Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America speaks up for our children, our future!
"Before the meeting began my host let me know that Hugh Grant would likely come introduce himself to me. He did. I stood and automatically reached my hand out to shake the hand of the CEO of the “Most Evil Company in the World” and said “Nice to meet you, ” with a small smile. The look in my eye however said something completely different. My eyes said, “I am not afraid of you. I am here to do business and you will listen to me. Bring it on.”
“My name is Zen Honeycutt and I am representing John Harrington of Harrington Investments. We are asking for shareholder support for Item No. 5, Shareowner Proxy Access—an essential mechanism for accountability supported by institutional investors and the SEC.
As the founder of Moms Across America, I speak on behalf of millions of mothers.
1 out of 2 children in America today have a chronic illness such as asthma, allergies, autism, autoimmune disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. All of these conditions and more can be directly linked to GMOs and Glyphosate--to Monsanto’s products.
I am here to say on behalf of struggling parents, STOP POISONING our children! Glyphosate—a patented antibiotic—has been detected in the air, water, food, our children’s urine, our breast milk, Fruit Loops and in nutrients fed to children with cancer, at levels THOUSANDS of times higher than what has been shown to destroy GUT BACTERIA—where 70% of the immune system lies.
Shareholder’s must know that: Without proper gut bacteria our bodies cannot make Tryptophan, Melatonin or Serotonin. Serotonin regulates insulin—and therefore diabetes, which is on course tobankrupt US Healthcare in 13 years.
Without serotonin and melatonin, our bodies cannot prevent insomnia, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. 57.7 million American have mental illness today.
When the gut bacteria is destroyed, food particles and pathogens escape through the intestines, causing allergies and autoimmune diseases. Allergy ER visits have increased 265% since GMOs.
Glyphosate is a:
DNA mutagen and cell disintegrator allowing toxins into the brain,
A chelator, causing mineral deficiency and the inability to fight cancer,
An endocrine disruptor, causing infertility, sterility, miscarriages and birth defects.
I am submitting hundreds of testimonials from mothers describing what Monsanto products are doing to their children and showing our children get better when they get off GMOs and glyphosate.
I submit studies and papers today showing how glyphosate impacts the gut brain connection,
leading to Parkinson’s, Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Alzheimer's, Celiac’s and Autism and more. Based on our current diagnosis, we can expect that in 20 years, 50% of our children born will get autism.
I understand no one wants to believe this is true, but has anyone on this Board seen and read the newest studies and reports?
What if the very investments shareholders are making to BUILD a foundation of security for our children and grandchildren are the same investments which are DESTROYING their future? What if instead of creating health and prosperity, you are causing ECONOMIC RUIN?
What if instead trying to help feed millions of people with GMOs, you are in fact hurting GENERATIONS TO COME?
Mothers say, STOP IT. STOP IT NOW.
You can make a difference that will alter the future of YOUR family and OUR Country. Access and vote a pediatrician onto this board. Have the courage to create a new future for Monsanto and America.Thank you.”
As I turned to sit I looked around. I felt all eyes on me. I felt my face looked serious and maybe slightly angry, slightly emotional. I was aware that other presentors might be able to look cool and detached. I was not. I was in it full throttle. I am passionate. I will allow my concern and commitment to show. I think it is one of my greatest strengths. I love my kids and I want all kids to be able to be well. My emotion fuels me.
Hugh Grant said exactly what I thought he would say, that the issues I raised were not actually pertaining to the Shareholder Access Proxy and that the shareholders would be advised to turn to the proxy description and vote according to the topic of the referendum. He said that he would address my concerns later in the Q&A. He advised the shareholders to vote no, because basically things are fine as they are, everyone voted and we moved on. I did not expect it to pass. Tracy from Harrington Investment had shared that it had support and it had a chance of passing, but I have to admit I didn’t expect that it would pass at all. My body was buzzing with energy as I wondered what I would ask next. I knew this was my one chance to cover some topics that I had not covered in the previous three minutes."
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"David Perlmutter, MD, is one of the biggest names in the holistic treatment of brain disorders. President of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, Perlmutter’s 2013 book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain's Silent Killers became an international bestseller, and his follow-up, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain—for Life, is due out in April. Now, during his Friday, March 6, keynote address, Perlmutter will explore how gut bacteria impacts the nervous system, and detail ways that natural retailers can help spread his new approach to brain health.
NFM: Why do gut bacteria have such a major impact on the nervous system?
David Perlmutter: Gut bacteria are intricately involved in the nervous system through a number of mechanisms. Gut bacteria actually manufacture many of the “neurotransmitters” that regulate brain activity. The balance of gut bacteria plays a role in metabolism and affects energy utilization of every cell in the body. More importantly, the gut bacteria play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the gut wall. With changes in the complexion of the good bacteria, increased bowel wall permeability, or “leaky gut,” manifests, and this paves the way for inflammation, the cornerstone of various neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's disease. Further, this breach of security of the gut lining enhances autoimmunity, the cornerstone of such devastating conditions as multiple sclerosis. Finally, the gut bacteria regulate the provision of short chain fatty acids which are fundamentally important for cellular metabolism throughout the body. Imbalances of gut bacteria can favor increased levels of propionic acid which provides a toxic environment for nerve cells.
NFM: Why do you think your message has resonated with so many people?
DP: Overall, I believe the general public is now acutely aware that medical science has fallen short when it comes to providing meaningful treatment for our most devastating neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression, ADHD, headaches, multiple sclerosis and so many more. With the mainstream popular press now highlighting the importance of the human microbiome in various health and disease states, the general public has really grasped on to this idea, and with good reason as the science is now fundamentally sound.
NFM: What should natural retailers be doing to help people re-establish healthy microbiomes?
DP: We are just beginning to see profound traction in the area of both probiotics as well as prebiotics. I believe moving forward, we will see data indicating that GMO food, for example, may play a significant role in altering the gut microbiome and, as such, this will represent a significant push for organically raised food sources."
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