practicing “Functional Medicine”. Dr. Ashe grew up

in Canada, attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, then completed family practice residency at Brown University. She obtained a Masters Degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed a preventive medicine residency there.

She specializes in stubborn or persistent medical issues that haven’t resolved with other approaches, or seem to require the ongoing use of medication. We have been trained to believe that illnesses such as asthma and allergies, irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol issues, autoimmune illness, and ADHD, are chronic conditions that require the ongoing use of medication. However, in many cases, they can be improved or eliminated by uncovering the underlying dysfunction.

Functional medicine offers an approach to chronic illness informed by the most recent science, and a willingness to believe that the body has a tendency to return to health when properly supported. Functional medicine thrives on individualizing treatment to each particular patient, taking into account genetics and past medical history.

Her practice is consultation-based: she does not take over from your primary care doctor. She reviews your medical history, and designs a treatment plan, aimed at correcting the dysfunction underlying your symptoms. You heal from chronic infections, retrain your immune system, reducing the influence of stress, and replenish nutrients.

For further information, visit www.unconventionalmedicine.net

Stephen Druker, JD
Personal Statement

It’s high time the American people learned that genetically engineered foods are illegally on the market. Almost no one knows that the FDA broke the law by allowing them to be sold without prior proof of safety – and that it covered up the warnings of its scientific staff and repeatedly lied in order to get away with it.

Because of this fraud, for fifteen years America’s families have been regularly ingesting a group of experimental foods that the FDA’s own experts had previously determined to be unduly hazardous to human health.

Speaking Schedule: September 11 – Nov. 6

Personal Biography

Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who founded the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting technologies that foster human and environmental health and addressing the problems of those that do not. As executive director of the Alliance, he organized a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that forced it to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically appointed administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods and have engaged in a comprehensive scheme of deception since 1992. In organizing the suit, he assembled an unprecedented coalition of eminent scientists and religious leaders to stand with his organization as co-plaintiffs – the first time scientists had sued a federal administrative agency on the grounds that one of its policies is scientifically unsound.

He is a prominent commentator on the risks of genetically engineered (GE) foods and has been invited to make presentations throughout the world. He’s been featured in numerous articles in newspapers and magazines on five continents and has appeared on many nationally broadcast television and radio programs (such as NPR’s The Connection and The Cleveland City Club; various BBC interviews; and Australia’s equivalent of The Today Show). He’s been a featured speaker at symposia at the British House of Commons and the National Congress of Brazil and at press conferences sponsored by the Brazilian Medical Association, the Swedish Consumers Association, and the Green Party members of the European Parliament.

He has served on several expert panels (including the food safety panels at conferences held by the National Research Council and the FDA); given lectures at numerous universities (including the Biological Laboratories at Harvard, Tel Aviv University, and the main agricultural university in Denmark); and met with government officials in a number of nations, including the UK’s Environmental Minister and the heads of food safety for France, Australia, Ireland, and Germany.  In 1998, he was invited to the White House Executive Offices to discuss environmental risks of GE crops with an interagency task force of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

On invitation, he published articles on GE food in The Congressional Quarterly Researcher; Pacific World, a leading ecological magazine in New Zealand; and The Parliament Magazine, an influential Brussels-based journal covering EU policy issues. In May 2004, The Financial Times published his comment on GE food and the deceptions of the U.S. government.

He has extensive academic background in the history and philosophy of science and in human development and ethics – and has lectured extensively in these fields at universities and for professional groups, including presentations at the Center for Moral Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an institute of the American Bar Association. He co-authored the introductory and final chapters of Higher Stages of Human Development, published by Oxford University Press, and wrote a chapter on ethical development for Transcendence and Mature Thought in Adulthood, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

He majored in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, received a special award for “Outstanding Accomplishment” in that field, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, and graduated with “Great Distinction in General Scholarship.” He also received his Juris Doctor from U.C. Berkeley and was elected to both the Law Review and the Order of the Coif (the legal honor society).

 

Dr. Michael Fox, BVetMed, PhD, DSc, MRCVS
Personal Statement

“When potential risks and documented harms are determined to be greater than the benefits, then any sane, civil society would say no to any such fruits. GMOs —the latest fruit agricultural biotechnology—is rotten at the core, biologically alien, aberrant, bioethically abhorrent, and never before present in our fields, foods, beverages and bodies. Genetically engineered crops also have adverse impacts on wildlife, the environment. No other prior product of human ingenuity is such an invasive, disruptive and pervasive threat to the integrity and sanctity of life itself.”

Speaking Schedule: October

Personal Biography

Dr. Michael W. Fox is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London, and holds doctoral degrees in medicine and ethology/animal behavior from the University of London, England. He is author of over 40 books on animal care, animal behavior and bioethics, writes the nationally syndicated newspaper column ANIMAL DOCTOR, is a member of the British Veterinary Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is former vice president of The Humane Society of the United States, former vice president of Humane Society. Dr. Fox is a renowned advocate of animal rights and a sharp and eloquent critic of the biotechnology industry. As a professor, bioethicist and veterinarian, Dr. Fox has spearheaded the movement to foster the ethical treatment of animals and the environment since 1967. In addition to writing and lecturing worldwide, Dr. Fox has appeared regularly in popular media outlets including The Tonight Show and has spoken about animal behavior and communication, bioethics and conscious food choices on National Public Radio, The Today Show and National Geographic Society specials.

Born in England, Dr. Fox earned his veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London, with honors in pathology and animal husbandry. In addition to his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, he holds a Doctor of Science in Ethology/Animal Behavior, and a PhD in Medicine from London University and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Fox is married to Deanna Krantz, who was the founder and director of the India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN), an organization that worked to promote the ethical treatment of animals, protect the environment and improve the livelihood for people in India. Dr. Fox served as chief consultant veterinarian for IPAN.

For further information, visit http://drfoxvet.com and www.twobitdog.com/DrFox

 

Dr. Michelle Perro
Personal Statement

The most vulnerable of our society, our children, are now the laboratory experiment.  As pediatricians, we are seeing an epidemic of digestive, immunologic, and neurologic abnormalities that is changing the face of families, schools and society.  The extrapolation from the little scientific data that exists on the effects of GMOs on the intestine, it is now clear that our children likely too, have intestinal damage which is linked to the high rise of the other disorders.  There must be a paradigm shift that  places children as a priority over profit.

Speaking Schedule: September and October

Personal Biography

Dr. Perro’s Tour talk will be on “The Potential Effects of GMOs on Children’s Health”

Michelle Perro, MD, DHom is a skilled and insightful Integrative Pediatrician who cares for newborns to teenagers, and often works with their parents as well. Dr. Perro helps navigate the challenges of acute and chronic childhood illnesses, and offers in-depth assessments at both our San Francisco and Marin clinics. With the heart of an explorer, she has developed a multi-disciplinary approach that uses Western medicine, homeopathy, functional medicine, nutritional and herbal approaches.

Dr. Perro is board-certified in Pediatrics and has more than 30 years of experience in emergency rooms, hospitals, community clinics and in private practice. She graduated cum laude from Yale University, and from Mount Sinai School of Medicine with honors in Medicine and Pediatrics. She was Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at New York Medical College’s Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem before relocating to the Bay Area. For ten years she served as an Emergency Room physician at Oakland Children’s Hospital. She also has been a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, and has published and lectured on many topics in her field.

Dr. Perro’s extensive Western clinical background is matched by her knowledge of several integrative approaches that enables her to treat the whole person rather than to simply address symptoms. She studied nutrition, and received her diploma in homeopathy from the Institute of Natural Therapy in New York. She also studied homeopathy in private practice with Ifeoma Ikenze, MD, a nationally recognized homeopathic physician and author. Through an extensive intake process, Dr. Perro selects the appropriate homeopathic, nutrition or herbal therapy. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources and are regulated and approved by the FDA, and are compatible with conventional medicines. Dr. Perro’s patients have had excellent results following her recommendations, offering parents natural ways to help their children.

She treats a wide range of conditions including:

  • infant issues such as persistent crying, reflux, sleep disorders and colic
  • environmental issues including asthma, food allergies and intolerances, and travel medicine
  • behavioral challenges including aggression, prolonged tantrums, school problems, as well as ADD/ADHD, anxiety and phobias, and autistic spectrum disorders
  • childhood health challenges such as chronic ear infections, vaccine issues, sports injuries, tonsil and adenoid problems

Dr. Perro also gained valuable experience in community-based clinics, serving children and families facing challenging health conditions. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a board member of a local non-profit organization committed to reducing childhood exposure to household and environmental toxins. Dr. Perro is often described as respectful, caring and thorough; her wise and warm nature has made her one of Marin’s most sought after physicians.

For further information, visit http://www.cpmc.org/services/ihh/experts/michelleperro.html

Robert “Bob” Quinn
Personal Statement

I am passionate for 3 reasons:

1.       We should have a right to know so we can have the right to choose what we want to eat and feed our family and what kind of ag we want to support

2.       It is more than a health issue where the research which should be done still has not been done-  – it is the control of the world’s food supply and the inputs required to produce it by a handful of biotech companies – people should know that when they buy GMO and they should be free to choose if they want to support it knowingly or not

3.       GMO ag also reduces diversity which is dangerous to our food security in terms of potential attack by plant specific pests and diseases

Speaking Schedule: Once or twice in September/October

Personal Biography

In 1986, Bob’s company Montana Flour & Grains introduced the natural food industry to an ancient Egyptian wheat, called khorasan (similar to durum wheat). This grain was marketed under his own brand name, KAMUT®, (the ancient Egyptian word for wheat). Through the trademark, Bob has been able to preserve an ancient grain and guarantee it has not been genetically modified or altered. KAMUT® khorasan wheat is grown under strict production guidelines and is exclusively grown organically.

Bob Quinn has taken on an influential role in farming, even inspiring state leader, U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, to become one of Kamut International’s growers. Over 2000 different KAMUT® Khorasan brand products are being marketed through the world providing a new, sustainable crop for many organic farmers. Bob, a Farming Futurist, is always looking for ways to improve and sustain the land. With two partners from Germany, he formed WindPark Solutions America, which was responsible for the development of Montana’s first large scale wind farm.

Continuing to be at the forefront of farming developments, Bob works closely with Montana State University personnel on testing of crops, including dry land vegetables for local markets, as well as new farming methods. These systems may be the next wave adapted to the northern plains and will provide a substitute for the use of conventional fertilizer, pesticides, summer fallow and diesel fuel.

On a mission to educate and farm eco-consciously, Bob is currently studying dry land vegetable production and a project designed to grow and process enough straight vegetable oil (SVO) on his farm to run all the tractors and combines for the farm.

Robert “Bob” Quinn—the 2007 recipient of the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award—is a progressive leader in promoting organic and sustainable agriculture throughout the state of Montana, and the rest of the world.

 

John Robbins
Personal Statement

Can answers to world hunger, human health problems, and environmental deterioration be found in the genetic engineering of our food supply?  That’s what Monsanto would have us believe, but all the evidence points in a decidedly different direction.  In Greek mythology, it is said that when Pandora opened her box, all the evils of the world were released and could not be recalled. In allowing the widespread planting of transgenic seeds for food, have we opened up Pandora’s Pantry?

Genetic engineering presents us with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but in the history of life on earth.  We now have the capacity to redesign living organisms at the genetic level.  All living organisms, plant and animal, are the products of some three billion years of evolution.  Have we transgressed a barrier that we should have respected?  It is not possible to recall a new form of life.  The plants and animals we are creating will survive long after we are gone.  We are guilty of no less than an irreversible violation of the integrity of the biosphere.

We have allowed Frankenfoods into the food supply without thorough testing.  The consequences to both human health and to the environment have every potential to be disastrous, and to endure beyond our imagining.

Speaking Schedule: Grass Valley (July) and San Francisco (July & Oct)

Personal Biography

John Robbins is the author of nine bestsellers that have collectively sold more than 3 million copies and been translated into 26 languages.  His books include The Food Revolution, the classic Diet For A New America, and most recently, No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution.  Currently, he is also one of the most popular bloggers on the Huffington Post.

The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms.”

As an advocate for a compassionate and healthy way of life, John is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, Green America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other accolades.

John is the Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International, and has served on the Boards of many nonprofit organizations.  His work has been the subject of feature articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Life, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, US News & World Report, Newsweek, and many of the nation’s other major newspapers and magazines.  His life and work have also been featured in an award-winning hour long PBS special titled Diet For A New America.

John lives with his wife of 45 years, Deo, their son Ocean and his wife Michele, and their grandsons River and Bodhi, outside Santa Cruz, California.  Their home is powered entirely by solar electricity.

For further information, visit www.johnrobbins.info

 

 

Ocean Robbins
Personal Statement

I am passionate about GMO’s because:  GMO’s are unlabeled, mostly untested, and they are in most of the foods that Americans eat.  There is significant reason to believe that consumption of GMO’s could be dangerous to humans, and that the massive use of roundup is proving toxic to our environment.  The vast majority of Americans support the labeling of GMO products, and we deserve to know what we’re eating and to make informed choices.  I believe that the GMO issue represents a key point of intervention as we seek to reclaim our food systems from the controlling grip of big agribusiness and put our farms back into service of the health and vitality of we, the people.

Speaking Schedule: August

Personal Biography

Ocean Robbins is co-founder and CEO of the 30,000 member Food Revolution Network, which provides education, inspiration, and empowerment to contribute to healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all.  Ocean is an adjunct professor in Chapman University’s Peace Studies Department, and author of The Power of Partnership.  He founded Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated hundreds of gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations.  He is a recipient of the Freedom’s Flame Award and the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service.  Ocean is the father special needs twins born in 2001.  Learn more at oceanrobbins.com


Jeffrey Smith
Personal Statement

The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey M. Smith, is the author of the world’s bestselling and #1 rated book on the health dangers genetically modified organisms (GMOs). His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk, and the environment in peril.

Speaking Schedule: July through October

Personal Biography

Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, and the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices; author of the world’s bestselling and #1 rated book on the health dangers of GMOs, Seeds of Deception.

His first book Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating masterfully combines the art of storytelling and investigative reporting. His second book, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, is the authoritative work on GMO health dangers. It includes 65 health dangers, linking GMOs in our food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, and damage to virtually every internal organ studied in lab animals. The book expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why GM foods must urgently become our nation’s top food safety priority. Former UK environment minister says the revelations in Genetic Roulette may “change the global course of events this century.”

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. An admired 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 influential radio shows and television programs, such as the BBC, NPR, Fox News, Democracy Now and the Dr. Oz Show.

Mr. Smith has united leaders to support, The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America, a revolutionary industry and consumer movement to remove GMOs from the US food supply. He is the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, producer of the films Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals and Your Milk on Drugs—Just Say No!, writes an internationally syndicated column, Spilling the Beans, has a regular blog on the popular Huffington Post, and is followed on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Institute for Responsible Technology’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically modified foods.

The Institute informs policy makers and the public around the world about the risks and impacts of GMOs on health, environment, agriculture, the global economy, and the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

Mr. Smith lives with his wife in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.

For further information, visit http://www.responsibletechnology.org

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