We've put up with this (and ever-increasing control by lobbyists) for 36 years now. That's because the voice of the corporations has become the voice of The Man, the Dictator who runs the world's show in Washington, New York, and London. Yes, the colonists fought a war against the slavery of the corporation (as reflected in the Boston Tea Party). Since that time we have progressively sold out to the enemy. It turns out that the Corporation has won the war after all! Meet the new boss same as the old.
But it's not over.
This voice has historically and is currently more powerful than the powerless voice of women and the puny voices of our babies. We all, women and men, need to cry out, "No More!" They may have gotten away with "grandfathering in" toxins; now it is our turn to "grand mother in" toxic control legislation. There's a new bill that has been favorably promoted out of the Senate committee that we need to grandmother in. It would save mothers from knowing they are poisoning their babies even as they gestate and breastfeed them. Most mothers may have been too busy carrying and caring for those babies to fight for this bill. Not so the 36 mothers that EHSC is honoring for traveling to Washington as grassroots advocates. The bill has--of course--been set aside for the campaign season. Well, campaign season is over; corporate rule is over--IF we say so. Grandmothers of the Earth unite! This bill honors deeply traditional family values. All women, both left and right, with real men alongside them, can unite behind it.
Can you imagine the reaction if 3600 grandmothers in big, gaudy hats descended on the Senate hearing of the bill to speak common sense. Women's bio-sense is stronger, older, and wiser than corporate biotechnology. Let's make our voice heard. Let's truly support our daughters, grandchildren, and descendents. Let's grandmother in effective toxic control legislation.
That rousing voice of truth and caring for future generations is what Elders are for.... Elders like Amanda Sears. (The term "Elders" means wise and experienced people, not just old folks.) The URL for this interview is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2012/11/08/environmental-health-strategy-center--amanda-sears. Listen to the archived discussion among Amanda Sears, Merry Hall, and Burl Hall of toxic risks to human health through the sustainabililty show, ENVISION THIS!
Chapra, Deepak, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life. Three Rivers Press, New York, NY 2004.
PBS Article: Babies are Polluted at Birth http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/health/babies-are-polluted-at-birth-new-report-says/625/
Harry Harlow experiments: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harlow
Short article on benefits of breast feeding at the healthy children website: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/pages/Psychological-Benefits-of-Breastfeeding.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token